Bioglycolic Bioclear Lotion

by Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc.   Bioglycolic Line
$58 - 1 fl. oz.
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Bioglycolic Bioclear Lotion is an AHA and BHA exfoliant formukated in a fragrance-free gel bas suitable for all skin types. The pH-correct formula allows the 2% salicylic acid (BHA) and approximately 5% glycolic acid (AHA) to exfoliate and also help with acne and blackheads.

Marini includes azelaic acid, too. This antibacterial ingredient has benefit for acne and rosacea, but not in the amount used in this product. Generally, for best results with azelaic acid, amounts between 10-20% are needed. Still, this remains an effective AHA/BHA exfoliant. It would be rated higher if it contained a mix of soothing agents and antioxidants.

Bioclear Lotion is a remarkable product that targets a number of multifaceted concerns uniquely experienced by adults. It utilizes a combination of glycolic acid, salicylic acid and azelaic acid for exceptional benefits ranging from adult acne and acne discoloration to the appearance of texture/fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, discoloration from sun damage, and enlarged follicles.

Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Azelaic Acid, Ammonium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20, Sclerotium Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose

Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc., was founded, of course, by Jan Marini, who originally started out marketing products for M.D. Formulations. Thus, it isn't surprising to find that her own line is also aimed at dermatologists, aestheticians, and plastic surgeons, much the way M.D. Formulations is. In direct contrast to many of the other skin-care lines in this niche market, Marini’s line stands out with its selection of far more realistic and varied skin-care products. First, there are no spiraling-out-of-control ingredient lists where everything is thrown in except the kitchen sink. Then, and more important, you will find some well-formulated products that include sunscreens, skin-lightening options, vitamin C products, and good glycolic acid–based alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) products, along with some outstanding retinol options.

It is interesting to observe that Marini attributes the research for her "topical form of lipid (fat) soluble Vitamin C that is stable and able to be absorbed" to the form "developed in conjunction with physician researcher Nicholas Perricone, M.D." Of course, Perricone has his own version of vitamin C products, which are quite similar to Marini's in that they also contain ascorbyl palmitate. That being the case, given that he claims his are the best ever with the highest concentration of the stuff, we wonder if she would now agree with his findings? At least compared to her former partners at M.D. Formulations, Marini's information about vitamin C is more accurately based (it's backed by published research) and there's only a minimal amount of hyperbole. In fact, when it comes to the information Marini and team present to the professionals who retail their products, this line wins high marks for its close-to-accurate information about how skin ages, what can be done to minimize and prevent future signs of aging, and the effects various products have on skin. Of course, you're supposed to believe her products have all the answers, but that's what the reviews below will elucidate.

For more information about Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc., call (888) 695-2611 or visit

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  1. CAROL
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    Annoyingly inferior pump(s)
    • I'd rate the product itself 2.5, but the pump clogged fairly soon & became unusable. The seller swapped it for a new bottle & it broke in about 2 weeks. Seller gave me a new pump for the 2nd bottle & that one also died too early. It's frustrating to open the air-free pump bottle, get some out & then put the top back on. Eventually I stopped using the stuff & tossed it. Clear quality control problems make me wary, so, solved or not, I'll never buy any more Jan Marini products.

  2. Ieshia
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 23, 2013
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    Good products
    • The best otc products I've used for my problematic skin. I absolutely love her entire line, I only wished I'd discovered it sooner. This line has a cult following and for good reason, the products work.

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