BB cream, also known as Blemish Balm, Blemish Base or Beblesh Balm, is a cosmetic item sold mainly in East and Southeast Asia. Originally formulated in Germany by Dr. med. Christine Schrammek in 1967 it was initially used by dermatologists to help laser surgery patients protect, soothe and refine highly sensitive skin while providing light coverage for post-laser scars, acne and other blemishes. Although BB cream was not specifically created for the Asian market, it provided a solution to a common skin problem for many Asians: impure skin. The cream eventually found its way into a broad mainstream market when Korean actresses recommended it publicly.
BB cream has a number of benefits such as being anti-inflammatory, regenerative and having a soothing effect. It has skin whitening or brightening properties, is anti-acne and anti-wrinkle, and is also intended even out skin tone and lighten blemish scars. BB cream can be used like a primer under foundation, and because it is tinted can replace foundation.It is a multi-tasking product that takes the place of a primer, foundation, moisturizer, pore minimization and skin refiner together, making it an economic skin care solution.