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La Roche-PosayEffaclar Duo

La Roche-Posay

Effaclar Duo

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La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo contains Micronized Benzoyl Peroxide (5.5%) to fight acne deep in the skin. Micro-Exfoliating LHA provides precise cell by cell exfoliation to clear away dulling cellular debris and oil. Non-drying, oil-free, fast absorbing texture. Use as a treatment for moderate acne. Visibly reduces all types of acne blemishes and penetrates deep into pores to clear even stubborn blackheads and whiteheads.

Use as a daily, acne treatment. Apply thin layer morning and/or evening 1-2 times daily to affected areas. Spread using only a thin layer on affected areas, approximately half-a-pea size amount. Keep out of reach of children. For further instructions, refer to the Drug Facts on the packaging.
Active: Benzoyl Peroxide 5.5% (Acne Medication).
Inactive: Water, Isostearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Silica, Carbomer, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Epilobium Angustioflium Flower/leaf/stem Extract.

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La Roche-PosayEffaclar Duo
 
4.3

(based on 100 reviews)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Effective (80)
  • Easy to use (68)
  • Minimizes pores (37)
  • Soothing (10)
  • Hydrates skin (9)

Cons

  • Dries out skin (34)
  • Irritates skin (18)
  • Bleaches fabric (16)
  • Doesn't work (9)

Best Uses

  • Adult acne (64)
  • Moderate acne (59)
  • Blackheads & whiteheads (40)
  • Inflammatory acne (35)
  • Severe acne (28)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (48), Budget shopper (35)

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1.0

Did nothing

By Cea2010

from North Carolina

Comments about La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo:

I was really hoping this would be the miracle worker everyone claims it is, but for me it wasn't. It literally didn't do anything. Didn't help with acne at all.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Irritates the skin & causes severe drying and itching

By Brittany

from Greensboro, NC

About Me Budget Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Dries Out Skin
    • Ineffective
    • Irritates Skin

    Best Uses

      Comments about La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo:

      I've always had issues with mild acne but over the past few weeks, I've really been struggling with a flare up. Before I would normally get a few zits on my chin or my forehead pretty regularly, but now for some reason, I've been breaking out in these big painful zits on my cheeks, along with breakouts on my forehead & chin. I got this product in a Cyber Monday sale, the reviews were great & I was desperate. I used it for 3 days & my skin completely freaked out. On the 4th day, the skin around my nose became extremely red & irritated, it felt like it was burning. Also, my skin is drier than the Sahara Desert. I know Benzol Peroxide can be drying but this is ridiculous. My skin has never been this dry in my life, it feels almost scaly, it itches, it's just a disaster. & it's had no effect on my acne at all. In fact, I've developed a new painful one on my chin. I have oily-combination skin, and I was really hoping this would work but it hasn't. Perhaps it would work more as a spot treatment instead of "applying a thin layer around the infected area" like it says to do on the product. So I might update but first, I need to get my skin back to normal.

       
      5.0

      Seriously A miracle for my face!!

      By sarah

      from US

      Comments about La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo:

      OH. MY. GOSH! This product is an absolute miracle worker! Like seriously, you have no idea! One week and the results are amazing! My acne is healing (even those pesky little bumps), my dark spots/scars fading, pores look smaller, and seriously my face is like completely retexturized! It feels softer than it has in soooo long! Seriously though, I started to get cystic acne in my late teens, and throughout my twenties just it kept getting worse and worse. I've tried everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, to clear my face with hardly any luck. The products would either either do nothing, or dry my face out like the Sahara, or both. ugh, right? So I bought this on a complete whim after using Mario badescu for a year or so, and there is no comparison. I would completely 100% recommend this product to anyone that is struggling with acne!

       
      5.0

      EXCELLENT!!!

      By JESS

      from FLORIDA

      About Me Brand Buyer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Works Effectively

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Adult Acne
        • Moderate Acne
        • Severe Acne

        Comments about La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo:

        I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing

        By Lauren

        from Uk

        About Me Budget Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Hydrates Skin
        • Minimizes Pores
        • Smells Great
        • Soothing
        • Works Effectively

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Adult Acne
          • Blackheads & Whiteheads

          Comments about La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo:

          I had a Breakout of adult acne a few months ago. This came out of the blue although I've always been prone to spots here and there. It got really bad to a point where I wouldn't want to even walk around the house without make-up on despite my husband's reassurance, which is not something i've been bothered about before. In desperation I searched for something which might get my skin back under control. I came across the reviews for La Roche posay and decided to give it a go. I was wary of allergic reaction like some reviewers so tried a little tester on my skin in boots prior to purchase. No issues for me and within a few days of using the moisturizer my skin was much better. A few weeks later I decided to buy all three products in the range which is more than I would usually spend but I loved the moisturizer so much I was willing to invest. Now my skin is probably the best it's ever been. I don't even need to wear foundation anymore. I haven't had a spot in ages and my skin feels clear and glowing. I would definitely recommend these products to anyone prone to spots.

           
          5.0

          faded my acne scars

          By eva

          from San Diego

          About Me Budget Buyer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Minimizes Pores
          • Works Effectively

          Cons

          • Bleaches Fabric
          • Dries Out Skin

          Best Uses

          • Adult Acne
          • Blackheads & Whiteheads
          • Inflammatory Acne
          • Moderate Acne

          Comments about La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo:

          I recently got off Accutane and was left with acne scars. I kept reading about this product and so I finally bought it and my skin has changed so much. It's faded a good amount of my scarring that I don't think I need to get any treatments anymore. My skin is smooth & even my red marks are fading. i've only been using this for about a week. Highly recommend this!!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This product did things that a prescription couldn't!

          By Flight attendant

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Budget Buyer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Works Effectively

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Adult Acne
            • Blackheads & Whiteheads
            • Inflammatory Acne

            Comments about La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo:

            First, I did not purchase this from Ulta. Second, I never write reviews, but I'm writing this in hopes someone with my same struggle sees this, and gives this product a try. As a teenager I had flawless skin, with a pimple here and there, but never anything that I couldn't manage. I'm a guy, so growing up I just used whatever my mom purchased for us. My skin was never sensitive, never had any issues with the skincare products that I used. It wasn't up until last year (I'm 25 now) that I started getting occasional breakouts around my chin. It progressively got worse, so I decided switching up my skincare products, but had no luck. Eventually I started taking antibiotics and using retin-a for several months (great for fine lines, but not for my acne), but once again, no luck. I have used everything from gentle cleansers, to cleansers with every form of acid you can use for acne. I've used every type of moisturizers and toners - all with no success. I cut out dairy and caffeine, drank all the water I could drink, ate all the vegetables I could eat - again, no change. I finally decided to just revert back to my old skincare routine that I used prior to my breakouts. While reading reviews for my old skincare products, I came across this brand, La Roche-Posay. I rolled my eyes at all the positive reviews. I've tried benzoyl peroxide before as a cleanser and as a topical treatment, but it made my skin crazy irritated. At this point, however, I figured what the heck, I have nothing to lose anymore. Picked this up at a drugstore and started using it twice a day. A week later and all I can say is wow, thank you, thank you, thank you! I have not had a single pimple on my chin for a week. I can't recall the last time my chin has been pimple-free. The ONLY thing about this product is that you will need a good moisturizer because it will dry out your skin a bit. I usually wash my face, wait 10 min, press jojoba oil into my skin, apply the effaclar, and then apply moisturizer.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Hello Smooth Skin!

            By HappyGlow

            from Kansas City, MO

            About Me Brand Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Minimizes Pores
            • Works Effectively

            Cons

            • Dries Out Skin

            Best Uses

            • Adult Acne
            • Moderate Acne

            Comments about La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo:

            I tried out the brand's 3 step acne kit but it severely dried out my skin. I exchanged it for this (which is actually just step 3) and my skin looks great! It cleared up the breakout on my forehead and cheeks and the enzyme exfoliant has eliminated all under the skin bumps (yay). I use the effaclar foaming gel followed by this and an oil free moisturizer. I'm so happy I found this!

             
            5.0

            I would but this again for the rest of my life!

            By Diana

            from Moreno Valley ca

            About Me Budget Buyer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Works Effectively

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Adult Acne
              • Blackheads & Whiteheads
              • Inflammatory Acne
              • Moderate Acne
              • Severe Acne
              • Teen Acne

              Comments about La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo:

              Before purchasing this product I was struggling with pretty bad acne. I decided I would finally invest in this and it work marvelously on my breakouts. I apply this directly on my acne at night before going to bed and by the morning I already saw improvements!

               
              5.0

              Works amazing!!

              By Jen

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Brand Buyer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Minimizes Pores
              • Works Effectively

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Adult Acne
                • Blackheads & Whiteheads
                • Inflammatory Acne
                • Moderate Acne

                Comments about La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo:

                I didn't buy this from Ulta, but I came here to read the reviews of this product before I bought it and had to spread the word! I've tried so many things to clear my skin (including drinking apple cider vinegar) and came across a sample of the effaclar duo I had laying around. I fell in love! It cleared up my cystic acne and makes my skin overall more even, and now I don't need to drink apple cider vinegar that used to clear my skin to a point. I have sensitive and somewhat dry skin (not bad in the summer) and had no problems with overdrying. Now I also use this with the face gel and clarifying solution by La Roche Posay and if my skin gets a little dry I use the toner only once a day. Hope this helps!

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                • Q:

                  Hello I having been using this product for a few weeks as instructed. I am using on my chin, my problem area. Is it typical that this makes you break out more before getting better? I have been waking up to a few whiteheads every morning. Sad face.
                  Asked on 12/30/2017 by Slololo from Central coast,ca

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    Hi there! We're sorry to hear about your experience using the Effaclar Duo and we'd like to speak with you to assist further. Can you please give us a call at 800.946.4459 M-F 9 am-5:30 pm, ET, and provide ref#3754572 when you call?

                    Answered on 1/2/2018 by Brand Expert from La Roche-Posay
                • Q:

                  Is this product tested on animals?
                  Asked on 12/25/2017 by MWright from undisclosed

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    Hey MWright! No, our Effaclar Duo is not tested on animals. La Roche-Posay, a brand of L'Oreal, does not test any of its products or ingredients on animals and has been at the forefront of alternative methods for over 30 yrs. For more information, please click here: http://bit.ly/1Npr1Dz. We hope this helps to clarify!

                    Answered on 12/27/2017 by Brand Expert from La Roche-Posay
                • Q:

                  I have stubborn blackheads on my nosend and nothing seems to work. Does this product really work on blackheads?
                  Asked on 12/15/2017 by Jomo from Houston tx

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    Hi Jomo! Absolutley! The Effaclar Duo Acne Treatment is formulated with micronized benzoyl peroxide (5.5%) to fight acne deep in the skin. Micro-exfoliating LHA provides precise cell by cell exfoliation to clear away dulling cellular debris and oil. Visibly reduces all types of acne blemishes and penetrates deep into pores to clear even stubborn blackheads and whiteheads. We recommend to apply thin layer morning and/or evening 1-2 times daily to affected areas, and for more severe acne use as a full face treatment. We hope this helps!

                    Answered on 12/15/2017 by Brand Expert from La Roche-Posay
                • Q:

                  should I use this before or after my moisturizer?
                  Asked on 8/27/2017 by shanna from US

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    Hi Shanna! We recommend after cleansing, apply a thin layer morning to affected areas. Once applied, you can follow with your favorite moisturizer.

                    Answered on 8/28/2017 by Brand Expert from La Roche-Posay
                • Q:

                  As far as steps in my skincare, Would i use this product before my moisturizer or after? i mostly just want to spot treat my acne that has recently started showing up and my friend recommended this for me.
                  Asked on 7/25/2017 by Marikurisu from Moreno Valley, CA

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    You would apply La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo after cleansing followed by a moisturizer.

                    Answered on 7/26/2017 by Brand Expert from La Roche-Posay
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