Thursday, 15 May 2014

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo: My Experience

Okay so in case you didn't know there is a huge amount of blogger hype surrounding this little moisturizer. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo is marketed as an anti blemish cream, which sounds quite impressive right?! A moisturizer that gets rid of spots sounds pretty ideal for most people; no need to change up your normal skin care routine, or invest in expensive gels that dry up your skin, or refuse to use any sort of product on your face at all in the hope that those nasty looking pimples will go away all by themselves. 

Yes it does claim to be a wonder product of sorts and the claim that won me over was that this little gem 'fights against marks'. For those of you who didn't know I have A LOT of acne scarring around my chin and jawline, which makes make up free days super self-conscious and embarrassing for me. I sort of feel as though, at my age, spots and acne should no longer be a regular occurrence. I mean, I always thought that as soon as I turned 20 the teenage skin problems would go away. No such luck unfortunately, and I've had the most hormonal, blemish prone skin ever since I can remember. This product, therefore, seems to be a savior for skin like mine, boasting that it is 'proven to fight the appearance of blemishes, unclogs blocked pores, controls the appearance of shine' ect ect ect.

So onto the product. Worth the hype? To an extent yes. I think it is an amazing moisturizer for spotty skin, as it seems to soothe and cool spots rather than flare them up. I'm also yet to have any breakouts whilst I've been using this, and it is amazing for controlling oil. I feel that when I pop it on it seems to mattify and refine the skin texture, and I suppose it does make my acne scars and ugly spots less noticeable. Its also makes an amazing base on which to apply make up. However, a few things. I can't understand whether this is supposed to be used in place of a normal moisturizer, as a serum before moisturizer, or after moisturizer? I have been using it as a normal moisturizer, but it really bugs me that it doesn't contain SPF! Especially with summer coming up! Has it made the appearance of my acne scars less noticeable? I'm not too sure tbh, but then I don't think I ever really believed that claim in the first place.

Overall, this is pretty groundbreaking stuff, and I've never found a moisturizer that soothes and calms down the redness of my spots as much as this one. The packaging ticks all the boxes as its definitely travel friendly and easy to store away; unlike some expensive moisturizers that put a teeny weeny dollop of cream in a huge tub. (I know what you are trying to do, and at first I really did believe that I was getting a huge tub of moisturizer). I'd say this is good if you are someone who suffers from spots, but if not I don't really know if it would be all that beneficial for you! 

Does anyone else suffer badly from breakouts? What is your favourite skincare? Have you ever used the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo?


  1. I've been toying with the idea of buying this recently, I don't have particularly oily skin but my spot scarring is ridiculous! I'm glad this has worked for you, I'm very tempted now!

    Ellie xx |

    1. Yeah mines too! It's actually the worst:( xxxx

  2. I love this stuff! x


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