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 1581 customers Best I have used for breakouts!
StephanieA from Bethlehem, GA
This product dries up acne breakouts super fast!
6Cess from New York k
Kills any acting blemish in its tracks. There nothing like this product. One dab and hours later...gone.
Not worth it
Jeannie from Houston
My skin isnt sensitive, but this does sting a little. I dont think this dries out a pimple any faster than it healing naturally. The product dries fast after application but also flakes off on my face. It also starts to smell bad. Takes a while to wipe away as well. Probably cheaper to but a whole bottle of calamine. I wouldnt recommend this.
Sophie from Henderson, Ky
It smells like straight up rubbing alcohol stings so bad as soon as I put it on my skin. I think it helps with acne a little bit but there are definitely better products out there.
This product really works!
Isabeth from TX
I put the product on every night on all my blemishes and areas of redness. After one night there is a notable difference and after a few days even cystic pimples will becomes reduced. My boyfriend has noticed the difference. I prefer not wearing foundation so this product was the perfect solution to get the clear, even toned skin that I want.
We buy this over and over again
Beach Lady from Naples, Fl
My teenagers and young adult children love this. I use it because even though I am fifty something I use it in my adult acne.
Best for pimples & mosquito bites!
K8 from Ohio
This is the best for new pimples or ones that are about to form. I found a new use for it as it's great to put on mosquito bites to take away the itch. Who knew. It's the only pimple and mosquito bite treatment I use now and it works like none other. Very happy.
I have been buying this product for a while now, love it
Sofia from Pittsburgh, PA
I use it overnight and with a q-tip i dip it into the bottle and apply it on my pimples.
Worst product for pimples/acne
Hopie from NY
Worst product EVER. I have dry/combo skin and I don't break out often but I decided to buy this bc of the occasional breakouts, I want to resolve quicker. But it did the total opposite. I used it as directed but it just made the blemish more irritated, it would get so huge after the treatment and swell up. After a week, I would eventually pop it and only a little pus would come out but the swelling I got from the product would last for WEEKS, a big red dot on the center of my face. It's been almost a year and this product still makes my pimple MORE irritated and swollen. Run away!
Puts a cap on my face routine
Nicole from Livonia Michigan
I feel Luke I have my life together when I use this amazing drying lotion.
My daughter is obsessed with it
LC from Tarzana,Ca
My daughter just put a little dap on the face and it does magic for her.
Didn't work for me
Evey from CO
I used it as directed for 2 weeks and saw no improvement in my pimples/ white heads. It has a very harsh chemical smell and feels a little tingly when applied which I didn't like. I feel like I wasted money on this.
It's just okay
Lil from Oregon
This product was just ok. Wasn't what I expected and not sure I would buy again.
Vexar from Charlotte NC
I use this product when I feel a pimple coming on. It works pretty quickly to reduce the appearance and the redness.
Worked wonders on my boyfriend's acne-prone skin!
beautychatwnat from Miami, FL
I bought this as a gift for my boyfriend because I felt an acne spot treatment was exactly what his routine was missing. He has sensitive, acne-prone skin that's also oily. It reduced his skin's texture and diminished the size and appearance of his white heads overnight. It completely dried out his skin, which helped greatly for getting rid of acne and controlling his oily skin, but it can be excessively dry if you use too much. I suggest only using as much as you need, on the spots that need it most. That way, you avoid over-drying and wasting product. Overall, it worked better than expected. His skin is the most clear it's been in over a year!
This product works great
Swedish lady from Columbus, Ohio
I am wearing a mask all day at work & have been getting acne because of it. When I was younger I used another brand with these same ingredients and found it worked great. You have to order that brand online so when I saw this at Ulta Beauty I picked it up. It works as promised.
I would buy this product again
Kanndy from Parker
Dry out your acne for the next day
I already wrote a review
Audrey from Texas, US
I already wrote a review saying it made my pimples look red and didn't do much for me, but forgot to say this.
If u are going to get it get the glass bottle because it looks cuter. I don't know if the glass bottle is different but it looks prettier
Ok I guess
Audrey from Texas, US
I got this about 6 months ago and thought it would get ride of my pimples because of all the good reviews. But once I tried it, it didn't do a lot.
It made them go down is size but made them look red where I put in on, and it stayed red.
My pimples are different from acne they take longer to go away. But this stuff made them last longer.
I did not return it but I'm not too happy with it.
I would recommend giving it a try but if it doesn't work for u don't waste ur money
B from Gulfport, Mississippi
I put it on a spot at night and I wake up and it's either gone or significantly smaller.
Casi from Long Island, NY
I absolutely love this product. I've had pimples go away over night! I highly recommend.
B.A. from Ohio
This product works well with large acne, but not so much with smaller bumps. Overall however I would recommend
wellesley from somewhere
mine came off as i slept... is that supposed to happen? rather than that it didn't work at all.
My Go To
BP from New York
This is my Go To whenever I see a pimple brewing. I've been using and recommending this product for two years now. You must be consistent and apply it everyday.
Abs from Michigan
A girlfriend recommended this to me and after seeing this on sale I had to try. I've been getting pretty bad quarantine breakouts due to stress and after using this twice my skin looks so much better. A lil dap does the job!