I Believe in Miracles (possibly) - La Roche-Posay Effaclar

A harsh lesson has been learnt. I shall not use electrical devices on my face without reading the instructions first, ever again.

For the past three weeks, the skin on my lower cheeks and jawline has been red, raw, sore and flaky. Nice eh? Luckily I can pinpoint exactly what has caused my latest reaction - a misguided playaround with the No! No! 8800 hair removal device (more on that later), caused through no fault other than my own!

What possessed me to run it over my skin whilst wearing a full face of make up, I don't know. I'm not usually so careless, or lacking in common sense. It would be easy to blame Mouldyfruit who bugged me day and night, for the best part of an entire week, demanding feedback on the tool, which has been in my possession since February but alas, she didn't run steam roll it over my face - I did!

Anyway, my skin has stressing me out for most of 2011, and hasn't caused me this amount of grief in a very long time. The idea of walking around with a paper bag over my head was quite appealing last weekend, it was that bad. At my wit's end, it was recommended that I try La Roche-Posay's Effaclar.

I saw a slight glimmer of hope after reading that La Roche-Posay is dermatologists brand of choice, and has been recommended by 25,000 dermatologists worldwide.

Effaclar comes in a slim 40ml tube, ideally designed to minimise any possible bacterial contamination and to make it last I've only been applying it to the affected areas. It has a lotion/serum like consistency and its aim is to gradually exfoliate the skin's texture to reduce pores and regain a smooth and clear complexion.

Given the fact I've only been using it for four days, my squeals of excitement may be a little premature but nothing else has managed to calm my skin down and make the pink angry bumps and blotches on my cheeks reside, so for that alone I'm immensely grateful to what I view as a small miracle in a tube!

My whiteheads have dried up practically overnight and this is great for oily skins as it leaves no greasy residue. I'm also happy to report that as yet, it hasn't had a drying effect on my skin either.


I'll continue to use just this on the lower half of my face, skipping serum and applying Alpha-H's Soothing and Calming Mask 2-3 times a week to soothe further. My only gripe so far is that it has a tendency to 'roll up' under my foundation so I have to be careful, which is another reason why I only apply it where needed and use a thin layer. When using it in the evening or if I'm staying at home, then I don't hesitate to apply a little more.

I'm no expert when it comes to talking about ingredients and what's good for what - I just slap stuff I like the look of onto my face and hope for the best! Trial and error baby, that's how I roll! I'm not a dermatologist, but for those who are curious, view the ingredients list below:

Water, DI-C12-13 alkyl malate, cyclohexasiloxane, propylene glycol, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, PEG-100 stearate, glyceryl stearate, cetyl alcohol, PEG-4 dilaurate, PEG-4 laurate, zinc PCA, sodium hydroxide, capryloyl salicylic acid, xanthan gum, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, iodoproponyl butylcarbamate, PEG-4, fragrance.

My first impressions of Effaclar have been so positive that I've taken to writing about it almost immediately, which is incredibly rare for me. If my skin improves further then I'll no doubt be tempted to try other products in the Effaclar skincare range later down the line.

Here's hoping I don't report back next week with welts all over my face!

How much is it? £13 (40ml)
Where can I buy it? Boots, Escentual (who sell a bargainous £10 skincare sample set)

*PR sample

5 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

Jamilla Camel said...

LaRoche Posay is my go to brand when I have irritated skin! The PO Zinc cream is great too!

VexintheCity said...

@Jamilla Camel - Oh that's good to hear!

Cheated Hearts said...

Great review, might try this out x

lunamac said...

I will try this for sure as my skin sometimes flares up. Love French products too !

Off topic but had to mention that IMATS 2012 London is double the price of this year's show??
I paid £20 for a one day pass.
This year a one day pass is £40 !!
Are you going in Feb?

VexintheCity said...

@Cheated Hearts - Cheers love!

@lunamac - Hope you like it if you do. Re: IMATS - really?!! Oh wow! I've been lucky enough to receive passes for the past two years, but there's no way I'd fork out £40 for a day pass!


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