It Cleared My Skin | La Roche Posay Effaclar Review

June 2, 2015

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I mentioned La Roche Posay in a previous post as the line that cleared my skin of acne. I have battled acne since i was 12 (i am 25) and i have tried many (name it, i have tried it!) products. Though I noted results within 2 weeks of use, it took about a year for the scars to become barely visible. I apply the products twice (morning and evening) daily and below are the 3 products that i used.

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I came by La Roche Posay in January 2012 when I went to Shoppers Drug Mart to pick up a cleanser. As i was having one of my worst (acne) days, the lady at the makeup counter recommended the Effaclar gel cleanser. She said she has been using the line for about a month and had noticed a drastic change in her skin. When i took a good look at her, i noted that her skin was healing. She gave me some samples of the cleanser along with Effaclar Duo, toner, and Anthelios sunscreen.

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When i got home to research the line, i noted that there were no celebrities endorsing the products. My roommate also mentioned that her dermatologist has recommended the line to her, which was why i gave the products a try. Below is my review of the products used.

Each product from the Effaclar line ranges from about $22 to $30CAD and can be purchased from Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada, the line is also available at Walgreens, CVS, and Target in US.

Foaming Gel Cleanser 

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The cleansing gel is very gentle on my skin. On the first use, i noted that it didn’t burn like my previous cleanser. It does a great job of removing makeup and impurities without drying out my skin. I recommend this cleanser if you don’t want to splurge on a makeup remover.

Astringent Toner

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This is a nice toner that helps even skin tone. It has a subtle smell and it doesn’t burn. The product claims to be a micro-exfoliant , but i never noticed this effect on my skin.

Effaclar Duo


I love this product because it works! It is the main acne fighting product as the first two simply preps my face to maximize its effect. Effaclar Duo targets new forming cysts and eliminate them as it heals scars from previous breakouts. Within 2 weeks of usage, the ugly cysts were gone with little pimples remaining. Overtime, i barely breakout as the cream eliminates them before they reach the skin surface.

Extra: Anthelios Sunscreen

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I initially got the sunscreen as a sample and it has become a staple in my skin care regimen. I recommend using the sunscreen after applying Effaclar Duo for optimal protection.

Final Note

As i no longer suffer from severe acne, I only purchase Effaclar Duo to control sudden breakouts. I used the products for about 2.5 years before switching to simple skin care. Below is the current state of my skin without makeup.

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Overall, i highly recommend the line. Though there are many products from the Effaclar line, the first picture are the 3 products that i used. I suggest starting with the sample sizes to see how your skin reacts to the products before buying full size. Also, look out for promo kits that includes sample sizes of other products in the line, as it gives you the chance to try them without spending extra $$$

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Have you tried La Roche Posay Effaclar?