I received this item as part of my October Topbox and decided it would be the first item I try out. I have a few skincare items waiting in limbo to be taken for a test drive, but I like to use them one at a time so that I can tell if any effects, good or bad, are actually a result of using that particular product, and not something else entirely.
I have adult-onset acne and my usual regimen for facial cleansing consists of washing my face in the morning with Neutrogena All-in-1 Acne Control Daily Scrub and using Balea 3-in-1 Facial Cleaning Towelettes in the evening. Together they seemed to minimize my breakouts, but I am always on the lookout for the next great thing.
Enter Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution. I'm replacing both of the aforementioned products and cleansing my face in the morning and before bed exclusively with Bioderma. It's a liquid, so you treat it as you would a toner, pour some on a cotton pad and wipe it gently across your face.
Week one saw a massive breakout of red, itchy pimples all over my cheeks for about three days. I was inconvenienced, annoyed, embarrassed, but not overly concerned. Starting any new facial cleanser often gives me breakouts and I know well enough to give it some time to acclimate to the Bioderma. The second reason I wasn't too concerned yet was because I've been seeing a lot of posts lately accusing companies who manufacture acne products of putting something in the soaps and creams that actually make you break out so that you will continue to buy their product. I've also heard that Proactiv works wonders - until you stop using it. That being said, I don't know any of these things for a fact and I'm willing to try a product not made to fight acne to see how it stacks up.
Boy, was I itchy, though!
Around day four, the itch was gone, and the redness and pimples had begun to subside. My face definitely felt softer. I have an issue with the skin on the sides of my face - it looks normal, but if you touch it, it feels like sandpaper. Not fun, and embarrassing if someone touches it. I feel a definite difference in the softness of the skin all over, but it's most noticeable here because that area is what I use as the ultimate test.
My face was already feeling less dry and oily (combination skin, here) and more even, just like skin I imagine normal people have. I also noticed a reduction in blackheads on my nose, which are the bane of my existence. I can't seem to get rid of them ever with just regular washing, no matter how hard I scrubbed or how much exfoliation I used. Biore face strips were my weekly go-to.
Since they specifically mention removing water-resistant makeup, I decided to put on some waterproof mascara and see how easily I could remove it at the end of the day. I did take some rubbing, and three cotton pads, but Bioderma did, in fact, remove all of my mascara from my lashes and the skin around my eyes.
Before I give you my final verdict, here's what Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution can do for you according to their website:
Overall, this product did what it claimed it would do, my skin felt softer, cleaner and did not dry out after use. It removed my waterproof mascara and on the whole, this product does exactly what it claims it will do. Its also reasonably priced at $21.95 for a 250ml bottle at Shoppers Drug Mart.
Product Rating: 5 smiles out of 5
Product Website: www.bioderma.com
Product Type: skin care
Would I purchase again?: yes
Would I recommend?: yes
All opinions expressed in this blog are my own, unbiased after testing the product. The product was fully paid for by myself. The subject of this blog entry has no expectation of a review, favorable or otherwise.
I received this product as part of my October Topbox (see what else it contained here) - if you'd like an invite to be a part of Topbox, send me an email.
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