La-Roche Posay Effaclar Duo has always been a product that I've wanted to try, but for some reason or another, never actually got round to buying myself one. In fact, I sat and watched in jealousy as my boyfriend got his mitts on a tube and occasionally pinched some of his when I went over. When I was offered the chance to try the new and improved La-Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+*, I obviously jumped at the chance.
Effaclar Duo+ is said to help with acne and blemishes, oily skin and clogged pores as well as correcting and preventing red and dark marks caused my damage to the skin. Some big claims for such a little tube of product, and a tube of product that is just ideal for my skin concerns. I am regularly battling break outs, left with red marks because I'm a self confessed picker and across my nose and cheeks I have particularly bad blocked pores and as well as all that, my skin is so oily by the afternoon you could heat my face and fry an egg on it. Okay, so I might have been a little dramatic with the how oily my skin is, but it's not fun fighting the shine.
I've used this product for around a month now, and I've been really impressed! My skin really does feel clearer and I've had far fewer break outs than I did prior to use - if I did have any blemishes, they were literally tiny and barely worth anything. As well as the reduced number and size, they didn't linger for long at all and I feel like my skin is looking pretty damn good on my face at the moment!
As we all know, I get acne and blemishes on my body as well as my face. In fact, my body is worse than my face. I used the Effaclar Duo on my chest when needed, and it really helped to reduce the appearance of any spots and blemishes. It also dramatically reduced the pigmentation left behind from older spots, which I was really pleased with because it's quite embarrassing and saddens me that such a feminine area is ruined by spots and scarring.
From what I tried of the original Effaclar Duo, I think that Duo+ is a little thicker in consistency and feels like a serum on the skin. It glides on and is absorbed really quickly. It can be used alone, or alongside your daily moisturiser. Alone, it makes an amazing base for foundation and acts as an amazing primer for a flawless finish. I did still get oily throughout the day, but I don't think it was half as bad as what it was before I started using the Effaclar Duo+. It also has a gorgeous rosey scent that disappears quite quickly, which I'm a little sad about because I really love it!
I've loved using this product, and I'll definitely continue to buy it. As with everything that helps with acne and scarring, I'd love to have a body product that can help me with my back problems. I could one hundred percent use this on my back, but because it's a large area and a small tube, I'd be stocking up probably weekly! Escentual have an offer on all this month across their French Pharmacy which means there's an amazing third off La-Roche Posay. Effaclar Duo+ costs you just £10.33 instead of the usual £15.50, and I promise you that if you suffer with your skin, this is one hundred percent worth it even without the discount!
Have you tried any of the Effaclar Duo range? Will you be picking this up?
*Effaclar Duo+ was sent to me for review.