Hello! Wait, where are you going? Don’t mark me as read! Hear me out! Yes, I am bringing you yet another review of the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+], but this review is different from all of the rest. You have to read on to see how *mysterious hand flapping*. Don’t forget to read my first week update before you scroll down though!
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+]
Target the key signs of oily and blemish-prone skin with La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+], a complete skincare solution that eliminates acne marks from the moment they start to form.
This non-sticky, melt-in formula is clinically proven to correct the appearance of blemishes, while unclogging blocked pores, controlling shine and refining the skin’s texture. Anti-inflammatory Niacinamide intensely soothes, while LHA and Salicylic Acid gently exfoliate the surface of the skin. Suitable for even the most sensitive skin, the formula accelerates the skin’s repair process.
The bestselling Duo formula has now been enhanced with Procerad, a patented Ceramide that rebuilds the skin’s surface and prevents the red and brown pigmentation marks left behind by acne. This key ingredient reduces inflammation and the proliferation of hyperpigmentation, which can become permanent if left untreated.
Apply every morning and evening after cleansing. Follow with moisturiser if skin is prone to dryness. The long-lasting matte finish hydrates the skin for 24 hours, and makes an excellent makeup base.
Non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, tested under dermatalogical control.
AQUA / WATER, GLYCERIN (humectant), DIMETHICONE (emollient/skin conditioning/skin protecting), ISOCETYL STEARATE (skin conditioning), NIACINAMIDE (promotes natural exfoliation, supports the skin renovation process, improves hydration through natural moisture retention, help reverse the appearance of past damage such as discoloration or the look of enlarged pores), ISOPROPYL LAUROYL SARCOSINATE (skin conditioning), SILICA (thickening agent), AMMONIUM POLYACRYLDIMETHYLTAURAMIDE / AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE (emulsifier/thickener – said to absorb excess sebum and mattify the skin), METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER (film forming), POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE (surfactant/emulsifying agent), ZINC PCA (skin conditioning), GLYCERYL STEARATE SE (surfactant/emulsifying agent), ISOHEXADECANE (skin conditioning), SODIUM HYDROXIDE (pH adjuster), MYRISTYL MYRISTATE (emollient/skin conditioning), 2-OLEAMIDO-1,3-OCTADECANEDIOL (skin conditioning), NYLON-12 (viscosity controlling), POLOXAMER 338 (surfactant), LINOLEIC ACID (emollient/skin conditioning), DISODIUM EDTA (chelating agent), CAPRYLOYL SALICYLIC ACID (skin conditioning), CAPRYLYL GLYCOL (humectant/skin conditioning), XANTHAN GUM (emulsion stabiliser), POLYSORBATE 80 (emulsifier/surfactant), ACRYLAMIDE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE COPOLYMER (emulsion stabiliser), PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE (anti-oxidant), SALICYLIC ACID (anti acne agent), PIROCTONE OLAMINE (preservative), PARFUM (fragrance)
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I have a feeling that some of you didn’t do the pre-post reading of my first week update *stern look over glasses* so I shall recap for you. The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo [+] is an improved version of the original and best-selling Effaclar Duo. The original Effaclar Duo was a hit due to the way it targeted oily and blemish prone skin to help clear away skin imperfections and keep them away. LRP went away into their swishy laboratories and came out with the new and improved version; it not only targets skin imperfections but it also targets the pigmentation left behind.
First Picture – Before Using | Second Picture – After A Week | Third Picture – My Skin Now
Bearing in mind the Effaclar Duo [+] is aimed at oily and blemish prone skin, I have had a good result with my own (now) combination and dehydrated skin. I think that anyone who struggles with spots can use this; regardless of whether it is one spot a month or it is a cluster of spots each week. I think that those with oily and blemish prone skin will reap the most benefit out of this product, but those with skin like myself and those with dry skin shouldn’t feel discouraged from at least giving this a go. I find this is more gentle on the skin and encourages the skin to heal and repair itself, rather than dry the spot and the surrounding skin out with alcohol based solutions. I find that my spots are no longer the huge monsters they used to be; they are now small and disappear within a day or so. I think the Effaclar Duo [+] would need to be a staple in your skincare routine – used everyday without fail – to maintain good skin.
As you can see, there has been a difference in my skin after the spot in terms of pigmentation. However, I do not think this is an effective treatment for existing pigmentation that you had before you began to use the Effaclar Duo [+]. The Effaclar Duo [+] is effective on the more “newer” bouts of pigmentation as it is, in my opinion, “new” and can be broken down easily. Old and pre existing pigmentation will be hard to “break up” as it been left untreated. To tackle that pigmentation, you would need something stronger than the Effaclar Duo [+]. If spots and pigmentation is a problem for you, you should include the Effaclar Duo [+] in your regime to “stop” new pigmentation being formed and adding to the existing pigmentation problem. I hope this makes sense!
The product consistency itself is light and gel like; thicker than a serum and lighter than a moisturiser. Oily skinned folk; it is light enough for you. Dry skinned folk; you are going to need to use a moisturiser afterwards as this will not be enough on it’s own. I personally use moisturiser afterwards on an evening as I feel my skin needs the extra moisture. Even though it is a spot treatment, it can be used in the morning as it absorbs quickly and smooths the skin. You can apply your make up on top of it as it gives the same feeling as a primer. I myself haven’t suffered from any irritation or adverse reactions from this product, but if you are prone to allergic reactions you should consult the ingredients list like you would any other product.
I have to say, I couldn’t find any information on the patented Procerad ingredient apart from the trademark information. You can see that I went through each ingredient and the ingredient that seems to do most of the work is Niacinamide. How odd. *muses*
Would I repurchase this product? After much deliberation, I would. For me, it’s a great spot treatment. It heals any spots I have quickly without drying out my skin and causing further damage. I haven’t suffered a reaction from it and you can see in my gorgeous and attractive *violent eye roll* pictures that it does a good job of clearing up the pigmentation left behind.