In 2019, Bioderma launched the Pigmentbio range which is aimed to fight hyperpigmentation. There is a new addition to the range: the Pigmentbio C-Concentrate is a high security Vitamin C cure for intense pigment correction.
I was fortunate to attend the launch of the Bioderma Pigmentbio C-Concentrate in Cape Town this week where I got to hear first hand all about its properties.
What does it do?
- It works on each biological stage of dark spot formation, to eliminate them whether they are just appearing or established
- It prevents the formation of new spots linked to skin damage and the resulting inflammation
- It optimises cell renewal to eliminate the excess melanin in cells.
Pigmentbio C-Concentrate’s high concentration in AHA offers peeling-like efficacy without attacking skin and without drying it out thanks to the 8 hours of hydration it provides.
Pigmentbio C-Concentrate eliminates cells with high concentrations of melanin, reduces the intensity and size of existing marks and smoothes the skin texture to better reflect light. Skin regains its radiance.
The first 10 ingredients listed are:
Water, Propanediol, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylheptyl Caprylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Niacinamide, Salicylic Acid.
My first thought is that glycolic acid (8%), an alpha hydroxy acid, is quite high on the list which means the product has exfoliating properties. It also contains salicylic acid (2%), a beta hydroxy acid (BHA), as the 10th ingredient. BHAs are great for going into the pores and clearing out all the oil. I’m comforted by the presence of glycerin quite high on the list because it’s a wonderful hydrator for the skin.
The product also contains the Bioderma LumiReveal Technology and Vitamin C (2%) which reduce the appearance of dark spots and Vitamin PP (2%) and Vitamin E (0.5%) that fight against the visible signs of ageing and are also good skin hydrators.
How to use it
At first use you dispense the Vitamin C powder into the liquid and give it a good shake (I like this approach because it ensures that the Vitamin C is as fresh as possible). You apply 5 drops to the affected areas and pat it into the skin. The product is recommended for nightly use and it’s advised that you use a sunscreen with a high SPF during the day.
I am currently still on Accutane treatment for my acne so I won’t be starting to use this product immediately because it contains acids and it’s not advisable to use such when you are on Accutane. However, I am super excited to start using this product, I believe it has all I need to achieve the skin that I want; hydrated, smooth and free of hyperpigmentation.
OCTOBER 2020 Update I have since started using this product and you can hear my thoughts and results in the video below.
Availability and cost
The Bioderma Pigmentbio Bioderma Pigmentbio C-Concentrate is now available from Clicks and Dischem. The product retails for R399 for a 15ml bottle. Clicks usually has Bioderma products on a 3-for-2 sale, so look out for those as an opportunity to get this product at a reduced price.
I’ve had people reaching out mentioning that they can’t find the Bioderma Pigmentbio C-Concentrate in stores. I’ve checked for myself and I couldn’t find it at my local stores. This is the response from Bioderma to someone on their Instagram.
January 2021 update This serum is back in stock, it’s available on the Dischem website. I check at 1 of my local Dischem stores this month and it wasn’t on the shelf. If you want to get your hands on this product I suggest that you buy it online ASAP.
Some of the photos and the vlog from the event.