Bioderma - Photoderm Anti-Blemish SPF30

Bioderma Photoderm Anti-Blemish SPF30

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WORKS FOR
  • Sun protection
  • Evens skin tone
  • Exfoliation
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Anti-blemish
  • +4 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • glycolic acid
  • salicylic acid
  • paraffinum liquidum
  • butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • ectoin
  • fructooligosaccharides
  • ginkgo biloba leaf extract
  • laminaria ochroleuca extract
  • mannitol
  • methyl methacrylate crosspolymer
  • methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol
  • octocrylene
  • rhamnose
  • silica
  • tocopherol
  • +13 more
PROMISES
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90 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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WIMJ summary

This product offers a good level of protection against both UVB and UVA rays.

This sunscreen uses organic (so-called "chemical") sunscreen filters. Organic, or "chemical" filters usually provide reliable sun protection and rarely leave a white cast. Sunscreens with organic filters can sting eyes.

This product can be considered "reef safe" because it does not contain the UV filters (oxybenzone and octinoxate) that can be harmful to coral reefs when present in the water in high concentrations.

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"Photoderm Anti-Blemish SPF30"
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WIMJ summary

This product contains ingredients (glycolic acid) that could help reduce blemishes and clogged pores in theory, but there is not enough evidence that they actually work.

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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains glycolic acid.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

This product can also help prevent early signs of skin aging because it offers a good level of broad spectrum sun protection. Sun damage is the main cause of premature skin aging, and protecting your skin from the sun is the best anti-aging strategy.

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This product offers broad spectrum sun protection. It means that it can prevent hyperpigmentation and help keep the skin tone even (sun damage is the main factor causing age spots, darkening of post-acne marks and other discolorations).

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This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: glycolic acid.

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This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": fructooligosaccharides, mannitol.

When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. If the air is dry, humectants can speed up the moisture loss from the skin. This is why it is a good idea to use another product on top of this one to help "seal in" the moisture (look for ingredients like dimethicone, squalane, oils and butters).

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This product contains antioxidants (ginkgo biloba leaf extract) that might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin to lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun). There is not enough evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin though.

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Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Helps products spread more easily and works as an emollient to soften skin
5.5% - 6.7%
A weak sunscreen that protects against the sun rays that cause sunburn (UVB) and is somewhat effective against the UVA rays. It is quite stable and can help stabilize other, more vulnerable, sunscreen ingredients like Avobenzone. It is an organic, or so called "chemical" sunscreen
4.5% - 5.5%
Tinosorb M. A UV filter. Is effective against both UVA and UVB rays. It is photostable and can also be used to improve photostability of other sunscreen ingredients. It is soluble in water, which helps to create lightweight sunscreen formulations. Unfortunately, it is not approved by the FDA (US) yet
3.6% - 4.4%
Avobenzone. An organic, or so-called "chemical" UV filter. Protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Needs to be combined with other filters in a formulation to be stable.
3.1% - 3.8%
Helps to dissolve other ingredients in a formulation. Slows down the rate of product drying
1.8% - 2.2%
Used to create a nice product finish
1.7% - 2%
Helps thicken the product consistency
1.5% - 1.8%
1.1% - 1.4%
Used to absorb oil and can temporarily mattify skin
1.2% - 1.4%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.65% - 1%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.6% - 0.9%
0.45% - 0.65%
Helps oil and water mix together. Can be irritating
0.45% - 0.7%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin reveling a more even, smoother complexation. It is also able to stimulate collagen production with long-term use. Could help to reduce pore congestion. It can be irritating to the skin. Apply sunscreen daily if using products with glycolic acid
0.3% - 0.6%
Used for skin exfoliation. It has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, helps to unclog pores, prevent blemishes and speed up healing of the existing ones. Sometimes referred to as a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid)
0.3% - 0.55%
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin
0.25% - 0.5%
A gelling agent that thickens the product consistency and leaves the skin with a velvety finish
0.25% - 0.45%
Mineral oil. One of the most effective and well studied occlusive and emollient moisturizing ingredients. Helps reduce moisture loss in skin and repair skin barrier function
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.2% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.16% - 0.32%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.15% - 0.3%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.15% - 0.3%
Softens the upper layer of the skin and can support skin barrier function
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrier function
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps oil and water mix together. It also helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.3%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals and reduce inflammation in skin. It can be irritating
0.15% - 0.3%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.2% - 0.35%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.15% - 0.3%
Help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.25%
Helps preserve product formulations and can mask the smell of other ingredients in a product
0.15% - 0.25%
A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin
0.2% - 0.35%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.1% - 0.2%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.05% - 0.15%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.05% - 0.05%

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