La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Plus - review


My journey with this product has been a long one. First I received a few 3ml samples at different times via subscription boxes, and these really weren't big enough in size to give us an idea of the quality of the product, but I got at least the sense from those that it might be decent. Plus I saw some reviews and a lot of people were raving about it, so it went on my mental 'maybe' list.

Then I saw it on special in Priceline last August and bit the bullet. I tried it for about a week then and my skin didn't like it - it totally dried me out and left me red and flaky - so I put it aside to use in summer instead, when my skin's not as dry.

I took it out again a month or so ago and, while my skin wasn't as irritated by it, it still dried me out. But I persisted with it, and now use it only once a day, rather than twice. This works much better!

La Roch-Posay claims/product details:
  • Dual action treatment that reduces the number and severity of breakouts 
  • Improves pore size
  • Minimal irritation
  • Corrective, unclogging care, anti-imperfections, anti-marks
  • Absorbs quickly for a non-sticky, non-oily finish
  • Fresh gel-cream, 24hr hydration and long-lasting mattify
  • Recommended for mild to moderate acne-prone skin
  • Visibly improves the skin in only 3 days
  • Fragrance-free
  • Oil-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • To use: apply one to three times daily
  • RRP $27.99 for 40ml, but do shop around


It took me a while, but I did find a way to make this product work for me. So if your skin is like mine (on the drier side) and you've had the kinds of issues I've had with this, do persist and see if you can find a way to make it work.

As mentioned, I can't use it in winter and even in the warmer months I can only use it once a day - otherwise my skin dries out and I get wrinkles I never knew I had. But if I stick within those limits, I'm happy with the results.

I've had a few breakouts during pregnancy and after giving birth (probably due to hormonal changes) and I couldn't seem to find the right product to manage those, but this one has finally had an impact. My skin has definitely cleared up and, while I haven't noticed any impact on pore size or age spots, I definitely have on blemishes - so one out of three ain't bad! It may be that I notice more difference by the time I've finished the tube: I'll let you know if so.

In short, I do recommend this product if you're looking for something to target blemishes - particularly because it's certainly not the most expensive product on the market and you can usually find it on special at one of the big pharmacies or supermarkets.

Ticks from me. Glad I persisted with it!

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