I’ve been using Bioderma products for years. Their micellar water and SPF are staples in my skincare routine. Their micellar water is the best product to get rid of makeup without the oily feeling many makeup removers leave. I’ve also recently discovered it’s good at removing scuff marks on the rubber part of white sneakers too. I’ve also tried many facial SPF’s and the Bioderma ones are my favorite (though I’m partial to the tinted Photoderm SPF50 which gives me protection, coverage and a dewy look). 

Bioderma is a NAOS brand that has been around for over 40 years. Their expertise is in skin biology, and they specialise in dermatology.  They believe that healthy skin should be accessible to everyone and have developed practical and easy to use products for all skin types and all ages. Their price point and stockist locations also make them one of the most accessible and affordable dermatologists backed skincare brands.


About the Bioderma Pigmentbio Range 

Bioderma Pigmentbio Range

The Bioderma Pigmentbio range is tailored to brighten skin and treat hyperpigmentation on the face and body. The multi-product range provides hyperpigmentation treatment that is both effective and high tolerance. The products utilize LumiReveal™ Technology which regulates melanin production and optimizes cell renewal to eliminate excess melanin. Melanin is a natural pigment that gives the skin its colour. However, irregular and excessive melanin production is responsible for dark spots and an uneven complexion.

My skin is pale, freckled and burns easily in the sun. Because of this, my skin is susceptible to pigmentation in the form of sunspots – even with wearing SPF. After a month spent outside in extreme heat, I had noticeable pigmentation on my forehead near my hair line. While it faded with time, I still had noticeable sunspots I wanted to lighten. When I got the chance to test Bioderma’s PigmentBio range I leapt at it. 

For the past 6 weeks I’ve been using four products from the Bioderma Pigmentbio range – Bioderma Pigmentbio H2O Brightening Miceller Water, Bioderma Pigmentbio C-Concentrate, Bioderma Pigmentbio Night Renewer and the Pigmentbio Daily Care SPF 50+. 


Bioderma Pigmentbio H2O Brightening Micellar Water 

Bioderma Pigmentbio H2O Brightening Micellar Water

The Bioderma H2O is a cult favorite for a reason. It acts as a daily leave on cleanser, removing makeup and cleansing the skin. The Pigmentbio H2O is also formulated to even out skin tone. I use this everyday as the first step of my nighttime skincare routine. It removes any dirt or makeup from my skin. I follow this with a facewash. 

Featured Ingredients:  Pigmentbio H2O contains a patented combination of active ingredients andrographolide and lysine azelate. These active ingredients are recognized for their depigmenting action and regulate the biological mechanisms that cause hyperpigmentation for optimum brightening and preventive efficacy.

Texture: It feels exactly like the regular Bioderma H2O. It’s light, very gentle and non-greasy and leaves your skin feeling fresh. 

Scent: It is unfragranced. 

Packaging: It comes in a 250ml bottle, that looks exactly like all their H2Os, the only difference being the bottle cap and label is grey. 

Results: It’s brilliant at removing makeup (including mascara) and acting as the first cleansing step. I love that it doesn’t leave your face feeling greasy or oily. If you were in a situation without water you would be able to use this to cleanse your face. 

Where to buy: Dischem, Clicks, Superbalist and Dermastore (or visit Dermalogica’s website for more retailers)

Price: R250 (best price from Dischem)


Bioderma Pigmentbio C-Concentrate

Bioderma Pigmentbio C-Concentrate

This Vitamin C Concentrate is intended to correct intense pigmentation. It’s not intended to be a regular part of your skincare routine, but rather as an occasional targeted treatment to be used for 1-3 months as a cure. This can be repeated every 3 months. I used this as step 3, following cleansing with the Bioderma H2O and a gentle face wash. It’s applied to both your face and neck, with care taken to avoid the eye area. 

Featured Ingredients:  The C-Concentrate uses LumiReveal™ Technology to treat pigmentation.

  • Glabridin reduces inflammation, which causes an overprouction of melanin. 
  • Andrographolide and azelaic acid limit melanin production.
  • Epidermactiv boosts cellular renewal by eliminating cells filled with melanin.

It’s also supplemented by a cocktail of vitamins that are essential for the skin: vitamin C, E and PP which protect and strengthen the skin barrier.

In addition, it has a high AHA/BHA (glycolic and salicylic acids) concentration that provides a gentle, peeling-like efficacy that doesn’t damage the skin or dry it out, thanks to its 8-hour hydration action.

Texture: It has a thick serum like texture which spreads nicely and feels incredibly hydrating. There is slight tingling from the active ingredients but that went away fast. 

Scent: It has a very light scent that doesn’t linger. 

Packaging: It comes in a 15ml bottle with a dropper that allows you to easily apply the required 5 drops. 

Results: I love what this feels like and what it’s done for my skin. Vitamin C works well on my skin and leaves it noticeably brighter. The dark pigmentation near my hairline has reduced significantly and other than the small purge I had in the beginning, my skin has been clear and bright which I credit to this C-Concentrate. I plan on using it for the full 3 months to see if it further reduces the pigmentation. 

Where to buy: Dischem, Superbalist and Dermastore (or visit Dermalogica’s website for more retailers)

Price: R379.95 (best price from Dischem)


Bioderma Pigmentbio Night Renewer

Bioderma Pigmentbio Night Renewer

This is a night cream that helps your skin regenerate overnight leaving it brighter, more even and firmer. I use this every night as the last step in my skincare routine. I also tap some under my eyes having learnt that a good moisturizer is as effective as an eye cream. 

Featured Ingredients: The night renewer also uses LumiReveal™ Technology to reduce inflammation (Glabridin), limit melanin production (andrographolide and azelaic acid) and 

boosts cellular renewal (Epidermactiv)

Like the C-Concentrate, the night renewer is supplemented by vitamin C, E and PP which protect and strengthen the skin barrier.

In addition, it also contains hexapeptide-2, an active ingredient that I helps regulate collagen production for smoother and firmer skin in the morning for anti-aging benefits. 

Texture: the texture is described as a water filled sleeping mask which is quite accurate. It’s a really light and incredibly hydrating texture that spreads well (a little goes a long way) and leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated. 

Scent: It has a lightly perfumed scent which I really like. 

Packaging: It comes in a 50ml tub. In the 6 weeks that I have been using it nightly it is still more than half full, so I expect it to last at the least 3 months. 

Results: I have dry skin especially living in a drier climate. The biggest difference to my skin is that it has felt really hydrated, looks clear and the pigmentation has lightened. 

Where to buy: Dischem, Superbalist and Dermastore (or visit Dermalogica’s website for more retailers)

Price: R460 (Best price from Dermastore)


Bioderma Pigmentbio Daily Care SPF50+

This is a daily SPF that doesn’t only protect your skin from the sun but also helps brighten and reduce marks and pigmentation. SPF is the one product I use every day. This is untinted so I use it alone or if I’m wearing makeup as the first product before foundation or concealer. 

Featured Ingredients: This also makes use of the LumiReveal™ Technology as well as the addition of Vitamins C, E and PP. 

Being an SPF it also provides broad-spectrum anti-UVA and anti-UVB protection (SPF50+) to protect the skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation.

Texture: It’s a thick creamy SPF that has a matte look and feel. Because of the texture I find I need to use quite a bit to get good coverage. 

Scent: No noticeable scent 

Packaging: It comes in a 40ml tube with a pump lid. 

Results: As I used all the products at one time it’s hard to say for certainty which one helped reduce the pigmentation and brightened my skin – most likely it was the combination. However, out of all the products the SPF was my least favorite because of its texture. I prefer the Photoderm range which is lighter, not matte and leaves my skin looking dewy. If you have oily skin, this would be a good option because of the matte finish. 

Where to buy: Dischem, Clicks, Superbalist and Dermastore (or visit Dermalogica’s website for more retailers)

Price: R321.30 (Best price from Clicks 30% off until 17 November)

Overall, I have loved using this range and have seen a change in my skin. I had a week of purging breakouts a few days after I began using it, but they cleared up without using any additional products (aside from a facewash – I’ve been using the Bioderma Sebium facewash for a while).  Since then, my skin has remained clear, looks brighter and while I do still have pigmentation, the spots on my forehead have considerably lightened. I look forward to seeing how my skin looks after 3 months of consistent use!

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