Bioglycolic Bioclear Lotion is an AHA and BHA exfoliant formulated in a fragrance-free gel base suitable for all skin types. The pH-correct formula allows the salicylic acid (BHA) glycolic acid (AHA) to exfoliate and also help with acne and blackheads. We wish the brand was forthcoming about the percentages of these ingredients, but based on the ingredient list, both acids are present in concentrations capable of exfoliating (and offering other benefits).
Alongside the AHA and BHA ingredients is azelaic acid, which can help brighten skin and improve discolorations. Concentration matters here, too, with amounts of 10% or greater considered better for maximum benefits. Marini isn’t using that much, but even if this won’t kick in brightening and dark spot-banishing benefits, it still works to calm inflammation and provide antioxidant benefits.
The other acids in the ingredient list don’t have exfoliating benefits, but instead deliver emollient and hydrating benefits. All told, although on the pricey side, this is a very good leave-on exfoliant that can be especially helpful for breakout-prone skin and fading post-acne marks.
- Contains salicylic and glycolic acids in effective amounts to exfoliate.
- Includes skin-calming and antioxidant azelaic acid.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
Bioclear Lotion is a remarkable product that targets a number of multifaceted concerns uniquely experienced by adults. It utilizes a combination of glycolic acid, salicylic acid and azelaic acid for exceptional benefits ranging from adult acne and acne discoloration to the appearance of texture/fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, discoloration from sun damage, and enlarged follicles.
Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc.At-A-Glance
Strengths: Most of the products are fragrance- and colorant-free; excellent AHA and retinol options, including an AHA combined with sunscreen; the water-soluble cleansers.
Weaknesses: Expensive; some categories contain ingredients (growth factors, hormones, and interferon) with unreliable track records or whose long-term risks, if any, remain unknown; sunscreens that lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients; jar packaging;Marini Lash isn't as exciting as Marinis former lash-enhancing products.
Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc., was founded, of course, by Jan Marini, who originally started out marketing products for M.D. Formulations. Thus, it isn't surprising to find that her own line is also aimed at dermatologists, aestheticians, and plastic surgeons, much the way M.D. Formulations is. In direct contrast to many of the other skin-care lines in this niche market, Marinis line stands out with its selection of far more realistic and varied skin-care products. First, there are no spiraling-out-of-control ingredient lists where everything is thrown in except the kitchen sink. Then, and more important, you will find some well-formulated products that include sunscreens, skin-lightening options, vitamin C products, and good glycolic acidbased alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) products, along with some outstanding retinol options.
It is interesting to observe that Marini attributes the research for her "topical form of lipid (fat) soluble Vitamin C that is stable and able to be absorbed" to the form "developed in conjunction with physician researcher Nicholas Perricone, M.D." Of course, Perricone has his own version of vitamin C products, which are quite similar to Marini's in that they also contain ascorbyl palmitate. That being the case, given that he claims his are the best ever with the highest concentration of the stuff, we wonder if she would now agree with his findings? At least compared to her former partners at M.D. Formulations, Marini's information about vitamin C is more accurately based (it's backed by published research) and there's only a minimal amount of hyperbole. In fact, when it comes to the information Marini and team present to the professionals who retail their products, this line wins high marks for its close-to-accurate information about how skin ages, what can be done to minimize and prevent future signs of aging, and the effects various products have on skin. Of course, you're supposed to believe her products have all the answers, but that's what the reviews below will elucidate.
For more information about Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc., call (888) 695-2611 or visit www.janmarini.com.
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