La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Review

I haven’t had the best of skin since I was about 11. I’m now 22. That’s half my friggin’ life that I’ve been trying to exterminate those evil sprouts of yellow and red planets from my face. I have used countless creams, treatments, facial washes and moisturizers to get rid of the little shits, and whilst some have worked better than others none has worked as well as the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo.

The majority of my skin has become quite clear now. After years of washing, treating and a visit to the dermatologist the only place I have an infestation is the bottom of the right side of my face, with occasional zits on my chin. My forehead hasn’t had a spot since high school, and the left side of my face is pretty clear, it’s just the right side that’s gone over to the dark-side.

So, I did some research looking for something that would work wonders and something I wouldn’t have to take out a loan for. I came across the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo. It had high reviews, and I discovered La Roche was a pretty popular brand. I hadn’t heard of it before. The price on was £16.50 which pleased me, because it wasn’t extortionate yet it wasn’t so cheap that I would mistrust it. So I clicked purchase and eagerly awaited its arrival!


The little beauty 😉

As you can see, the box just kind of screams ‘serious business’. It just looks professional. Yeah, I was a happy bunny when it came in the post and started using it immediately. The side of the box gives some Indications: “Imperfection-prone skin, clogged pores, excess sebum. Complete care with reinforced anti-imperfection efficiency, to help correct the appearance of imperfections” blah blah blah. It mentions ‘imperfections’ a lot. It then goes on to say:

After 8 days – Localised imperfections appear significantly reduced.

After 4 weeks – Pores look unclogged, skin texture looks refined. Controls the appearance of shine.

Texture is: 24hr hydration, lasting mattifying effect, non-sticky, non oily finish. Excellent makeup base(that bit had me intrigued)

Use: Apply to whole face morning and/or evening (I do both).


The Verdict

When I first applied it I really liked how moisturizing it felt. The box was right in that it was non-sticky and non-oily. There’s nothing worse than stickiness. It smells nice too. Not that I can really define what the smell is… Kind of similar to a typical moisturizing cream, with a sense of strongness.

For the first few times I used it I spread it across my whole face, but soon realised that by doing this it wasn’t going to last as long. So I stuck to avoiding my forehead completely and using just a small amount on the left side of my face. I began to mostly apply to the right side and chin.

After about a week I was amazed with how much brighter my skin looked – especially on the side of my face that didn’t need as much work. The redness around my spots and blemishes had subsided a lot. In fact, I remember doing a little happy dance in my bathroom mirror one night. Also, it does indeed make a good makeup base. Kind of like a primer. It’s just so moisturizing.

I think it’s been like a month now since using it and I’m far from disappointed. I’d say it’s not as good for getting rid of existing spots. And it doesn’t do that much in preventing spots. But it’s fantastic for reducing red marks and uneven skin tones, which is mostly what I’m having the problems with. Below you can see a before and after shot of the part of my face with the problem:

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Before | After

As you can see, quite a difference after just a month! Both pictures were taken in the same part of my house under the same (unflattering) lighting.

I hope this review helps fellow acne sufferers think about purchasing the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo, and I hope if you do you have similar results to me!

That’s all for now – till next time!

Holly x

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