A unique approach to cleanse sensitive skin

BIODERMA stays true to the ecobiological approach which considers the skin as an ecosystem that is constantly interacting with its environment. This ecosystem needs to be respected, its resources preserved and its natural mechanisms strengthened. By acting on the causes of any dysfunction and not just on the symptoms, Sensibio H2O is an integral part of your dermatological care routine.

What's the difference between a toner and micellar water?

Morning and night, Sensibio H2O micellar water gently eliminates all potential factors of irritation that make sensitive skin uncomfortable. Micellar water differs from toner in the way that it removes make-up, debris and dirt encountered throughout the day while also rehydrating your skin. A toner works to restore the pH balance of your skin rather than cleansing it. 

Sensibio H2O: effective cleanser for sensitive skin

Over 25 years ago, BIODERMA invented micellar technology as part of a new product that today has become truly iconic. Sensibio H2O is the cleansing dermatological micellar water that takes care of sensitive skin. Its unique, no-rinse formula is able to cleanse effectively and soothe sensitive skin by preserving the skin's balance. When you choose a product like a Sensibio H2O cleanser, the formulation will work to eliminate harmful aggressors that impact on delicate or sensitive skin. 

Micellar technology makes it possible to cleanse all types of impurities and pollutant particles effectively. Micelles are cleansing agents or surfactants in the shape of microspheres that have two hubs:

  • A hydrophilic head that is water-soluble and attaches itself to the cotton pad that the micellar water is applied to.
  • A lipophilic tail that attracts greasy particles, when water alone is ineffective. It’s this lipophile hub that removes impurities from the skin’s surface as the cotton is wiped across it.

There are many different surfactants on the market that are too harsh for use on skin. In Sensibio H2O, Laboratoires BIODERMA chose to use a gentle cleanser for skin with just one precise surfactant, a glycerol ester that is non-ionic. Why? Simply because its structure is very close to the cellular structure of lipids already present in the skin. This is why Sensibio H2O micelles cleanse perfectly while also respecting the skin’s balance.

Micelles acting as cleaning agents

What are the benefits of micellar water?

Helps to promote hydration and healing

Sensibio H2O cleanser features a hydrating compound called glycerin that helps your skin to retain moisture, leaving your complexion looking plump and radiant. Micellar water cleansers also enhance your skin’s natural barrier function which aids in accelerating healing.


Removes make-up and other irritants

Removing make-up is made easy with the Sensibio H2O cleanser. It also works to pick up excess oil and dirt and increases the permeability of the top layer of skin, allowing for deeper cleansing.


Convenience and versatility 

As Sensibio H2O cleanser does not require water for activation, you can use it any time, anywhere. This fantastic product is also versatile enough to replace several others you may use in your current routine.

Proven face cleansing effectiveness:

Sensibio H2O eliminates:

99% of makeup1 and pollution particles2


1Evaluation of make-up remover efficacy on 10 subjects
2Clinical evaluation of the cleansing effect against particles modeling atmospheric pollution on 11 subjects

Sensibio H2O cleanser respects the skin’s balance

By considering the skin as an ecosystem, BIODERMA’s ecobiological approach makes all the difference in ensuring soothing, innocuous and high tolerance care for sensitive skin. Sensibio H2O’s formula has everything required for respecting sensitive skin.


Microbiome: your shield for healthy skin

Microbiome, also sometimes called ‘skin flora’, is made up of billions of really useful micro-organisms that colonise the skin’s surface. The ecosystem creates an invisible and protective coat that defends the epidermis against irritants. Precious to skin health, the microbiome is like a natural shield and largely contributes to how effective the skin's barrier is. It therefore needs to be preserved and its diversity encouraged.

Sensibio H2O respects the skin's microbiome, the guardian of healthy skin.

95%1 of the microbiome is preserved.


1Clinical evaluation of the effect on the skin microbiota after 24 to 28 days of use, on 20 subjects

pH, a key role

pH is a chemical term that is from the French words ‘potentiel hydrogène’ – or hydrogen potential. It’s an indicator that measures an environment’s acidity level. The skin’s physiological pH is at 5.5 on average meaning healthy skin is slightly acidic. This level of acidity plays a key role in how effective the skin’s barrier is. 

Any change in the skin’s pH can turn into problems like dryness, blemishes or sensitivity. Sensibio H2O cleanser is formulated with a physiological pH similar to the normal pH of healthy skin, which protects the skin's barrier during cleansing. Preserving the skin’s natural acidity creates better conditions for a balanced skin's microbiome.

Sensibio H2O: decreases unpleasant sensations

A recent study conducted in France by the French Society of Dermatology on 20,000 volunteers, showed that about 30% of the population complained of unpleasant skin sensations at least once a day. These sensations are typical symptoms of skin sensitivity, and could be tied to inappropriate cleansing  which is why it’s important to use appropriate cleansers for sensitive skin.
To overcome this problem, Laboratoires BIODERMA wondered if the use of Sensibio H2O could reduce these unpleasant sensations on sensitive skin

For this purpose, a study has been conducted in France on 400 volunteers by Dr. Charles TAIEB (Necker Hospital, Paris) specialist of sensitive skin.

This study showed that 90%1 of participants report a decrease in unpleasant sensations after 28 days of use.

Moreover, cleansing with Sensibio H2O allows to reduce the most unpleasant sensations felt by sensitive skins:

  • -100%2 itching
  • -77%2 tingling
  • -73%2 tightness
  • -73%2 burning sensations
1 Observational study of unpleasant sensations, % of satisfaction, on 400 subjects for 28 days
Clinical evaluation, clinical quotations on 33 subjects for 21 days

The effective skin care routine for sensitive skin

Sensibio H2O, the micellar water for sensitive skin, should be used  in the morning and at night to free the skin of different aggressive factors, including makeup, pollution and other harmful impurities. 

How to use micellar water as a cleanser:

  • Pour a small amount onto a reusable cotton pad 
  • Cleanse all of your face and eyes without rubbing the skin vigorously
  • Don’t worry about rinsing
  • Pat dry your skin with a towel

Your skin will  be beautifully cleansed and feeling fresh, without any kind of greasy or sticky film left behind.


Discover the other Sensibio products dedicated to sensitive skin

As the entire Sensibio H2O range of products can be used on sensitive skin, it’s also a fantastic addition to skincare routines for those with combination or acne prone skin.
Sensibio H2O won’t further irritate already problematic areas of a break out. We highly recommend trying out our other products from the Sensibio family, including anti redness BB cream, light moisturising cream, tonique and Sensibio light or rich creams  to restore your skin. Build your effective Sensibio H2O skincare routine today.