Monthly Skincare Review: Bioderma AR and How to Reduce Rosacea. / by Didier Young

If you were to ask anyone if they know of Bioderma, their immediate answer would most likely make reference to the brand’s micellar water. The first time I heard mention of the brand was on Lisa Eldridge’s youtube, an amazing make-up artist who has previously worked with Shiseido and Boots No7 before becoming the global creative director of Lancôme in 2015. She mentioned that it was her favourite micellar water to use on models during fashion week due to its gentle nature and needless to say, I immediately ran to my local drug store to grab a bottle after the video ended. This was how my love story with Bioderma began.

The Holy grail product turned the brand into a household name but the brand’s catalogue consists of far more than just a make-up remover. Bioderma has six different lines targeting different skin issues ranging from skin sensitivity, oily blemished skin and damaged skin. With the recent release of a new CC cream and micellar water, Bioderma is ready to help tackle another skin issue: Rosacea. The long-term skin condition generally affects the face and it is most common in fair skinned individuals. Rosacea manifests itself with redness, pimples and swelling which often leads to it being miss-diagnosed as acne and patients will often be given treatments that will simply worsen their skin condition. While the cause of rosacea is unknown, it is believe to be hereditary and it is unfortunately incurable. However, there are treatments that may help to improve the symptoms and provide relief to the patients.

The newest products form part of Sensibio, the line dedicated to sensitive skin. The least amount of ingredients in a product, the better it is for sensitive skin and Bioderma made sure to adapt this motto while creating this whole line. With the inclusion of their Rosactiv exclusive patent, both of those products aim to provide immediate comfort and radiance to the skin. Much like the original micellar water, the newest version gently cleanses the skin and removes all makeup but thanks to the Rosactiv, it also biologically lowers and prevents redness. The same applies to the AR CC Cream 30 which hydrates and soothes while masking redness. Sun protection is very important for patients suffering from rosacea as sunlight is a factor that can worsen the condition and thankfully, the cream contains an SPF 30 which helps to protect the skin from the sun rays. You can wrap up this easy 3 step routine with the Sensibio eye gel which will help to soothe and moisturise. However, the latter does not included the anti- redness technology and is perfect for anyone with sensitive skin.

Since I do no suffer from rosacea, I cannot offer you an accurate review of the effectiveness of this line. However, I did give the products a try as I went through the ingredient list and it did not include any particular ingredients that would be bad for people who are not suffering from the skin condition. The micellar water is on par with the original formula and it still provides you with that gentle cleanse that I have come to associate with the brand. The eye gel is on the thinner side and will be the perfect addition to my skincare routine during the summer however I do require something a tad heavier during winter. As far as the CC cream goes, I didn’t fully understand how it was meant to be a universal shade. While it did blend fairly well on my skin, my darker skinned friend gave it a try and it looked quite ashy on him. That being said, rosacea is a condition that most frequently affects caucasians so I can understand why it would be commercialized as a universal tint in this particular situation. Must like most CC creams, it is on the thicker side which means that a little goes a long way. The fragrance is pleasant and the slight tint will help to attenuate any skin redness but it would not replace a foundation or a concealer by any means. The cream is comfortable on the skin albeit not as hydrating as I would like it to be but that is also coming from someone who loves layering serums and creams on everyday for maximum hydration.

During my research about rosacea, I came upon a few skincare tips that dermatologists offer to their patients and I would like to share them here as well.

  1. Cleanse your face twice a day VERY GENTLY .

  2. Moisturize every day. Trapping water in your skin can reduce irritation and make your skin feel more comfortable.

  3. Protect your skin from the sun year round as it is a leading cause of flare-ups. Opt for a product with an SPF 30 or higher!

  4. Choose rosacea friendly skin care products. Basically avoid anything with alcohol, camphor, fragrance, glycolic acid, lactic acid, menthol, sodium laurel sulphate and urea. Also favour a cream over a gel. Remember, the more hydrated your skin is, the more comfortable it will feel.

  5. Test skin care products and make up before applying to your face. Simply dab a small amount of the product near your rosacea prone skin and if it irritates your skin within 72 hours, do not use it. That’s when grabbing samples from Sephora before purchasing the products comes in very handy.

  6. Be gentle with your skin. No rubbing or scrubbing guys!

I have checked the ingredient lists of all three products and they do contain ingredients such as titanium dioxide, dimethicone and SPF which are recommended for people suffering from rosacea. However, the CC cream does contain some fragrance so I do definitely recommend doing a skin test for this one just to make sure that your skin is comfortable with it. Other than that, I think that it’s great that a brand is putting so much focus on a skin issue that only affect a smaller percentage of the population. I personally love the brand and I really do hope that they hit another home run with this amazing new line!

-Didier