I need to pick up a new tube of La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo soon and that’s what reminded me to do this review as I’ve been meaning to do it for ages!
I don’t normally have issues with my skin. I’ve always had combination skin that leans more towards oily but I’ve never really had an issue with acne, not even going through my teen years. But in 2013 I definitely noticed a change. I started getting hormonal cystic acne-like spots on the sides of my cheeks around that time of the month. They were so painful and almost itchy at times (sorry if this is TMI!) but they never came to a head and lasted for around a couple of weeks before they died down, only to flare up again a week later. Now, I’m not an expert in skincare but I’d always thought that hormonal acne was a result of wayward hormones and as such couldn’t be treated with anything topical like regular spots. Then one day I happened to be watching one of Tanya Burr’s YouTube videos where she mentioned La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Duo. Something about what she said led me to look further into this product and I started to hear reports that this worked on cystic acne-like spots. I put off buying it for a while because it’s £13 a tube and with only 40ml in a tube it didn’t seem like you were getting much product for your money. Finally after a couple more months of painful acne I caved and decided to just get it and see if it would help. And do you know what, I haven’t had those cystic spots since I started using it!
It helped from the very first day I used it and you can see in the above before and after pictures the difference it makes. The “after” picture was taken 2 weeks after the before and like I said, those spots haven’t appeared again since then. I have already gone through one tube of this and am starting to come to the end of the next so I will need to run out and grab some more. I cannot be without this stuff now, it’s one of my holy grail items! I use this as my morning moisturiser, as like I said I have oily skin, but if you have drier skin you can layer this under your regular moisturiser. It is a gel-cream formula that also helps to stop my skin from getting so oily throughout the day and I’ve had no irritation or issues with this. I would highly recommend this product if you are suffering with hormonal acne, I cannot sing it’s praises enough.
(edit: since drafting this post there seems to be a shortage of the original effaclar duo. I’m not sure if they have stopped making it but there is now an effaclar duo + which I have purchased – currently on offer at Boots for £11.62. I haven’t tried this one yet as I’m still using up my last tube of the original, so I can’t say if this is any different. Let me know if you would like a comparison post.)