La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo is one of the most highly raved about spot zappers on the online beauty community so naturally I had to give it a try since I get a new blemish about every other day.... For those of you who might be new to the whole beauty and skincare scene, La Roche Posay is a French brand that specializes in delivering quality, straight to the point skincare. There are no frills, no gimmicks, practical packaging and readily available at most pharmacies.
The Effaclar line is targeted towards people with oily and acne prone skin and Duo is supposed to treat blackheads, whiteheads and inflamed breakouts. The 40ml tube will last a long time which somewhat warrants the retail price of $36.95. I usually get my La Roche Posay products at CVS because they sometimes put the whole line on offer for $19.95. I purchased my tube for about 50% off!
Effaclar Duo looks like a white cream that has the consistency of a moisturizer. This treatment is fragrance free, paraben free, and oil free. I believe most, if not all, of La Roche Posay's products are fragrance and paraben free.
The directions say that Effaclar Duo can be used up to three times a day and works as a good makeup base. I can't attest to those claims as I only use this as the last step in my nighttime skincare routine. The formula blends in really well and is undetectable on the skin unlike some other acne medications that dry and form crusty, white residue. The LHA in the formula can make skin more sensitive to sunlight so if you decide to use this in the morning, be sure to layer a good sunscreen over top. Since I don't have to worry about the sun, I put this on top of any active breakouts or developing spots as well as on my nose where I get blackheads and whiteheads. I think this has been helping keep my enlarged pores fight acne causing bacteria.
While I can vouch for Effaclar Duo now and say that it is an effective acne treatment, I didn't always like it. The first few times I used this on my spots, my skin felt a burning sensation. This was most apparent in the lower half of my face, especially on the chin area. The formula was possibly too strong and while my skin didn't look any different (no redness or dryness), it hurt a lot. I didn't give up and managed through the pain (probably not a brilliant idea) and my skin seems to have gotten used to the ingredients. I would warn those of you with sensitive skin to be aware that this is a serious treatment that may be irritating for you.
I can see why La Roche Posay is such a success among people who have tried hundreds of skincare products that were lackluster and quite useless. La Roche Posay actually works from my experiences with their Toleriane Soothing Protective Care, Toleriane Facial Fluid (review on this to come soon!) and Effaclar Duo. If you're fed up with skincare that's been marketed to oblivion and you just want simple, basic skincare, look no further than La Roche Posay.