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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Hi dolls

I don’t often fall in love with products and give them the title of a “holy grail item”, but I am so impressed with this product, I almost want to scream it from the roof tops. I have combination oily skin, and I have been battling with spots since I was a young teenager. I always thought that by the time I am in my mid 20s I will never get a pimple again, but life isn’t that easy. I have at least three different spot treatments in my bathroom at this very point in time and they either don’t work, or they do work but they leave hideous dry red patches on my face, so I never use them. I heard about this Drying Lotion by Mario Badescu while browsing the internet and I decided to invest in it to see if it works.



I bought this at Kit Cosmetics in Myer for $26.99. I know you can get it online at and other sites for $25.49, but I thought I would just buy it in person since online isn’t much cheaper than in store.

What does the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion do?


It’s supposed to be a pimple shrinker and a fast, overnight one at that. The Mario Badescu claims that these two layered little bottle is supposed to:

1. Fast

2. Effective

3. “will Shrink ugly whiteheads virtually overnight while you sleep”

INGREDIENTS: Isopropyl Alcohol,Deionized Water (Aqua), Calamine, Camphor, Colloidal Sulfur, Salicylic Acid,Glycerine, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Talc


So, did it work?

Yes, it obviously did work. I wouldn’t say it was very fast but it was effective. I didn’t go beyond two nights because three nights would be considered average so I just wanted to see if it was fast. It was relatively fast but the lotion didn’t take care of the redness and it has very drying properties – that’s exactly how the lotion shrinks the pimple so putting makeup in the morning might be a pain because of the flaky skin. That’s my bad though.



1. Fast?

Relatively. Two nights flattened, not redness gone though. It will also leave an acne scar as all pimples sort of do. It’s their little foot print.

2. Effective?

Yes. It works. As you can see.

3. “will Shrink ugly whiteheads virtually overnight while you sleep”?

I thought the whiteheads became larger right? It shrunk the pimple overnight. Yes.

So overall, this is a good acne medication I reckon! It did shrink my zits but I wouldn’t say it’s particularly fast. It also is not good for large patches of acne because I’ve tried that before and it wasn’t as effective as slathering my proactive repairing lotion on patches like those. For spot treatments for one or two zits, this is the way to go.

Stay Beautiful & Blessed!

Thank you

Love you all



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