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Is Biore Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Is Biore Cruelty-Free?

Biore is NOT cruelty-free.

Is Biore Vegan?

Biore claims that some of their products are vegan. I don’t consider any of their products to be vegan since they test on animals.

Is Biore PETA Certified?

No, Biore is not PETA Certified.

Is Biore Leaping Bunny Certified?

No, Biore is not Leaping Bunny Certified.

Is Biore Owned By A Parent Company That Tests On Animals?

Biore is owned by Kao, a company that tests on animals.

From Their FAQ

Biore's Animal Testing Policy

Biore claims that their products are cruelty-free in “western markets.” This means that their products are sold in China, where animal testing is required by law.

Animal Testing in China

Animal Testing is required by law in China for all foreign cosmetics companies. All American and European cosmetic brands that are sold in China must undergo animal testing. 

Any brand that chooses to sell their products in China cannot be considered cruelty-free. Even products that can bypass mandatory tests may still be pulled from the shelves by Chinese authorities to be tested on animals.

This does NOT include products that are made in China, only if they are sold in China. 

The only way to know if a brand sells products in China is to ask them directly. Make sure to note that Hong Kong is not included in this policy, and neither are products only sold online to Chinese consumers.

Is Biore Sold in Mainland China?

Yes, Biore products are sold in mainland China.

Here is a screenshot from Kao’s website:

Biore's Chinese Website

Cruelty-Free and Vegan Alternatives to Biore Products

I wasn’t able to find 100% vegan and cruelty-free brands that specialize in acne products. Here are some brands that are cruelty-free and have some vegan acne products:


Dermalogica is a cruelty-free and professional-grade skincare brand founded by a skin therapist. Featuring ingredients like vitamin C, retinol, and peptides that are backed by years of clinical research, these products are designed to correct signs of aging, protect your skin from environmental stressors and leave your complexion smooth, even, and radiant.

Paula’s Choice

Paula’s Choice is a cruelty-free brand that was founded in 1995 by beauty expert Paula Begoun. The line reflects a commitment to uncovering the truth about skincare and comprises targeted products that address the needs of all ages, skin types, and concerns.

Sunday Riley

Sunday Riley is a cruelty-free brand that creates treatments designed to visibly improve the quality of your skin, including the signs of aging, dryness,  oiliness,  acne,  dehydration, and the appearance of pores and spots.


TULA is a cruelty-free brand that creates clean & effective skincare products formulated with probiotics & superfoods to boost skin’s appearance & restore its natural balance

Shop the full list of 100% vegan and cruelty-free brands.

Email to the Company

Before classifying any brand as cruelty-free and vegan, I send them an email with the following questions:

  1. Are your products vegan? If only some are vegan, which ones?
  2. Are any of your products or ingredients tested on animals?
  3. Do you have a Leaping Bunny or PETA certification?
  4. Do your suppliers or any third parties test animals on your behalf?
  5. Does your company sell products in mainland China (except Hong Kong)?
  6. Are you owned by a parent company that tests on animals?

Here is how Biore responded:

Thank you for contacting Biore.

Our future plans for Biore will start with the Rose Quartz Line adding Cruelty-Free, Vegan Friendly, and Eco-Friendly icons on packaging to draw attention to these features for consumers. The rest of the line will follow as artwork updates happen.

Biore does not contain any animal-derived or byproduct ingredients and is not tested on animals.”
It does not contain any animal-derived or byproduct ingredients and is not tested on animals in line with vegan concerns.”
It does not contain any animal-derived or byproduct ingredients and is not tested on animals.  However, we cannot assure lack of cross-contamination with materials that are used during manufacturing.”

Kao Corporation, our parent company located in Japan, has not been conducting animal testing on final products.  However, Japanese law requires that companies use animal testing to help determine the safety of new chemical ingredients and specific food products.  These cases are exceptions.  Kao Corp. has been developing alternative safety testing methods and will continue to do their utmost to minimize animal testing and develop effective alternatives.

Biore does not have a distributor business in China.

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