La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo: Corrective and Unclogging Care 40ml
4.5 of 73 reviews
$7.99 x 4
$7.99 x 4
- Acne, breakouts and blackheads
- Oiliness and shine
- Pigmentation, uneven skin tone
- Sensitivity and redness
- Normal to oily
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La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo: Corrective and Unclogging Care
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4.5 of 73 reviews
88% recommend this product
Most Helpful Positive
i always use this if my skin freak out or clogged. it just works and help my skin tremendously during those freak out time
Most Helpful Criticism
I didn't notice a huge diffference while using this and I wasn't a fan of the smell.
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.
Great productI'm a big fan of french skincare and this product didn't disappoint (and I had high expectations after reading so many positive reviews). I've used this as a moisturiser (and also use the cleanser) for months and will continue to do so. Hydrating, doesn't make me oily, my break outs cleared up completely (though this can't be solely attributed to this as i have a very thorough routine). Since I've cleared up my break outs I thought I'd try a richer, antioxidant, anti ageing, 'medical' brand moisturiser but I find this very rich so I'll go back to the effaclar for daytime. Potentially not hydrating enough for dryer skin types. I was also pleased to hear this product is very highly regarded by dermatologists!
Not as convincing as I'd hopedAs I read many good reviews I was very excited to try this product. I have been using it for about 3 weeks now (with the starter kit) and unfortunately had another break-out since then.
I do have to say my acne really comes from my hormones so not much a cream can do against it, and I do feel that my cheeks have cleared up a bit.
Decided to try it a bit longer so who knows, it might still improve.
Great for reducing redness in face and acnethis is great i use it in the mornings after i wash my face and has certainly reduced my acne and redness , although this product doesnt prevent acne it certainly helps get rid of it
A game changer in my skin care routineI have always suffered acne problems. My skin was incredibly prone to acne and it tends to take very long time to heal. I used a variety of products before but always had negative reactions to it or experienced no change. My skin broke out more and got even dryer because of the anti-acne ingredients in those products. So one of my friend, who is an avid user of La Roche Posay, recommended this. She has very sensitive skin and their products work amazingly well for her. So I decided to pick up this product and expected it would work after a few days but man, I could totally see the difference after one day of using.
The healing time is faster, the blemish was less red and my skin tone changed as well. I use this both day and night. Before make up, this product almost works like a primer to me. It matifies my skin, evens out my complexion, removes any redness and leaves my skin a fairer look. The product really lives up to its hype.
Great productI received a sample of this with an order and when I saw how well it worked overnight, I knew I had to buy the full size. I have combination/acne prone skin and I have tried many products over the years but this is one of the best and the results are fast. So many spot treatments sting or dry out the skin but this one is lightweight and nourishing. I notice even more of a difference applying it after Dermalogica's Skin Refining Masque. It declogs and refines pores and fades blemishes really well.
Ahhh mazing!!I am 33 and over the past year my skin has decided that I am a teenager again. I have always used quality skin care, but nothing was helping. I decided that it was time to start researching. Adore reviewers convinced me that Effaclar Duo Plus was worth trying...and boy were they right!! Within 24 hours my spots had started to go away and within 3-4 days they were all cleared up. I am a complete convert and am so blessed to have found Adore and this ahhhhh..mazing product!
A MUST have skincare product!I had been struggling with bad skin (breakouts + dark spots) for about a year. I tried so many products and serums and nothing seemed to work - Not even a little. My sister recommended this product to help with the dark spots after a bad break out. I started using the product morning and night and noticed a difference within a few days. I was stunned by the fact that not only did my dark spots begin to fade, but my breakouts have nearly come to a complete end! Actually a bonus as I didn't buy it for that reason. And this product has really helped reduce the redness caused by breakouts. I have been using it for a couple of months now and am honestly in LOVE! I highly recommend giving it a go, I have finally found my most love product!
Didn't work for meI'd heard a lot of good things about this product, so I was excited to try it for myself. I have mild acne, but it is fairly stubborn and I have a bit of scarring. Unfortunately, it broke me out. I have since realised I'm sensitive to dimethicone (an ingredient in the product) and it causes me to break out. I was still recommend trying this product because it has a nice texture and applies easily, and is pretty cheap in comparison to other products. I also love that it incorporates niacinamide, as well as some other effective ingredients. It wont dry out your skin like many other acne products on the market.
La Roche Posay - Corrective and Unclogging care creamLove La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo - it's nice and light, and feels soft on your skin. I find it brings out my blemishes to the surface so they clear quicker. Effaclar Duo doesn't dry my skin out like other acne/blemish creams can. I've used it everyday so far and will definitely buy more when I run out. Really enjoying trying out products from La Roche-Posay!
Acne Prone Skin Must-Have!La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo.. wow. Just wow! It clears up pimples faster than anything, and doesn't dry up your skin in the process. I use this morning and night before applying my moisturiser. It sinks into the skin immediately, and it's very lightweight so you can wear your regular makeup over top.
I have very acne prone skin and have always constantly had massive breakouts.
Definitely want to try more from the La Roche-Posay range after trying this!
Cream of the crop!Best acne treatment, ever. EVER.
I used to have really problematic skin but now my skin has cleared up (mostly) and has become dry and sensitive, which means that most treatments wont work for me.
...well except this. This is holy grail, "by jove I've found it!" kinda stuff. It's a spot treatment that you can wear under your moisturiser, and it's also flawless under makeup (no weird thick sticky residue to be found here).
Best yet, it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin AND it works. It is very lightly fragranced but nothing that offends my nose, and the smell disappears after a few seconds anyway.
Honestly this manages to zap zits overnight like I've never seen before. One tube will last FOREVERRRR so I whole-heartedly recommend this!
Helps heal breakouts!I found that since using this product under my moisturiser on my T-zone that my break-outs there have cleared a lot faster. I still get them but they're gone from my face a lot quicker. I think it helps a little with unclogging the pores as well, but I don't think you could rely on it to do it completely on its own.