La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+] | Review

jodie / 26th September 2014

I’ve only recently discovered this little wonder-product, but it’s already made a massive difference to my skin. I first saw it on A Model Recommends, the author of which swears by it for clearing up any spots, and after some research, I discovered this was a cult skincare favourite. I don’t have massively blemish prone skin, but I do get the odd hormonal breakout and a smattering of blackheads on my nose and forehead, so I thought I’d give this a go because it’s so popular. And I’m glad I did!

After the first application, I noticed a massive difference in the size of some hormonal spots on my cheek, and a significant decrease in size of some larger blackheads on my nose. Success! This really does make an impact if you apply it overnight. This contains salicylic acid, which is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) and great for unclogging pores and spots. If you combine this with an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) to chemically exfoliate any dead cells and resurface the skin (such as Nip + Fab’s Glycolic Fix pads) you’re onto a winning skincare routine.

It’s a sort of gel-like texture, not unlike other spot treatments (think Freederm), but the difference with this is that you can apply it all over the face to help clear imperfections, rather than applying just directly onto spots. It doesn’t hurt my skin, unless I’ve already applied a product that’s irritated it, in which case this can make things worse. You can definitely feel it going to work, but it’s not irritating – it doesn’t leave my skin looking red or inflamed. It also has a light, fresh sort of scent – nothing overly perfumey, just a clean, slightly clinical smell, which I kinda like.

I find the price acceptable; it’s £15.50 for 40ml, but you only really need a pea-sized amount if you want to cover your whole face, maybe even less. I’ve had this for about 2 months using it nearly every day and have barely made a dent, so I’m not complaining!

Consistency: Gel-like texture, quite refreshing.

Sensitive Skin Suitability: 3.5/5. My skin can handle it, but I wouldn’t use it every day if your skin is super-sensitive, or on already irritated skin.

Price: £15.50, which I’m happy to pay.

Overall Rating: 9/10. It can be a little harsh on the most sensitive of skin, and I’d like a little more for the price – maybe a nice, even 50ml.