4.22.2017

Bioderma Sensibo H2O Review - The Acne Experiment

You aren't a real beauty blogger until you write about Bioderma. Well here I am Internet. I have arrived.

Bioderma Sensibo H2O Review :: The Acne Experiment

Bioderma's micellar water is the alpha mama that came before before all those wee babies available today. Virtually every major beauty brand makes one now -- from Garnier to La Mer. La Mer's costs a laughable $50 (is it made of mermaid tears?). Bioderma's clocks in at a modest $10-$15 depending on the size bottle you get. Not bad for what a lot of people would consider a luxury beauty product, especially since it's the one all those other brands imitate. If you're a skincare junkie, it's a must-try.


INGREDIENTS:

METHOD:
  1. Obtain some Bioderma micellar water. (This is going to be difficult because they don't sell it in normal stores.)
  2. Nope, not Sephora.
  3. I'm sorry, not Ulta either.
  4. Don't get it from Amazon.
  5. If you can't find it, you just need to think about it really hard, say "30 flirty and thriving" 3 times, and a box will be delivered to your doorstep.
  6. Wait wait wait, did you think of the right kind? There are at least 3 different kinds. 
  7. Returns are a little tricky, here's what you do: throw the bottle at a passing car, preferably a Tesla or similar. The fancy car will take your Bioderma back to where it came from, probably after it runs your over.
  8. Now that you've got the right kind, check that the seal on the bottle is intact. If it's not intact, you probably got it from Amazon and you might have a counterfeit. You were warned.

    Bioderma Micelle Solution Sealed :: Crappy Candle
  9. Now squirt some of the micellar water onto a facial cotton.
  10. Apply to your dry, dirty-ass face. 
  11. It should take off your makeup + eye makeup.
  12. Rinse. (especially if you are acne prone. RINSE!)
  13. Complete your regularly scheduled skincare routine.

CONCLUSIONS:

I ordered mine from Beautylish, aka the only legit US Bioderma distributor I could find at the time. This was my first time ordering from the site, and oh how lovely, my bottle arrived like this:

Beautylish Packaging :: Bioderma Micelle Solution Review
(that came off snarky and it was not meant to be, I was indeed quite pleased with this wrap-job)
I ordered the Sensibo H20 "micelle solution," but there are others. Sensibo is the most basic, simple Bioderma micellar water (only 10 ingredients) -- the other two varieties, Hydrabio and Sébium, have extra stuff in them for dry skin or oily skin, respectively. If you are sensitive or reactive, it makes the most sense to try the one with less ingredients first. I may try Sébium in the future, but I probably won't touch Hydrabio because it contains castor oil.

Sensibo H20 smells kind of chemically, which is expected since it has no added fragrance. It's paraben free too. I think it does a decent job at removing makeup and eye makeup, but if you wear a lot you may want to follow up with a normal cleanser.

For trial frequency, I applied it every-other night + any days I wore makeup. I did my usual water-washcloth routine on the off nights. Because my chin is so reactive, I only applied it there if necessary to remove foundation. After I micelle, rinse (always), then follow up with a bit of jojoba/tea tree oil, moisturizer, then my Retin-A. I do a plain-ole water rinse in the AM. I tested it for 3.5 months:

Bioderma Sensibo H2O Before After :: Crappy Candle

Bioderma Micellar Water Forehead Before After :: Crappy Candle

Bioderma Sensibo H20 Micellar Water Chin Before After :: Crappy Candle

Here I am 7 months later and Bioderma Sensibo H20 has become my defacto cleanser/makeup remover. At the time of writing this, I have the same 250ml bottle and it's only about half empty. I credit it's longevity to: 1) using it only 3-4 times a week & 2) using the thinnest cottons possible to mitigate product waste (these cottons are my go-to).

You're probably wondering: dude, your face looks worse in those after pictures. Why would you continue using this stuff? It does, I know. During this trial, I started dabbling in perioral dermatitis treatment, and I had a major issue on my chin -- some of that aftermath is still visible here. I started seeing a dermatologist a few months after this trial, and I continued using the Bioderma during that time. My face did not fall off or blow up during that period of time, so I call it a win.

UP NEXT:  Perioral Dermatitis FIESTA (Guide to Perioral Dermatitis Part 1 - The Basics)

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PS:  If you want to read a bit more about the wonders of micellar water, check out my Marcelle Micellar Water review.

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Bioderma Micellar Water Review :: The Acne Experiment
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  1. Oh I am here for the upcoming FIESTA. I commented a few months ago about the home remedy I was doing for my PD.... I have since stopped that nonsense as it stopped working. Since then though I have started getting a monthly facial with an esthetician at a natural skincare-focused spa, gotten a Rx cream from my derm, simplified my skincare routine A TON. Happy happy happy to say it's working well, and looking forward to your PS post!!

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