I’d Swipe Right: Biologique Recherche P50 Review

Biologique Recherche P50 Review

Because this is the OG chemical exfoliator and it’s a cult favorite for good reason…

I get so many questions about skincare always, but especially lately due to maskne and Coronavirus skin issues.  And, funny enough, on a recent episode of my podcast (subscribe if you haven’t already!) I talked all about how I had cystic acne in my early twenties and how awful that was to deal with.  One skincare product that I credit to helping me?  Biologique Recherche Lotion P50.

Biologique Recherche was my PR client back in 2008/2009 and once the brand explained to me the science behind the cult favorite, the fact that it’s great for even sensitive skin, the fact that beauty editors are obsessed with it, AND how it moves along the natural exfoliating process, I knew I had to try it.  And real talk: it 100% helped to clear up my cystic acne and just make my skin better (and healthier) overall.

Biologique Recherche P50 Review


This chemical exfoliator has basically ALL of my favorite smooth AF skin ingredients: lactic acid, niacinamide, citric acid and salicylic acid, just to name a few.


  • It’s a multifunctional lotion that uses lactic acid, salicylic acid and other good-for-your-skin ingredients to  gently exfoliate, cleanses, and purifies the skin.
  • It helps maintain the skin’s acid pH balance.
  • With daily gentle purification, your skin becomes mattified and regenerated.


Generally speaking, whenever you start any new exfoliation process there is a good chance you might see more breakouts than usual for the first week or two.  This is totally normal and just means that the natural exfoliation process is working and bringing up any lingering/about to come up zits.  Stick with it – it will eventually stop and then your skin will be 100.

How to use Biologique Recherche P50


P50: Recommended for normal to oily skin.  Now, I actually have dry/sensitive skin but I’ve seen good results from regular P50 so that’s what I mostly use. Occasionally, I’ll switch to P50W if I see any irritation.

P50V: This version is vitamin-enriched for more mature skin types.

P50W: A milder version for extra sensitive skin.

P50 PIGM 400: The newest version, which is less acidic and specially targeted to lighten hyperpigmentation.

Once you choose between the version of P50 that is best for you…

  • Cleanse your face as you normally would
  • Apply the Biologique Recherche P50 to a cotton pad and swipe in upward motions.
  • Apply your favorite serum and/or moisturizer after.

Biologique Recherche P50 Results

I absolutely LOVE how this product gently exfoliates and, like I said, when I started using P50 my skin really started to heal itself.  When used daily, you will absolutely see smoother and healthier skin!


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