La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System: The Review

In the beginning of summer I purchased quite some skincare and La Roche-Posay Effaclar 3-Step Anti-Blemish System was one of the products that I showed in my Skincare haul post. I didn’t want to jump on the bandwagon and write a review just because it was “new” , I wanted to well and truly try this and see if it was good for my skin. To not only use it for a month, but to use it for a good two-three months for a true test. I have just hit over the three month usage mark and so here I am today.

The kit contains the purifying foaming gel cleanser, a clarifying toner and the effaclar duo. The cleanser and Effaclar Duo are a regular in the La Roche-Posay line up but the toner can only be purchased as part of the kit. It’s aimed at people who have an oily and blemish prone skin.


So what do La Roche-Posay promise?

Effaclar ‘3-Step’ Anti-Blemish System is a simple yet effective regime, designed to help you achieve clearer-looking skin. Gentle enough for use twice a day and also suitable for sensitive skin. This new regime inspired by dermatologists’ approach, adopts the simple skincare principle: 1) cleanse, 2) tone, 3) correct & hydrate, to deliver clinically proven results. Targets blemishes, visible pores, uneven skin texture, excess oil and marks. It claims to help reduce sebum levels, remove bacteria, matte the skin, reduce pore size whilst unclogging them and help to reduce the appearance of red and brown marks left from old blemishes.


The Cleanser

I am used to using cream or oil cleansers, so using a foam cleanser didn’t particularly feel as luxurious as what I am used to. In my haul I already told my worries on how foam cleansers can be quite drying on skin. It did however cleanse my skin well and removed all of my makeup. My skin felt instantly matte and I found if I didn’t follow with the next step in my skin care immediately then my skin felt very dry and uncomfortable. Tho it cleansed my skin super well, it was just too drying on my normal-to-combinational skin.


The Toner

The toner is a large 200ml bottle and is actually my favourite product out of the three. It doesn’t feel stripping or sting the skin. It leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth. And I really enjoy its scent! But besides all of that I didn’t see any difference in my skin by using it.


The Effaclar Duo

Effaclar Duo confused me in the beginning a bit. It says it’s a corrective, unclogging and anti marks treatment. But is it a moisturiser or a cream that you apply to affected areas? I personally used it all over my face and then applied my SPF on top of it. It feels lightweight, absorbed quickly and tingled a bit. It didn’t dry out my skin, but at the same time I didn’t notice any change in my skin.

Overall this kit wasn’t for me. I tested it out for over three months and I didn’t see any change. I couldn’t use the cleanser for the whole period as after 3 weeks my skin was bone dry. But the toner and Effaclar Duo remained in my skincare for the whole time and I don’t know what I did wrong, but they didn’t have any affect. I guess my acne was too severe for the product to tackle it…

For whom I’d recommend it? Well, mainly for youngsters who have a mild acne, or oily skin. If you have an advanced acne, then pass on this kit and just go what your dermatologist recommends.

Have you used La Roche-Posay? What did you think of their products?



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