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I have always had issues with bad skin and have been to many dermatologists over the years, many prescribing me tablets and creams and with that I often had the recommendation to get the La Roche Posay Effaclar foaming gel from the pharmacy as part of my daily cleansing routine.
I did not really investigate how or where it's made and what the ingredients are, I just went along with the recommendation from the doctor, cause surely he would know best.
La Roche Posay is made in France and their products are hypo-allergenic. It contains soothing thermal spa water, which apparently is exceptionally rich in anti-oxidant Selenium.
So I have used the gel for years never questioning if there is a better product out there and can't say anything bad about this foaming gel. It comes in a 200ml tube and is available from Boots for around £10. It foams up very nicely and leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean. But that's about it really.
I find I get similar results with other cheaper face washes. I have just been too lazy over the years and maybe too stingy to spend more money and experiment to find myself a more suited product. I have recently changed over to Clinique and get much better results with their 3 step system.
If you are looking for a decent foaming face wash, do give it a go. Everyone's skin is different and this might just work for you. I have had much better results with Clinique recently but of course that is pricier and it might not suit your skin. I would recommend to experiment with different brands and products and La Roche Posay seems a trustworthy brand that makes quality. Good luck in finding the perfect skincare product for you, this one is a good start!
La Roche Posay is a French skincare brand which I have been trying recently, as the French are supposed to be especially good at creating effective, nourishing skincare! This particular product is a gentle foaming face wash, in the form of a gel, which is targeted at purifying oily sensitive skin. I was really happy to find a product that acknowledged that oily skin can be sensitive! I often find that products developed for oilier skins can be harsher as they contain drying ingredients which aim to counteract the oils.
This particular face wash does aim to remove excess sebum (oil) from the skin, but in a very gentle way. The wash claims to also remove impurities and due to the thermal spring water it contains, it also claims to soothe the skin and to be anti-irritating. The Effaclar range of products from La Roche-Posay is designed for skin which has excess amounts of sebum and imperfection prone skin. As skin can become shiny when excess oils are produced, the brand state that the sebum can oxidise and end up stimulating the glands to produce even more oil, which causes the pores to get blocked creating spots!
With that justification behind the line, I am almost tempted to run out and buy everything they make! The explanation behind the formulation of the face wash seems very well thought out, but does it live up to its claims?
Yes! I have been so happy with this product, I have found it to be very gentle, yet still effective and I find that it doesn't dry my skin out at all, yet it still seems to remove oil! I have also noticed that it is effective at helping spots to heal faster and with continued use I hope to get less of them in the first place! The gel foams very nicely, you only need a five pence sized amount to wash your entire face.
The product retails in boots for around £10 for 200ml currently, which I think is very much more affordable then the Clarins I was previously buying! In addition to this, the product also boasts eco friendly packaging, which also is designed to prevent bacterial contamination by having a flip top lid which you squeeze the product out through.
Overall I love both this product and the ethos of the brand as a whole and will definitely be repurchasing this product. 5/5!
I was recommended this product by a lady in my neighbourhood store who claimed that this product was very popular and effective to control my oily skin. At that time, I had quite an oily t-zone which always gave me a shiny look on my face, and I had wanted to get rid of it. So I bought the product - and it was a nightmare.
-- MY OPINION ON THIS GEL CLEANSER --
This gel cleanser claims that daily usage will help to eliminate excess sebum and to tighten the pores of oily skin without causing dryness. It is said to contain some thermal spring water sourced from a spring in centre of France, that is an active dermatological ingredient, being rich in anti-oxidant Selenium.
It does sound really good - and only if it really worked the way that it claimed to! The gel itself is unsurprisingly transparent and has a rather fluid consistency. I expect it to form quite a bit of lather because it is supposed to be a foaming gel, but it didn't - much to my disappointment. When using the gel, I felt more like I was applying a chemical on my face because of the texture of the gel. The gel has a very light and minimalist scent, which is good because I don't really like strong-smelling facial products.
I started to use this product everyday has recommended. Initially, I must admit that my skin did feel quite clean although I felt some burning patches on my face. However, it was only after a few weeks of use that I realised that the product was way too strong for my skin. it exacerbated oil production in the oily regions and dried out the skin in others - leaving me with worse skin than before.
-- WHERE CAN YOU FIND THIS --
It seems like most people find this product quite good, and only some have the same problem of burning and dryness from this product. If you do want to try this, you can find it available at Boots for £10.21.
-- CONCLUSION --
This product definitely did not work for me and it was far worse than any other facial cleanser that I've ever used. I have since then found much better products - thankfully - and I'm never looking back!
I am ashamed to admit that in the back of my wardrobe are two large lidded plastic crates each containing an array of tubs, bottles and tubes of various toiletries; many of which remain unused. I have promised myself that I am not to purchase anything new until they have all gone and for the last two months or so I have kept my word. Inside one of the crates was a box containing a 15ml sample of La Roche-Posay Purifying Foaming Gel and at the beginning of last month I decided to use it with this review discussing my experience.
~~ A LITTLE ABOUT LA ROCHE-POSAY ~~
Whilst I had previously heard the name I was not familiar with their products and I have to say that I was surprised to learn that they are owned by the L'Oreal Group. The company state that La Roche-Posay products are designed for those who suffer with sensitive skin and whilst their website claims that they are made using La Roche-Posay thermal spring water (whatever that may be!) I can find nothing on the list of ingredients to evidence this statement other than plain old water.
~~ USING THE FOAMING GEL ~~
I'm not intending to discuss packaging, particularly as my 15ml tube is classed as a sample as opposed to the full sized 200 ml tube, which is identical in appearance. All I will mention is that it is uncluttered with its' white base colour together with the blue logo and minimal black lettering. My smaller tube offered a screw top lid with the larger version possessing a flip top lid, which is always a real positive in respect of products of this nature.
The consistency is exactly as described and that is a gel, which is transparent. The aroma is very clean and fresh and reminds me of a facial cleaning product that I used during my early teens, but unfortunately, I cannot recall what. I have scanned through the list of ingredients, but there is nothing to suggest the aroma, which is suitable for both men and women.
I was surprised at how little I actually needed and when gently massaged into my dampened T-zone skin it created a reasonable lather, but it took a little longer than I had expected although this was not really an issue. Whilst the product is described as a foaming gel the La Roche-Posay website claim that it is suitable for use as a cleanser and I would have to agree. It is extremely effective, particularly as it was able to quickly remove my mousse foundation, which has a tendency to settle itself in my pores. The gel is soap free and I cannot report of suffering from any stinging or harshness despite a rather lengthy list of ingredients such as citric acid and sodium hydroxide.
The lather easily rinsed away without leaving any greasy or sticky residue and I have to admit that I was surprised that I did not experience any dryness, particularly on the upper area of my cheeks, which are often irritated when using similar products. Although there is nothing listed within the ingredients to suggest any moisturising properties I found that as well as feeling wonderfully clean and fresh, my skin was soft, smooth and slightly moisturised following use. However, I always follow up with a good moisturiser as otherwise my skin will break out in uncomfortable dry patches.
My freebie was well worth it as the 15ml tube lasted me just over three weeks with using twice a day. Would I buy this product? I probably will once I have used all of my current supply of cleansers and washes although I will continue to buy and use different brands. I can definitely recommend La Roche-Posay as my experience was extremely positive as I found this a gentle yet very effective product and as a result it receives five stars from me.
~~ INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION ~~
There is a rather lengthy list of ingredients contained within the gel, which I do not intend copying into this review, but these can be obtained from the La Roche-Posay website. The tube should be used within 12 months of opening and can be recycled once empty.
~~ PRICE AND AVAILABILITY ~~
I have looked online and the best price I can find is at Boots where a 200ml tube will cost £10.20, which according to my calculations will last around 10 months when used twice daily.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel / A facial wash for oily skin / Gently cleanses the skin thanks to its high tolerance foaming power / Helps to eliminate impurities and excess sebum, leaving the skin feeling clean and fresh / Contains La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water to soothe, soften and comfort sensitive skin / Can also be used as a body wash / Skin is cleansed of impurities and excess sebum with a feeling of freshness / Doesn't over dry the skin.