• Best Pick: Biore Skin Care Facial Foam (Acne Care)

    Biore Skin Care Facial Foam (Medicated Acne Care), a Japanese cleansing foam

    My face wash of choice has always been the foaming variety — Japanese ones to be exact as they contain no sulphates, foam up much better, and leave no residue behind. One of my all-time favourites is Biore Skin Care Facial Foam (Acne Care), which was released last year in February 2012. Actually, the entire Facial Foam line is fantastic — a far cry from its previous formulas that strip the hell out of skin.

    For those looking a cleansing foam that leaves skin very clean and fresh yet gentle and non-stripping, this Medicated Acne Care version could just be your thing. You may have read my post on Japanese Skincare Routine: Double Cleansing, which you use a makeup remover to remove your makeup before using a cleanser; this cleanser fits step 2 perfectly.

    It’s a little lighter and fresher than the other 3 cleansing foams in the line without being drying —  in fact, I find this to be the gentlest. Unlike many acne cleansers in the market, this promises to prevent (rather than to treat) acne by reducing skin irritation, which can lead to acne. It is one of the least drying, least stripping (and most pleasant smelling) cleansing foams I’ve ever tried. (I actually prefer cleansers to be scented as I always find fragrance-free cleansers to have an unpleasant chemical smell.)

    If you have used Japanese cleansing foams like the popular FT Shiseido’s Sengan Senka Perfect Whip, which work to a very foamy lather and rinse off easily; the Biore facial foam’s texture is of that ilk. The foam glides on to lift up grim to leave the skin thoroughly cleansed, but it doesn’t feel stripping either — even on winter skin.  Personally, because this (like most Japanese face washes) is designed for “double Cleansing” (again, be sure to read my Double Cleansing post if you haven’t already), I’d remove the majority of my makeup first. However, it does do a good job at removing (non-waterproof) BB cream. Can it completely remove full face makeup or tenacious sunscreen on its own? Highly doubtful as it is meant to complement rather than replace a makeup remover.

    Although this is marketed for “Acne Care”, the Medicated Acne Care is an excellent choice for all skin types. It’s a basic, gentle foaming face wash that keeps the skin clear and fresh. A 130g tube costs less than 400 Japanese Yen. Not bad, not bad at all.

    130g tube of Biore Skin Care Facial Foam (Acne Care) is ¥362 (approx. US$3.55) from Rakuten (HERE).

    • Cheeza

      Is it good for oily skin ? Will it reduce sebum ?

      • http://www.ratzillacosme.com/ Ratzilla

        It’s good for all skin types regardless of whether you have acne or not. It washes away excess sebum, but it’ll not make your skin less oily — no face wash can do that (you’re washing everything away in seconds).

        • Cheeza

          Thank you :) It look like a great product :) Do you know any that will make the skin less oily so I can use it in addition to this ?

          • http://www.ratzillacosme.com/ Ratzilla

            Many Japanese makeup bases and sunscreen milks absorb excess sebum.

            • Cheeza

              Ok,thank you :) But I was looking for a cleanser :) Could you recommend (not to expensive in the range of Bioré) products that are good for absorbing sebum and have coverage if they are makeup bases,please ?

            • http://www.ratzillacosme.com/ Ratzilla

              You were looking for a cleanser that doesn’t exist. There isn’t any makeup bases that fit all your requirements. The Biore sunscreen milks are suitable for oily skin and they pull double duty as a makeup base (look for my review on them).

            • Cheeza

              Oh I see,thank you :) I actually have both an oily and blesmished skin (also acne prone) so I was looking for a base that would cover and reduce sebum. It could be a powder that reduces sebum and a bb cream /base with good coverage or the other way around.

    • Reinier

      hi! does this facial wash really removes and prevent pimples/acne? I’m sorry but I really want to confirm. :) thanks in advance!

      • http://www.ratzillacosme.com/ Ratzilla

        Like my comment to

        Lazaruli below, face wash alone will not do much for acne (unless, of course, you’re getting pimples because you’re not washing your face). This cleanser will not treat acne — it claims no such thing. It reduces skin irritiation that can often lead to acne.

    • Shaikha

      There’s a store in the US called “Mitsuwa” it’s a japanese store; they sell all of the japanese products you mentioned and also Japanese food ..etc.. and they also have an online store that delivers whatever you want to your place if you’re in a different state. http://www.mitsuwa.com
      Im Arabian so my English might not be that good, sorry!
      hope this is helpful.

      • http://www.ratzillacosme.com/ Ratzilla

        It’s a considerable option for those that don’t want to (or cannot) order overseas — you are paying 3 times Japan’s current selling price for products that aren’t very fresh though.

    • yob

      does the pump-version of this Biore Acne Care contain the same ingredients? which is better?

      • http://www.ratzillacosme.com/ Ratzilla

        Completely different. I don’t like self-foaming cleansers at all.

        • yob

          i just bought a tube of this.. i don’t know, but i have been using this for two days now and i’ve grown new pimples on clear parts of my face.. oh no. haha. panic-mode.. i was using Shiseido’s Perfect Whip before this. but it didn’t help much, too.(T_T)

    • Lazaruli

      How about the naive brand of cleansing foams? I keep seeing naive cleansing foam where I live in America so I thought it must be good.

      • http://www.ratzillacosme.com/ Ratzilla

        Naive cleansing foams aren’t popular and generally not very well-regarded in Japan.

        They have an extensive range of cleansing foams but there is very little difference. I personally don’t like any of them. They don’t foam well and they leave a filmy residue yet quite stripping at the same time. Their cleansing creams (makeup removers) are decent for the price.

    • Lazaruli

      /Does/ this help acne though? And would you recommend it for a teen?

      • http://www.ratzillacosme.com/ Ratzilla

        A cleanser alone won’t do much for acne, but this is an excellent foaming cleanser for acne-prone skin — and all skin types really. It cleanses well (makeup should be removed separately) and makes skin feel very fresh and clean yet quite gentle.

    • Hidaka

      Does this Best Pick apple to this color bottle or all of them? Because I’m trying to buy it but I was wondering if the other color foam washes would work the same :P

      • http://www.ratzillacosme.com/ Ratzilla

        The cleansing power of them is more or less the same, but I find this to be gentlest yet fresher on the skin than the other 3 in the lineup.

    • llei

      Hi, I’m wondering if there are microbeads in them because I saw them at my local drugstore but the one I saw is with microbeads?

      • http://www.ratzillacosme.com/ Ratzilla

        No beads. Kao also makes a Biore facial foam with similar packaging (except competely in Chinese) that has completely ingredients and it’s not Japan-made.

    • http://shiroarishiroari.wordpress.com abyadhari

      im getting this from amazon.co.jp right away :)

    • Renee

      Glad to see a new “best pick” post! Great review :)

    • Judith

      I liked your review, very complete and as you say it´s appropiate for all skin types, I will try it soon, following your recommendation. Thank you.

    • http://easttowestskincare.wordpress.com easttowestskincare

      I love this foam and totally agree with you!