Dupes for Mario Badescu’s Best Sellers

A lot of my blog’s readers are mostly students and those who are on a budget like me. This is a bonus post since it’s my birthday today. I want to share some products which I’m targeting to get. Those shouldnt be kept as secret. Haha.

Mario Badescu is known for their anti-acne treatments. The brand is quite expensive for me. I thought I should share dupes of their best-selling Drying Lotion and Buffering Lotion. These are spot treatments and priced at 1,095 pesos ($23) each based on Rustan’s Website. If you want to save a few bucks, keep on reading. 🙂

Let’s see their descriptions first


Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: The Drying Lotion is a fast acting, effective acne spot treatment. Formulated with salicylic acid, calamine and other quick-drying ingredients, this product will shrink ugly whiteheads virtually overnight while you sleep. While other acne spot treatments can irritate and dry delicate or sensitive skin, this product is safe and effective for all skin types.

Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion: Specially formulated for oily, troubled skin, our effective overnight Buffering Lotion helps clear painful, under-the-skin blemishes while preventing further breakouts. Contains gentle ingredients to normalize skin and help reduce the size of blemishes.



1.AcneCare Drying Lotion – PHP 299
I saw their advertisement on Facebook and I must say this is the most affordable drying lotion out there. It’s available at Mercury Drugstore. People have a hard time looking for this though. Probably because it’s sold out / out of stock. Just want to give you a heads up.

2. SNOE Shoo-Zit Dip & Dry Acne Drying Lotion (20ml) – PHP 449
Its ingredients list is the closest to Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion. This is always available at their kiosks and branches.

3. TONY MOLY AC Control Pink Deep Spot (25ml) – PHP 548
No need to use a cotton bud for this. You might ask then why did I include this. It has the same main ingredient, calamine without the hassle of using cotton bud.

4. ETUDE HOUSE AC Clinic Intense Pink Powder Spot (20ml) – PHP 628
The first drying lotion I’ve tried. It comes with free cotton buds and Pink Powder Liquid used to refill the bottle.


SNOE Shoo-zit Buff The Magic Tonic Cystic Buffering Solution  20ml – PHP 499
It is specifically designed to treat large, deep, cystic acne, the buffering lotion covers large erupted areas for overall treatment. Formulated with nourishing B vitamins and amino acids for healthy skin as well as soothing anti-inflammatory herbal extracts to promote healing. Reduce cystic acne fast with this deep penetrating, fast absorbing formula.

I know there’s a lot of drying lotion dupes from korean brands but I want to focus on the products that are readily available in the Philippines. Have you tried any of these? Share it with us. 🙂


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