After years of dealing with nasty breakouts and perpetually blocked pores, I’ve curated a pretty impressive collection of pimple-fighting tools.
Whenever a big ole whopper decides to have (or host) a party on my face, I’ve got pimple patches, drying lotions, salicylic acid blemish oils and my trusty metal extractor, all on hand to zap spots immediately.
(A quick note before we move on: Are blemishes something to be ashamed of? Heck no. Can they affect your confidence, no matter their size or severity? Absolutely. Skin is deeply personal, I'm speaking to my experience with mine.)
So, about a month ago, a cluster of pimples decided to have a little gathering on my chin, around my nose and on my cheeks. And I just could not get rid of them.
Naturally, I only made things worse for myself by attacking my face and trying to pop the pimples way too soon - and way too aggressively. That left me with red, inflamed breakouts that would only take longer to heal.
Then, I saw someone I follow on Instagram post some amazing photos of her skin before and after using a salicylic acid cleanser and moisturiser duo from one of my favourite French pharmacy brands, La Roche-Posay.
The photos showed how her breakouts, which looked a lot like mine, had healed really quickly after using both products for a few weeks.
I was already a huge La Roche-Posay fan (I use and love the LRP Anthelios sunscreen, Retinol B3 Serum and Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Anti-Ageing Serum). I also knew salicylic acid is like kryptonite for blocked pores.
So, I grabbed these two products and decided to give them a whirl. Now, I’m officially obsessed.
Keep scrolling to find out how and why these two products healed my breakouts in a week.
How Does La Roche Posay Effeclar Duo Work?
La Roche-Posay has a salicylic acid cleanser and moisturiser that are specifically designed to be used together to kill off breakouts.
And the best part is they’re super affordable and last for ages!
So, how do they work? It's all about salicylic acid.
Salicylic Acid for Acne.
Salicylic acid is a type of chemical exfoliant - a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) - that works slightly differently to other popular exfoliants like glycolic acid and lactic acid
Those are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which work on the skin’s surface to loosen old dead skin cells and reveal fresh skin underneath.
But salicylic acid works deeper. It’s actually able to penetrate deep into our pores to dissolve the dead skin cells and other gunk clogging them up.
It's for this reason incorporating some sort of salicylic acid product into your routine (or just having it on hand for when breakouts hit) is great if you’ve got acne-prone skin or find you regularly get pimples.
You can learn more about acne and acne skincare in Iain Jeffery's YouTube video tutorial below!