Ingredient Safety




When it comes to our breakthrough formulas, we only use ingredients you can trust to deliver results you can see. Every ingredient used in our products is safe, when used as directed. Both the ingredients and product itself have been through meticulous scientific evaluation to ensure safety when used as instructed, meeting the highest safety standards.
Kao Corporation has been a key creator and contributor to a number of next-generation (non-animal) raw material safety testing technologies and protocols that have been adopted and used by the global consumer goods and personal care product industries. That’s pretty impressive!


There has been a lot of conversation in the skincare industry around certain ingredients. We are here to supply you with the really real around the top buzzed about ingredients and the use of any of these in our products.


What are parabens?

Parabens are preservatives used to keep health and beauty products fresh by preventing the growth of harmful bacteria. These compounds are amongst the most commonly used cosmetic preservatives in the world, and have a long history of safe use. Parabens have been extensively studied and use in cosmetic products is allowed by regulatory authorities around the world.

Does Bioré® Skincare use them?

Short story: Our cleansers, masks, toners and scrubs are paraben-free. Our pore strips do contain the minimal amount of methylparaben required to function as a preservative, which is a safe paraben for cosmetic use.

Want the long story?

Want the long story?Methylparabens are the most common preservative used in food and cosmetics. In the United States, methylparaben and propylparaben are recognized as safe by the FDA.
For every single product we make, we follow a stringent formulation protocol to ensure our products stay free of harmful bacteria, while also keeping your skin safe and minimizing the impact on our environment. We work diligently to stay up-to-date on the latest scientific research to optimize performance and safety.
If you’d like to continue doing your own research on parabens, this is a good place to start. The Food and Drug Administration is a federal organization responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics, etc.
FDA Link: https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetic-ingredients/parabens-cosmetics


What are sulfates?

Sulfates are surfactants that provide the key cleansing mechanism to lift away dirt & oil. They are the ingredient that creates the foamy lather you get when you brush your teeth, or wash your hair or face. In rare cases, certain sulfates can irritate some skin types, which is why you might have heard or read about an increase in sulfate-free products.

Does Bioré® Skincare use them?

Short story: Yes, but only Sodium Laureth Sulfates (abbreviated as SLES), which are gentler on the skin than other types of sulfates. When we do use sulfates, we only use them in products that you rinse off; therefore, the risk of irritation is very low.

Want the long story?

Sulfates trap dirt and oils from the skin so that they can be rinsed away with water. Contrary to some Internet rumors, sulfates are proven to be safe and effective. While many Bioré® cleansers are made with a non-sulfate cleansing technology, SPT (Skin Purifying Technology), we do still incorporate some sulfate agents, so if you are sensitive to sulfates, always check our label for “sodium laureth sulfate” (abbreviated as SLES).


What is salicyclic acid?

Salicylic Acid is a commonly used and FDA approved ingredient in over-the-counter acne products. It is a multi-functional ingredient that works to treat and help prevent breakouts while also boosting the release of dead skin cells helping to prevent clogged pores. Used at lower levels, it can act as a preservative to keep cosmetic products safe.

Does Bioré® Skincare use it?

Short story: Yes, mainly in our products that help treat acne.

Want the long story?

Salicylic Acid is a USFDA-approved Acne Active Agent, which means there is extensive proof of its safety and effectiveness. It's oil-soluble, which means it can penetrate past your skin’s sebum to get really deep into your pores. Bonus: it won’t stain or bleach your washcloths or bedsheets. You can find it in our acne’s outta here!® line of products (just look for the orange bar on our packaging!)


What is the role of fragrances in Bioré products?

Fragrances add that sensory smell element that gives you the full Bioré® experience. However, if you know your skin is sensitive to fragrance, it’s a good idea to check our product labels.

Does Bioré® Skincare use it?

Short story: Yes, only the best! Anyone order an instant mood booster? Yes, please!

Want the long story?

Every fragrance material we use is held to the same stringent standards as all other Kao ingredients to ensure a safe experience for our consumers. We collaborate with some of the top perfume houses in the world to identify and create safe, high-quality scents.


What is the role of alcohol in beauty care?

Alcohol is a universal, commonly used solvent ingredient that tones, cleanses and disinfects skin. It also helps formulas mix together consistently.

Does Bioré® Skincare use it?

Short story: Yes, in some of our products such as our Witch Hazel Pore Clarifying Toner.

Want the long story?

Alcohol is a key cleansing ingredient used to break down skin residue like oils/sebum, as well as makeup and cleanser residue. Alcohol also provides astringency to tone the skin. When used properly in formulations like ours, alcohol is safe and effective.


What are microbeads?

Microbeads are an exfoliant found in many rinse-off cosmetics. Their use in toothpaste and skincare products have raised some environmental concerns if the microbeads contain plastic.

Does Bioré® Skincare use it?

Short story: No, Bioré® products do not contain any plastic microbeads. We use natural exfoliating alternatives, such as jojoba beads.

Want the long story?

For years, none of our products have contained plastic microbeads. Our Formulation Scientists purposefully design our formulas to avoid these materials while still providing the benefits and experience you expect.
As part of our commitment to sustainability, we are always looking for ways to improve our products to protect the environment.

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