Cleanser Review: La Roche Posay Effaclar H Dermo Soothing Deep cleansing foam

effaclar foam

This will be the first review of tried and tested cleansers that I have used throughout the years since I had rosacea that actually worked for me. Now obviously keep in mind that my rosacea is mild to moderate and it has taken me years to get it under the control is under now. I’m unsure how this cleanser would have worked before “normalizing” my rosacea.

This was the first cleanser that I have tried since I got rosacea that worked for me. And by worked I mean that at least it did not aggravate the condition further. Finding a cleanser that is not aggravating it AND making the rosacea better, just through the cleansing properties is next to impossible. But I find that for me a cleanser is not necessarily the category of  product that is needed to treat my rosacea and make it better. I have creams and all kinds of other things I use for that purpose. What I need from a cleanser is to clean my skin, get rid of remnants of make up (after using a make up remover) and not dry my skin while doing all that.


This cleansing foam was pretty good in doing it’s job. Although what I noticed is that if I used more than one pump it dried a little. So it’s important not to use too much of it. Unfortunately here in the UK I can no longer find it. I used to buy it from I think and when they didn’t have it anymore I used to search Amazon and Ebay to find it. Once it disappeared from those sites too, I googled it and came across a french website called, which is an online french pharmacy that delivers to the UK . But sadly after a while it  disappeared from there too and I had to come to the realization that it has probably been discontinued. Very upsetting because it is incredibly difficult finding a good cleanser. I thought about it a lot whether  I should do a review on a product that is no longer available, but eventually I thought it might be useful as a learning curve for some people in terms of ingredients in the search of a better cleanser.

So it basically came in a foam pump can, that was a 150 ml. The pump worked very well as I feel it dispensed the right amount of product. As I mentioned earlier, it didn’t dry my skin unless I used more than I should have which was about 2 pumps. One was plenty. By drying I mean it made my skin feel a bit tight but not uncomfortable. My normal cleansing “routine” (let’s call it that), consists of Bioderma make up remover primarily on my eyes, to remove mascara and shadow, then almond oil on a damp cotton round (I will have a separate post on this), then cleanser to remove any oil residue and give me that clean but not stripped feeling. I used this for about a year as far as I can remember before it was discontinued. It lasted me pretty long, about one month and a half to two months sometimes, so quite economical. I find that with La Roche Posay it is probably the thermal water they use in all of their products that make them so good.

I will post the ingredients list, which was incredibly difficult to find but here you go: Aqua, coco-betaine, sodium cocoamphoacetate, dimethyl ether, PEG-30 glyceryl cocoate, PEG-200 hydrogenated glyceryl palmate, polysorbate 20, sodium chloride, isobutane, peg-7 glyceryl cocoate, bisabolol, butane, zinc PCA, glycerin, disodium  EDTA, propane, citric acid, polysorbate 21, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate.

This is not the longest or shortest list that a cleanser could have and if someone wanted to nitpick then surely we could find a few ingredients in here that aren’t necessarily the gentlest, but I find that it worked regardless of that. I am a fan of natural products with ideally one ingredient, but that’s sometimes impossible to find especially with cleansers. I no longer use this as I find it is unavailable in the UK. Being formulated especially for oily blemish prone / sensitive skin, I was amazed that it didn’t irritate my skin further.

As far as I can remember it was not a scented product. The price varied from where I purchased it but generally it was between £7.50- £13. So not the cheapest but not the most expensive either.

Hope this helped in some way and my next two posts will be related to cleansers that are easily available and better than this one in my opinion.

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