Thursday, June 27, 2013

Product Review: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

I may love traveling, but my skin certainly isn't a fan. The constant changes in weather, humidity, water quality, food, time zone differences, not to mention the stresses of airplane/car/boat travel- all those add up to irritate and exacerbate my skin. I've had a few breakouts in Europe just from the stresses of travel, and the last time I started to develop bumps on my skin, I decided to try a hyped up product called La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo. 

It was touted as being a skincare solution that would help "reduce severe local imperfections by purifying the skin and protecting against breakouts developing", as well as helping to "unclog pores by eliminating dead cells responsible for their destruction". It promises results in only 3 days, and has won a plethora of awards from various magazines. 

It's important to note that there are two versions of this product. The US version has benzoyl peroxide, which can severely dry your skin out and thus prevents this product from being used as an all-over face treatment. However, I have the European version, which allows me to use it at an all-over exfoliant.

I've been using this item for a little over a month now. I wanted to ensure that whatever results I got was from consistent usage of this product. I dutifully applied this product on my face after my usual routine of cleansing with my face wash and application of toner, twice a day. I also would apply to problem spots where I felt something was lurking underneath the surface in the hopes of zapping the baddies before they had time to think about forming. Results?

Disappointment. This product didn't work out at all for me. If the pimple was going to form, it formed. Some irritation did occur, especially around the nose. This product did burn a bit on my cheeks, so I quickly stopped applying it there, and only focused on my T-zone. Even so, it didn't drastically clear my skin up, and only dried it out to the point of being chafed and itchy. 

I can honestly say I gave it a whirl, and it just wasn't the product for me. In fact, the itchiness and burning sensation was actually quite a turn-off. I think this is a product in which the hype comes from a lot of beauty bloggers being paid off by this company because I've read reviews on this product and other people have experienced the same itchiness and redness. The hype was greater than the results of this product. I would recommend you avoid it because it actually does greater harm than good. Sorry, La Roche-Posay.


  1. Ooh, how annoying! Nothing worse than being let down!

  2. Yeah...burning its a good sign. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. Yeah I used the Canadian version of this a few years ago and I noticed NO DIFFERENCE. Very pointless. If you really want to clear up your skin, I suggest something hard core. I have prescription topical cream, and after 2 months of peeling red burning hell (I was prepared for this since it's what everyone experienced), my skin became super manageable. Even during climate changes while travelling.


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