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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion review

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion review
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Hi my angels, I want to talk about a product which has been my Holy Grail for years. I mean if there is one product I would want forever, it’s this. I have oily-combination skin. I do not have any major skin concerns however I do get breakouts now and then. As a teen I never had a problem with acne nor did I get any adult acne as such. But like every girl, I do get breakouts once in a while sometimes mild ones and other times those difficult hard to get rid of ones. Every time Mario Badescu Drying Lotion has come to my rescue and saved my skin. In fact around my wedding, I got this horrible big breakout right on top my cheek bone.

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I was super scared at once but within a couple of days, MB drying lotion made it go away and it never come back. Before I get to the point when I can’t stop talking, let’s get into the details of Mario Badescu Drying Lotion review.

About Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (28ml Glass Bottle) is a highly coveted acne treatment that refreshes and repairs the complexion effortlessly.

An excellent spot treatment made with a blend of Calamine and Salicylic Acid, Drying Lotion clears up and soothes unsightly whiteheads overnight without irritating the surrounding skin.

Suitable for all skin types, even those with the most sensitive of skin types, Drying Lotion provides immediate relief from break-outs and blemishes, making it a certified skincare must-have.

Revolutionising the way skincare professionals approach the treatment of acne, this innovative elixir is effortless to apply and delivers powerfully effective results whilst remaining gentle and soothing.

Get A-list skin instantly with Drying Lotion.

Did You Know? Drying Lotion is adored by celebrities and beauty professionals the world over, including the influential style icon Kylie Jenner, the renowned actress Jennifer Aniston and the iconic model Kate Moss.


Isopropyl Alcohol, Aqua (Water, Eau), Calamine, Camphor, Sulfur, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Talc, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid.

How to Use Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Before bed, after cleansing, toning and moisturizing apply a dab of lotion directly on the whitehead using a cotton swab. Do not rub in. Let it dry and rinse off in the morning. DO NOT shake the bottle and apply only the pink sediment on the skin.

  • Do not shake solution.
  • Dip a cotton swab into pink sediment.
  • Dab on pimple and let dry.
  • Wash off solution in the morning.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion review formula


USD $17.00 for 1 oz or 28 ml drying lotion.

In Detail Mario Badescu Drying Lotion review and My Experience

This product has an emotional value for me personally. I have used this in some real emergency conditions and it has never failed me. Its not easy to make it to my Holy grail list. So when I say it sits at the top of my HG list, it has to be something incredibly amazing.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion review details for acne

It comes in a very basic glass bottle, like all other MB products the packaging is extremely humble. All the details are mentioned on the outer labels. The product actually looks like a pink coloured precipitate settled in a straw coloured liquid. We are supposed to dip a Q-tip all the way through the solution onto the pink precipitate and then apply it on the problem area.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion review breakouts whiteheads

It smells like camphor and alcohol. Both of these are extremely volatile ingredients with strong drying properties. Sulfur is another strongly drying agent. Also has Calamine, Zinc oxide and Titanium di oxide which are soothing agents for the skin. Thus the product is in fact composed of some strong ingredients.

How I Use it

There are 2 extremely important things to keep in mind while using the Mario Badescu drying lotion

1. Let it sit and allow the pink sediment to completely settle on the bottom before use.
2. The pink precipitate is what we want on our pimple. So make sure the Q-tip is immersed all the way through the yellowish solution, dipped till the bottom of the bottle so that we have enough pink sediment on the head of our Q-tip.

I use it as a spot treatment. I apply it on the actual pimple using the Q-tip (The pink ppt.). Before application make sure the skin is clean and dry. I use it whenever I feel like there is a pimple growing on my skin or there is an already established pimple or a vanishing pimple. I mostly apply it before going to bed and leave it overnight. Immediately after the application, there is a cooling sensation on the skin (because of volatile substances) which lasts for a minute or so. Then it dries up within 5 minutes. It is supposed to be left on like that for 6-7 hours. So I always use it at night.

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The effects of mario badescu drying lotion are beyond comparison. It dries up any pimple or zit on my skin overnight. If its a big pimple, then it reduces the pimple by 90% on the first use and takes care of the rest on the second use. I have hardly ever used it more than 3 times for the same pimple or breakout. It just completely eradicates the breakout. After 4-5 days, I can hardly notice any blemish on that spot where the pimple was.

There was a time when I started getting these sort of cluster of breakouts on the sides of my nose. At that time, I was at home and my MB drying lotion was at my hostel. For 1 week the breakouts grew and never went away. However as soon as I got to my hostel from the airport, first thing I did was wash my face and apply this product. Within 3 days, all those bad boys from my nose area were gone. It was almost like they never existed.

Overall Verdict

Overall I have to say this simple looking product has proved to be more efficient than anything else in the market for me. I know a lot of youtube gurus rave about it and I myself will never stop raving about it. Its a completely revolutionising product for girls with my skin type.

This product worked like a charm on my skin. However different products behave different way on various skin types. Though it is meant for all skin types according to the claims by the brand, I strongly suggest doing a test on one single small site of the skin before using it. Also, very important to note that this product is not meant for severe cystic acne. If you have severe acne, please consult your dermatologist before using any skin care product or treatment. Through the blog, we authors talk about the products and our individual experiences with them. So always make sure you try the product before using it full fledged.

More Photos and Swatches

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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion review on skin apply effects

PROs of Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

1. Works like a charm in drying out pimples or breakouts.
2. Clears out whiteheads.
3. Easy to use.
4. Shows results super fast – overnight.
5. Never caused any sort of irritation on my skin.
6. The only product in the market which has cleared out pimples this fast on my skin.
7. A blessing for girls with oily-combination skin type.

CONs of Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

1. Glass bottle- not travel friendly. I have heard however that they have come up with this product in plastic bottles. So definitely go for the plastic bottle one if possible.
2. This does have kind of a strong camphor-alcohol smell so might bother some. I don’t really mind it since I am used to such smells in hospital.
3. Not available in India.

MBF Advices

1. Never use this product without consulting your doctor if you have established acne.
2. This works like a dream on pimples and breakouts but make sure you do not apply it for more than 7-8 hours in a 24 hour duration since it has strong drying ingredients.
3. Make sure you allow the pink precipitate to settle, get it on the Q-tip and then apply directly on the pimple as a spot treatment.

MBF Rating

5/5 (Its my skin’s absolute favourite)

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • aarti singh June 19, 2016, 11:04 pm

    This sounds like a MUST have!! Where did you pick this genie up from?

    • Astha June 20, 2016, 7:33 pm

      This sure is a must have for everyone who gets occasional breakouts. Or for those who need to get rid of a pimple asap. I got it from UK, check out the Mario Badescu skin care range next time you’re there 🙂 Also, you can order this online. If you do get it, try to pick up the one which comes in a plastic bottle which is much travel friendly.

  • miara June 20, 2016, 7:43 am

    wow this has been on my wish list for a long time now, I think I am gonna buy it now…love your reviews…!

    • Astha June 20, 2016, 7:33 pm

      Thank you Miara, I am glad it was helpful to you. 🙂

  • megha June 20, 2016, 10:56 am

    if it works on whiteheads- either in removal or stopping then its for me. Thanks for sharing.

  • rachna June 20, 2016, 11:49 am

    If it is your top holygrail, that means it must have really superb qualities. I am waiting for this to come to India then.

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