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 1624 customers Amazing!
Morgan from Tampa, Fl
This beauty product has made my skin look better than ever. I have been using this product for about a year now and I absolutely love it. I apply it on my pimples and blemishes right before I go to bed when I do use it. For me, I do not have bad acne and only get pimples occasionally. I love how it can be used on all skin types, from dry to oily skin. My skin is super sensitive, but this drying lotion does not break me out at all! After using this product, it reduced the redness of my pimples in a matter of a couple of hours after taking it off in the morning. I would recommend using it two or three nights in a row for best results. Mario Badescu products have worked best for me compared to other brands. The bottle it comes in is one ounce, a bit on the smaller side, but the product lasts months. I think they should make the bottle bigger, even though the product does come a long way. That is the only negative thing I have to say about it. Overall, my skin has never felt so clear and has made me more confident. I recommend if you are looking for a skin product to help make your face glow!
i cannot recommend this product enough!
Lindley from Sumter, SC
I use this anytime I have a pimple! I put it on at night with a Qtip and by the next morning you can't even tell I had a pimple!
I swear by this
Mrsvt24 from Durham, NC
Works wonderfully for on the spot belong treatment. If you catch them early, it zaps them away pretty quickly. Love this.
Lee from Voorhees, NJ
I usually mess with the bumps I get on my face which is bad. I also get breakouts on my chin and they're thick and huge. I used this for 2 nights in a row because it needed that much attention and it is pretty much gone. I may do one more session tonight just because I don't want to mess with it.
Jamie from Rochester, MI
I got chemical burns the first time i used it. I have sensitive skin. I don't recommend washing your face, cleansing, and toning before using. I just wash my face and put it on at night. When i cleansed and toned, the next morning my face was all splotchy red. When i only wash it, it doesn't get red. I recommend for clearing up zits but it's not as good as i thought it would be for the price.
birdie from Michigan
it is incredibly strong, I have to use very very sparingly and only for particularly gnarly blemishes because it is very very drying.
I would like to buy this bottle again....
Saji from Houston,tx
Easy to apply
helps with cystic acne
cstine from garden grove
it's good as a spot treatment and helps with cystic acne that hurt to the touch!!! with regular acne it takes time to see results. i'm on my second bottle :) i don't think there's a difference between this and the glass bottle? just your preference.
love, love, love
Love it from Pennsylvania
Just applied the drying lotion to a rather pesky pimple that was super painful & the pain went away instantly. Definitely a skincare staple .
My go-to for trouble spots!
V from Denver, CO
This is my favorite product for stubborn acne! I had this terrible breakout on my forehead for over a week that I tried everything on but nothing seemed to work. One of my siblings suggested this and after 2 uses (2 nights in a row), the bumps had been completely dried out and I was left with just some redness that went away within a few hours after washing it off.
Works so well
Jlynn from Atlanta
This has been my go to since day 1. This gets rid of any kind of pimple over night.
Saved my face
Jazz from Dansville, NY
Put the lotion on pimples forming and they shrink or disappear overnight
Dry the pimples overnight
Aliya from Texas
Great for pimples like rash.
Watery and flaky!
LilyC4 from Springfield Missouri
Usually when I use this it goes on wet and dries but doesn't flake off. This bottle, it applied very watery to wear I had to chase after it dripping on my face. And then when it dried it flaked off if you touched it. It did help with blemishes though.
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!