This product works SO well! In just a day after waiting maybe 15-20 minutes and rinsing it off, i could quickly see a MAJOR difference in the pimples, i hardly had ANY pimples after using this product! The only problem is it's a little pricey, but it's worth it. The smell of the product is just wonderful, i feel like im in a spa! The color is nice its not that weird alien green or mucky blue color, but a color that almost matches your skin. I'd DEFINTELY buy some more when i run out! it's such i great product, i use it EVERYDAY! i had a pimple problem, now i have hardly any pimples and i just to use it not too long ago! i'll DEFINTELY keep using this!
If you are blessed with skin that rarely breaks out, this makes pretty good cover-up for those small pimples. It does its job as a drying agent whereby a huge red "juicy" zit gets shrunken into a smaller flesh-colored papule, but then again, you'll have to apply something that really covers the rest of the underlying mechanisms behind acne so don't rely on this alone.
I'm really on the fence with this treatment. It's just not very effective, no matter what kind of pimples I use it on. Whiteheads, pustules, cystic pimples, popped pimples. Barely any effect for me. The only thing that makes this a positive review is that I have seen some effect on pimples that are already healing, it seems to reduce the mark that's leftover when the pimple is gone. For something sold as an acne treatment, that's pretty weak.
The concealing aspect isn't non-existent, but it's also weak. You barely need any product, and when you blend it out, it dulls some of the redness in a healing pimple, but the texture is odd. I apply it after toner and before moisturizer, and have no problems applying makeup afterward.
So, this isn't a complete dud for me, but I wouldn't recommend it or buy it again. There are better fade products out there and this is too expensive for just the healing aspect. It's a $14 "meh" for me.
Oh my goodness, this is a YES. I don't know how it works, I don't know what's in it, all I know it I applied it yesterday and today a pimple has gone down and is drying up. I was so excited to review this I did not want to wait until I could post it was GONE, but I cannot help it - it's that good.
Heavy duty paste consistency, smells a little medicinal. I apply it with a q-tip, just dot it on. I slept in it last night and plan on doing the same thing again tonight. I read the reviews here that said 3-4 days. I'm saying that this pimple (big and hurty) has deflated 100% has almost dried up. Another 24 hours should do it.
24 hours later (+) Wow. Everything dried up. Another day and I should be able to wash the remaining dead skin away. I'm in awe. It also cut down on the hyperpigmentation left behind - from what I can see thus far. I'm super impressed.
INGREDIENTS: Deionized Water, Zinc Oxide,Aloe, Beeswax,Cetyl Alcohol,Lemon Extract, Colloidal Sulfur,Ervol,Octyl Palmitate,Ichthammol,Polysorbate 80, Titanium Dioxide,Polyglycerylmethacrylate (and) Propylene Glycol
The "light concealing quality" is not accurate at all. I consider this to be a medication for acne and pimples, period. Concealers have come a long way since. I can see wearing a tiny dab of this under a foundation, but has any sort of cover up. No way.
I received a sample of this at ULTA and loved it after first use. I applied this before using my bb cream and afterwards I couldn't even see it. By the end of the day my problem zit had gone down in size and when I followed up with the MB Drying Lotion at night that zit was gone by morning. I'm definitely happy with the results of using this product. A little goes a long way so I can't imagine running out of it very soon.
I bought this at Ulta three or four months ago for around $15, which is exceptionally pricey for me. However, after reading the many glowing reviews on MakeupAlley, I decided to splurge in hopes it would be the "miracle" spot treatment I was hoping for. Unfortunately, it was not.
When I first applied this to a pimple, I was a little overwhelmed by the scent: it smelled strongly of sulfur and--aloe? I'm usually not sensitive to fragrance (I've been suffering with acne for six years now and have therefore used dozens of different products), but this drying cream had a relatively powerful scent to it that I was unused to. It somewhat dissipated after ten or fifteen minutes, though, so it wasn't a big problem.
My second reaction to this spot treatment was the color and consistency when applied to my face. It claims that it conceals the pimple while on, but instead the cream is a very unnatural color that I'm sure would only match very, very few people's skin. It was VERY noticeable when I had it on. I wasn't looking for something to conceal my pimples, though, so this wasn't a big downfall for me.
However, the consistency of this cream is what DID bother me. It's creamy when first applied, but never seems to truly "dry". Instead, I feel it simply sits on top of the pimple without sinking in. And the worst part? I can't wear this to bed because it instantly rubs off on my pillow case, and thus becomes ineffective. Consequently, I can only wear this spot treatment when I'm staying home for the entire day.
All of the above would be completely and utterly fine with me if this actually worked. I have tried this on whiteheads, the kind of pimples that never reach the surface (I like to call these my "Mount St. Helens"), and popped pimples. This drying cream never helped on any of the aformentioned pimples, though. Like I said before, it literally just sat on top of the blemishes and did nothing.
One of the only positive things I can say about this cream is that a tub will last the average person six months to a year (maybe even more!), so if it actually worked, that would be fantastic.
Overall, I was expecting a lot more for $15. I've honestly had drugstore products that were $5-$7 work much better than this. It was a huge disappointment, especially after I had read so many good reviews. Oh well. Everybody's skin is different, so I would recommend trying this anyways (especially at Ulta; they have a great return policy if you don't like it!). I seem to be in the minority here; I'm glad to read that this works for others!
I got this as a free sample and it worked really well. I applied this on several huge whiteheads at night, washed my face the next morning and all that gunk came right out! Only thing I did not like (which is why i removed one lippie) is that the product states to remove "under the skin" breakouts and it didnt do that for me.
I had filled out the questionnaire online and went about with the samples. This was one of them I received (I was also supposed to get the lotion but it never came). Anyways so I started using all of my samples and my skin just looks amazing right now. When I had a pimple I'd put this cream on it and it'd almost disappear! I love this stuff so much. The fun part is that I barely use a pinhead size dot of this and it works. The little sample jar will last me months as my skin has cleared up with the use of their other products. So I did put "yes" for re-buying but it'll be months before I'll have to do so. Completely worth it. Mario Badescu is worth the money for what you get!
I personally did not have any luck with this. Actually, I just threw it in the trash this morning. It is not the worst smelling stuff I have used, but I do not think it smells good. For that reason, I used it only at night. I did not try it on blemishes without a head, so it may definitely work for that. However, I did use it on open and red blemishes. Never did it do anything for me: Not dry out, reduce redness or heal. Used several times to try and be fair and to not waste product, but just not cutting it.
Packaging: Not great. I did not mind the jar itself, which made it easy to get product out. I kept lid on tight and it still turned a brownish color, which just kept making me wonder if it was still any good (or was I using a product with no more juice left?). Also, I had been not wanting to waste product, but when I used it for the final time last night, I noticed I had hit the bottom of jar. What the...? It must have a raised bottom or something. There may be a reason for it, if so, cool, if not...kinda wasteful and deceiving. But, oh well, I won't need to worry about that because I will not be buying it again. I am now going to focus more on the Bandescu Healing Powder. Will write a review when finished. Hope this helps someone as this is my #1 place to go for reviews. Thanks to you all :)
I use this drying cream as a concealer. I take the lightest shade in most foundations, and lucky for me, this cream matches up just right. I've had great results with sulfur on my pimples, and this was no exception. However, this will not help with concealing scarring or discoloration--if I don't apply directly to an active pimple, it will over-dry my skin and my skin will start to flake. I will continue to use on pimples, though!