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.
Product Website: www.bioderma.com
Product Type: skin care
Would I purchase again?: yes
Would I recommend?: yes