Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you would have definitely heard of La Roche Posay’s skincare range all around the blogoshere. One of their most raved about products is Effaclar Duo, a skincare product for oily/combination skin. I’ve read reviews everywhere and very famous beauty gurus, like Tanya Burr and Ruth from AModelRecommends, talking about how this moisturizer has changed their skin and everyday skincare routine.
Having tried Effaclar Duo for 3 weeks, day and night, it hurts me to admit that it doesn’t suit everybody. It’s a gel like moisturiser that feels very light to the skin and works wonders as a makeup base. By the company it’s described as a ‘dual action anti-imperfection moisturiser’ targeted for ‘oily skin with irregular texture, prone to imperfections, blemishes and spots’; exactly what my skin looks like then! The main ingredients are glycerin, hydrogenated polyisobutene and salicylic acid, which are well known for treating acne. It also promises to unclog and purify the pores leaving your skin feeling smoother and clearer.
Well, with all due respect, I might disagree with that. The first 3 days I didn’t notice any changes; my skin felt pretty much the same. During the first week I started getting some cystic acne breakouts and some spots on my forehead. I also noticed that I could more easily remove blackheads from my face, which made me think that maybe it’s how the cream works, usually you need to break out first in order to clear up your skin. At least, that’s how most of the acne treatment creams I had tried worked. With that being said, I religiously carried on using it, day and night, only to see that the annoying spots on my forehead were becoming countless and that they were finding home to other parts of my face as well. As I couldn’t bare it anymore, and after numerous hints from my boyfriend about my new skincare routine, I decided to stop using it for a couple of days and, my oh my, everything disappeared. My skin got back to normal, a tad oily, but that was always the way it was.
I need to admit that I had very high hopes for this product and I couldn’t wait to try it, because it’s very inexpensive and so easy to find. However, it doesn’t work for everybody, me included. Since there are so many reviews out there saying how amazing this product is though, I think that I might be the exception of the rule.
Have you tried it? Did it actually work for your skin?
Georgina x x x
Georgina x x x