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Review: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

January 15, 2013

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo


£13 - Boots

What does it claim to do?

"EFFACLAR DUO Corrective and Unclogging Anti-Imperfection Care helps reduce the appearance of imperfections and purifies pores. Effaclar Duo is a complete skincare solution that combines 4 active ingredients to act on the 2 major signs of skin with imperfections. Niacinamide and Piroone Olamine help reduce severe local imperfections by purifying the skin and protecting against breakouts developing. The LHA/Linoleic Acid combination helps unclog pores by eliminating dead cells responsible for their obstruction. These active ingredients are combined with soothing and anti-irritating La Roche-Posay thermal spring water." - Boots

What do I think?

I am always drawn into the blogger hype and this product has had a huge amount of raving reviews. I wanted the product even more once I'd been into a number of Boots stores to find it sold out at each one- luckily I found one left in the Guildford Boots! La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo describes itself as a complete solution for all types of imperfection prone skin and while I don't suffer majorly from acne I do get the occasional spot and they take a long time to fade. I hope that the Effaclar Duo would help with this.

My feelings on the Effaclar Duo are mixed. I have been using it for a month now and have been applying it most evenings and mornings- its consistency is gel-like and it absorbs very quickly into the skin. Most people have said they've noticed a difference overnight but I feel like it's taken me longer to notice a change in my skin and it hasn't been a huge change.

I haven't found that it's made the redness from my spots disappear any quicker- it has just generally made my skin look better- in a way that it's hard to describe. I wonder if it could be smoothing it and just generally improving its appearance. Chris has commented twice on how nice my skin has been looking so it must be doing something, I'm just not sure what! 

Apologies for the somewhat vague review- I feel quite medium about this much-hyped product. It may be that it has more dramatic results for really problematic skin which is why I haven't been amazed.

Edit: I wanted to update this review as I have stopped using the Effaclar Duo. I applied it one night and felt that my skin was feeling quite uncomfortable. I used it a couple of nights later and noticed that my cheeks had gone very red and were stinging slightly. I know that it is unsuitable for sensitive skin so it may be that mine is more sensitive than I thought!

Would I re-purchase?

I'm unsure. I am going to keep using it and when it runs out I'll see if I notice a big difference on my skin- if so I will probably buy it again.
2 comments on "Review: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo"
  1. I think this is best for people that suffer regular breakouts. If you're hoping to get rid of redness, I'd suggest Effaclar K :)

    1. Thanks for the tip- will check out the Effaclar K :) xx


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