The 9 Best Products From Bioderma, Everyone’s Fave French Skincare Brand

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There's no shortage of fantastic skincare brands to be found across the pond—peek into any European pharmacy, and you'll see what we mean—but there's one in particular that stands out among the crowd. We're talking about Bioderma, a French pharmaceutical brand that's been around since the late '70s, though only recently garnered immense popularity stateside. "Bioderma is a brand known for simple, dermatologic-driven formulas geared to help people with different skin types," explains Masha Banar, PA-C. Per the point of all of the products being firmly rooted in dermatology and the brand's solution-driven approach, she adds that skincare is helpfully categorized according to skin types. There's 'sensibio' for sensitive skin, 'sebium' for oily and acne-prone complexions, 'hydrabio' for dull and dehydrated skin, 'atoderm' for very dry and sensitized skin, and 'cicabio' for dry skin prone to irritation. There's also a suncare line and a line for kids and babies. The point being, it makes it easy to figure out exactly which formulas and products are best for you.

Keep reading for more on 10 of our favorites.

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Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water

Bioderma

A true cult classic, this has long been a staple for pro makeup artists and one of the most effective makeup remover-cleanser hybrids out there. Consumers love it as well, with tons of rave reviews all over the internet, and it’s also a go-to for Barnar, who raves about how quickly and effectively it removes makeup. Tiny micelle molecules attach to and whisky away not only makeup but also dirt and oil. Super soothing and gentle, it feels like a more hydrating version of plain water and requires no rinsing.

Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Nourishing Balm

Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Balm

Reach for this cream when you need to call in the big guns to deal with skin that’s extremely dry or sensitized or when everything you apply seems to irritate it even more. It soothes and combats itch, while also helping strengthen your skin barrier in the process. The simple and straightforward super moisturizing formula (great for hands, feet, and body) is so gentle and effective that it’s earned the seal of approval both from The National Eczema Association and The National Psoriasis Foundation.

Bioderma Atoderm Moisturizing Lip Stick

Bioderma Atoderm Moisturizing Lip Stick

Even the most chapped lips don’t stand a chance against this insanely moisturizing balm. Shea butter imparts a heavy dose of moisture, but it also contains beeswax to help lock in all of that hydration. Bonus points for the affordable price tag, which means that you can stock up on a whole bunch to always keep on hand.

Bioderma Sensibio AR Cream

Bioderma Sensibio AR Cream

Another favorite of Banar's is this formula, which she reaches for to soothe her sensitive, redness-prone skin. It helps decrease the look of redness and the associated feeling of heat and flushing, and it's an especially great pick for anyone prone to rosacea. An added benefit, Banar points out that it also helps your makeup go on better afterward.

Bioderma Sensibio Foaming Gel

Bioderma Sensibio Foaming Gel

"For those who like to get that extra clean feeling after washing their face, this is a great pick," says Banar. The gel formula removes impurities, but she adds that it won't strip your skin, unlike many other gels or foaming washes; in fact, it's so gentle that you can even use it twice daily. Credit the fact that it's sulfate-free and infused with nourishing vitamin E

Bioderma Sebium Mat Control

Bioderma Sebium Mat Control

"For those who like to get that extra clean feeling after washing their face, this is a great pick," says Banar. The gel formula removes impurities, but she adds that it won't strip your skin, unlike many other gels or foaming washes; in fact, it's so gentle that you can even use it twice daily. Credit the fact that it's sulfate-free and infused with nourishing vitamin E

For random itchy spots, bug bites, blisters, burns, unidentified rashes, you name it, this cream is a skin-saving must-have. To use, dab a tiny bit of the multi-tasker, which contains both a proprietary ingredient that reduces itching and the urge to scratch, plus antibacterial copper and zinc, plus moisturizing hyaluronic acid that works to help skin heal faster, on your skin for relief.

BioDerma Sensibio Gel Eye Contour

BioDerma Sensibio Gel Eye Contour

The stars of the show in this formula are hyaluronic acid and caffeine. The former instantly hydrates and plumps up the skin to minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles; the latter is a choice for both de-puffing and making dark circles less noticeable. We’d be happy enough with that, but this formula is also super lightweight and fast-absorbing (so you can even use it in the morning under makeup) and is so gentle that it’s one of the rare eye creams that you can apply to your upper lids.

Perfect for combination or oily skin, this combines both glycolic and salicylic acids, which work to dissolve dead skin cells and help unclog pores. They also help leave skin generally smoother and more even, ideal when your complexion looks lackluster and needs a pick-me-up. Top tip: Massage it into the skin for one to two minutes before rinsing for the best results.

Why Trust Byrdie?

Byrdie contributor Melanie Rud has over a decade of experience in the beauty industry, writing for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. A stop at the pharmacy is always one of her favorite parts of a European vacation, and she was very happy when Bioderma finally became available in the U.S.

Meet the Expert


Masha Banar
, PA-C, is a certified physician assistant, the inventor of Mesolyft, and the founder of Visage Sculpture, a cosmetic clinic in Boston.

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