Tested on animals:No
The first word in the name of this daytime moisturizer with sunscreen is misleading because there's nothing medical about this product. However, it does contain some ingredients that work to reduce inflammation from acne, and one ingredient (zinc gluconate) that has antibacterial action, so the "Bac" portion of the name makes sense.
The plant extract (Enanti-a chlorantha) contains components that have exhibited antibacterial action, but there's no research related to this extract's ability to fight acne-causing bacteria, which requires a very specific type of antibacterial activity (Sources: Planta Medica, June 2012, pages 1020–1030; and Pharmaceutical Biology, March 2010, pages 349–356). Moreover, this plant is most often used to treat malaria, not acne (Source: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines, November 2006, pages 191–198). Instead, if anything in this product were to reduce the bacteria that leads to acne, it would be the zinc gluconate because of its effect on reducing the inflammation that triggers an excess of acne-causing bacteria (Sources: Journal of Investigative Dermatology, January 2011, pages 59–66; and European Journal of Dermatology, November-December 2005, pages 152–155).
The oleanolic acid in this product is a fatty acid that may play a role in reducing the inflammation that leads to acne (at its heart, acne is an inflammatory disorder), but none of these ingredients are medicinal.
Despite not being particularly medical or state-of-the-art for reducing acne-causing bacteria, this has a lightweight lotion texture and soft matte finish that should please those with oily, breakout-prone skin. It provides critical UVA (think anti-aging) protection via avobenzone and contains a good range of ingredients that help skin function in a more normal, healthy manner.
Unlike many Dermalogica products, this contains grapefruit oil, which is a potential skin irritant. In this case, however, it's only one problem, as Dermalogica usually includes several potentially irritating ingredients. Beyond the high price, this is the only blemish (sorry, we couldn't resist) on an otherwise well-formulated product for oily skin.
- Lightweight lotion texture and soft matte finish are ideal for oily, breakout-prone skin.
- Contains ingredients that help skin function in a more normal, healthy manner.
- Helps reduce redness and inflammation from acne.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Expensive, which may keep you from applying this liberally enough to get the stated amount of sun protection.
- Contains grapefruit oil in an amount that's potentially irritating.