October 17, 2016

Product Review: Biafine Emulsion

      Sorry for the lack of posts last week! What a crazy week it's been. My parents were in town from California and I was so busy being a good hostess to them here in NYC that there just wasn't enough time for the blog. Today I have a famous French pharmacy product to review - Biafine emulsion. It was one of the things I picked up from Paris during my trip there (see my entire beauty haul and experience on shopping at City Pharma here). Biafine is advertised in France to be an ointment that is used for burns, scrapes, and blistered skin. I've even read from other bloggers that they use it for their skin when it's extra sensitive. Me? I put it to the test to heal my acne blemishes - see how it fared for my full review below!

Biafine Emulsion
Price: 6 Euros

BIAFINE Topical Emulsion is a water-based emulsion formulated for the dressing and management of superficial wounds, minor abrasions, dermal ulcers, donor sites, 1st and 2nd degree burns including sunburns, and radiation dermatitis. When applied properly to a wound, BIAFINE Topical Emulsion provides an optimum moist environment for the healing process and isolates the wound from harmful germs and other external contamination.

purified water, liquid paraffin, ethylene glycol monostearate, stearic acid, propylene glycol, paraffin wax, squalane, avocado oil, trolamine/sodium alginate, triethanolamine, cetyl palmitate, methylparaben (sodium salt), sorbic acid (potassium salt), propylparaben (sodium salt), and fragrance.


      First off, the stuff smells kinda funky. I can't quite put my finger on it. It smells medicinal, yet slightly aromatic as well. I honestly can't decide if I like it or dislike it but for now, I'm indifferent but I would have preferred no scent. The texture of the ointment is slightly thick with a sticky feeling as you rub it into your skin. Think Elmer's Glue except a little less thicker without the adhesive qualities. I put it to the test on my blemished that are either healing or flaking because it's supposed to create an ideal environment for skin to heal over. I actually did see it do exactly this when I put it over one of my minor blemishes that I already addressed and was in its last steps of healing. When I rubbed it over the blemish, it instantly hydrated the area and looked like it made a thin barrier over my skin which then in turn allowed it to heal faster. I haven't put it all over my skin however, I don't think I probably ever will because it leaves your skin feeling slightly sticky.


Concluding Remarks

      Biafine is cheap in France, but really difficult to get here in the States. Do I think it's worth the hassle to get? No, I don't. I think there are alternatives readily available here in the states (like Avene's Cicalfate) that also get the job done. Furthermore, the scent may put some people off. I feel like I would enjoy the scent except there is something off about it. Think of this stuff as a glorified less oily version of Neosporin. It'll probably do wonders when used in conjunction with a band-aid when healing blemished or exposed skin. Therefore, I personally think it's more of a first-aid type of product than a skincare.

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