La Roche-Posay Effaclar Foaming Gel


This was a product that I’d never planned on buying. Rather; when I was buying the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+, it turned out that the two were on offer for €20. Great, I thought. A €13.75 cleanser reduced to less than €2? Bargain.

Well it would have been, had this cleanser agreed with my skin 😦


This is a foaming gel cleanser for oily-yet-sensitive skins, designed to purify the skin of impurities and excess sebum without being excessively drying. It is soap, paraben, alcohol and colourant free, but it does contain sodium laureth sulfate. It also contains La Roche-Posay thermal spring water (which I love, in can form) and a pH level of 5.5 (nope, me either).


Being a foaming cleanser, I was a little apprehensive that this would parch my skin. But it is a pleasant product to use, especially with a hot cloth to really feel purified. As a bonus, a tiny amount is needed to do the entire face. I’ve been trialling this for a little while now, and it’s been pleasant as a morning and evening cleanse.

But I’ve had to cut my losses with this one. As nice as it is to cleanse with, this product has wreaked havoc on my skin. I’m really disappointed because, not only do I dislike writing negative reviews, I really love LRP as a brand and I wish this product had lived up to its name. For a product intended to remove impurities, my skin feels more congested than it has done in months; and that’s after a mere 12 days trial. I had intended to give it at least a fortnight, but my skin is in such a mess that I need to get back to something that works. The teeny, hard bumps that were dotted along my jaw have returned with a vengeance, and the breakout that spawned this post is taking its sweet time healing and clearing up. Nothing else in my regime has been able to help my skin’s rough texture; even my Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask had a very temporary softening effect. I’m back to square one, so it seems 😦

Sorry La Roche-Posay, but this cleanser just wasn’t for me. I think it’s time to revisit my old friend, Ren Clearcalm3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser. Right now, actually. Goodnight!

Em X


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