La Roche Posay Effaclar Range


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A while ago I was sent four products from the La Roche Posay range, including their updated Effaclar Duo.  The results have been mixed, and out of the four products I’d say one  is barely worth mentioning, one is fairly good and surprisingly effective (but with a price) and the remaining two are absolutely brilliant.  When the products arrived I started taking daily images of my skin to track the progress.  To cut a long story short, I didn’t log the pictures properly and got extremely confused regarding which pictures were for which days; not helpful! I will sort them out eventually and write a follow-up post, but in the meantime here’s my review on some of the La Roche Posay Effaclar Range.

First up is the Effaclar H Dermo-Soothing Deep Cleansing Foam which is my ‘meh’ product from the bunch, for no significant reason as it certainly cleansed effectively and gently, but it just didn’t blow my mind and it left my skin slightly tight too; I think it would be best for very oily skins that can handle a foaming cleanser, or very young skins.  It’s not bad but I’ve definitely used better, but if you fancy giving it a go it’s £8.05 here – link.


Next up is the infamous Effaclar Duo+ which is an extremely popular product that’s designed to deal with the key issues of problem skin such as spots (both surface and under-the-skin), oiliness and marks that stay long after the spot and dried up and left the building.  It’s Duo+ that’s been super-charged to deal with post-acne scarring and having read plenty of reviews, people are still going mad for it.  I purchased the original quite some time ago and just did not get on with it as I found it too drying and not particularly effective.  I found the same issues with the Duo+ but I persevered for a few weeks and the main thing I’d say this did work on is the acne scars; it reduced the size and redness of them surprisingly quickly; considering this is a real issue that hasn’t been solved by any other product on the high-street yet, these results are quite remarkable.  I can’t continue using it as it’s just too dry for me, but for those who got on well with the original I really recommend you try this too.  It’s £15.50 here – link.

Next is the first of the two products that I really rate, and it’s the Effaclar Clarifying Lotion which is an exfoliating toner that really packs a punch.  If you’ve been thinking of trying the likes of Biologique Recherche’s P50 or similar but don’t know whether an exfoliating toner will work for you then try this one first; it’s extremely exfoliating and you can really feel it work, so for £11 I highly recommend this, and it can be purchased here – link.

Last but not least is my absolute favourite from the range, which is the Effaclar H Soothing Compensation Moisturiser.  It’s designed to counteract the issues associated with drying acne treatments (mainy Roaccutane) and it is fantastic for my type of skin; spotty and dehydrated.  If you struggle to get the balance right or have combination skin generally then you must try this; it’s rich, soothing and moisturising yet it doesn’t cause greasiness or breakouts, making it a real gem of a find in the world of spot-fighting products.  It also sits really well under make-up and at just over £8 it’s a total steal.

In conclusion I’d say I’m overall impressed with the Effaclar range from La Roche Posay as they have created some really decent products for tricky skins and they’ve bridged the gap between overly-harsh and far-too-mild products which are usually the only choices available for problematic skin types.

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  • India
    April 17, 2014

    I bought the effaclar duo + after seeing hundreds of raves about it, but I’m almost a month in and haven’t seen any reduction in my pigment or scarring 🙁 going to persevere as my next choice is Heal Gel and it’s three times more expensive!

    • Sascha BG
      April 21, 2014

      Oh that’s a shame 🙁 I was really surprised how well it worked and it was quite quick too; my scarring is ridiculously stubborn so fingers crossed it works for yours too xx

  • Gwenayfer
    April 19, 2014

    Would be really nice to be able to get this brand easier in the U.S. It’s SO good!

    • Sascha BG
      April 21, 2014

      It is really good, and so well priced too! I hope it arrives on your shores soon xx

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