“Ouch! This baby stings like hell! But hey, if it can get rid of blackheads, I’ll take it,” I thought as I tried Bioderma Sebium Global Intensive Purifying Care for the first time.
It’s the first treatment that acts both on the causes and consequences of acne. Because zapping pimples once they’ve popped up is all well and good. But keeping them from popping up in the first place is even better.
Here are all the way this treatment helps you get rid of your acne – even before it appears:
Key Ingredients In Bioderma Sebium Global Intensive Purifying Care
Salicylic Acid To Unclog Pores & Get Rid Of Blackheads
Salicylic acid is an exfoliant on steroids. It helps treat acne in three ways:
- Surface exfoliation: Salicylic acid dissolves the glue that holds skin cells together so they can slough off. Once they’re off your skin, they won’t accidentally fall into your pores and clog them up.
- Pore exfoliation: Salicylic acid is oil-soluble, so it easily penetrates the skin’s lipid barrier and gets inside the pores, removing all the gunk that’s clogging them up and giving you blackheads and pimples.
- Soothing: Salicylic Acid has anti-inflammatory properties that reduces the redness that always comes along with pimples.
If you’re dealing with blackheads, whiteheads or pimples, this is the exfoliant to use.
Related: Why Salicylic Acid Is Key To Spot-Free Skin
Citric Acid To Exfoliate Skin & Prevent Clogged Pores
Citric acid is a member of the Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) family. Yep, the same family as glycolic acid. Citric isn’t as famous because it’s not as powerful.
It does the same job: dissolve the glue that holds skin cells together so they can slough off your face instead than getting into your pores and give you acne. But it’s weak. It peels skin only when you use A TON of it.
Citric Acid is the third ingredient in Bioderma Sebium Global Intensive Purifying Care, so it can do the job.
P.S. This stuff stings! If you have sensitive skin, I don’t recommend it.
Related: BHA VS AHAs: Which One Should YOU Use?
Zinc Gluconate To Soothe Redness
Zinc gluconate is the zinc salt of gluconic acid, an acid made from glucose. Studies show it helps treat acne. It works by reducing inflammation in the skin.
Acne is an inflammatory diseases. The redness that comes along with it a symptom of this inflammation. By adding zinc gluconate to your skincare routine, you may be able to soothe this red beast and help your skin heal faster.
I say “may” because this research only looked into oral supplements. We don’t know yet if Zinc Gluconate does the same thing when applied to the skin, too.
Bakuchiol To Regulate Oil Production
You’ve probably heard about bakuchiol. Rumour has it, it’s a natural alternative to retinol.
I wouldn’t go that far. Bakuchiol doesn’t belong to the same family. But it does a lot of the same things. Like retinol, it fights free radicals, brightens skin and improves its texture.
Bakuchiol isn’t just for antiaging. It’s good for acne, too – and not just because it kills P. Acnes, the bacteria that’s giving you acne and making your life hell.
Bakuchiol reduces the formation of 5-α-reductase, an enzyme that converts testosterone into DHT, triggering the overproduction of sebum. Once you get this enzyme under control, oil production will slow down.
Related: 3 Little Known Anti-Acne Ingredients For Clearer Skin
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
Bioderma Sebium Global Intensive Purifying Care has a lightweight, fast-absorbing texture that sinks immediately into the skin, without leaving a greasy residue behind.
I apply it on my t-zone straight after cleansing. Blackheads like to gather on my nose, while my forehead loves nothing better than pump out too much oil and shine brighter than a diamond.
The treatment does a wonderful job at getting rid of blackheads. They pop up real quick if I don’t exfoliate every day, but this baby keeps them at bay. If one rears its ugly head, it’s gone in three days.
I tried applying the treatment all my over my face but boy, does this stuff sting! I have pretty resistant skin that easily tolerates high concentrations of retinol and glycolic acid. But citric acid never fails to make my upper cheeks sting like crazy.
If you can put up with it, it does make your skin tone smoother and brighter. Me? I’m keeping Bioderma Sebium Global Intensive Purifying Care as a t-zone treatment only and sticking to glycolic acid for the rest of my face.
I also noticed my t-zone didn’t get shiny as quickly as it usually does. I get an extra couple hours before the shine overwhelms it again.
If your skin’s prone to acne, Bioderma Sebium Global Intensive Purifying Care can help you keep the pimples and blackheads at bay. If it’s sensitive to boot, treat it as a spot treatment only. That citric acid is strong!
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Ingredients: Aqua/Water, C12-13 Alkyl Lactate, Citric Acid, Dipropylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sodium Hydroxyde, Glycerin, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Zinc Gluconate, Salicylic Acid, Arachidyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Silica, Xanthan Gum, Arachidyl Glucoside, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Squalane, Bakuchiol, Sodium Metabisulfite, Xylitol, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Fructooligosaccharides, Mannitol, Propyl Gallate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceide, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Rhamnose, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Fragrance [BI 673]
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