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Bioclarity Review

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One of the best known, direct-to-consumer acne fighting brands is ProActiv, which has been endorsed by celebrities ranging from Justin Bieber to Jessica Simpson. But this well-known brand is getting competition from start-ups such as bioClarity, which is appealing to a younger clientele by offering a green acne fighting solutions as well as an expanded plant-based skincare range. Here’s a closer look at BioClarity, how the system works and is it right for you?

What Is Bioclarity?

BioClarity launched in 2016, with the idea of offering a plant-based solution to fighting acne. According to the company, the products are meant to appeal to millennial and Gen Z customers who are health conscious and focused on wellness. Since the debut of its Clear Skin Routine, bioClarity has expanded to offer a whole skincare line of plant-based skincare products.

What Is the Concept Behind Bioclarity?

BioClarity products are formulated with plants and botanicals, and the signature ingredient is the brand’s patented Floralux, a type of chlorophyll that is an antioxidant and is meant to reduce redness as well as minimize the appearance of pores. Accessibility is a big part of the BioClarity ethos, so the products are affordable and the regimens are streamlined. All bioClarity products are vegan, cruelty-free and made without parabens, sulfates and phthalates. The product hashtag is #powerofgreen and many of the products are bright green, due to the cholorophyll.

What Does Bioclarity Sell?

BioClarity offers three skincare routines based on different skin types, along with individual products such as a mask, serum, body wash and a beauty supplement. Here’s a breakdown.

BioClarity Clean Skin Routine- Designed for acne prone skin, the Clean Skin Routine includes three products- a cleanser and two gels- and is meant to be used twice a day. The products are Keeping it Clean, a foaming cleanser that helps detox the skin, and Complexion Perfection, an exfoliating gel that contains salicylic acid. The third product is the Power of Green, a chlorophyll based gel that protects and nourishes the skin.

BioClarity Essentials Routine- This regimen is suited for normal to oily skin. The trio of products includes the Keeping it Clean  foaming cleanser and the Power of Green chlorophyll gel, as well as Skin Smoothie, a moisturizing blend of Floralux, argan, olive, ceramides, licorice root, jojoba and shea.

BioClarity Ultra Calming Routine- The Ultra Calming trio is meant for anyone looking to soothe red, inflamed skin and is best for oily complexions. In addition to the Keeping it Clean cleanser, this system includes the Ultracalming Serum to calm skin, as well as the hydrating Skin Smoothie.

BioClarity Targeted Products

Clarifying Masque – Powered by Floralux and tea tree, this masque pulls double duty by exfoliating the skin while also battling blemishes.

Dewy Dew – This spritzer can be used to set makeup or just to add a dose of hydration during the day. It is packed with citrus, rose hip and witch hazel.

Sudsy – The tangerine, grapefruit and lemon in this body scrub add a citrusy scent while jojoba beads help exfoliate the body. It’s spiked with salicylic acid to help get rid of dry, dead skin as well as the signature Floralux.

Treat – This blemish treatment gels contains 2% salicylic acid to help banish acne while oat kernel hydrates the skin and helps prevent over drying.  

Beauty Boost – BioClarity’s daily supplements are meant to help support skin health. The vegan formula contains vitamins A, B6, C, D, E, K, as well as matcha, goji berry, grape seed, turmeric and golden-serpent fern.

How Much Do bioClarity Products Cost?

BioClarity products are affordable and in line with drugstore prices. The three different routines come in mini and full sizes. The mini kits range from $39.95 – $41.95  while the full sized kits range from $56.95 to $59.95. The products are also sold individually, and the Dewy Dew is $19.95, the supplements are $32.95 and the Hydrating Masque is $24.95.  The Cleanse face wash is $9.95 for a mini, and the Eye Will Chill depuffing gel is $24.95.

Is bioClarity Cruelty Free?

Yes. The company says the products are vegan, cruelty-free and made without parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

What Ingredients Are in bioClarity Products?

The key ingredient in bioClarity products is Floralux, a plant-derived chlorophyll. The company says it helps reduce redness, zaps bacteria and protects skin cells.  Other ingredients are naturally derived, including chamomile, green tea, licorice root and cucumber. The Skin Smoothie is packed with moisturizing olive, jojoba, shea butter and argan. The acne fighting line is powered by salicylic acid, which helps get rid of dead skin cells and is oil soluble.

Where Can I Buy bioClarity Products?

BioClarity is available on the company website as well as on Amazon.

Do bioClarity Products Work?

Beauty and skincare does not have a one size fits all approach. When figuring out the right products and regimen for your skin, a little trial and error is always necessary, as one person’s hero product may do nothing for you. It’s always helpful to look at customer reviews and editorial write ups as a starting point.

BioClarity does not have any recent  write ups in the mainstream press, but bloggers praise its vegan and green credentials. The vlogger Sarah’s Vegan reviewed the products in 2018. She said that she had tried everything for her acne, including Accutane. She says she is a fan of bioClarity’s scrub and moisturizer, which suited her skin.

The vlogger Pixiepineapple reviewed bioClarity in July 2018. She liked the packaging of the products but said the treatment gel felt like it was burning on her face. Her conclusion? The products made her acne worse, after using it for four months.

The bioClarity Clear Skin Routine gets a 4.3 out of 5 star rating on Influenster, based on 143 reviews. Happy customers said that the system worked for them, and many liked that the brand was vegan. Jennifer C. wrote, “I absolutely love it! It’s so fresh, clean and natural. My confidence has definitely gone up since I’ve started using these products.” Christian T. had a similar take on it – “..can’t express how much I love bioclarity products! Their product was the first to actually physically improve my skin health, helping me to get my blemishes from inflamed and painful to practically nonexistent.” Users that didn’t love it said that it did nothing for them, or made their acne worse.  “Do not see any results! I’ve been using this routine for months and haven’t seen any improvement with my skin. My skin is something I’ve struggled with for years and I had high expectations for this routine. Disappointed,” wrote Kate B.

On a Reddit discussion thread about bioClarity, the feedback was mixed. “Yes hated it. Dried out my skin and put me on an expensive subscription plan I had to cancel,” wrote Heylight17. But Adriennenarlt1 felt that it worked for her skin – “I love it, made my skin super soft and bright. My bf has really bad acne & it even helped with his. Now that’s all he uses. But keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different. But definitely worth a try.”

The My Beauty Bunny blog, which focuses on vegan and cruelty free brands, reviewed the Clear Skin Routine in 2017. Their conclusion? “After using the system for several weeks, I have noticed that my skin is looking pretty great! I am getting a large PMS-gift on my forehead, but according to the company, some purging is to be expected when you start using it. Some zits are hiding under the skin, and the BioClarity system brings them out. My skin got a little bit dry and red on my less oily spots (upper cheek area), so I started using the Treatment only once a day (at night), and adding a hydrating moisturizer to the mix in the evenings. Now, things are looking good!”

The Clear Skin Routine gets a 3.9 out of 5 star rating on Amazon, based on 234 reviews. For some, it was a holy grail – “In just a few weeks, this cleared up my acne and has been keeping it away ever since. I have sensitive skin so I’m always worried that anything I put on it is going to irritate it. Bioclarity was mild and didn’t irritate my skin at all.” Other customers complained that the products burned or made their acne worse, like the reviewer  EG122812. ““This system did not work for me at all. The first five days were ok, then for the next 2.5 weeks, I had constant cystic acne and also whiteheads. It was so bad, I stopped using it and have made an appointment at the dermatologist. I tried this to get rid of moderate acne, and as a result, had the worst two weeks of my life with my skin.”

What Are Some Alternatives to Bioclarity?

Bioclarity may not be for everyone, either because the products didn’t react well with your skin, or you’re more focused on anti-aging. Consider Formulyst.

 Formulyst’s philosophy is long-term and effective skincare. The brand wants to help its customers achieve their best looking skin, which often starts with properly cleaned skin. Formulyst’s Gentle Foaming Cleanser whisks away dirt, sweat and makeup but won’t over dry the skin.  Skin is left clean and feeling soft and supple thanks to nourishing rosehip seed oil as well as vitamins A, C and E.

 The safest way to get rid of a blemish is to resist popping it, and dry it out instead. Drying the blemish will help prevent any scarring or dark spots from forming. Apply a dab of Formulyst’s Blemish Clearing Complex on any troublesome spots.  It contains a whole cocktail of bacteria fighting, pimple drying products including zinc oxide, salicylic acid, and camphor. It also helps to unclog pores.

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Bioclarity Clarifying Masque Review

The Bioclarity Clarifying Masque is claimed to fight breakouts and purify pores, leaving you with a refreshed, tighter, toned appearance. Due to these benefits, this Bioclarity mask is recommended for those with normal, oily, and acne prone skin. It is a clay mask that contains kaolin, a type of white white clay, as the key ingredient. After being applied to the skin, kaolin helps remove excess oil and dead skin that can clog pores. Kaolin also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce redness and swelling around existing blemishes. When you wash off the Bioclarity mask, kaolin also functions as a gentle abrasive to exfoliate the skin. 

One unique ingredient in this Bioclarity mask is Floralux, an exclusive blend of chlorophyll, copper, and antioxidants that’s shown to soothe skin, fight blemishes, and visibly reduce redness and hyperpigmentation. The formula also contains micro-silver, which has antimicrobial properties to help fight the bacteria responsible for acne. A final key ingredient we’d like to point out is niacinamide, the amide form of vitamin B3. Niacinamide is a multitasking ingredient that provides numerous benefits to the skin. For instance, niacinamide has the ability to repair the skin barrier and improve skin moisture, as well as reduce inflammation, blotchiness, hyperpigmentation, acne, and wrinkling. 

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Bioclarity Cleanser Review

The Bioclarity Cleanser is a gentle, foaming facial cleanser that is said to effectively wash away makeup, dirt, oil, and environmental pollutants and leave your skin soft and smooth. Like most cleansers, the Bioclarity Cleanser contains surfactants as the primary ingredients, including sodium c14-16 olefin sulfonate, cocamidopropyl betaine, and cocamidopropyl cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine. A surfactant molecule contains one end that is hydrophilic (attracted to water) and one end that is lipophilic (attracted to oil). This allows surfactants to attract and suspends oils, dirt, and other impurities that have accumulated on the skin and wash them away, leaving the skin clean. The Bioclarity Cleanser also includes several soothing botanical extracts, such as chamomile, green tea, and cucumber. All of these extracts have anti-inflammatory properties, which means they should help to calm skin redness and irritation. 

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Bioclarity SunFilter Review

Bioclarity SunFilter is the brand’s sunscreen that not only protects your skin from the sun’s UV rays, but also blue light and environmental stressors. It is a non-nano 100% mineral zinc oxide sunscreen that provides SPF 30 protection. Zinc oxide is classified as a physical sunscreen because it protects your your skin by using physical UV filters to block or deflect UV light. This Bioclarity sunscreen also contains plenty of antioxidants, such as green tea, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Antioxidants limit oxidative damage from free radicals, the unstable molecules that contribute to the formation of premature wrinkles and fine lines on the skin.

The Bioclarity sunscreen formula also includes emollients that help to keep your skin soft and moisturized without feeling greasy, for example, squalane and jojoba oil. The high concentration of squalane in this formula will help to replenish and strengthen the skin barrier. Jojoba oil nourishes the skin and helps to maintain skin hydration while also calming inflammation. Thanks to these non-comedogenic emollients, the Bioclarity sunscreen is ideal for blemish-prone skin, although it can be used by all skin types.

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Bioclarity Restore Gel Review

Bioclarity Restore Gel is a gel-based treatment designed to help fight breakouts as part of the brand’s Clear Skin Routine. It is said to help visibly reduce redness from acne, even skin tone and texture, and leave a dewy finish. The formula contains a very high concentration of witch hazel hazel water (it’s the third highest concentration ingredient). Witch hazel contains tannins that impart astringent properties, resulting in a constricting and drying effect when applied to the skin. They work by cross-linking with keratin proteins, creating an invisible film that can temporarily degrease skin, tighten and tone skin, and minimize the appearance of enlarged pores. However, it should be noted that tannins can cause irritation and sensitization reactions with some people. 

Bioclarity Restore Gel also contains a powerful antioxidant that you don’t see too often in skin care products: ergothioneine. Ergothioneine is a naturally occuring amino acid that has a strong protective effect when applied to the skin. Specifically, it has been reported that skin cells have the ability to uptake ergothioneine to strengthen their natural antioxidant defense system. In addition, ergothioneine provides mild protection against the sun’s UVA and UVB rays (but it’s still recommended to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen even if you do use products with ergothioneine). 

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Bioclarity Hydrate Moisturizer Review

Bioclarity Hydrate is a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer that is said to soften and hydrate the skin without excess oiliness or stickiness, and it’s non-comedogenic so it won’t clog your pores. Like many Bioclarity skin care products, this formula contains Floralux, an exclusive blend of chlorophyll, copper, and antioxidants that’s shown shown to soothe skin, fight blemishes, and visibly reduce redness and hyperpigmentation. Additional ingredients in this Bioclarity moisturizer that  can help to reduce hyperpigmentation while brightening the skin tone are tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (a vitamin C derivative) and licorice root extract. 

This Bioclarity moisturizer is also packed with beneficial emollients, such as shea butter, jojoba oil, argan oil, and ceramides. We’d like to highlight the importance of ceramides, a family of waxy lipid molecules that are naturally produced by the skin and are vital in supporting the skin barrier. The skin barrier maintains epidermal hydration and serves as a barrier that responds to environmental stressors, infections, irritants, and allergens. Topical application of ceramides can help to replenish ceramide levels, thus restoring the skin’s natural barrier. 

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Bioclarity Acne Treatment Gel Review

The Bioclarity Acne Treatment Gel is formulated to treat mild to moderate acne (including whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and hormonal acne) and excess oiliness. The formula includes 2% salicylic acid as the active ingredient. Salicylic acid is a type of beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that works by softening and dissolving keratin, keratin, a protein found in the skin that acts as a “glue” to keep cells together. This allows salicylic acid to exfoliate the skin and slough off dead skin cells. Salicylic acid also has the ability to penetrate deep into pores, where it helps to loosen clogs and allows oil to flow out more freely. Thus, salicylic acid is known to break down blackheads and whiteheads. The Bioclarity Acne Treatment Gel also contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that can further help exfoliate the skin while also helping to improve skin hydration. 

There are several soothing ingredients in the Bioclarity Acne Treatment Gel that can help calm redness and irritation from existing blemishes. One example is oat kernel extract, which contains avenanthramides, a group of active polyphenol antioxidants that provide anti-inflammatory, anti-redness, anti-itch, and antihistamine effects when applied to the skin.

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Bioclarity Zen Review

Bioclarity Zen is a calming serum that is said to put rough, blotchy, irritated skin into a “state of peace and calm”. Thus, this formula is designed for anyone with redness, hyperpigmentation, and blotchy skin. Bioclarity Zen contains a high concentration of niacinamide, which is known to help repair the the skin barrier and improve skin moisture, as well as reduce inflammation, blotchiness, hyperpigmentation, acne, and wrinkling. Another key ingredient that helps fight redness and hyperpigmentation is Floralux (chlorophyllin-copper complex). 

Bioclarity Zen is also packed with botanical extracts, such as licorice root, lentil, apple fruit, and burdock root, just to name a few. Licorice root extract is well known for its anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing properties. But licorice can also provide a considerable skin brightening effect thanks to a component called glabridin. Lentil extract hydrates, balances oily skin, and refines pores. Apple fruit extract contains pectin, a type of fiber, that has been shown in studies to promote epidermal growth and improve the skin barrier function. Burdock root has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and also has the ability to regulate sebum (oil) production.

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