Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

The first Mario Badescu product I ever heard of was their Drying Lotion. People raved about it’s ability to zap pimples overnight without drying out your skin. Sounds like a miracle in a bottle, right? Anyone who reads this blog regularly know that adult acne is the bane of my existence and that I’m always listening for products that will help me out. I received the Drying Lotion as part of a skin care regimen to use when I have a breakout.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

The Drying Lotion comes in a small glass bottle that shows a two-toned product inside. The top layer of liquid is a mixture of salicylic acid, alcohol and water (among other ingredients) while the bottom is a thicker pink liquid containing calamine lotion. To use, take a cotton swab and dip it into the pink solution and apply only the pink liquid to your skin. Make sure to never shake the bottle. When my bottle came in the mail, the travel had shaken the contents but everything settled within a few hours.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

I’ve been using the Drying Lotion nightly on any spots I think would benefit from it. My skin tends to respond better to products containing salicylic acid than benzoyl peroxide. On smaller pimples, the Drying Lotion worked well, but on larger ones it worked better. You know the large, painful, under-the-skin pimples (also known as sebaceous cysts)? I used the Drying Lotion on a few of them and while it didn’t get rid of them, it worked well enough to take away the stinging and tenderness around them. Another thing I liked to do with it is to swipe a bit of the solution across my nose and around the sides to help keep the area clear of blackheads.  I usually do this last to get the last bit of product off the cotton swab without double dipping. I apply the Drying Lotion at night after cleansing, and some times on the weekends when I’m home all day for extra coverage.

The Drying Lotion is safe for all skin types to use, but it may irritate sensitive and dry skin due to the drying ingredients. For people with those skin types, I would recommend to make sure that only the pimple is covered and not the surrounding skin. I didn’t notice too much excess drying around any problem areas but I did have a few spots that got a bit flaky. Exfoliation and a heavier moisturizer cleared the area and I started to use the Drying Lotion more sparingly and being conscious about the skin surrounding any pimples. The Drying Lotion isn’t only for your face, it’s great for breakouts on your chest or back too.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Ingredients: Isopropyl Alcohol,Deionized Water (Aqua), Calamine, Camphor, Colloidal Sulfur, Salicylic Acid,Glycerine, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Talc

Having tried many spot treatments, I feel that Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion is one of the better ones out there. Instead of having ingredients that will just dry out the pimple, the Drying Lotion contains ingredients that also work to help heal the area too. The Drying Lotion retails for $17 and can be purchased through Mario Badescu’s site or at many retail locations throughout Canada and the US. If you order from the site, they offer free US shipping over $50 plus with every order you can pick out three samples too.

Have you tried Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion? What do you think of it?


This product was sent to me for review. Any opinions expressed are honest and my own.

  • Sonia

    Whoa is he romanian?

  • Anca Stefan

    No, i haven’t tried it, but i heard good thing about it:)

  • http://Website Domniki Sarri

    I don’t have tried this brand but I heard that is awesome.

  • Marilyn

    Do you feel like one bottle will last awhile? I've heard of this product so many times but it just didn't appeal to me. Lately I've been using Relogy's cleanser and roll-on spot treatment and it's really healed some of my cysts very quickly.

    • Julia

      Hi Marilyn, I think it will last quite awhile because you don't really use a lot of product. With one dip you get a lot of coverage – I've never re-dipped. I've never heard of Relogy but I'll keep an eye out for it. Tomorrow I'll be starting microdermabrasion and blue light treatments through my school so hopefully I can finally get away from this crappy acne! Thanks for reading!