First of all I have to confess to really liking La Roche-Posay products. I normally like very natural stuff on my face but some french pharmacy brands have stolen my heart. Most products that La Roche-Posay put out is amazing in my opinion. Effaclar is no exception… I first started using Effaclar about 5 years ago. I have been looking to see if there was anything on the market for acne that did not cost the earth and actually works. I can confidently say that it does, as long as you use it at least once a day.
In my opinion it is rather an acne prevention product than treatment, which is what I was looking for when I bought this. Since then I have repurchased this several times. I tend to use it in the evening as I find that if I use it in the morning it leaves my face looking a bit greasy, no matter the base I have on my face at the time. I came to the conclusion that it must be this product and not the foundations/bb/cc creams etc. It claims to be matifying but that sadly is not the case for me at least. Despite that it is a great anti acne cream. The consistency of it is a very light gel cream and spreads easily around the face, requiring little amount, so even though you are only getting 40 ml in the tube, it lasts long enough to be worth the money. Scent wise it is very interesting. The scent reminds me of a flower that grows in shrubs called Lilac. I had a large amount of this growing outside of my window when I was a child and it instantly reminded me of that.
The other great thing about it is that it is a cream. Time and time again when I was looking for anti acne face care products, most of what is available is face washes, scrubs and toners. None of which is going to stay on your skin for too long, often drying the skin out to make up to the acne prevention claims. Then you have the topical treatments which are supposed to treat the already existing spots. It is pretty rare to find actual face creams which claim and deliver on the acne prevention front.
The product was updated since I first bough it and back then it was called Effaclar duo without the [+]. The new formulation is – they say- anti marks and pore unclogging. I can’t really verify these claims as my acne is hormonal and not due to dirt clogging my pores, also my skin heals pretty fast and without scars anyway. But it certainly keeps the spots at bay. One thing I noticed is the fact that once the spots are gone, the pores which would have otherwise gotten inflamed and developed into spots, somehow expel the sebum easier. I find myself extracting continuously when using this product, but the pores never quite make it to spot format if that makes sense at all. After extraction, the pores won’t fill up as fast as they did when I did not use this cream.
Price wise it really depends on where you buy it from. I get mine (I buy about 3-4 at a time) from a french pharmacy website I mentioned before in my Cicaplast comparison post, called cocooncenter. This way a product that could cost up to £16-£17 at a time in the UK I can buy at almost half price for £8.90. It used to be even cheaper than that at £7.50 last time I bought it, but I guess everything goes up in price these days. The ingredients are as follows:
Aqua, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Isocetyl Stearate, Niacinamide, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Silica, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Sorbitan Oleate, Zinc PCA, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Isohexadecane, Sodium Hydroxide, Myristyl Myristate, 2-Oleamido-1, 3-Octadecanediol, Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Mannose, Poloxamer 338, Disodium Edta, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Vitreoscilla Ferment, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 80, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Salicylic Acid, Piroctone Olamine, Parfum (Fragrance).
Note that it has very little salicylic acid in it as it is almost the last ingredient on the list, so it is not drying. Perfume is the last ingredient so if you are sensitive, there isn’t too much of it in the product.
Since looking at the website I noticed that La Roche-Posay has released another version of this cream containing SPF 30. Great news for those of us who want the protection, although looks like that might cost double the price. I’m unsure if it is chemical or physical sunscreen that they have put in there, but knowing European companies it’s probably the latter. As it’s likely to leave a white cast, I’m unwilling to try it. I have standalone sunscreens anyway which way outperform any physical sunscreen I have ever used and this will be the next post on my blog.