Mario Badescu Drying Cream

$17.00/ 0.5 fl. oz. (Prices vary on where the product is purchased.)
@ mariobadescu.comUlta, Nordstrom, Amazon (Also found at other stores)


How it claims to work:

Our Drying Cream is specially designed to help shrink pimples and small, under-the-surface bumps. This unique product is formulated with Sulfur and Zinc Oxide to clarify skin, drawing out pore-clogging impurities as a soothing blend of Aloe Vera, Biotin, Lemon Extract, Lysine, and Vitamins B and E help ensure that skin remains balanced.

#MBSKINTIP: This is the ideal product for targeting clusters of breakouts—but remember: apply onto affected areas only.


I actually got a sample of this in the Mario Badescu Acne Starter Kit from Ulta. But I didn’t try it fast enough before it dried out itself. A victim to oily skin as I am, I am drawn to anything that will dry things out a little. I ran across this product again when I went looking through all of the Mario Badescu’s products on Ulta’s website. I was aware of their Drying Lotion, which I am a huge fan of. I didn’t know the big difference between this and the Drying Mask, but the fact that it was a mask and this is a cream. The results are different as well as how you apply it. Mario Badescu recommends you rub in the cream completely, which is fine too, but I personally don’t apply it that way. It is a bit troublesome because it’s really creamy, which means you need a very small amount or you will be rubbing in forever. I personally apply it just like I would a mask, but only on affected areas. (I have applied it on my face in its entirety for an intense “mask” and it worked out fine, so use it at your discretion.) I leave it on overnight, and it dries like a mud mask would. I remove it in the morning and my breakouts are noticeably smaller or gone. I would not recommend this for anyone has dry skin trying to get rid of breakouts but to try the Drying Lotion instead. My only negative comment to this product is the smell. I have a high tolerance for smells, but my nose is especially sensitive. It smells strongly almost like gasoline, and not really a good smell in my opinion (I tend to like the actual smell of gasoline.) The smell “kinda” (but not really) goes away when it dries, but I can still smell hints of it. I have become familiar with the smell, but I can see this being alarming for anyone interested in trying it.

Ratings and Comments:
I really like this product because it does a good job of drying out problematic breakouts that are under the surface or ones that just won’t go away. The only disadvantage is the smell is unbearable sometimes and smells similar to gasoline.

I give this product a 4 out of 5.




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