Review: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion – Warning, you will see my zit shrink.

Hey Everyone,
This could be the most disgusting post that I’ve ever made. That’s because it showcases my two zits. I know, that’s gross Roseanne but trust me, it’s totally relevant to this review. Today I’ll be reviewing a much talked about acne treatment – it’s the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. In this review, I’ll be taking to new freshly baked zits and I’ll be applying them for two nights. Any longer than that anyway you’d think the medication wasn’t very affective I reckon right? My sincere apologies in advance for the images to come.
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
For more product information:
Again, we’ll see if those claims hold. Let’s go!

Here are the evil villains of the day. Look at them peeking out like nobody’s business. They’re inflamed, angry and have little whiteheads pearing out!

Unlike most topical treatments, the way you would apply this is to dip a cotton bud into the fluid. Make sure the two layers are seperated, you’re supposed to dip through the alcohol into the calamine solution and then bring it slowly up. Do not mix the two laters, again, they need to be seperated.

Once you take it out, you basically have the ammo. Time to shoot some bad boys down.

Just dab the lotion onto the pimples. Then, go to bed. The sensation is tingly and it will sort of hurt like you brazed yourself and you’re putting a bit of dettol on it to clean it up for just a little bit. It feels sort of nice because you know you’re not wasting your money on a dormant product. You will feel something and according to your pain tolerance, it might be bearable or unbearable. For me, with the many threading sessions I attend, this is nothing. I prefer my acne treatments to “hurt” anyway.

Overnight, there were defintely results. You can see the lower zit is much smaller, less inflamed and the whitehead is larger. The whitehead is larger on the large pimple as well. I reckon it did not totally take the zits away but it did do something.

2nd Night. On it goes again.

Wow. After the second night, the whiteheads are gone and they appear much smaller. Again, they’re not totally gone just yet.

As you can see, they are much flatter after the 2nd night.

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.

Hope you liked my review!

Have you tried the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion? What do you think?




  • cheryluh12

    Wow, this is an amazing product.(although it is bit gross to see the liquid in the bottle, something like a layer of used cooking oil on top of the thousand island dressing.). I’m using TBS Clearing Lotion and Blemish Fade Night Lotion, they are quite good too. Especially on the subsequent uses for clearing zits.Maybe you want to try those as well? All the best, dear and… love your reviews loads:]
    PS: first giveaway willl be something you’ll like it, it would be up soon!

  • AutumnCandy

    I totally salute you for not squeezing your zits and still make the effort to take such close up pictures of them! I would have totally squeeze them all out then apply something over it like tea tree oil. Very bad I know but I can’t help it I have itchy hands hahaha. 😛

  • Gobilina

    I use calamine lotion instead. Its way cheaper and does the same thing 🙂 awesomely great review and farewell to the two unwelcome visitors 😛 xoxo

  • Olivia Chan

    Omg, this stuff is SO SO SO good ! o: I’m shocked. Now I want to buy it even more

  • roseannetangrs

    Ooo I’ll have to try your body shop suggestion! thanks cheryluh!
    @AutumnCandy: haha I always make it worse if I do that so I make sure I wait 🙂
    @Gobilina: Ooo! I’ll have to try that then! My mom uses that stuff when I had the chicken pox! and thanks dear 🙂
    @Olivia Chan: haha yep! Get it from the website though, it’s tons cheaper 🙂

  • Bun Bun Makeup Tips

    very courageous of you to take pictures of your zits close-up. i wanted to do a mario badescu post too, but decided not to scare everyone and myself with close-up shots of my pimples, which are bigger ans scarier than yours. haha.

  • dooey89

    haha, i like using drying lotion tooo! (:

  • Honey

    Hi Roseanne, I just came across your blog and have become an instant fan. I thought your entries are very inspirational.
    I am glad that you did a review on Mario Badescu’s drying lotion and showcased actual zits. 😉 I’ve been dreading to buy this product for months now because I’m not sure how effective it really is. Anyways, you’re doing a great job. Keep it up girl!

    • roseannetangrs (author)

      Hi Honey! Thanks for reading blog and stopping by and for your kind comments 🙂

  • Issybella

    Hi, I’m wondering where you bought this product? After reading your review I’d love to try it!

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