The way environmental conditions have evolved directly impacts the skin’s daily hygienic requirements, which now imply a further dimension: fighting against pollution and its harmful effects. Cleansing of the skin must now also prevent pollutants of all kinds from penetrating since these can damage the skin’s natural function as a protective shield. Cleansing has therefore become a major issue since it alone can ward off any excessive sensitization of the skin.

Skin barrier role

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Micellar water removes all traces of make-up, sebum and various other impurities without stripping or damaging the skin, all in one step. Micellar water is perfect for your daily cleansing routine. Use in the morning and at night to gently cleanse while respecting even the most sensitive epidermal skin.

It works especially well for people with reactive or intolerant skin for whom even rubbing with cotton wool can cause irritation. 

Today,  BIODERMA’s micellar solutions are recommended by dermatologists and loved by make-up professionals.

It works thanks to elements called "micelles".

A micelle is a complex structure composed of gentle non-ionic surfactants (cleansing agents), in the form of an invisible microsphere.

A surfactant has two different poles:

  • a hydrophilic one (which means that it is soluble in water)
  • a lipophilic one (which captures fat particles, the latter being incompatible with water)

Whenever the surfactant is aggregated, it shapes into what is called a "micelle", a structure that has the form of an invisible microsphere

Water alone cannot cleanse away all the dirt particles that accumulate on the skin every day, especially the fatty ones. That is the reason why most skincare products contain cleansing agents, called surfactants. There is a very large array of surfactants being used in cosmetics, and some of them can turn out to be unsuitable or too aggressive for the skin. During clean-up, they interact with the diverse components of the skin -- and if the product has been poorly chosen, it can damage the subtle skin hydrolipidic film. Too much cleansing, particularly with abrasive products, is often as noxious as no cleansing at all.

Bioderma's micellar water only use one single surfactant, that is non-ionic and soft to the skin -- a glycerol ester -- whose structure is inspired by the lipids already present in the skin. Thus, the skin's natural barrier is delicately cleansed, in a non-aggressive way.

Micellar water mode of action

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Laboratoire Bioderma has designed specific micellar solutions based on what each skin type needs. 

Sensibio H2O: The original cleansing Micellar Water that soothes and respects the skin's balance. Ideal for normal, sensitive & redness-prone skin.

Sébium H2O: The dermatological micellar water that cleanses, removes make-up & purifies the skin without drying it. Ideal for combination, oily & acne-prone skin.

Hydrabio H2O: The dermatological micellar water that cleanses, removes make-up, moisturises. Ideal for dehydrated skin. 

Pigmentbio H2O: The dermatological micellar water with brightening power. Ideal for hyperpigmented skin. 

ABCDerm H2O: The dermatological micellar water that respects the fragility of babies' sensitive skin. Ideal for babies and children. 


BIODERMA micellar waters are the leading micellar products because they are made from rigorously selected ingredients.

These include:

  • a specific fatty acid ester called glycerol ester, which is a biomimetic active ingredient that is very similar to the skin’s composition. This is why BIODERMA's micellar water guarantees such high tolerance, even for sensitive skin.
  • high purified water with a unique physiological pH that is the safest available, offering the highest level of chemical and microbiological purity. This is why you do not need to rise off micellar solutions. 

They are hypoallergenic and contain no alcohol and parabens, perfectly matching with the skin and preserving its hydrolipidic film.

In 1995, Laboratoire BIODERMA created the first micellar water ever to be sold in the world: 
Sensibio H2O, the Micellar Water for sensitive skin

Originally working with and for dermatologists, Bioderma engineered a product that was more suited to the natural biology of the skin, to tackle sensitive skin issues: Sensibio H2O micellar water. A big breakthrough, Sensibio H2O the product has established itself as a new cleansing action, a single step without rinsing inspired by skin lipids. It removes make-up and pollution with highly purified water and micellar technology.

With its high tolerance formula,  Sensibio H2O respects the skin’s natural barrier and protects its subtle hydrolipidic film, thanks to a unique surfactant – a glycerol ester – that is mild and neutral for the skin.

This is a non-rinse solution, which eliminates any risk of bacterial contamination through the water. With a pH of 5.5, it is respectful of the physiology of the skin.

Today, Sensibio H2O by Bioderma has become the top-rank cleansing product amongst those prescribed by French dermatologists.

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This new cleansing water, a pioneering invention in the skincare domain, has revolutionized women's make-up removal rituals worldwide. Removing one's make-up has now become a simple, healthy procedure, shared by many women: one bottle of Sensibio H2O micellar water is sold every second somewhere in the world.

To remove one's make-up or simply cleanse the skin, our micellar waters are suited to all needs and types of skin, due to our respectful micellar technology.

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  • You can use micellar water to cleanse your face before applying facial care products.
  • Each evening at bedtime, it is very important to cleanse your skin, even if you do not wear make-up because you need to remove the many impurities that have accumulated during the day on your epidermis, including pollution residue, scales, sweat, dirt, etc.

The water contained in our micellar waters guarantees total respect for the skin's natural barrier, even with the most sensitive skin. Made only with skin-friendly elements that are carefully selected by us, Bioderma micellar water does not need to be rinsed away. They leave no sticky or greasy film on the skin, for a sensation of natural comfort.

No! It is more than just a make-up remover.

Besides removing make-up from the skin, each and every bottle of our micellar waters deeply cleanses the skin and protects it from external aggressions. Along with make-up, Sensibio H2O takes away many residues such as fine particles, heavy metals, and pollen.

Furthermore, each of our formulas contains a mild surfactant as well as a key ingredient especially suited to your own skin type.

Tap water has calcium and chlorine, which may irritate the skin. Thermal waters have no cleansing properties. Their composition varies depending on the season, region and more.

BIODERMA product photo, Sensibio H2O 500ml, Micellar water for sensitive skin

Non-rinse daily cleanser

Sensitive skin Normal skin

Micellar technology

Sensibio H2O

The original Cleansing Micellar Water. Soothes and respects the skin's balance.

For whom ?

Adults, Adolescents

BIODERMA product photo, Sebium H2O 500ml, micellar water for acne prone skin

Non-rinse daily cleanser

Combination to oily skin Acne-prone skin

Micellar technology

Sébium H2O

The dermatological micellar water that cleanses, removes make-up & purifies the skin without drying it.

For whom ?

Adults, Adolescents

Non-rinse daily cleanser

Dehydrated sensitive skin

Aquagenium™ patent

Hydrabio H2O

The original Cleansing Micellar Water. Moisturises and respects the skin's balance.

For whom ?

Adults, Adolescents

BIODERMA product photo, Pigmentbio H2O 250ml, micellar water for pigmented skin

Non-rinse daily cleanser

Hyperpigmented skin

Patented combination of active ingredients

Pigmentbio H2O

High cleansing and brightening power. High tolerance.

For whom ?