Rated 4.28 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review A staple for your cabinet
I never really write reviews, but after being a long-time user of Mario Badescu drying lotion and seeing that it has some pretty poor reviews on here I felt compelled to provide my review.
1. This product is in no way shape or form a miracle worker. You will not go to bed and wake up with porcelain, celeb-like skin and never have to use concealer on a nasty blemish again... you will however put it on before bed and wake up with a SUBSTANTIALLY smaller blemish and dramatically reduced redness/inflammation.
2. Yeah, it gets a little dry around the blemish especially after using the product for 2-3 days, but nothing a little added moisturizer and light exfoliation each morning doesn't fix.
3. Yes, it stings a bit. Think about it, you're putting salicylic acid on a very inflamed portion of your face. I wouldn't say it stings badly enough for me to take it off, but it does sting a bit especially if the pimple has been opened. I just tell myself it's working and it only lasts about 10-20 seconds until the lotion dries.
4. It does have a strong odor, but as someone else said it's sort of refreshing. It will definitely clear your sinuses! Again, this only lasts 10-20 seconds until the product dries.
In conclusion, I will always have this drying lotion in my cabinet. The product is seriously fantastic and although it has a strong smell and tends to sting at first, it really does make a dramatic difference in your blemish overnight with it clearing up completely in a few days. It's super affordable as well for the amount you get, so do yourself a favor and try it out. Oh, and read the directions - q-tip straight into the bottle to the bottom pink sediment and straight out. Use a new q-tip for each pimple so as not to transfer bacteria!
Most Helpful Critical Review Buy generic
This is the same thing as Bye Bye Blemish sulfur drying lotion for $8!! Don't waste your money buying the brand name. Kate Sommerville's is priced at $24- it's outrageous.
Reviewed by 1610 customers I would buy it again
Abbey from texas
Absolutely love it! I really didn't think it would work as well as it did! And it lasts forever. Buy it!!!
no effect on acne
Kitkat from Texas
I was excited to try a new product for my stubborn acne. I used this nightly on my acne spots (usually my chin and cheeks area) for a little over a month, and saw absolutely no change. It did not hurt my skin at all (no drying out, or itching) but it also did nothing to help with acne, whether it was a new spot of acne, or older.
good but not the best
mary from North Carolina
this is a great product but I learned that it is only meant for dry skin. it reduces redness in one use but it takes a couple nights of wearing it to get rid of your pimple.
Worked so well
Ak from Arkansas
I just bought this and it clears my breakouts so quick would recommend!
Sam from Cedar rapids ia
I put it on every night love it. It works great for my face.
This is a staple on our house
Tara from South Carolina
This is a product thats always in our house. Just don't shake the product first. It works
I buy this because it works!
Janet from North Carolina
I teach fitness class and wear a mask. I recently had noted an area of irritation that I just couldn't seem to stop and I figured the mask was causing a lot of it! I had a bottle of this, but decided to get a new one and also picked up two others as stocking stuffers! This product is amazing! I started using it on the area with an issue and overnight the area was already clearing! You can thank me later! AND DON'T SHAKE THE BOTTLE!! Also I prefer the plastic bottle over the glass one!
It's doesn't cure my problem
Ved from Las vegas
The best acne remedy
Susy from Tx
This formula works! I have not popped a zit in over a year bc you simply apply this on your zit let it sit over night and it dries that puppy up!
Mlb28 from Oklahoma
This stuff works great! My 15 year old and I both use it. We have combination skin. If applied to blemishes as soon as you notice them, they will be gone within a couple of days. When applied nightly to breakout prone areas, it almost completely prevents them firm occurring!! I am currently ordering our 6th bottle.
Hannah from Columbus Ohio
This product really does work, I spent so much money trying other products to help my breakouts. Nothing worked till I found this gem, I used it and saw a noticeable difference overnight. My face wasn't cleared up overnight but within a few days it was. Would highly recommend this!
How are there negative reviews?!
CourtNorthOKC from Oklahoma City
This drying lotion is the unsung hero of skincare. Be sure to use a cotton swab to get the drying solution and definitely don't shake the bottle! I use this overnight and my trouble spots are gone the next morning. Don't use too much lotion around the pimple, otherwise the surrounding skin will dry out like crazy!
Make sure you're using it properly to benefit from it!
Kat Tran from United States
This product actually works really well as long as you use it as the instructions say. Make sure your cotton swab has a good amount of the pink drying lotion because an imbalance where you're using too much of the alcohol is going to make your skin react poorly. Don't rub the product into your skin and just tap it onto your pimples lightly. An important thing to note is that this product works best on pimples that are filled with pus rather than blemishes and under-the-surface acne or pimples that are still developing.
Core core from NH
I got this on recommendation of a make up artist because my mask acne was really bad even though I never really had bad acne growing up. It helped clear up any break outs I had!
AMAZING! Surprised there are negative reviews
KELLAY from Chicago, IL
I'm honestly shocked there are any negative reviews AT ALL with this product. It is my God send when a pimple comes up. It makes it completely disappear in 2-3 days TOPS! I saw something about a smell? I've never even come across a smell at all. Definitely get this for an amazing overnight pimple eraser
We both use this product
new skin from Gloucester, VA
My husband got me in to this product. Whenever either one of us has a blemish, we put this on at nite and its gone by next day.
DID NOT WORK
Emily from USA
I bought this during Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty sale since it was so cheap and I had wanted to try it out anyways. Everyone I know of (IRL and on YouTube) RAVES about this product, and how it "magically" clears up pimples in 2-3 days. Naturally, I was excited, and made sure to use it the first night I got it. (I would have used it the very moment I got it in the mail, but it was all shook up so I had to wait for the solution to separate.) HOWEVER, since using this product daily, all I can say is that it DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Oh, except for flake off EVERYWHERE and get all over my pillow. Save your money for something that actually works.
Stephanie from 46319
I've tried this for the last two nights and it, in fact, gave me additional zits. it simply doesn't work with super sensitive skin. will be returningm
Would Give This Negative Stars If I Could
Kelly from MN
This product had pretty high reviews, so I was excited to try. Huge mistake. This stuff smells TERRIBLE even after you wash and scrub it off the next morning. The smell gives me a headache and just does not go away. After only using this product for 3 nights I got a really bad chemical burn on my cheek. I had to return this not worth the literal headaches.
Msnunnie from Mesa a
This stuff works great
Magic in a bottle!
Leah from USA
I rarely bother to write reviews, but I really need to rave about this. I definitely wouldn't say I have acne, but after going on a certain prescription my skin went from super dry all the time to super oily. I started getting little cystic pimples along my jaw and neck that NOTHING would get rid of. None of my usual products were working. And then I tried this. And it's legit magic. Just the smell of this makes me happy, knowing that in the morning all those little problem spots are going to be greatly reduced. As far as it burning... I was worried about reviews claiming this, because I have mild rosacea and very sensitive skin. I have experienced a very slight tingling but nothing more. I urge you to give this product a fair shot!
Sandra from Oxnard california
I really like the product. My friend recommend it to me.
Bunny from Tracy
Worst product ever. Do not waste your money. Go for something else.
only product that has helped my acne clear up
erika from nc
I use this product every night before going to sleep and every time I wake up the pimple is smaller and I use it one more time on that same pimple and it is gone. This product is amazing and the bottle lasts awhile. I recommend to anyone with any current acne breakouts!
MK from PA - Pennsylvania
I bought this to try on my cheeks and nose which were so red and inflamed from wearing a mask for 8hours at my health care job. Another review said it helped their "maskne" so thought I'd give it a try. It did calm down the over all inflammation and bumpy appearance. Had to consistently put it on at night for a couple of weeks until it started to look much improved as it was an endless cycle of clearing it up but putting back on the mask to go to work and flaring it up again. It smells at first when you put it on but the smell only lasts for short while. Smells like tea tree oil....menthol smelling. Stays on while you sleep as it dries pink/chalky. I think it helps, not over night, but improving little by little every day. I appreciate the product and would recommend if you suffer from "maskne".😷