I have reactive skin that is picky about comedogenic ingredients as well as scents. I guess I just cannot handle micellar waters, i have pretty much tried most options to no avail, now including this one. I was excited to try it, but after just the first use, the next day, I had redness and irritation on the sides of my nose (nose bridge/nosepads area) with lots of little whiteheads. This was the only new item in my routine. I had even been testing a new fdtn the whole week prior, and never had a reaction instantly like this. If I am going to have a cosmetic reaction, this is how it manifests. I thought maybe it was a fluke, but I also remembered my face feeling extremely grimey when going to bed, which was after using this. I always double cleanse, so I had followed this product with my normal cleanser, so I didnt think it was the Bioderma.
Well, here I am, second time trying it after work to remove my makeup, followed with my cleanser and a Stridex pad. By 7pm, I had a film of residue on my face again, and I knew it was from this. The only thing i can think of is its main ingredient, Peg-6 Caprylic/capric Glycerides— is normally a coconut derivative, and anything coconut family related can cause issues to folks with sensitive/reactive skin like me. My skin felt disgusting. It could also be the ingredients not jiving with my skin care (i wear a bp gel afterwards), but I’m 99.99% sure its the coconut derivative agent.
I want to point out that folks comment that Garnier’s pink micellar water is a dupe for this, it absolutely is not. I have tried that as well, and it contains hexylene glycol, which is a stronger comedogenic agent that wrecked havoc on my skin barrier and slowly made me break out badly. I also tried Simple micellar wipes (white package) and thought they were ok until I realized the constant inflammation on my nose/whiteheads were from the wipes (and not my makeup). I also tried Sukin’s micellar water but it contains alcohol and burned my eye area and had a super strong vanilla fragrance.
This did remove my makeup just fine, but will not be using ever again because of the scumy film layer of residue it leaves on my skin (even with washing after using it). Going to donate. The only items that seem to work for my reactive skin are baby wipes. Ive used Walmarts Parents Choice micellar baby wipes, and they were ok (a bit dry) but cannot find them in stock anymore. I now use Kroger’s Simple Truth fragrance free baby wipes and they work well and are cheap with good ingredients. I do not wear full coverage makeup, but do wear light fdtn and these work well and are biodegradable.