Review | La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+)

Review | La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+)



“Invest in your skin. It is going to represent you for a very long time.”
~ Linden Tyler



I’m not someone who is blessed with perfect skin (I mean let’s be real, who is?) and to be quite honest I go through these phases of adult acne that seems to pop out of nowhere every now and then.



On a recent visit to my dermatologist, I was recommended I try a few products from La Roche Posay to combat my skin issues. Now I have combination skin – an oily T-zone and some weird dry patches all over my face. My skin is also sensitive and (highly) acne prone, so I’m always on the fence about changing up my skincare products.


Review | La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+)


I had heard such great things about La Roche Posay products, so I finally decided to give them a try.  I remember a time when everyone and their mother was raving about the effaclar duo and how it was a magic product that was going to change your skin (especially oily and acne-prone skin). Needless to say, that was the first product that I added to my ‘new’ skincare routine.


Review | La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+)


Effaclar Duo (+) aims at controlling excess sebum production and helps to unblock pores. La Roche Posay claims (*as mentioned on their website) that after 24 hours your imperfections will look visibly less red; after 8 days the localised imperfections appear significantly reduced and after 4 weeks your pores look unclogged, skin texture looks refined. Also, controls the appearance of shine.


Review | La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+)


Effaclar Duo is essentially an oil-free, lightweight treatment for acne, clogged pores and blackheads. If you take a look at the ingredients, you’ll see it has Micronized Benzoyl Peroxide ( 5.5% ) that is targeted towards treating deep-rooted acne. Then there is LHA (lipo hydroxy acids, so Salicylic and glycolic acid) that gently exfoliates the skin and gives you soft, clear and smooth skin over time.


Review | La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+)




I’ve been using the Effaclar Duo (+) for about a month now and I have a pretty good judgement about what this has done for my skin. I use it twice every day (morning and evening) as a moisturiser. For my morning skincare, I layer an SPF 50 over top and on days where I have a meeting or a day out, I put my makeup over the top of this gel. The packaging is really clean and simple – it’s a slim white and blue tube that has a nozzle top to dispense product (very hygienic!).


Review | La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+)


What I love about the Effaclar Duo (+) is the texture. It’s a very light-weight gel that gets absorbed into the skin within seconds, without leaving any residue or sticky feeling on the skin.


Review | La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+)


I think this will be perfect for both oily as well as dry skin people. If you have oily skin, this will not make your skin feel oilier because the gel is so light-weight that it will seep into your skin immediately. On the other hand, if you have dry skin, this gel will really hydrate your skin as it is very moisturising (without being heavy).


Review | La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+)


On days where I’m wearing makeup on top of the gel, I feel like it works as the perfect primer as it even fills my pores beautifully. For those wondering if makeup sits well on top, yes it does 🙂



It also has a very mild and pleasant fragrance, nothing that would bother anyone. You do not need a lot of product, I usually use a pea-size amount for my entire face, so the tube is going to last you a while.



Moving on to what this has really done for my skin – I feel like my acne scarring has reduced and the redness around my zits has gone down remarkably. I also see a difference in my pores and I feel they are getting slighter smaller. I still get a pimple here and there, but the Effaclar Duo seems to calm them down and reduce inflammation after 1 day of use. And to top all that, the Effaclar Duo (+) is also Non-Comedogenic, Paraben-free and has Thermal Spring Water as a base <3



Is this a holy grail product yet? Maybe yes, I think might have found the one for my skin! I’m going to continue using it for a few more weeks before deciding whether or not this will get a permanent place in my skincare routine.



How about you – have you ever tried the Effaclar Duo or any other product by La Roche Posay? Lave me a comment telling me your experience with them and if you have any holy grail skincare products for battling acne and blemishes 🙂



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  • Velvet Blush July 6, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    I’m so glad this worked for you! I’ve heard a lot about it over the years, but I actually thought it was a spot treatment, not a moisturiser. It’s good that different skin types can use it, and it’s a sort of all in one as you don’t need to layer so many skincare products xx

    Velvet Blush

    • Ankita July 7, 2017 at 5:58 am

      I had the same impression, but once I started using it, I felt it was hydrating enough for my skin and didn’t dry it at all.
      Although, slowly I’m trying to go off of it and use it more as a spot treatment rather than all over the face. I don’t want my skin to get ‘used’ to it.

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