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 1593 customers doesn't work
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".😷
Ds from Hartsdale
Had high hopes
B from Olympic peninsula
I was stoked to try this out. But it's Definitely not for hormonal cystic acne. Which is the reason I bought this product....I think it may have made it worse and caused more inflammation. It works okay on smaller blemishes. Don't think it's worth the cost.
Not for Hormonal or Cystic Acne
Natalie from Los Angeles
After starting to become more aware of ingredients in products, I really don't like that the first ingredient is alcohol. Bad idea to add alcohol to a blemish when theres already inflammation! This doesnt work at all for big blemishes and can actually exacerbate it more.
B.A. from USA
I love this products and it works really well to get rid of pimples. Not an over night solution, you need to do it consistently to see results
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.