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Effaclar Duo by La Roche Posay claims to be a corrective, unclogging, anti - imperfection skin care product. In order to achieve this it combines 4 active ingredients: Niacinamide and Piroctone olamine to fight against bacterial proliferation and eliminate skin imperfections, LHA and Linoleic Acid to unclog pores and all this combined with thermal spring water to reduce redness. It is available in Boots in a 30ml tube for £13.
Around 6 months ago I found I was having trouble with small spots and imperfections on my face. Particularly the area between my jawline and cheek. I tried many products to attempt solving this issue and none were any good. When browsing the internet I came across this products and decided to try it out next time I went to Boots. Although it's pricey for a 30ml tube, I still risked it and I'm so glad I did!
Firstly the application couldn't be better. You only need to use a small amount for all over your face- a little bit goes a long way! It's also very light on the skin, absorbing into the skin almost immediately. After a few weeks of using this product there was a noticeable difference in my skin. It had cleared up a great deal, the redness around the area had reduced and my pores were much less prominent too.
I can honestly say this is the best skin care product I've ever bought. It really does work wonders and I've recommended it to all of my friends, who now also sing it's praise highly. The only downfall is the price. However I'm not going to let this affect my rating as in my opinion it's worth the money you spend and you certainly get what you pay for.
I am in my mi-20s and have been suffering with acne for a good 4 years now. I tend to get the spots around my cheek bones and along my jaw line and are often quite painful and leave me with horrible scars. My skin type is combination - meaning its really dry around my mouth and chin area but oily around my T-zone area. I have honestly tried every single moisturiser out there for acne prone skin and this is the only product for me that actually works and does what it claims to be able to do on the tube!
It is part of the La Roche Posay Effaclar range which has been specifically produced for 'all types of imperfection and spot-prone skin'. It comes in a 40ml slim tube - wish they sold it in larger sizes because it is honestly amazing stuff! The company says that it is a product for people with oily skin who have maybe irregular textured skin that tends to be prone to imperfections, blemishes, and spots. It is a product that is designed specifically to work on severe imperfections and clogged pores. It is supposed to unclogs the pores to try and reduce any further outbreaks and also works on lightening any imperfections you have to help produce clearer looking skin - so it is a moisturiser that has a dual function. You are instructed to use it in the morning and in the evening.
My experience: I noticed a difference in my skin in just a couple of days. I usually use it twice a day morning and evening after I have cleansed my face and used a toner. I have been using this moisturiser for about a month now and my skin is visibly clearer. I hardly get any breakouts anymore except when my menstrual period is due or if I am really really stressed out. Before using this product I used to dread waking up in the morning to see how many new painful spots I have on my face. Now, I wake up quite excited to see how much more clearer my skin has become! I used to have areas of redness on my face which have now disappeared, my blemishes are fading away, and my pores are getting smaller! Its definitely a product you need to try if you're suffering with acne.
It gives you clearer skin, lightens any blemishes you have, and prevents you getting outbreaks! It feels really light on the skin, none of that sticky feeling, and absorbs almost instantly. It has no nasties like parabens. It contains salicyclic acid which is the magical ingredient that helps to encourage skin cell renewal). It has minimal fragrance which is good as fragrances often irritate the skin. Its a 100% hypoallergenic. Its non-comedogenic. It is priced reasonably at £13 in Boots, and can be purchased at an even cheaper price when there is a 3 for 2 offer or 2 products for £15 offer at Boots. It can also be purchased from online stores too.
40mls isn't a lot, but a little goes a long way! You surprising need only a little dollop each time you use it. Every time I go into Boots to re-purchase it, it is hardly ever in stock! It just flies off the shelf especially when it is on offer: its that amazing!
My skin just looks clearer and has a beautiful glow now thanks to the Effaclar duo moisturiser. I don't even need to wear foundation anymore which was a must before I discovered the Effaclar duo! So its a massive thumbs up from me!
This is a much raved about product across beauty blogs and therefore, I finally tracked it down and purchased it. La Roche-Posay is a renown French brand which is famed for it's natural and paraben free ingredients so this is definitely a plus if you suffer from sensitive or acne prone skin! It's quite a strange product as it doesn't definitely fit into the band of serum or moisturiser, but I would recommend simply applying it to any area that spots appear. It works to unclog this area, focusing on removing excess sebum from the pores, which can causes spots. The price is ok - it's not cheap but if it works for you, then it's a very decent price to pay. It worked ok for me and began to remove spots - however, you need to be religious with it and not expect miracles, so keep applying morning and night to see best results. There isn't really any smell to the product which I personally like as it reduces the chance of it breaking me out. I would definitely recommend it if you suffer from breakouts!
I have combination oily skin that is quite prone to acne. Normally, my skin is quite calm but just recently, I experienced a quite bad breakout, so after reading so many reviews on blogs, I purchased it in the hope of tackling the horrible spots on my face.
The Product & Packaging:
On the website, it is described as a "Dual Action Anti-Imperfection Moisturiser". It suits oily skin with irregular texture, prone to imperfections, blemishes and spots.
The product comes in a squeeze tube (40ml) so it is more sanitised than regular pot form as you don't have to dip your finger in it.
The product claims to be revolutionary in fighting acne and, as with all skincare of this type, to purify pores, reduce imperfections, clear and smooth the skin as well as help it regain its balance. It contains 4 active ingredients:
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3): has potent anti-inflammatory properties and regulates sebaceous lipid. It also has anti-aging effects and decreases hyperpigmentation.
Piroctone olamine: this compound is often used in anti-dandruff shampoos, but apart from that, is an anti-oxidant with antibacterial properties. It has a soothing effect on inflamed skin.
Linoleic acid (LHA): is a derivative of salicylic acid (BHA) which has been proven to be a gentler but as effective alternative to its cousin. They're both oil-soluble unlike AHAs and therefore more efficient in treating acne. It stimulates cell renewal for faster skin regeneration.
Salicylic acid (BHA): softens, loosens and sheds dead skin cells on the skin's surface and therefore helps to deal with acne and but also with aging skin (it's often used in chemical peels).
It retails for £13 at Boots. You can sometimes find it on 3-for2 deals or 2 for £15 (which is super good). I purchased mine online at Escentual.com because it is 25% cheaper there. You can also find it on Amazon and other online stores.
It is supposed to be a moisturizer, but I find it very lightweight and quite thin, so in my opinion, it is more like a creamy lotion. The product itself has gel-like consistency which helps it absorbs fast to the skin, and no sticky feeling.
Apply it all over the face day and night.
I was experiencing a quite bad breakout when I purchased this. I got about 2 new pimples every morning so I felt pretty upset. Moreover, my facial pores felt quite clogged and the skin texture was a bit grainy and horrible.
This product, as mentioned earlier, has a light consistency, so it absorbs nicely to the skin. It leaves the skin with a matte finish and quite fresh feeling. It controls the oil really well. However, as it is a acne fighting treatment, it feels a bit dry on the skin, so I do need to follow up with another moisturizer. However, it is not as drying as other spot treatments I have tried, especially the ones with Benzol Dioxide. Rather than a moisturizer, I consider the Effaclar Duo as a Spot Treatment, but you apply it all over the face.
I apply it both morning and night. The next day after my first uses, I noticed the difference immediately. The spots that had been on my face for more than a week were almost gone. So I was very impressed. After 3 days, my face was free of all the whiteheads and it looked so much better. My pores did not feel grainy and clogged anymore. After 1 week, my skin was back to normal. I was super happy.
I am still using it now as acne prevention. It sits nicely under makeup as well, especially for oilier skin since it controls the oil so well. You do need a good moisturizer with SPF for the morning as acne treatment often leads to more sun damage and hyperpigmentation.
I do notice that it does not prevent or cure blackheads. I do find a higher AHA/BHA treatment will work better for that purpose. I don't know if it will work for people with cystic acne, but it works very well for small to medium whiteheads.
One more thing worth mentioning is that, I personally found that if I forget to apply a moisturizer after this, my face will get small little pumps underneath the skin. I guess it is because of the dryness.
Overall, I think I found a holygrail product for my skin in terms of spot prevention and treatment, and it is paraben-free as well, which is always a plus.
Like many people, I have had clogged pores in my nose and t-zone area for quite some time. As an 18 year old male, I care about my appearance and have tried a lot different products to try and counter-act this. This product was recommended by a friend, who claimed to have had great success with it and touted it as the miracle-cure that turned her skin from blotchy and blocked to smooth and flawless. Clearly, then, it does work for some people; and so please know this review is not intended to totally slam the product.
However, with the amount of "unique" and carefully, dermatologically tailored ingredients proudly listed on the packaging, I expected the cream to have some effect. I applied morning and evening, after showering and cleansing my face with one of their other products, an astringent lotion. Unfortunately, this had little effect, and my pores remain clogged as ever with no visible reduction in size. The cream didn't dry my skin out as I have heard some claim, however it also did not provide an end to my troubles as it has for others. It was largely ineffective, despite being used for a number of months. Clearly it has worked better for other people, so despite my rather neutral experience, you may wish to try it for yourself. I will also add that the astringent lotion has worked wonders in clearing my face of light acne and I now suffer from only the occasional spot, going many days at a time with completely clear skin. The La Roche-Posay brand does produce some wonderful products, but the Effaclar Duo cream is not for me.
As part of my never ending quest for perfect skin, I purchased this product after reading about it in a blog. Over the years I have managed to contain acne breakouts through the use of stronger products, both prescription and non-prescription, but I still suffer from clogged open pores, uneven skin tone and occasional spots.
The product claims to 'EFFACLAR DUO Corrective and Unclogging Anti-Imperfection Care reduces the appearance of imperfections and purifies pores.'
I was particularly interested in the product as I have sensitive skin, and the cream didn't contain the usual acne ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. While these ingredients are really good at dealing with spots they are quite harsh ingredients.
The active ingredients are: Niacinamide, Piroctone Olamine, LHA/Linoleic Acid, thermal spring water
I'm not going to waffle on about the ingredients for too long but a full description is available on the Boots website.
I was mainly interested by the inclusion of LHA as this is known to unclog pores, helping to promote a smoother skin tone. I read that the Niacinamide and Piroctone Olamine is designed to deal with the actual breakout itself.
--Availability and Price--
I purchase the product in Boots for £13 for 30ml of product. I recently managed to get a two for £15 deal which was fantastic, however this is the first time I have found any deal on the product. Unfortunately, I have not found the product available anywhere else where I live apart from Boots.
La Roche Posay is a French brand and so the cardboard packaging is French on one side and English on the other. For some reason my local Boots store places the product on the shelf with the French side placing forward, I think they like to challenge me a little! Inside the packaging is pretty bland; a white tube with blue and black writing. I have tried a couple of different French brands and they all seem to have a similar no frills aproach to the packaging. For me the plain packaging is not a problem and I think it looks quite professional!
The tube and lid are pretty sturdy which means no leaks if you travel with the cream. It does, however, have a 'squeazy' tube which means you can sometimes squeaze a little too much out. I also tend to cut the package with a scissors when I think there is nothing left, often meaning that I can get another two or three applications.
The product is a fairly thin cream which I apply with my fingers. It is definately not a thick cream, but it also isn't so runny that it runs on application. The cream does have a distinctive odour but it is not unpleasant in any way, and can't imagine it would put anyone off from using it.
I tend to apply the product after cleansing both in the morning before make up, and also in the evening before bed. It sinks into my skin straight away and makes my skin very smooth and 'clean.'
I find that product fantastic for two main reasons. Firstly, I found that it makes my make up last much longer than usual and provides a smooth base for the make up. I have used lots of other primers in the past and some can help prevent oily skin but can make my skin look a little dry. This prevents the attractive oil slick appearance but doesn't make my make up look cakey in any way.
Secondly, I realised after a month of use that I hadn't had a breakout at all for a few weeks. Furthermore, the small spots on my forehead and chin had disappeared and my skin and pores looked a lot smoother.
I recently switched to another product but I am not the proud owner of two large spots and lots of small spots on my forehead! This has confirmed to me how brilliant this product is.
I would recommend this product to anyone with sensitive skin which is prone to breakouts. I did not find instant results, but over the course of a few weeks I found a dramatic improvement in my skin. At £13 it is a lot more expensive than other products but if you are struggling with your skin I would definately recommend it.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo / Daily care to treat both imperfections on the skin's surface and help prevent blocked pores / Contains Niacinimide, Piroctone Olamine and LHA / Pores are unclogged and purified to help reduce the development of future breakouts / Helps to reduce skin imperfections leaving skin looking clearer and feeling smoother.