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 Didn't work for me
I've basically finished the entire glass bottle of this drying lotion, I originally heard about how great it was for spot treatments, therefore I bought it for when I get that one zit that randomly pops up, but it did nothing for me. I don't think it did anything negative, however, it was ineffective FOR ME. I would dab some on with a cotton swab, and leave it over night (around 6-7 hours) and in the morning when I wash my face the zit(s) appeared the exact same as the night before. No difference. I'm still looking for another one that might work better.
Reviewed by 3606 customers Painful to apply and really drys out your skin
Lissa from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Do not buy. I use to have terrible acne. It doesn't help. It just dries your skin out and gives you dry patches.
My Holy Grail Spot Treatment
Stephanie from Hamilton, NJ
This is by far my favorite and the best spot treatment for all types of skin! Throughout my ever-changing routine, this remains a staple every night no matter what happens to everything else. I have had oily, acne-prone, self-esteem-lowering skin ever since middle school, and I'm just now getting my bearings and getting a routine my hyperpigmentation is the worst and my only real complaint now. I get hormonal acne every month and while they still come this product helps my pimples clear up ASTONISHINGLY faster than any other treatment I've used.
Will be using this again!! from usa
I have mixed feelings about this product, but it's definitely leaning towards the positive. It definitely brings down the pimples a lot, and with combination skin that's saying something. It oftentimes takes around 1-4 nights for a pimple/zit to disappear completely and I'm so happy about that.
However the alcohol like smell is something I dislike about this. It calms down after a few minutes though, so I can't complain too much. While it does sting, the label does say to not apply it on any broken skin, and I found wiping it off immediately helps a lot.
Shari from Maryland
OMG. I had a horrible breakout just two days ago and was mortified because I had a big social event to attend yesterday. I picked up this drying lotion and left it on overnight. Long story short: it lived up to its claim! My pimples were flat in the morning and I was able to cover the PIH with makeup. I was able to enjoy the event without feeling embarrassed. Would definitely recommend especially if you need results in a pinch!
I will be buying again
Hal from Michigan
This product is amazing. You need to try for yourself.
This is the perfect product for troubled skin of any age!
Patsy from Pittsburgh
I use nightly for clogged pores that fill and pimples. Pores are reduced significantly, rosacea reduced and "zits" gone in no time. Love, love, love this product over pricier products at medical spas with far better results.
Gothmom13 from California
Love this stuff for breakouts! Strong smell at first but you get used to it lol
I have been using this product for years, it's great
Short hair from New york
Dries out pimples
I am never without this!
Janske from Twin Falls ID
This is a life saver for occasional breakouts!
ERaffo from NY
Has been my acne secret weapon since I was a teenager! Reduces breakouts overnight. Smells horrible, but is the best thing I've ever used for stubborn pimples
Shrinks pimples overnight
MC from Idaho
I've never used acne treatments or spot fixers before but I've been having more breakouts recently so I picked this up. It's actually really cool. You just dip a q tip into the clay-like liquid on the bottom of the jar and dap it onto your breakouts. It dries like a clay mask does. I slept with it overnight and when I washed in the morning the redness and size of the pimples totally shrunk down and a few actually were gone. I was amazed.
I don't get the hype
Patty from Lakewood, CA
I don't really understand why this product is rated so highly. There are other products that work as well, if not better, and do not make you look like you have chicken pox when using it. If you don't know, this contains calamine, so you will have pink spots wherever you place it. For this reason, it cannot be used under make-up.
This also has the added con of requiring the use of a Q-tip whenever you use it. It's just an odd product. I would recommend a couple of others over this one.
Love this product!!
Amy from Seattle
This product works so well for me. I put it on after I shower and keep it on overnight! Wash it off in the morning and the blemish is almost gone!
Kels from WA
This stuff is literal magic! The second I see a pimple pop up, I put it on and leave it overnight while I sleep. 9 times out of 10 the pimple will reduce in size significantly overnight & completely go away within 2 or 3 days. It also helps to fade acne scars which have healed but not completely gone away yet. The only negative is that it smells absolutely disgusting but I don't even care because it works so well! Highly recommend for acne spot treatment!
Works well on certain pimples
Lolo from Salem
It works well on those little white heads but not on like regular pimples but side note if you have a cat you might not want to get this one because the smell makes mine go absolutely feral
Def helps a lot!!
Andie from NJ
Been using on my breaks out before going to bed and i def see a difference… it dries out the pimple.
It works, but it stinks
Shelby from Logansport, IN
I definitely feel like the product helped decrease the size of my pimples over night. However, it stinks to high heaven, and the stench burned my nose and throat. I think I would rather stick with pimple patches.
It's a winner!
BethG from Monongahela, PA
I've used this product for years, after seeing it mentioned in a magazine. It's great for overnight spot treatments on pimples. They dry pretty quickly.
Yes I would buy it without doubt
Jaz from Moreno valley CA
It works for me and my daughter. I have dry skin and she has oily.
It's only been a day
Victoria from Jacksonville, florid
I bought the buffering and drying lotion, and also the drying cream. I've been struggling with severe acne for about 6 months and was on verge of tears. This has drastically reduced redness after one day. I'll come back after a week and give an updated review. I literally think this is a miracle in a bottle. I have tried just about every other acne treatment and NOTHING worked. Compared to other things I think it's very affordable so I would 100% suggest to anyone struggling with red painful acne to please try this. I never leave reviews unless I'm passionate about the product and this is my fav product I've bought thus far. I'm excited to see my skin in a week from now.
Used this for years and wish I HADNT
No from CT
Please please don't use this just go see a dermatologist (one that treats acne). I used this for years and it definitely damaged my skin in the long run.
makes my breakouts worse
SV from TX
Maybe being a woman in her upper 30s means this doesn't work, but it definitely didn't work for me. It made any breakouts worse.
I would buy this product again
Angie from Tennessee
Works well for drying up pimples
Hannah from CT
I bought this bc I tend to get a lot of blemishes on my forehead, and I've found, as another review said, that it works best if the pimple has been sanitarily popped/lanced first. I have ben using it on dark spots from past pimples and zits and I am literally blown away at how over the course of only two to three days, repeated use of this product is making these spots lighter that I've had for months. First of all, DO NOT SHAKE THE BOTTLE, let the pink settle, dip a q-tip into the pink, pull it straight out and turn upside down so the clear part runs down the q tip, which allows you to press the pink tip onto your blemishes. Do not rub it in, one quick press or a series of taps to make sure it is covered will do the trick. I do this at night after my entire skincare routine right before bed, and wipe it away in the morning.
I would definitely buy this product again
Les from n/a
I love this product so much. I recently have been pimples around my forehead and nothing I would use would make it go away. My skin is very sensitive to certain acne face creams but I decided to buy this product. It heals them right way after a couple days.