La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+] Review

Warning, I am about to metaphorically shit all over a blogger favourite. This is sadly going to be my first negative(ish) review. But I want to first say that just because this product hasn’t worked for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work for you, always do your research before investing in a product but I do want to share my experience with La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+].

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+] RRP £15.50, Boots
A little while back I asked during one of the #bbloggers chats for a good product to help with my break outs and half a dozen people came back to me praising La Roche Posay’s new [+] version of Effaclar Duo which is formulated for people with sensitive skin in mind. I have sensitive skin that often gets dry on my cheeks and nose if I use harsh products. This product is supposedly perfect for people with skin like me. When I’m hormonal and I get those horrible under the skin spots (gross, I know) which is seemingly something i’ve inherited from my mother. I also often struggle with black heads. Not only that but I have a scattering of scars on my chin and forehead because I suffer from Dermatillomania (thanks Becky!) my make up free face is not a pretty sight! ANYWAY, on reading about this product, it seemed like a dream come true so I hot footed it to Boots and handed over my precious Advantage Card points to buy it, that was back in February now.. and I started using it from the day of purchase. Two months on and I see no difference in my skin, which actually makes me feel quite sad, because it claimed to do such wonderful things;

Based on a unique partnership with dermatologists worldwide and through extensive research, La Roche-Posay introduces new Effaclar Duo[+] anti-blemish cream, specifically formulated to target the key signs of oily, blemish-prone skin.
Proven efficacy on:

  • Clinically proven to correct the appearance of blemishes
  • Unclogs blocked pores
  • Helps to refine skin texture
  • Controls the appearance of shine
  • New – Fights against the appearance of marks.“- Taken from the Boots website
Appearance of blemishes? No, if anything it made my skin feel more oily which resulted in those awful little pimples that I only really get when I over do it on the exercising and tend to sweat more. Unclogs blocked pores? Again, no.. if anything my pores feel more blocked than when I use a simple moisturiser.Skin texture refined? This is one I was incredibly hopeful for, I rely heavily on The Porefessional to ensure my skin appears bump free so I was hoping this miracle cream in a tube would save me the £24.50 a month.. sadly, no. My skin texture is as rubbish as ever. Appearance of shine, is a bit non and void as I don’t have shiny skin.. but the fights against the appearance of marks, I bloody wish! Those scars are still as plain as day.. perhaps my skin is just too damaged for anything to attempt to repair it but for me, Effaclar Duo [+] did not live up to any of it’s bold claims.
However, it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin, which is pretty brilliant for such a product and I did like the packaging as it meant very little of the product was wasted. I also liked the texture, it felt really light and applied well. Those are the three points I’m taking away from this. 
I wouldn’t hesitate to try some of the other products by La Roche Posay because of the the fact it didn’t affect my sensitive skin but sadly, Effaclar Duo [+] just wasn’t a wonder product for me. 

How did you get on with La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo [+]?

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