La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo: Corrective and Unclogging Care 40ml
4.5 of 112 reviews
4 instalments of $7.99
4 instalments of $7.99
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- Acne, breakouts and blackheads
- Oiliness and shine
- Pigmentation, uneven skin tone
- Sensitivity and redness
- Normal to oily
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4.5 of 112 reviews
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Calms, lightens and inhibit further outbreaksI have very acneic skin with frequent hormonal outbreaks. I see this product as a lighter substitute for the harder stuff. It’s three main ingredients aim to calm, lighten and inhibit further outbreaks... so for me, it’s a great tool to keep outbreaks at bay. I do however think (for my skin) it needs to be used in conjunction with a stronger blemish treatment. Great product!
awesomelove this, helped my skin out heaps!
nopeI saw no difference after using this for weeks ):
its okayNot too sure about this one, some days i found my skin clear and but other days it was bleh. Dont know if it does much to be honest
GreatThis has helped out with my acne but I find that it dries my skin
Spot/ Blemishes best friendMy skin has recently broken out, and this has really cleared things up. I tried it as a day moisturizer, as adore beauty team suggested, and surprisingly it works! not only smoothing my skin but keep it hydrates and not even feeling any layers on it. Additionally, as a targeted spot treatment, this is brilliant, I applied this overnight to a stubborn acne, and by morning it was almost gone.
OkI have not noticed too much of a difference in my skin with this product. My acne scarring is still there but it has only been a couple of weeks since i have used this. However, I find that when I apply this underneath my foundation, my foundation starts to get dry looking and cracks after a few hours
Controls oilThis product controls the oil and moisturises my face without making it oily as well as smoothing out my complexion
so far so goodJust bought a second tube for my 19yo daughter with monthly hormonal outbreaks and some scaring from teen acne. Noticable difference within one week which is good because she keep up the treatment. After 6 weeks the scaring is lightening and outbreaks less. She is convinced this is a good post puberty product and is effective on two things. Pimple reduction and scare minimisation
Calms breakoutI think the thing that this does most effectively is to calm breakouts. It hasn’t necessarily prevented them but whenever I get a pimple if I put this on at night I will wake up with it being less red and inflamed in the morning. I also find that it is quite gentle. I haven’t had any flaking or noticeably drier skin while using it.
mild acneHelps a lot with mild acne (Hormonal spots around mouth and chin for me). Doesn't do very much for the cystic bigger pimples though. Convenient tube. decent price.
Pretty good!I bought this product as I often get little pimples or under the skin bumps. It definitely doesn't work instantly but after using the whole bottle I could definitely see a difference. I got less aggressive pimples. The scent is a bit strong but quite nice if you don't mind that kind of thing. The bottle doesn't last very long, which is disappointing given the price. But it's definitely worth it if you love your skincare! I'll be repurchasing.
Gets rid of pimples fastI use this once or twice daily over my whole face and within a week of using it the pimples I had became a lot smaller or completely gone. When pimples do come up they stay small while I’m using this product and prevents them from getting worse
SorceryI don’t know how they do it, but this tube of gold treats and unclogs problematic skin, but feels like a nourishing moisturiser not a harsh drying serum. Whatever this magic is - I like it!
Gentle to apply over existing pimples and acne scarsI recently suffered cystic pimples and found that tea tree oil was drying my skin out. I opted to try this product which is gentle on the skin. I feel comfortable applying it over existing pimples and acne scars knowing it will not further aggravate the skin.
YesThis product is just amazing. I helps me to clear up my acne and blackhead, make my skin softer. I use it everyday before my moisturiser and my skin is much more clearer than before. Definitely recommend.
clears skinThis is one of my holy grail products. It clears decongestion on my forhead, and pimples that pop up. I've gone through so many tubes, and will continue to buy more!
Effective spot treatmentI used a few different drying lotions to combat acne in the past and I’m never going back to those! I love how this can be applied over my normal moisturiser over spots and it kills the bacteria from the pimple this way- not drying the surrounding skin. This is great stuff
Effective spot treatmentI used a few different drying lotions to combat acne in the past and I’m never going back to those! I love how this can be applied over my normal moisturiser over spots and it kills the bacteria from the pimple this way- not drying the surrounding skin. This is great stuff
Works fineI got a sample of this product and have been trying it for two days. I didn’t have any bad reaction from it and have notice my skin become a bit more softer in the morning. The texture is light and it absorbs easily. So far it works fine.
Great lightweight day moisturiser!Love this. I can't wear anything too heavy during the day in Sydney Spring/Summer/Autumn due to humidity and this is great! Goes on easily, absorbed quickly and doesn't make me sweat! Perfect before the SPF step!
Not suitable for sensitive skinSkin type: combo oily/very sensitive
Purchased from the chemist and recommended by my GP. Unfortunately after 5 days maximum I threw this in the bin and had to go back to see my GP. Everyone's skin is different but I am surprised that this range is recommended for sensitive/breakout prone skin as it contains perfume/fragrances. I suffered a very bad reaction to this and broke out really badly and suspect it is the perfumes/fragrances. I later found many reviews with bad reactions like mine on makeup alley and I cannot say that I would recommend this to anyone.
Didn't work for my skinI bought this product to help reduce breakouts and pores and no matter what I do even if I just use this product alone, it pills like crazy. Just not right for my skin I think.
Can notice a difference!When I first started using this I couldn't really tell if it was the duo that was helping my skin as I bought the 3-step system, but once I ran out I realised just how much it works! My skin looks clearer and brighter!
okI got this as a sample, I like the light texture and doesn't feel greasy.
Perfect for acne prone skinThis stuff is amazing if you have hormonal acne prone skin. I use this daily and I can noticeably tell my skin is not as red and irritated and my acne is significantly reduced. Definitely recommend!!
Love it!I use this everyday during my monthly cycle as it perfect for helping me reduce any hormonal pimples, not only does it take the redness out but it also helps shrink them so they aren't as painful. I like to also put this on my nose once a week before my clay mask as it helps draw out any clogged pores.
GreatThis product has helped my acne and pores so much and it is amazing. Love the other la roche posay effaclar products too
Better skinI have very oily and acne prone skin and this product has helped control my breakouts. Will buy again
Amazing!!!In the first two days it cleared up my skin and has prevented further breakouts. This product is amazing, I have tried so many others with no results. It can make your skin a little dry so I use asap B serum over the top. It's a must have now!
Light and effective for pores and acne controlI have pores and fine lines and use this every morning over my whole face to wear under my sunscreen or my makeup for the day. It’s so light and sinks in easily. I noticed a reduction size and appearance of pores and the redness has also reduced. After a month or so of use I won’t do without it now.
Good so farI haven't used it long enough to see the effects of clearing, but it's mild and gentle I can see myself using it everyday. I use it only on the area where I have breakouts, not my entire face.
Good for clearing skinWhen my skin started playing up (in my mid 30s) I used this. It definitely helped to calm things down and I would recommend for people with mild breakouts. I have since moved on however- I found it wasn’t moisturising enough for my skin and I’ve found using AHA/BHA cleansers and leave on treatments with a regular non comedogenic moisturiser better for me. I imagine this would be quite good on teen skin or oily skin.
I use it everyday for almost 10 years nowI use it everyday for almost 10 years now. Not a single time it makes me break out and I'm acne prone skin. It's so light so can't use it on its own in winter, but it's just so great as my go-to.
Unsure about thisI have been using this for about 2 months and I'm not sure if it is doing much. I bought it to help with congestion but I'm unsure if it is helping with that. But congestion does take a long time to clear so I will give it more time as it is one of the few acne treatments I have tried that is gentle enough for my sensitive skin and hasn't irritated it. It does seem to be helping with hormonal breakouts along my jawline though. It still get the occasional pimple but much less than I used to. You only need a small amount of product so it does last for a decent length of time.
Am I missing something?I've seen so many good reviews of this product, but it doesn't seem to work for me at all, not even bad side effects. Like, many people have said it dries the skin and makes it a bit irritated in the first few days of treatment but my skin didn't react at all. Literally nothing changed on my skin. The only thing I can say about it is that it is an alright light moisturiser.
Greatit is a light cream, perfect for summer.
worked really well with the makeup and keep shin look radiant and healthy.
Really effective product that lasts a long time!I'm lucky to have quite clear skin but I occasionally get horrible hormone related breakouts or if I don't cleanse properly before bed, and this product is so useful in those times! The tube is very big considering the amount needed, making it quite cost effective. I find this product helps dry out blemishes while not drying out the surrounding skin- the pimples tend to be less inflamed and heal quite quickly. Highly recommend!
staple in my skincarei always use this if my skin freak out or clogged. it just works and help my skin tremendously during those freak out time
slightly disappointedI didn't notice a huge diffference while using this and I wasn't a fan of the smell.
Game changerI use this every night and I can't live without it! The tube looks small but it lasts a surprisingly long time. My oily/acne prone skin is less red after using this, my pores look smaller and it helps with breakouts!
hands down one of the more effective products I've usedThis is hands down one of the more effective products I've used for my ugly pimply skin, I think prescriptions are the only thing that does a better job. It might seems a bit expensive upfront at 30 bucks a pop for a tube but it's well worth it. Though the Clearasil and Clean and Clear equivalent are half the price they are much smaller. One of these La Roche-Posay tubes are more than twice the size and will last you for ages. Like many acne products it might take some getting used to with the itching but once you do it helps keep the pimples at bay and maintain your skin. I also to be a faster acting than the usual brands pimples will go away after a few days.
So Happy!Used this on my face every night for a week and honestly saw a massive difference in my acne prone oily/combination skin. It was less red and I had no breakouts, still using it now and I have only had the rare spot or two.
Great productThis is a great product to try if you struggle with acne and blemishes , really helped to improve my skin
Lifesaving Product!I have spent years and years trying to treat cystic acne and just when I was ready to give up, I stumbled upon this product. I was using the Effaclar Gentle Cleanser and thought it might be best to try this product alongside. Within 24 hours my skin was calmer and my really sore pimples eased in pain. By a week my skin barely had any pimples. Now I only try to manage my scarring. I LOVE the matt finish yet it is also so hydrating. I cannot recommend it enough, its a wonder product!!
Holy Grail.I have used this product religiously for the past few years (I want to say 5 years?). I've used it so much that recently I have had to stop because I think my skin isn't as responsive to it anymore. While using this along with some really gentle products it has evened out my skin tone and prevented any spots/breakouts. Since I've stopped using this I have had numerous breakouts and pigmentation. This is lightweight and easily sinks into the skin, it has no smell to it and lasts me at least 3.5 months despite using it twice a day.
Does the job!I use this very sporadically, when I'm having breakouts, but I've found it is amazing at calming the skin. Makes your skin super soft too which is a great bonus! Only negative is that I don't find it hydrating. Worth the money!
Pleasantly surprised!I’ve experianced adult acne breakouts over the past two years which has left me with acne scarring. This product had dramatically reduced the appearance of the scarring and redness. I use this all over my face after cleansing, Morning and night. I also apply it to directly to any blemishes and it pretty much gets rid of them over night! I am so happy I found this product!
Finally something that works!I am so happy I started using this! My Dermatologist recommended it to me for my folliculitis, acne, big yucky pores and cysts (big and painful in my chin on a regular basis). It has helped with everything and I noticed the difference in 48 hours! It has reduced my pores and they aren't black, it helps kills my cysts and prevents them, hardly any acne from my folliculitis which is also so much better. And it's affordable. I love it and it works better when used in combination with the foaming gel cleanser. :)
HOLY GRAIL PRODUCT!!!This product honestly lives up to what is claims!! I am one of those unlucky ladies who tends to get hormonal break outs around 'that time of the month'. However, with this baby in my life breakouts are reduced! This is my 'go-to' product when my skin just isn't cooperating and needs a bit of a pick me up. It is super lightweight and gentle on the skin. This is the fifth time I have repurchased and I will continue to do so - it truly is a miracle product!
The best!I am absolutely obsessed with this product. I have very reactive skin that goes red very easily. I don't suffer from acne, but I do get an occasional pimple. It is so soothing and calming. I use it with the Serozinc spray and my skin has never looked better. I think that this product is designed for oily skin, but it works beautifully on my dry skin!
Noticeably smaller pores!Great for use under a night cream. I used when I had very congestion skin and within a day noticed a difference.
Love this stuff!I have naturally oily skin and large pores, this stuff has worked to well for my skin. The the texture is lovely and my skin feels so smooth after applying it.
Unsure about this productI tried this thinking it may work for the occasional bad hormonal breakouts I get and used it pretty regularly in my routine for both day and night. I didn't see much difference in my dry to normal skin at all, but it didn't make it worse so...
Good chemical exfoliantI find this product a really effective exfoliator, ever if you don't have acne prone skin! Exfoliates in a gentle manner to resurface and smooth out skin. Used once or twice a week it was great
Very mattifying and great for combination skinI have oily/combination skin and mostly break out in my T-Zone and the tops of my cheeks. I never had breakouts until I turned 20, and after doing some research about hormonal acne I stumbled upon this product.
I started using this moisturizer along with the rest of the La Roche-Poasy Acne 3-Step system about a year ago and I absolutely love it! Always leaves my skin looking really matte and glowy. I have found with other moisturizers that my T-Zone and forehead will still look really oily afterward whereas the rest of my skin is appropriately moisturized but this product seems to work really well with my combination skin.
The only downside is that I wish you could purchase a bigger size of this stuff. I usually run out of this product before I am just over halfway through with the Effaclar cleanser.
Reduces discolouration and evens out skinSuch a great product that I have been using religiously for about 2 years. I have not found anything like it, especially in this price point. I like to use it after my serums and before an oil. But even if I’m travelling and all I have is this and a cleanser - I’m set!
The best product I know of for problem skinI’ve been using effeclare duo for years of and on, I’m 46 now and as my skin gets older I need it less. My skin does still clog though. Since I’ve been using this I haven’t had any real problems with breakouts or blackheads.
Great acne productLove this, feels like a cool gel going on..always reach for this when my skin is unhappy.. does a good job of clearing pimples and the little whitehead bumps under the skin I sometimes get around my chin. Wish I'd found this sooner.
didn't clear my skinI bought this a few years ago when I had a terrible bout of acne and I didn't notice this clearing my spots at all. thankfully the acne went away after I stopped using this and switched to a medication instead
My favourite acne productThis product is one of my fav to treat acne! Get rid of pimples and helps get rid of scaring. Highly recommend!
Highly RecommendedI am 47 and still have problems with congested skin. Love this formula and my skin is def better with it than without it. I have tried other creams and this is by far the best. Highly recommend.
Good for acneMy skin is noticeably clearer after using this, it has a lot of good ingredients to keep skin healthy.
oknot the best, didn't find it really did too much for me, but on the other hand my breakouts didn't seem to get worse while using? not too sure about This product to be honest.. it didn't help clear blackheads but my skin definitely didn't get worse while using
Give it a tryFor years I’ve had congestion on my forehead and the only thing hat got rid of it was proactive but I hated how dry my skin got. And hot it bleached my towels!
I tried this after a pharmacy rep recommended it years ago and I haven’t looked back.
Skin is so clearI'm prone to breakouts and touch my face far too much when I'm stressed, but this product has changed everything. I barely breakout anymore and if I do my skin clears up much quicker. I use this once a day and follow with a moisturiser. I did have a slight reaction too it in the beginning but only lasted about a week and my skin cleared up very quickly. Recommend!
go to product during break-outsI have normal to dry skin and I usually do not need this product in my skin care routine, though, when exposed to sunlight, my skin becomes slightly sensitive even with a spf on - this is when this product reduces oil and sebum formation on the skin, and even fades blackheads time to time.
Would recommend this to all combination skin types and dry skin in summer/explosed to sunlight weathers.
Not for meUnfortunately this product didn’t work for my skin. I have very sensitive skin that is prone to redness and this irritated my skin. It could’ve been that I wasn’t using the product correctly as I’m used to applying a decent amount of product on my pimples. If you try this make sure you do a patch test beforehand and only spread a thin layer on the skin.
ExcellentI used this product for twelve months to tackle the symptoms of a mild case of hormonal acne (several blemishes on the jaw-line). This product was beneficial in reducing the break-outs and now that my hormones have calmed down, I effectively have no scarring.
Didn't do anything for meI have combination skin with hormonal acne that is not particularly sensitive and not prone to irritation or redness. I have heard so much about this product and so many people swear by it, but I found it did not help me at all. It does feel very nourishing and I ended up just using it as my moisturiser, but it did not diminish my breakouts at all. The best I can say is that at least it didn't make my skin worse. My best guess is that it may have been too gentle/not strong enough for my skin, on which I have used active ingredients like vitamin A and C, and it is not very reactive. For me, it felt like a waste of good money for such a small tube that did not work for me. I always say try everything if you have acne because something different works for everyone, but my recommendation would be to try other, better value products before this.
Wonderful ProductI've been using this for many months now. At first I couldn't really see any visible results. However when I stopped using it, I realised how important this was to my beauty regime. It has significantly reduced the number of outbreaks I get (hormonal acne) and my skin looks so much clearer and more even. I use this everyday: morning and night under a light moisturiser and will continue to keep this a part of my regime.
Helps diminish blemishes and clear poresThis really helped my skin when I had a bad breakout, I used it as a spot treatment for.a few weeks and it really helped clear up my skin and minimised scarring aswell.
Definitely helps with hormonal acneSometimes I wonder whether products are actually doing anything after a while of use so I put this stuff to the test I stopped using it for a week because my skin was a little dry and I thought it was this stuff... within this time I got a big hormonal breakout (from monthly’s) a lot of little red bumps and two big white heads and I started to notice some around my neck area that were deep and painful to touch (cystic) iv been back on this stuff for I don’t think even a full week yet and although obviously all the acne isn’t gone it’s signicantly smaller and not so red and angry... now I am using other products to help (a serum with glycolic acid in it, rosehip oil and iv also used an exfoliation treatment this week and a clay mask) but I feel that this stuff really has helped make the acne not so angry and clearing it up quicker... it’s nice to see it was actually doing something all this time...
Great product for sensitive skinThis one has become a new staple in my regime. Super impressed. My little pimples around my hairline have disappeared and I feel the redness has also gone down quite a lot. Is a great light moisturizer. Just make sure you use an spf with it.
Helped with spots but not clogged pores.This really helped clear up spots that I had but I didn't find it did anything for clogged pores and blackheads, not sure If I would repurchase or not in the future, I still recommend people try this for themselves because alot of people seem to have great success using this product on acne and breakouts.
Not worth itI didn't really notice any difference in using this product, It seemed to not cause any more breakouts but I don't think it helped clear existing spots.
Not sure if it works for meI had pretty bad hormonal acne before I tried giving this a go. I can say for sure this won't make my acne worse but I am not sure if it helps with my acne at all. I still use this whenever I feel like when I have acne cause I know it won't make it worse.
Does the TrickI buy this for two of my three daughters, one 15 and the other 19, and they love it. Since using the whole Effaclar range they have both seen a marked improvement in their skin (especially things like small hard bumps under the skin, so it obviously works well at unclogging). We're fans!
not bad.nothing special. I purchased because I saw the hype online but to be honest I didn't see anything really different after finishing the entire tube,. but could work better for others :)
Prevention is better than a cureBefore I found this product, I would spot treat breakouts with The Ordinary's salicylic acid, which can be quite drying. After a recommendation by a friend I decided to use this product along my most common breakout zones and have noticed a huge reduction in the number of active breakouts that I get. I would really recommend this for anyone who has acne prone or dry skin and finds other salicylic products drying.
50/50I’ve been using this product for a while now and I haven’t really noticed any difference, other than a cystic pimple that has shown up on my cheek, which is something I don’t mormally have. At the same time, it doesn’t make my face feel oily like a lot of other similar creams do. I think it has helped the small bumpy pimples on my forehead go away. So, I’m very 50/50 on this product.
EffectiveThis product was a recommendation from a dermatologist I was seeing. I was skeptical at first but the product work at reducing the appearance of pimples on my face. I noticed that only a little bit would go a long way so the product lasts a while. I only have pimples once every so often but this is a great product to have on hand for any breakouts.
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ITAfter having very temperamental skin and being on roacutane when I was younger, this is the only product that helps prevent and get rid of those annoying, small and bumpy breakouts!!
When I run out and don't have a backup, I notice within days that my skin isn't as great as it is whilst using it.
Definite holy-grail product if you have acne prone skin!
Love it!I really like this! I use it after cleansing and toning my face with other La Roche Posay products and I really like it. You only need a tiny bit to do your whole face and it is so worth it!
Good but not great.I'm not really sure about this product, I've used an entire tube of it and while I didn't notice any worsening in my skin I also don't think I noticed it clearing my skin either? it didn't have any negative effects on my skin or add to any irritation but I think there are alot of more effective treatments out there for problem skin.
The perfect everyday moisturiser!I changed to this moisturiser as part of the Six Week Act on Acne Challenge and I am so happy I did!
It's perfect for my combination-oily skin - keeping oil levels minimal and since starting using it I have noticed a lot less congestion/blackheads through the T-zone.
In winter I need a little something extra for hydration but I usually just add a night cream or serum twice per week.
Great for oily, combo skin prone to blackheadsI have used effeclar duo before and took a break and tried the mattifying cream.
It does a great job of unclogging pores and greatly reduces blackheads.
Be prepared to have some extra breakouts initially, it doesn’t last. I’m also using the effeclare duo B.B.
Adult acne skinI have adult acne skin, its actually recommended by my dermatologist. It doesnt dry out your skin by healing the scne. However the product did not dive me enough moisture during the winter, so i use another night cream on top of this at night. There is no way i will give up this product. Too good by far.
Life saver!This product has changed my skin. I am not noticing less new pimples and its also getting rid of the ones I have super quick! Plus I have post inflammatory hyper pigmentation (lingering redness and mark post a pimple) and I have noticed that is getting more and more faint too. I love it. Wish I knew this existed sooner! Plus it makes your skin feels soo smooth. Perfect for under makeup.
Another great productI really, really wish products like this had been around when I was a teenager. Now, 20 years later, I still have the same problems with blackheads and pores (although actual breakouts are less frequent, thankfully). I never thought I'd be dealing with problematic skin at this age, but my nose and chin started getting ridiculously clogged again a couple of years ago. Why, I have absolutely no idea, but dealing with congestion and ageing skin at the same time has been delightful. La Roche-Posay's Effaclar range has been really helpful in trying to fix my skin this time around, but the Effaclar Duo serum has been particularly awesome in controlling sebum production and the inevitable blockages that follow. Fantastic product!
Favourite product everThis is incredible. The way it clears up my skin and makes it so soft and smooth is unreal. This was the first La Roche-Posay product I ever used and wow it is actually incredible. I always recommend this to all of my friends
It has a weird smellThis one smells a bit funny though its not so bad i would stop using it. Its very light on the skin and doesnt irritate or clog my skin which is what i like. Would more than likely try something new next though but i love la-roche posay so far.
You need thisThe reviews are not wrong! If you have oily/combo skin like me, you need to purchase this. It really does what it says. I will forever be a customer
Best pimple cream/treatmentI have gone through 5 tubes of this over the years. It is so gentle yet so effective at preventing and treating pimples/ break outs. It doesn't dry the area the same way benzoyl peroxide and other pimple creams do. The ingredients are really nourishing too. Also the brand is catered towards sensitive skin. This is a must try
Excellent ProductI have hormonal acne on my forehead, rosacea on my cheeks.I have very sensitive skin and this product has been a god send!!!! It keeps my face clear and gave me back my confidence. I am 48, soon to be 49 and never had acne until the last couple of years due to peri-menopuase. My dermatologist recommeded this product, It cleared up my acne bumps leaving a clear forehead and cheeks. Make sure you use a good hydrating moisturiser or serum with it so it doesn’t dry your skin. Just brilliant!!!
Really Good!I really enjoy this product. I like how it's in a tube and it's easy to squeeze out product, maybe it's a bit too easy! I use this inconjunction with the facial cleasner and it has done wonders for my skin! I can't wait to see further improvements as the months progress.
Must have moisturiserI have used this for a few weeks now and my skin has improved quite a bit in just a short time. I have large pores, blackheads, acne scars and sun spots and this moisturiser is a real game changer!
It feels and smells great and I use it twice a day to hydrate my skin. Can't wait to see what results I have in a few more weeks!
Amazing lightweight moisturiser for congested & sensitive skinI really love this moisturiser, it has a lightweight formula, leaves skin hydrated and has beneficial ingredients that clears up clogged pores, hyperpigmentation and so forth without being too harsh and irritating on the skin.
It actually works!I'm 36 years old. At 28 I had two rounds of Roaccutane - a last resort after years of trying every topical treatment on the market. And my skin finally cleared up. Until one summery weekend when I was 34 and suddenly I was getting breakouts again. Devastating! Anyway, because I was a big doubter of anything over the counter and topical, I then went on to antibiotics. Which worked well as they are anti-inflammatories but they started to upset my digestive system after a year and docs orders were to stop. Anyway. A dermatologist advised I use Effaclar while I decide whether I want to try Roaccutane or not (I don't). I actually didn't bother with Effaclar for a couple of months because I didn't think it'd make a difference at all, plus my skin is very sensitive so most creams and potions upset it. So it sat untouched in my bathroom cabinet for weeks! Eventually out of desperation I slathered it on one night and the next morning my skin looked much calmer - spot size reduced and much less swollen and red. Couldnt believe my eyes; i was doubtful that Effaclar was responsible but I persevered with it and now, a couple of months later, my skin is almost completely clear. This is the only review I've ever written about any product - because it really is very good indeed. Can't recommend it enough!
No longer Pimple Mc PimpleFace.My skin is an oily, angry, splotchy nightmare, but this stuff makes it less 'stuff of nightmares' and more 'fit for public consumption'. Ya know, my makeup stays on past 10am now, yay! Don't get me wrong, my skin is not PERFECT but it is better than before.
I know this because I stopped using it for a month and my skin slipped back into it's old ways.
I've had mild cystic acne and blackheads galore since I was a teenager - mostly on my cheeks and chin/neck area (which has left me with many many scars and huge pores). I'm turning 30 this year and while I thought in my 20s my blemishes would diminish with age and wisdom - like so many other assumptions about life, I was mistaken.
I started looking into 'serums' after spending the fortune of a small African nation on other products. Because this is pretty much cheap as chips compared to the other voodoo potions on the market, I picked up the Duo Plus and used it under my hydrating moisturizer.
Wrong. It was too much 'hydration' and my face turned into a swimming pool.
So I chucked out the hydrating moisturizer and just Serozinc my face and smoosh this on and I'm good to go.
Jks, I still need to ware makeup for work. However:
Oiliness - BP is no longer trying to set up a rig on my face, Redness - reduced, blackheads - smaller, cystic acne - calmed. WOOHOO!
Also can not recommend enough the Aspect Dr Deep Clean Facial Cleanser.. but that is an epic review for another day.