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Mario Badescu Drying Cream

Mario Badescu

Drying Cream

Item #: 2209806 Size: 0.5 oz

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Acne cream that conceals! Drying Cream is an effective treatment to dry up small under the surface bumps and pimples. Just a few dabs smoothed on the erupted areas prevent pimples from getting larger and spreading out of control. Aloe rich cream conceals and heals erupted pimples.
Apply sparingly on pimples by dabbing with fingertip until cream blends into the skin. Best when applied after moisturizer, before make-up.
Deionized Water (Aqua), Zinc Oxide, Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice) Gel, Cetyl Alcohol, Lemon (Citrus Medica Limonum) Extract, Colloidal Sulfur, Ervol, Octyl Palmitate, Ichthammol, Polysorbate 80, Titanium Dioxide, Polyglycerylmethacrylate (and) Propylene Glycol.

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Mario BadescuDrying Cream
 
4.2

(based on 142 reviews)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Effective (95)
  • Easy to use (91)
  • Good value (46)
  • Lightweight (31)
  • Soothing (7)

Cons

  • Not effective (10)
  • Dries out skin (6)
  • Poor texture (6)
  • Smells bad (4)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (43)
  • Oily skin (34)
  • Women (29)
  • Adult acne (22)
  • Men (21)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (51), Budget shopper (50)
    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
    • 30 minutes (44), 10 minutes (31), 1+ hour (4)

Reviewed by 142 customers

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5.0

yes I would buy it again

By Ines

from Victorville

About Me Budget Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Works Effectively

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Blackheads & Whiteheads
    • Moderate Acne

    Comments about Mario Badescu Drying Cream:

    none

     
    5.0

    Best pimple remover works overnight

    By Cin

    from Huntington MY

    About Me Budget Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Adult Acne
      • Blackheads & Whiteheads

      Comments about Mario Badescu Drying Cream:

      Works like a charm

       
      5.0

      This is a miracle!

      By Jenny

      from Portland, OR

      About Me Brand Buyer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Works Effectively

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Adult Acne
        • Moderate Acne

        Comments about Mario Badescu Drying Cream:

        I got a ton of samples from the Mario Badescu line that I have been working through & so far so good with everything. However, this stuff is just AMAZING! I had two pimples that I could feel coming in (they were just red bumps under the surface at that point) and I applied this just to that area under my night cream. In the morning the bumps were gone! I've never had anything work so quickly and effectively! A little bit goes a really long way so this really is a value!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Gentle & effective, but looks awful & smells worse

        By Liz

        from Ohio

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Soothing
        • Works Effectively

        Cons

        • Smells bad
        • Stains fabric

        Best Uses

        • Blackheads & Whiteheads
        • Inflammatory Acne
        • Moderate Acne

        Comments about Mario Badescu Drying Cream:

        What this is:
        A gentle, non-drying cream for treating problem areas (not individual blemishes) to treat mild to moderate acne, bumps, and clogged pores. I'm prone to mild to moderate hormonal acne on my jaw and little bumps on my cheeks, and I get inflammatory acne along with my food allergies. This doesn't irritate inflamed skin, and I use a thin layer as a night mask a couple times a week to clear up blemishes.

        What this is not:
        1. It's not a spot treatment. This works best if you apply a thin layer over an area prone to blemishes (jaw, cheek, etc.) on a regular basis. It's not great for drying up a single, large pimple.
        2. It's not a concealer. If you are, in fact, a vampire, this would be an appropriate color concealer for you. If you have blood or melanin, this will be grey and too pale. It's also chalky and cakey and doesn't wear well under makeup.
        3. It's not wearable around other humans. In addition to being chalky, pale, and thick, this is sulfur-based, so it smells god awful.

         
        5.0

        love love love!

        By Sheila

        from MN

        Comments about Mario Badescu Drying Cream:

        love this product. it's meant to be used for breakouts that haven't developed a head, like a blackhead or whithead, but for the deeper pimples that feel like little bumps under the skin. I put it on at night after I've done my skin care routine and I can tell a difference in the morning. excellent product. a little goes a long way.

         
        5.0

        Prefer it over the drying lotion!

        By Lily

        from Virginia

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Works Effectively

        Cons

        • Bleaches Fabric

        Best Uses

        • Adult Acne
        • Blackheads & Whiteheads
        • Inflammatory Acne
        • Moderate Acne
        • Severe Acne
        • Teen Acne

        Comments about Mario Badescu Drying Cream:

        I've been using the famous drying lotion for a while now, and recently got the acne starter kit for christmas and didn't even give the drying cream a thought. i had a pretty bad zit on my chin and i had run out of my drying lotion so i dabbed the cream on. i woke up to it completely flat and almost completely undetectable. i actually prefer it to the drying lotion as it works much faster in my opinion. as to the concealing element it claims to has, i could see how after a couple layers and enough blending the cream could maybe conceal the redness a bit! love it though. btw im 16 and i have combination skin.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great product

        By Alliebee

        from Garden grove, CA

        About Me Budget Buyer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Minimizes Pores
        • Soothing
        • Works Effectively

        Cons

        • Dries Out Skin

        Best Uses

        • Adult Acne
        • Inflammatory Acne
        • Moderate Acne
        • Severe Acne
        • Teen Acne

        Comments about Mario Badescu Drying Cream:

        I use to feel weird about this product because it's like a white mask on my face . But I used up my first container and didn't repurchase and THATS when I noticed how much grace this was doing too my face. And ODDLY, this product clears up my acne marks, probably because the vitamin e. I use it mainly to help with the red marking . Mario badescu products have saved my life. I've tried tons of other products that are BUDGET FRIENDLY, because I'm a broke college student, and badescue has cleared up my skin. Not ONE pimple anymore. I'm working on scars and markings now and this drying cream is perfect! I use the buffering lotion with the drying cream on top, every night. And then sometimes I'll apply the drying lotion additionally if I ever get a pimple (haven't had one in a while though). So my advice is if you use this use the buffering first then wait 5 min then apply the drying cream. I promise your skin will look better ASAP. *******apply test patch first .
        And have a good moisturizer because hence DRYING :) but it's not bad my face doesn't peel and I use neutrogina face lotion.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Worse Before it Got Better

        By Rocsi

        from Baltimore, MD

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Irritates Skin

        Best Uses

          Comments about Mario Badescu Drying Cream:

          I tried this product because I have small bumps on my face that i'm trying to get rid of. Prior, to trying this I was using the drying lotion which worked fine, but I wanted to see if this would work better. After putting it all over my face overnight, my skin was irritated the next day. It looked as if it had brought all of the impurities underneath my skin to the surface. I immediately had to stop using it at that point because I want my bumps to go away, not get worse. I've since gone back to using the drying lotion and my bumps decrease in size everyday.

          I don't know if this product made me break out because it brought impurities to the surface or if it just irritated my skin. I am wondering if this was the case with anyone else. Did your acne get worse before it got better when using this drying cream?

           
          5.0

          Love!

          By jkeeper89

          from san diego,ca

          About Me Brand Buyer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Minimizes Pores
          • Works Effectively

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Adult Acne
            • Inflammatory Acne

            Comments about Mario Badescu Drying Cream:

            Sometimes you have to invest in quality products that will give you real results. I bought the acne kit and it included this drying cream. I have hormonal acne around my cheek area and it can get bad and painful at times. I've been using this on my cheeks and spot treatment around my face at night. Great results and minimize my acne by a lot. I'm not seeing any new breakouts either. Happy!!!!

             
            5.0

            Love this stuff

            By Sasch

            from NJ

            About Me Brand Buyer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Gets rid of red painfull zits fast !!
            • Works Effectively

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Adult Acne
              • Inflammatory Acne
              • Moderate Acne

              Comments about Mario Badescu Drying Cream:

              Love this stuff put on a red painfull pimple a few times a day and a big glob at night and it's gone in a few days and sometimes over night !

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              • Q:

                What other products do you suggest I use with this drying cream? I have sub clinical acne or small under the skin bumps. I also tend to have dry skin so I would like a moisturizer, as well as a toner and face wash to go with this.
                Asked on 4/27/2017 by tabhys from NewYork

                1 answer

              • Q:

                I am 15 and have mild acne, a few pimples here and there. My face recently broke out really bad and I have developed small bumps under the skin that aren't surfaced. I was wondering if this product would get rid of those bumps?
                Asked on 4/24/2017 by kc

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  Drying Cream is specifically designed to target those small under-the-surface bumps.

                  Answered on 4/28/2017 by Brand Expert from Mario Badescu
              • Q:

                I have quite a few tiny skin colored bumps that I get around my temples and forehead and I can't get them to go away for anything. Some people would call it skin texture. But sometimes it's very noticeable at least to me and I'm looking for something that will make it go away or at least lessen it. Is this a product that could do that? Or is there anything else you would recommend?
                Asked on 3/17/2017 by Aly from Michigan m

                1 answer

              • Q:

                I have small bumps all over my forehead and cheeks. I believe it's subclinical acne that i have. I don't have big red painful bumps, just small little bumps or subclinical acne. Will this product work for my type of acne?
                Asked on 3/16/2017 by Skincare from Dallas, TX

                1 answer

              • Q:

                I have closed comedones all over my face and I can't stand the texture! What product is best suited to treat these stubborn bumps?
                Asked on 3/2/2017 by MC from Stamford, Connecticut

                1 answer

              • Q:

                Would this work similar to the drying lotion. I read the reviews which say the smell is not pleasant and i am very sensitive to smells.
                Asked on 3/1/2017 by AbbyAbby from San Jose, CA

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  These are both spot treatments but they are designed to treat different types of blemishes. Drying Lotion is for surface blemishes and Drying Cream is for small, under the surface bumps. The Drying Cream does contain sulfur - which can have an off-putting smell to some - but if you can get past the smell, it is very effective.

                  Answered on 3/4/2017 by Brand Expert from Mario Badescu
              • Q:

                I'm looking for an acne spot treatment, and I've noticed that yours all seem to be for specific types of acne (whiteheads, cystic, etc.). Can I get a definitive list of what product is for what sort of acne? Also what if I have different types of pimples going on? Is there a multi tasker?
                Asked on 2/20/2017 by Madeline from Glenside,PA

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  Hello and thank you for your question.
                  The products below are best applied to the following:
                  Drying Lotion - active whiteheads
                  Drying Cream - clusters of small under the surface bumps
                  Buffering Lotion - cystic acne (deep under the surface bumps)
                  Special Healing Powder - unique powder that fights unwanted shine
                  Anti Acne Serum - apply to acne prone areas as a preventative measure

                  Answered on 2/22/2017 by Brand Expert from Mario Badescu
              • Q:

                Do I apply this before my primer?
                Asked on 2/12/2017 by LuvUrSkin from Oceanside, CA

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  After cleansing and toning, dab small amount onto affected areas until product blends into skin. Although this can be used during the day, our best recommendation is to apply minimally at bedtime. This product can be very drying. Over-usage may actually increase oil production making your stubborn problems worse.

                  Answered on 2/17/2017 by Brand Expert from Mario Badescu
              • Q:

                Hi, what MB product should i use to remove the drying cream? I normally just wash it with my facial wash. But i realised that it makes my skin dry bcos the drying cream is already dry + my facial wash is those pure&matte kind so it will result in dry skin. Will enzyme cleansing gel helps? (I basically just want to remove the residue from drying cream) I want to achieve that moistured face aft removing the drying cream.
                Asked on 2/11/2017 by naddyy from Singapore

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              • Q:

                How many times a day can I use this product? Should I only use at night or can I also use it in the morning? And possibly midday as well? I'm trying to get rid of stubborn pimples.
                Asked on 2/7/2017 by Shayna from Small Town in New York

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  We suggest you use a minimal amount at bedtime on a clean, dry face. As the product name suggests, the product can be very drying. Over-usage may actually increase oil production making your stubborn problems worse.

                  Answered on 2/9/2017 by Brand Expert from Mario Badescu
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