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RAVE! La Roche-Posay Effaclar

I want to RAVE about my La Roche-Posay Effaclar products before I repurchase them. Look how much of that astringent I've used up! The Duo will also be empty in a few days.
Before I started using these 2 products, I was getting pimples frequently, and I thought, 'adult acne'. It was frustrating, and you may have seen me trying my best to conceal one here
[Please Note: Skin care products work differently on everybody, and although these work for me, they may not work for you.]
My Skin Type: Combination, acne-prone, dry patches in some areas.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Lotion Astringent Micro-Exfoliant ~ This is a clarifying lotion. It helps to unblock and reduce the appearance of pore size, due to the combination of cleansing agents and micro-exfoliant LHA (Google LHA to learn about it, okay?) To use: dampen cotton with it, and apply gently to face, avoiding eye contour. I am telling you, this is the stuff to use if you wear foundation regularly and you want your skin to feel super clean. Face wash doesn't really clean your skin properly. It has alcohol, but it does not dry out my skin.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo ~ Described as Corrective & Unclogging Anti-Imperfection Care that reduces the appearance of imperfections and unclogs sebum-blocked pores. This is a light moisturizer, that is not at all greasy. Sometimes, for 2-3 mins after I've applied it, my face starts itching like crazy, but then it stops. Weirdly, this itching happens in UK more, and I don't remember it happening in India. Maybe it's the cold? I don't know.
*Both are Paraben-Free. Please visit the La Roche-Posay website if you need to see the ingredients list.
How I Use Them: [Night: Both.]  | [Morning: Just the Effaclar Duo, after I've splashed my face with only water.] 

Why They Are Awesome:
  • For the first time, I got compliments (in my mother tongue) like "Your skin looks watery (meaning:dewy)" when I wasn't wearing any makeup at all!  
  • Almost all the pimple scars from last year are gone.
  • Now I feel okay not putting on foundation when I go out. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying my skin is perfect, I still have other issues to conceal, but it looks healthier. 
  • My face is baby bottom smooth now. I used to feel little invisible bumps on the sides of my face, but now they gone! And yes, they do reduce the appearance of pores.
  • I started using these in February. I have had maybe 3 small/minor breakouts since then (touchwood!)
  • I've ditched night creams, scrubs (I used one recently and my skin couldn't handle it, so I got 2 tiny short-lived pimples). These are the only products I've been using on my skin, apart from cleansing oil, face wash & eye cream.
  • I know it's mainly because of my attire and makeup, but I want to show off that a Scottish guy thought I was 18-19 years old =D (as if!) Oh, it happened at a bar, and he he was quite drunk, haha!

Will They Suit Dry Skin? I think they would, because my dry/flaky patches are almost gone, and my skin actually feels more hydrated from within, rather then oily/combination. I'd suggest you try the astringent, because it exfoliates the rubbish that prevents the skin from glowing.

  •  La Roche-Posay Effaclar Lotion Astringent Micro-Exfoliant ~ £9.35 | Rs.776
  •  La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo ~ £11.05 | Rs.918
They are available in India. Check online stores for better deals.

My Rating ~ ♥♥♥♥♥♥ 6/5 

Any skin care products you're loving this much?

P.S. See? None Review wasn't so bad, was it? Although this is an exception, coz it's skin-related ;) 


  1. Hey CZ.
    I am a new follower of your blog and on FB. I must say i admire the way you have written few of your write ups that i have come across. They use simple and direct phrases and there is no hidden jargons that normal girls like me wouldnt be able to comprehend.
    I admire the swatch article the most.
    Here is wishing you kudos and love and more success ahead.

    A new fan.



    1. Thank you so much Baban, that's very nice of you to comment and tell me :) I myself like simple and direct phrases :)


  2. even I swear by La roche posay. I have the thermal spritz & an effaclar serum. I want to try the effaclar duo now!

  3. La roche posay is one of the best brands when it comes to skin care. I have combination skin too and recently am getting more breakouts than needed. I will keep this one in mind (ahen, wish list)

  4. "P.S. See? None Review wasn't so bad, was it? Although this is an exception, coz it's skin-related ;) "

    Haha :P

  5. I have similar skin like yours(combination, acne prone and dry in certain places). Ugh, its a nightmare to keep my skin clear. I think this may be the miracle product! Thank you for the review! :*
    P.S: Could you please please please do a skin care routine blog/video that you follow.

    1. I hope it gets better soon Sahana, I can understand your frustration. I will surely do a video someday.


  6. Wowie ! I have teenage acne i have seen la rochey posay or medplusbeauty and jabong <3 shrutika

  7. Ahhh I tried this range about a year ago, and it transformed my skin like 120%. I only use the Effaclar Duo now, but it's a must have, neeeed to have product for me.

    Loved this review! :)

    Emma | World of dilEMMA

  8. I've been using the Effaclar AI and I'm quite happy with it so far. :)

  9. Hi CZ,

    Thanks for the review

    I have La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo, would like to know do you use it on entire face or only on scars or pimples. I have few acne scars which are not going. How many times do u use this cream in a day.

    Please help.


    1. Hi Anjali, I use it on my whole face just like any other moisturizer, but I don't apply on the eye area. For spot treatment, there's another product from the Effaclar range. I use this day- under makeup, and at night after washing my face.


  10. I have to try the Effaclar skin is facing similar issues :(

  11. 6/ checkin this out :)

  12. wowww! this definitely sounds great :)

  13. hey I would really like to know which one is best sebamed/la roche posay /vichy do reply thanks in advance

  14. hey! cud u please tell me where u bought it. if its in India, where??

  15. I have very very oily skin and have reoccurring acne in and around my jawline, and this has worked like magic on me. I just reviewed it too.. I have really open pores near my nose ( basically all over my face ) and this has really helped me reduce the appearance of them. It is my holy grail product.

    Debasree from <a href=">All She Needs/a>

  16. Does it reduce sebum production?


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