Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Clean and Clearer

My growing interest in skincare means I have a long list of things that I want to try, and I would rather try something off the list than repurchase the same moisturiser or serum after finishing products in my routine. I've used up a full tube of La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo and when I decided to repurchase I knew Effaclar Duo was due for a full post.





Effaclar Duo is a complete skincare solution that combines 4 active ingredients to act on the 2 major signs of skin with imperfections: Severe local imperfections: Niacinamide and Piroctone Olamine helps to purify the skin and protect against breakouts developing. Sebum-blocked pores: The LHA/Linoleic Acid combination to help unclog pores by eliminating dead cells, responsible for their obstruction. These active ingredients are combined with soothing and anti-irritating La Roche-Posay thermal spring water.
Pores are purified, imperfections are reduced. Skin looks clearer and smoother. It regains a long-lasting balance to help recover the qualities of more healthy-looking skin. 

Effaclar Duo boasts a pretty picture of an ingredients list (apart from the necessary emulsifiers and fragrance). Adhering to La Roche-Posay's clinical, gender-neutral, FRENCH aesthetic, it's a brand which has the Carolins Hirons' seal of approval and therefore needs more love from everyone and anyone with skin issues. I'm smitten with La Roche-Posay as a brand, especially when they trust in their products enough to do away with OTT packaging (though the greener side of French skincare *cough Caudalie cough NUXE* is welcome too), as well as include a thoughtful, informative blurb on the box with sub-headings of Indications (symptoms), Innovation (spiel with flourishes), Results, Texture and Use. For people living in the US and Canada, bear in mind that (sadly) North America manufactures and retails a version of Effaclar Duo that is different to the one produced in France and exported to the rest of the world. The American version is Effaclar Duo Dual Action Acne Treatment while the European version is Effaclar Duo Corrective and Unclogging Anti-Imperfection Care.

I don't get persistent breakouts like I did when I was in high school but like many people I can't escape it completely. My trouble is self-inflicted because I only break out when I eat unhealthily, stress a lot, sleep late or when hormonal breakouts roll around once a month and when I heard about Effaclar Duo I hoped it could prevent them. I was unsure of what to expect when I first started using it because it broke me out in the first week but as skin can take multiple uses to adjust to new products it wasn't alarming. I revisited it a couple of weeks later and after using it morning and night for about 3 months and for another 2 months on and off, I find it to have kept my skin clearer for longer, with minimal breakouts less frequently. In my eyes, that alone makes it worth repurchasing. It changes the texture of skin in a noticeable way- skin is smoother and refined. Regular use helped with large pores and I didn't need to use pore strips as often. Disappointingly, it didn't do anything for hyperpigmentation from acne scarring after months of use so I'll seek those results from other products. It claims to be mattifying and moisturising and I can't say I agree. It's no more mattifying than a moisturiser and the little moisture it gives is minimal, suited to summer more than any other season. It also claims to be an excellent makeup base but I don't agree as it's unforgiving and can cause my base to pill in a way that moisturisers don't. I prefer to use it after toner but before the serum, moisturiser and SPF. 

The deciding factor to repurchase was the observation that my skin was clearer when I used Effaclar Duo and when I didn't use it, I started breaking out. It helps to keep my skin clearer for longer and keeps breakouts more manageable.
I buy my Effaclar Duo from the limited range of La Roche-Posay products at certain Terry White Chemists for $25.95.

8 comments:

  1. I love this product. I'm a bit scared of not using it because my skin has cleared up and I know it's because of this haha

    Sarah
    morethanadored.blogspot.com

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    1. My skin was at its best when I used this (though in hindsight it was also really good because I was sleeping at about 10pm and I haven't done that consistently since March) so I'll probably continue to repurchase. :)

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  2. Wow this sounds great! I'm always struggling with acne.

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  3. Still on the fence with this. Maybe because I haven't really used it for a prolonged period of time? I stopped using it and I didn't notice any differences. Sometimes I like it as a spot treatment for my breakouts. It's definitely mattifying on me, not really moisturising though. I dunno, I just didn't find it did anything particularly noticeable. But it's nice to have anyway. And also, totally bought Hydraluron :p

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    1. I'm really liking Hydraluron- I've passed the Antipodes Apostle serum to my mum so I was using it exclusively with Steamcream. That is, until I got an Alpha-H night cream in the mail which I'm trying out. Under a skincare spell atm.

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    2. I don't really get Hydraluron - it's not really a product that makes you immediately see a difference. The only thing I noticed is that when I wore it under my moisturiser, my foundation sat a bit better on my skin. But really, that could be attributed to anything, and the effect was so subtle that it wasn't a big deal to me. I shall keep using it and see if anything happens. How'd you get the Alpha-H? I am pretty into skin care now, but not really so much the scientific/knowledge-acquiring side, more just the retail LOL

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    3. Serums take long-term use to see effects but I get little red patches on my cheeks sometimes when they're dry and with the right products and climate conditions they go away so that's how I gauge moisture-boosting items. The Alpha-H was sent by RY.com - I'm trying it out and I'll post when I've tested sufficiently. :)

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