Hello everyone, I hope you are feeling great and not at all sad about the upcoming autumn! I am SO sorry, I’ve been MIA recently – my laptop broke and I had to borrow one that I couldn’t use for uploading or deleting photos. Fortunately, my baby’s back home now and so am I on the blog!
La Roche Posay’s Effaclar range has been very popular among bloggers and young people battling acne. Their DUO [+] moisturizer is a prized bestseller that almost anyone who tried it raves about. Tempted by great reviews and affordable price I decided to purchase three items from the range hoping for wonderful results. Did I like it? You can see below 🙂
EFFACLAR H MOISTURIZER
INGREDIENTS: AQUA / WATER, SQUALANE, GLYCERIN, DIMETHICONE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER / SHEA BUTTER, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PEG-100 STEARATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PEG-20 STEARATE. BISABOLOL, CARBOMER, TRIETHANOLAMINE, AMMONIUM POLYACRYLDIMETHYLTAURAMIDE / AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE, HYDROXYPALMITOYL SPHINGANINE, TETRASODIUM EDTA, XANTHAN GUM, CETYL ALCOHOL, TOCOPHEROL, SODIUM BENZOATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE.
This moisturizer was the first item from the range that I got (actually it was a gift, I didn’t purchase it myself). It is supposed to moisturize and soothe oily skin that has been dried and damaged by harsh anti-blemish treatments. At the time I started using it my skin was a bit dry due to winter and prescription only anti-acne medications so it sounded like a perfect product for me. When it comes to soothing and moisturizing it did it’s job perfectly, I didn’t suffer from dry patches anymore and my makeup was applying really smoothly. However, I will not repurchase it because my skin was getting oily and shiny after few hours and unfortunately it broke me out a little bit as well. Even though Effaclar products are made for oily skin, this moisturizer contains few potentially problematic ingredients for acne prone skin such as squalane, dimethicone and shea butter that can clog pores and increase acne if you are sensitive to them. When it comes to strictly moisturizing, simple face creams from LRP I much prefer their Toleriane Ultra moisturizer that didn’t make my skin oily during the day (although it did break me out a little bit too, but much less).
EFFACLAR DUO [+] MOISTURIZER
INGREDIENTS: AQUA / WATER. GLYCERIN, DIMETHICONE, ISOCETYL STEARATE, NIACINAMIDE, ISOPROPYL LAUROYL SARCOSINATE, SILICA, AMMONIUM POLYACRYLDIMETHYLTAURAMIDE / AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE, ZINC PCA, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, ISOHEXADECANE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, MYRISTYL MYRISTATE, 2-OLEAMIDO-1,3-OCTADECANEDIOL, NYLON-12, POLOXAMER 338, LINOLEIC ACID, DISODIUM EDTA, CAPRYLOYL SALICYLIC ACID, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, XANTHAN GUM, POLYSORBATE 80, ACRYLAMIDE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE COPOLYMER, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, SALICYLIC ACID, PIROCTONE OLAMINE, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE.
The Effaclar DUO [+] was my second Effaclar try. I was looking for something that will matify my skin efficiently, help reduce acne and hyperpigmentation and won’t break me out. Hearing all the good reviews I decided to try this one. I have to admit I’ve only used it for about three weeks or even less (unlike the Effaclar H that I used til it finished). The product had a nice consistency, promising ingredients (except dimethicone, ugh) but it didn’t live up to my expectations. It not only broke me out due to dimethicone but it also didn’t cooperate with any makeup at all. I tried to use Estee Lauder Double Wear, Clinique Anti-blemish and MAC Studio Fix foundations on top of it and all of them disgustingly melted and separated from the skin and I am 100% sure it’s not the foundations’ fault since they are normally my favourite ones. Above all, my skin looked tired and kind of worn-out (can you say this about skin, I’m not sure?) and I didn’t see any improvement when it comes to hyperpigmentation. So unfortunately, the second moisturizer was a no no for me as well. (PS. I’m gonna post about my favourite moisturizers for oily/acne prone skin soon!)
EFFACLAR PURIFYING FOAMING GEL
INGREDIENTS: AQUA / WATER, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, PEG-8, COCO-BETAINE, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM CHLORIDE, PEG-120 METHYL GLUCOSE DIOLEATE, ZINC PCA, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM BENZOATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PARFUM / FRAGRANCE.
This is the last, but definitely not the least product since I really liked it and actually repurchased it. This very simple cleanser is soap-free and has a skin friendly pH. I find it properly cleansing, not drying and very efficient. It is not great like my all time favourite Clinique foam (that I shortly reviewed here) but for one fourth of the Clinique’s price I understand I shouldn’t expect the same quality. The only downside to the Effaclar gel is that it contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate and fragrance, two potentially irritating ingredients, especially the sulfates are known as one of the causes of skin irritation (for me though it works perfectly fine without causing any redness). For the price however, it’s rare to find a good cleanser without sulfates. I use it as my morning cleanser that help my skin stay matte during the day. I might repurchase it again after a while.
I hope you enjoyed reading!
Have you used these products before? What do you think of them? What are your favourite moisturizers and cleansers for acne-prone skin?