Effaclar Review – La Roche Posay


Nothing makes a person feel as insecure as acne does. Having acne prone skin can make choosing skincare, make-up, or just any type of beauty products difficult. When searching for a solution in the pharmacy it doesn’t look like there are any limitations to the options we have to choose from, when actually, with an over bearing amount of choice it just makes the decision making process even worse.

How can we be sure the products will actually work, aren’t a complete waste of money and won’t irritate sensitive areas?

As someone who has suffered with spots since the age as young as 10 it means I have 10 years of the struggle. It has recently become more difficult too after reading into natural ingredients and what we shouldn’t put on our skin because of the problems it can cause as we get older.

“Don’t use any sulphates.” “Avoid fragrance and parfum.” “No parabens.” “No alcohol.” “Don’t use foaming face wash.”

“Use anti-aging products.” “Use retinol in skincare.” “Only use retinol once a week.” “Anti-ageing products irritate acne.”

“Scrub regularly.” “Only scrub once a week.”

“Suitable for acne products irritate acne.”

“Coconut oil improves acne because of the antibacterial properties.” “Never put coconut oil on your face because it blocks pores.”

“Use facial oil it counteracts natural oil production.” “Avoid skincare with oil in.”


Not the mention the multiple at home “natural” beauty hacks on Pinterest.

As someone who recently decided to make the transition towards cruelty free products, the search for skincare became even harder. And as my acne started to increasingly get worse I decided to ignore all of contradictory beauty dos and don’ts and find something simple that would work.

La Roche Posay is a brand that I had seen before when I was searching through the ingredients of products for the most natural list for a low price. The problem I had with this brand was not knowing which products was which due to the labelling being in another language.

About a month ago I stumbled across a review video of the Effaclar range of products online. This time it was the Effaclar 3-step anti blemish system that includes a facial wash, a toner, and an anti-blemish gel cream:


Step 1: Effaclar Purifying Gel Cleanser 125ml. This gentle yet effective gel purifies skin, removing impurities and excess sebum to leave skin fresh, soft and clear.

Step 2: Effaclar Clarifying Toner 200ml. This refining lotion helps to minimise the appearance of pores and seriously refresh your skin before the treatment step.

Step 3: Effaclar Duo [+] 40ml. A complete solution for blemishes, excess oiliness, blocked pores and uneven skin texture. This gel-creme gently exfoliates the skin to repair and clarify – it even prevents the appearance of pigmentation marks left behind by acne.

When purchasing this kit of products I did not check if the brand was free from animal cruelty until after the product arrived. I then found out that La Roche Posay is owned by L’Oreal and is not in fact cruelty free. For this reason I will not be repurchasing but I still wanted to write a review for anyone out there with acne prone skin that might be interested.


  • Effaclar Purifying Gel Cleanser:

For a gel cleanser that is foaming when applied to the face, I was surprised that I didn’t feel like it was stripping to the skin. The formula is light, gentle and feels soft on the face. Even though it isn’t harsh it makes the face feel clean, fresh, and even removes make-up.

The fact that the product doesn’t strip or dry out the skin is the main positive point about this product, but does it improve the appearance of acne? No.

  • Effaclar Clarifying Toner:

This product is similar to the Gel Cleanser with how it is a gentle formula that did not strip my skin or make it feel dry. It also didn’t irritate my acne of make it any worse which is a positive thing about this product. I also found that it removed a sufficient amount of dirt/make-up after cleansing but did it improve the appearance of acne? No.

  • Effaclar Duo [+]:

Unfortunately this product was the most disappointing of the three. It say that the product can unblock pores and clarify the skin as well as prevent pigmentation from acne. After using this product the way it suggests for over a month now I have not noticed any improvement in my blocked pores. In fact, I found that the blackheads on my nose felt even more blocked.

So did this product improve the appearance of acne? No.

Would I recommend these products?

If you are someone with easily irritated acne prove skin and are looking for gentle products, I would say try the facial cleanser and toner. However, don’t expect them to improve the areas with spots.

I will be writing a post about my acne journey and explaining how seeing the doctor and dermatologist helped my skin and how I think diet plays a huge role in the way our skin reacts.


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