I seriously read reviews on everything! No acne spot treatment ever did anything impressive for me and I got to a point where I was frustrated and fed up. I came on MUA and after reading reviews, I bought he drying cream. Wow! Seriously my skin had been missing this for years. I just dab a little on the spot where I feel a breakout coming and in the next 1-2 days the pimple doesn't even surface, it just completely goes away. Awesome product!
When I first used this product I had purchased it with the acne relief set by MB. One of the associates at Ulta had raved about it to me and I just knew I had to try it. AMAZING. My skin has done a 360 in the last month or so. I had been using Clinique's acne line but my skin had plateaued. This is the perfect spot treatment for me. If I see a pimple about to surface I just put a tiny ( extra emphasis on tiny ) dab on it and its goes away overnight. Cystic pimples... buh-bye. Its pretty slow but you can bet it will be smaller every day you use it and in no way painful!
p.s. I don't care for the packaging b/c it is not hygienic. i compulsive wash my hands prior to applying.
I recently started using the Mario Badescu line when I broke out pretty badly. I was reccomended by a worker at Ulta, so I went ahead and bought the Drying Lotion. It cleared out my breakout in about 3 days, I was so impressed! Then I bought the Drying Cream yesterday for a more convenient and inexpensive spot treatment. I put it on last night and woke up with my skin almost perfectly clear! I have had issues with little flesh colored bumps on my face, and this got rid of them! I have NEVER tried a better spot treatment. I highly reccomend this!!!
This cream is great! I didn't really have high hopes for it but since the ingredients look good, it's tinted, and it's relatively cheap and I don't have a spot treatment-why not? Well it worked! I had two pimples last night but this morning they are gone! The fact that it's tinted makes it great for day time use too if you want to forego concealer, but be warned-it is VERY light. I'm NC15/20 and this was light for me.
I received a sample of this a few weeks ago after filling out a survey on the Mario Badescu site. I had tried his Drying Lotion before and was thoroughly unimpressed by it, so I tried this product with little hope that it'd do much for my blemishes. But I've been quite pleasantly surprised! It's worked better than any other acne cream I've tried in recent memory.
My skin is neither sensitive or acne prone, but I get 1-3 small-to-medium pimples every few weeks that stubbornly resist treatment. They're generally headless, red, sore and don't respond to my normal salicylic acid treatment (I use a lotion with 2% S.A. daily) or to benzoyl peroxide. If I can resist picking at them, they usually take 7-10 days to heal. But with Drying Cream, that time can be cut nearly in half. This isn't some miracle cream that magically vanishes my zit overnight, but even after just one night my zit is always noticeably smaller and often less painful.
The texture of this product is creamy and so thick it almost verges into paste territory, but it applies and spreads easily on the skin. It's flesh colored, fairly pigmented and good at hiding some of the redness, but unless you are both pale and have heavy yellow or olive undertones, it's no concealer substitute. I find if used sparingly though, it blends well into my skin and works well with my makeup. I usually use just a tiny dab on zits during the day, then much more generously at night.
This product smells awful (like sulfur, which is one of the ingredients), but it's not so bad that I keep smelling it after application. It doesn't irritate or dry out my skin either, though my skin's pretty tough and oily in the areas I often breakout so take that with a grain of salt. I'm currently working off a free sample, but the product seems like it'd be a good value economically. $14 may seem a little pricy for zit cream, but I've seen the tub at Ulta and it seems big enough to last me for ages. I definitely plan on purchasing a full size in the future.
I came across this Drying Cream about 2 years ago after receiving a sample from MarioBadescu.com (filling out the survey). After I finished the small sample jar (which lasted forever), I ran to Ulta to get this $15 jar. My most recent jar was purchased August of 2012, and I'm still working on the same jar (running low, but its lasted 13 months).
I have very calm, simple (yet sensitive) skin. I DO NOT have acne-prone skin, I get minimal blemishes once a month. This cream has worked wonders on those pesky hormonal pimples that decide to pop up. When I feel a blemish coming, I dab a small amount on and rub it in. I use this as a spot treatment overnight for the tough pimples, seeing a significant reduction in size and redness by the morning.
For the difficult blemishes, I dab on over my moisturizer, before any kind of BB cream or foundation when doing my makeup. While I dont believe it completely conceals, I believe it has properties that reduce the redness (by the color of the product's green-undertones).
This is a Holy Grail product for myself and will always be a staple in my drawer. It is the most expensive blemish treatment I've ever purchased, but the amount of product and lasting time actually makes this about $1/month.
I just used up the sample of this that I received after completing the skincare questionnaire on the Mario Badescu website (I got it like three months ago! Maybe four, it lasted forever!) and went to Ulta and bought the full size version of this drying cream. I paid $14 USD for a .5 ounce jar, but don't let the numbers fool you! For as long as this jar lasts, it's a steal!
Whenever I feel a pimple coming on, notice a blemish, or see an area that looks like one may soon appear, I just dab a tiny amount of this on a clean face, wait a couple minutes for it to dry a bit, pat it in with a clean finger, and that's it! I don't wash it off like some others say they do, and I use it both morning and night as needed. It works wonders for pimples. Pimples that came due to my period were done within days, and that has never happened before, usually I have those suckers for a week or more. And ones that seemed to just pop up overnight were practically gone two days later.
My only complaint is that the jar is rather difficult to use with my acrylic nails and makes for a not so fun time trying to remove the product from underneath them once I dip my finger into the jar. Also, some others say that it smells nice or spa like? I think that it stinks... It's not strong and it goes away after a bit, but still,the initial smell upon putting it on my face is NOT good. Lastly, it certainly can NOT be used as a concealer like some others have mentioned... At least not on me (I wear an NC25 in MAC foundation). It is such an odd color that a separate concealer has to be used for blemishes which is not a big deal at all.
I will repurchase this again and again and always have some stocked up because it has worked wonders for my skin and helped my self confidence tremendously during that time of the month and with breakouts.
I originally bought this for my teenage brother who has a break out here and there. He applied this cream that same night and the next morning, his skin was clear from the small black dots and the big pimple was reduced by half.
So, after seeing that, I decided to give it a try myself since I tend to break out around "that time" and usually end up with 2 big pimples that grow out of control, I pick at and then end up with a huge blemish or scar. It took 2 days for the big one to dry out, one night for the smaller one. The pimples dried out and disappeared. I had no blemish, no peeling or even a mark indicating there was ever a pimple there.
Definitely great spot on treatment and worth the money since the jasr lasts months.
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.