Which Version of Biologique Recherche P50 Is Ideal For You?

Which Version of Biologique Recherche P50 Is Ideal For You?

It's no accident that Biologique Recherche is a globally respected cosmetic brand. The series of P50 lotions are held in the highest esteem in many countries and worldwide. They produce a signature and unique glow that any other product in the market is yet to emulate. Given the diverse options, customers and skincare enthusiasts are always asking one vital question:

Which P50 lotion is ideal for me? 

If you've ever wondered about the main differences between the P50, P50W, P50 PIGM 400, P50 1970, and P50V, this article is for you. 

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Here's a look into the ingredients and effects that separate the various P50 lotions to help you determine which Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 is best suited for your skin type. We'll also consider the various skin conditions and the combination of lotions that produce the best results.

Let's kick off with the fundamentals.


Biologique Recherche is the first brand name that comes to mind when talking about FrenchSkincare. You can only find this epitome of luxury skincare products at high-end skincare spas and Med Spas around the globe in countries like the US, UK, and others. Biologique Recherche offers a series of customized skincare and body care lotions, moisturizers, toners, exfoliators, and several others scientifically formulated according to the various “skin instants.” Lotion P50 is an All-In-One facial toner, cleanser, and exfoliating lotion that balances pH for the optimum health of your skin.

At Paul Labrecque, the Original Biologique Recherche Skincare Spa in the USA, the luxury French Skincare Brand is a client favorite. Each product is renowned for its excellence, quality, expertise, and effectiveness. The P50 series is a high-end product specifically formulated for different types of skin. The Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 is an exfoliating toner meant for different skin types. It’s a popular product worldwide, having made a name for itself for the past 40+ years as a leading solution for people looking to improve and beautify their skin. 


Generally speaking, P50 produces a unique set of effects that help rid your skin of dead cells and impurities collected over the day. Consequently, the products balance the pH of your skin's surface, boosting its tone quality and strength while also adjusting the skin's sebum production. According to Biologique Recherche, the regular P50 lotion is most suitable for normal skin with average sebum secretion.  

It's from the regular type that the other variants are derived from. Hence, they all provide similar core benefits, albeit to different degrees. Most variants comprise acids like salicylic, phytic, malic, gluconolactone, and lactic. Some versions of lotion P50 also feature vinegar, phenol, different plant extracts, niacinamide, and NMFS. 

The unique combination of ingredients offers different benefits. This is the reason why you're right to wonder which of these lotions would produce the best results for your skin.  

But before answering this question, let's look at each of these different P50s.  


At present, you will find seven versions of the Biologique Recherche P50, depending on where and how you're shopping, whether in-store or online. These different options include: 

  • Lotion P50 
  • P50 1970 
  • P50V 
  • P50W 
  • P50V 1970 
  • P50 PIGM 400 

Besides these, various other types of lotion P50are available.  

Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 Capillaries is a multi-purpose hair and scalp lotion that gently purifies and moisturizes the scalp and strengthens the hair. This purifying lotion is recommended for oily skin. It contains active ingredients like horseradish, lemon, sage, myrrh and burdock extracts, witch hazel and purifying poly-alpha-beta hydroxy complex. 

Next in line is the Lotion P50 Corps. This body lotion toner by Biologique Recherchegently exfoliates and balances the epidermis, preparing it for the next treatment. It’s rich in Poly-Alpha-Beta-Hydroxy-Acids, Nettle and Lemon extracts. 


Assuming you ever searched for P50 lotion in the US or read about it on blogs like this, you'll notice variations with 1970 in the name. Back in 1970, when Biologique Recherche P50 was released, it contained phenol. The 1970 formulations containing phenol are only sold in the US; however, the brand did create new formulations without phenol for those who prefer avoiding this chemical antiseptic. The 1970 formulas contain a very low % or phenol that is equal to less than .1%. 

Due to the massive demand for the original 1970 formula, Biologique Recherche continues to supply the American market with the original versions under the 1970 line. This is why you can only get the P50, P50 1970, P50V, P50W, P50V 1970, and P50 PIGM 400 lotions in the US.  


As you conduct your research on the various types of Lotion P50 and what each can do for your skin, there are some questions you need to ask yourself. The key ones include the following: 

  • What are the key differences between each version? 
  • How much am I willing to spend? 
  • How strong do I want my lotion P50 to be? 
  • Which ingredients do I prefer in my exfoliating toner? 
  • What is my skin type? 
  • What are the results that I want? 

As you go about learning which P50 to use, it’s imperative to utilize the Biologique Recherche Methodology with a complete skin analysis to help determine the best products for your skin type. For this, you’ll have to take a skin assessment online or contact Paul Labrecque’s specialized skincare experts for a Live Virtual or In Spa skincare consultation.  


Let’s take a closer look at each option based on their exfoliation power. After this section, you should be able to adequately explain the unique difference between each P50 lotion currently available to the American market.So, let’s begin with the OG version, lotion P501970.

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LOTION P50 1970 with Phenol 

As earlier mentioned, this is the original version of Biologique Recherche P50 released into the market. It contains Glycerin,Sulfur, Water (Aqua), Arctium Lappa Root (Burdock Root) Extract, Phenol, Vinegar (Acetum), Niacinamide, Magnesium Chloride, Vinegar (Acetum), Lactic Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Bha (Salicylic Acid), And Sodium Benzoate. 

Together, these organic,bio-marine and biotechnological extracts form the perfect blend of concentrated skincare formula that helps oily,acne-prone and combination skin retain its original beauty. However, it does come with some possible stinging after use and mild numbness. Since it is by far the most potent lotion in this line of exfoliating toners, these effects aren't surprising and typically only last for a few minutes before subsiding.

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LOTION P50 No Phenol

This is currently the regular version. It’s made with ingredients including Gluconolactone, Water (Aqua), Lactic Acid, Propylene Glycol,Glycerin, Citric Acid, Niacinamide,Ethoxydiglycol, Malic Acid, Magnesium Chloride, Vinegar (Acetum), Salicylic Acid, Phytic Acid, Cochlearia Armoracia (Horseradish) Root, RumexAcetosa Leaf Extract, Arctium Lappa Root (Burdock Root) Extract, Myrtus Communis Extract, Allium Cepa (Onion) Bulb Extract,Commiphora Myrrh Extract, Sorbitol, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Oil,Sulfur, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, And Phenoxyethanol.

Several of these ingredients offer soothing and conditioning benefits. It is also suitable for people with oily, combination and acne-prone skin looking for an exfoliating toner with antimicrobial properties to control sebum and reduce acne breakouts. It comes next after P50 1970 variants in terms of exfoliating power.

LOTION P50V 1970 with Phenol

This is a variant of the original 1970 that contains Glycerin, Magnesium Chloride, Niacinamide, Sodium Benzoate, Aha (Lactic Acid),) Vinegar (Acetum), Water (Aqua), Bha (Salicylic Acid), And Phenol.

For those looking for a medium exfoliating formula, the lotion P50V 1970 is worth checking out.It has a lot in common with the P50 1970. However, it has a lower concentration of active ingredients such as BHA (salicylic acid) and AHA (lactic acid).This formula is best suited for dry, dehydrated skin in need of replenishing lipids and strengthening the skin’s barrier. This 1970 formula does contain a very low % of phenol, a chemical antiseptic. 

Also, it lacks antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory compounds such as sulfur and burdock root, so those interested in these effects should take note.

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LOTION P50V No Phenol

This type of P50 contains Gluconolactone, Vinegar (Acetum),Glycerin, Niacinamide, Propylene Glycol, Lactic Acid, Magnesium Chloride,Ethoxydiglycol, Malic Acid, Spongillalacustris Spicule Extract, Citric Acid, Phytic Acid, Yeast Extract (Faex Extract), Capsicum Frutescens Fruit Extract, Cochlearia Armoracia (Horseradish), Juglans Regia (Walnut) Seed Extract,Sulfur, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Salicylic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Salicylate, Sorbitol, And Sodium Metabisulfite. 

It works best for mature, dehydrated and dry skin. In some cases, people with normal skins that wish to use a medium-powered exfoliating toner can also find this helpful. After carefully looking at P50 ingredients P50 vs. P50V, you'll notice they both contain no phenol. However, this lotion P50V isn't as strong as P50 and 1970 types. You can find P50V in different sizes, including 1.7fl oz, 5.1fl oz, and8.4fl oz.

But it’s not the various sizes that make this product stand out from the wide variety of skincare options in the market. The answer is three things. First is the blend of BHAs and AHAs. Secondly, some of the ingredients are meant for skin conditioning to prevent the shriveling up of your skin after application. Lastly, it provides extra resistance against the unyielding battle against acne.

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LOTION P50W No Phenol 

The P50W version of the Biologique lotion contains ingredients such as Gluconolactone, Niacinamide, Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ethoxydiglycol, Magnesium Chloride, Vinegar (Acetum), Citric Acid, Phytic Acid, Malic Acid, Cochlearia, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Cochlearia Armoracia (Horseradish) Root Extract, Capsicum Frutescens Fruit Extract, Sulfur, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Sodium Salicylate, Allantoin, Urea, Tea-Lactate, Sodium Benzoate, Serine, Sodium Lactate, And Sorbitol.

This toner is formulated for sensitive and reactive skin. It has a gentle chemical formula that won't produce any harsh effects. It's the mildest lotion P50 type you can purchase and is best suited for hypersensitive skin or first-time users of Lotion P50.

Lotion P50 PIGM 400

LOTION P50 PIGM 400 No Phenol

This version comprises the following: Sodium Gluconate, Water (aqua), Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Lactobacillus/Wasabi Japonica Root Ferment Extract, Niacinamide, Sodium Lactate, Magnesium Chloride, Phytic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Gluconolactone, Citric Acid, MagnesiumSulfate, PalmariaPalmata Extract, Propylene Glycol, Levulinic Acid, Sodium Salicylate, Salicylic Acid, SpiraeaUlmaria Extract, Sodium Levulinate, Vinegar (Acetum), Alcohol Denat, Phenoxyethanol, Micro CitrusAustralasica Fruit Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Prunus Persica (Peach) Leaf Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Ascorbic Acid, Rubus Ideas (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, And Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract.

Lotion P50 PIGM 400 contains many extracts but lacks sulfur and phenol. When users compare the lotion P50 PIGM 400 before and after effects, the most significant change is the skin's brightness. In other words, this variant is best for those looking for brightening effects, to minimize age spots and reduce hyper-pigmentation.

Now, let’s recap the best combinations of lotion P50s for the various skin conditions and instants.

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These products from Biologique Recherche originally made a name for the brand by tackling skin epidermal problems. Consequently, some versions have emerged more effective for certain conditions than others. So here are some common conditions of the epidermis and the various P50 selections appropriate for tackling them.  


For those who need an exfoliator but can't stand the word "glycolic," P50W is the best option. This lotion P50 balances Salicylicand Lactic Acid with ArctiumLappa root and Glycerin. This unique blend produces a gentle and efficacious product.


The lotion P50V and P50V 1970 were formulated to cater to skins that are not too sensitive or tough. In other words, it's equally a good option for those with normal or moderately dry skin. It doesn't only get the job done but also contains additional ingredients like Brewer's Yeast and Plankton which give it a bit more conditioning and hydration when compared to the Lotion P50.  


Since lotion P50 PIGM 400 is the latest addition to the P50 line, it has several new ingredients and lacks some old active compounds. It was designed purposefully for hyperpigmentation, and it aids in regulating the pigmentation process by influencing the sebum glands. Also, it induces exfoliation and promotes the brightening of dull skin due to ingredients like Palmaria Palmata Extract, Wasabi Extract, and other flavonoids it contains.  


P50 1970 is what many call the OG editions in the P50 line. Hence, it's also the strongest formula available. It will provide all the exfoliating, toning and balancing benefits of the Lotion P50with a strong blend of BHAs and AHAs, resulting in a youthful glow.  


Having covered the full range of P50 lotions on the market, you can closely assess the strengths and weaknesses of each option, look critically at your skincare needs, and make an informed decision. The ultimate goal is to get youthful, beautiful, and glowing skin.  

Your best bet for picking up the ideal P50 that matches your skin's needs is to consult with an established skincare spa that curates these types of high-end skincare products.  

If you live in New York City, Palm Beach, Florida or Philadelphia, you can find out more about the suitable Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 with an in-spa skincare consultation at Paul Labrecque for a personal skin analysis. We offer Live Virtual Skincare Consultations for all interested clients throughout the USA to assist you in selecting a professionally curated at-home skincare routine best suited for your unique skin issues and condition.

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