Review: Bioderma Sebium Skincare Range

Bioderma is an independent French dermalogical laboratory whose skincare products are among the most frequently recommended by dermatologists and makeup artists alike.

Bioderma Sebium Skincare Range 5865538763

Bioderma Sebium Skincare Range 5865538763

I first heard of Bioderma and its amazing micellar water, Crealine (now Sensibio) H2O, when I attended a workshop held by Rae Morris. After getting my hands on a bottle, my makeup game has changed.  It is a cult product and one which I believe is worthy of all the hype surrounding it.

Bioderma now has a few different ranges aimed at different skin types. Today, I will be reviewing the Sebium range which has been specifically formulated for combination to oily skin and skin prone to acne.


Sebium H2O – 100ml $19.95, 250ml $29.95

A micellar solution, just like the popular (and original) Crealine counterpart, it uses micelles to cleanse and remove make up. It is soap- and alcohol-free.

Sebium H2O - 100ml $19.95, 250ml $29.95

Sebium H2O – 100ml $19.95, 250ml $29.95

Like I mentioned above, Bioderma’s micellar water is a holy grail product for me.  It looks, feels and even smells like water but it isn’t water! It removes make up really well (even waterproof products) and doesn’t leave an oily film on my face. There is no scent, no heavy feeling or tightness after using the micellar water.

It comes like a flip top bottle and you just squeeze out how much you need onto a round make up pad. This can be a bit inconveniencing especially when you can’t control exactly how much you need. But you can grab a pump bottle from Priceline to solve this (Model Co does a great one for only $5.95).

Sebium Foaming Gel – 200ml $24.95

This is a foaming cleanser for those that would like to be safe and cleanse after removing their make up with the Sebium H2O. Despite being called a gel, it is not as thick as your typical gel cleansers. It does foam up a little but not like a super foam ball on your face or anything. I didn’t feel any tightness on my skin after using it and didn’t detect a scent with this cleanser. This cleanser is also soap- and alcohol-free, making it compatible with all skin types.

Sebium Foaming Gel - 200ml $24.95

Sebium Foaming Gel – 200ml $24.95

It comes in a pump bottle and the blue colouring is from the combination of zinc and copper sulfates. I find that one pump is more than enough to cleanse a full face.

Sebium Gel Gommant Purifant – 100ml $24.95

This exfoliating gel contains tiny microbeads, probably the same size as sand grains, and works really well at providing a deep clean of the pores. Bioderma recommends using this one or twice a week to help prepare your skin for your skincare routine.

Sebium Gel Gommant Purifant - 100ml $24.95

Sebium Gel Gommant Purifant – 100ml $24.95

I used this about three times a week and because the exfoliating beads are quite small, it didn’t irritate my skin. Despite it being a gel, I found that it wasn’t as thick in consistency.

After reading the press release, I realised it could be used as an exfoliating cleanser. Silly me had been using it as a separate exfoliator to the cleanser above meaning I had been double (actually, triple! if you count the H2o as a cleanser too) cleansing my skin. And yet, my skin wasn’t “over processed” at all. It was not irritated by the increased cleansing.

The Sebium Gel Gommant Purifant comes in a squeeze tube bottle which is quite normal for facial exfoliants (correct me if I’m wrong?). I have no issues with this except I just have to be slightly careful when dispensing the product.

Sebium Pore Refiner – 30ml $30.95

This is a moisturiser targeted at those with oily skin, or skin that is prone to acne. It mattifies, refines and smoothes the skin and makes one hell of a make up base.

I like to apply this to areas where I normally get oil during the day – namely the T-Zone – and this ensures minimal oiliness during the day. Yes! A product that does what it says.

The moisturiser is absorbed quickly, and being mattifying in nature, does not leave a trace behind on your face. It’s got a very light texture and didn’t feel heavy on my skin.

This comes in a thin squeeze tube, twist lid with a small nozzle making it a bit easier to dispense the moisturiser. Its packaging is pretty much identical to the Sebium Global (discussed below) with its point of difference being a thin silver band around the top of the lid.

Sebium Global - 30ml $25.95; Sebium Pore Refiner - 30ml $30.95

Sebium Global – 30ml $25.95; Sebium Pore Refiner – 30ml $30.95

It is lightly scented but is a fresh scent that reminds me of cucumbers. I didn’t really notice a difference in my pores but I definitely noticed that it kept my skin matte for much longer!

Sebium Global – 30ml $25.95

This daily facial moisturiser is formulated for skin that is prone to acne – which is not my skin type at all. However, it worked really well with my skin. My skin was left feeling clear and very minimal spots were seen on the surface.

Again, like the Sebium Pore Refiner, this moisturiser was absorbed very quikcly into the skin, left no residual film, and it felt like I was wearing nothing on my face.


I really enjoyed using this skincare range and I felt that all the products worked together really well to produce results! After trialling this range, I was able to walk out of the house with no base make up on and my skin looked radiant, smooth and semi-flawless. I definitely recommend this skincare range to those with oily to combination skin. The Sebium Pore Refiner is definitely a stand out product for me in terms of its mattifying properties.


You can find Bioderma products in selected independent pharmacies, Terry White Chemists, Priceline Pharmacies and stores nationally.

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