The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Edit – Problematic Skin

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I first featured La Roche-Posay on the blog back in 2015 when I was suffering with extremely Sensitive skin due to medication. I discovered it in Boots and have not looked back since. They do a great selection of ranges dependent on your skincares needs. Today I wanted to put together The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Edit containing products which concentrate on treating sensitive, oil, acne prone skin.

la roche posay effaclar range

A better life for sensitive skin “We have over 30 years’ of research experience in sensitive skin and work with dermatologists all over the world to create high tolerance and efficacious skincare. Whether you have very reactive and allergic skin, or are prone to acne, eczema and rosacea, La Roche-Posay is suitable for everyone in the family.”

La Roche Posay is just such an incredible brand. If you are around my age, whenever we had skincare issues all that was really available was clearasil (which was super harsh and drying on the skin) and apricot kernel type scrubs that did more harm than good. Thank goodness we are all so much more knowledgable about skincare!

la roche posay effaclar range

La Roche-Posay products are 100% allergen tested,  recommend by dermatologists’ and doctors, loved by skincare professionals worldwide and are such a trustworthy brand. Their formulas are gentle but yet super effective and can be used by even the most sensitive of skins. I wanted to put this edit together for anyone struggling to find products that work on blemishes and Acne prone skin.

Whether you have super sensitive skin, oily prone or mature skin, this brand has a range and product to help, plus with clear and consicise packaging with use by dates clearly printed, this is a brand you will fall immediatley in love with.

Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel for oily sensitive skin

la roche posay effaclar

I first featured this fresh gel cleanser on my blog in 2019, under my mature skin series of cleansers, however this is suitable for all types of oily skin. Lots of products created for Mature skin can sometimes be too hydrating or rich and whilst this product is not Mature Skin specific, Effaclar  works wonderfully on a Mature, yet oily prone skin. Enriched with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water and dermatologically tested this is a super affordable cleanser that works wonders on skin that is prone to oil, blackheads and blemishes, and is a cleanser that is great for teenagers experiencing that oily t-zone.

la roche posay effaclar cleanser

When massaged onto damp skin Effaclar has a light, creamy foam, that is not at all stripping but cleanses deep down. When using on a mature skin to address breakouts and oil, it leaves the skin feeling refreshed and balanced and still hydrated, when using on a younger skin it leaves the skin feeling thoroughly clean and fresh. My eldest son uses this daily in the shower and loves it.

Who is it for: For oily sensitive skin including mature skin with breakouts and blemishes Available HERE

 Effaclar Micellar Water Ultra

effaclar micellar water

Perfect as a morning cleanse or as a refresher throughout the day this micellar cleanses an oily skin quickly. If you have that oily t zone/combo skin this will work just as well all over the face without drying out those less sebacious areas. What i love about this Micellar is that it is super effective at lifting away make up, dirt, SPF and sweat without messing with the gentle PH of the skin. This mild, hypo-allergenic formula leaves the skin looking and feeling clean and super fresh and thanks to the inclusion of the famous La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water, skin immediatly feels soft and restored with excess sebum under control.

Who is it for : For oily blemish prone skin. Available HERE

Effaclar Micro-Peeling Purifying Gel for face and Body

effaclar micro peeling gel

This fresh, foaming gel wash is perfect for anyone that struggles with blemishes, clogged pores and excess sebum anywhere on the face and body. Whether that be blackheads around the nose, acne or hormonal breakouts along the jawline, spots and blemishes on the back or chest, this fresh cleanser can gently tackle the issue. Containing Salicylic Acid and Lipo Hydroxy Acid, this super gently buffs and exfoliates the skin, getting deep down into the pores, unclogging imperfections and purifying the area. Containing no alcohol, this product leaves the skin feeling smooth and hydrated.

98% of consumers said the number of imperfections appear reduced**
Imperfections appear reduced by up to 51%*, including marks by up to 57%*

Who is it for : Anyone with acneic skin, or skin prone to breakouts and impurities. Available HERE

Effaclar Clarifying Lotion

effaclar lotion

This is such an interesting product because on the bottle it is described as a Astringent Lotion, which can kinda make you panic a little in-case it dries out the skin. This is actually to be used as your toning lotion as it is a micro-exfoliant anti-blackhead lotion. Containing Lipo Hydroxy Acid which gently sloughs away those dead skin cells, this works deep into the pores, to clean out black heads, white heads and excess oil whilst gently regulating the production of excess sebum. It feels soft and cooling on the skin and does not leave the skin tight at all as it is created with sensitive skin in mind, tested by dermatologist and contains minimal ingredients. If clearer, smoother skin is something you struggle to get on blemish prone skin, this could be amazing for you.

Who is it for : Anyone that struggles with blackhead and excess sebum. Available HERE

Effaclar Duo [+]

effaclar duo

Created especially for anyone that struggles with oily and blemish prone skin, whether an adult or teenager, Effaclar Duo light gel moisturiser hydrates the skin whilst treating it too. It states that within four weeks of using this lightly tinted gel, red marks left behind by blemishes are reduced, the skin begins to look clearer and more hydrated, with oil under control. This multipurpose skincare/lightweight coverage product is enriched with Niacinamide which sooths and calms the skin whilst hydrating and LHA which gently exfoliates and treats the skin. Loved by so many people, this really is a wonder product for anyone with blemish prone skin. Suitable for young teenage and sensitive skin ( that don’t want to clog up their skin with heavy concealers) up to those more mature skin type it feels lovely and comforting and cooling on the skin whilst adding a light make up like coverage.  Sadly though, it is only available in Light or Medium shades…..

Who is it for : Anyone that finds their skin marks easily after a blemish, acne prone skin, anyone that wants a lightweight gel moisturiser with some light colour coverage. Available HERE

Effaclar H Multi-Compensating Soothing Moisturiser

effaclar h


Relatively new to the range, Multi-Compensating soothing moisturiser is incredible at gently hydrating a weak or fragile skin. If you have perhaps used some acne treatments that have dried out the skin, this might be incredible for you. If you have tried some over the counter spot treatments, that may have contained alcohol and dried out the skin, this would also be a great moisturiser for you. Containing Ceramide 5 this non-comedogenic moisturiser feels so super silky soft on application that it is a joy to use. I love this when my dehydrated skin suffers with dryness and it feels  absolutely amazing. This was also a miracle product to me after an allergic reaction that dried my skin out and made it feel so tight and sore, it was cooling, soothing and effortlessley hydrating. I have also been using it on the backs of my hands after the amount of extra handwashing we have been doing throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Who is it for : Anyone stuggling with super dry, compromised skin Available HERE

Effaclar Mat Sebo-Controlling Anti shine moisturiser

effaclar mat

At first squeeze of the product onto the skin, Effalcar mat anti-shine gel moistuirser feels quite thick and silicone-y, however it immediately melts into the skin leaving it incredibly cool and refreshed. Specially formulated to control excess shine, this matte moisturiser has up to 8 hours of continuous hydration protection. Containing absorbant micro-powder, this moisturiser is able to “blot” away excess sebum and control shine, whilst feeling cooling and efforlessy hydrating on the skin. This sits well on the t-zone and works lovely under make up. A beautiful product to cool, calm and control the skin even in warm weather.

Who is this for : Perfect for a skin that needs mattifying Available HERE

“We work to keep our formulas as simple as possible, in order to be kind to sensitive skin. Where we can, formulas are free from parabens, fragrance, and soap. In addition, all La Roche-Posay products are formulated with La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water at their heart. This naturally mineral-rich water is sourced from a 1,700 year-old spring at the heart of a Medieval French village, and valued for its high natural selenium content, a powerful healing antioxidant with neutral PH levels.”

I really hope this edit has helped you find a new skincare product. I have been using this brand on my children and myself for many, many years, from baby-care to suncare and retinol this brand has every skincare type and concern covered.

I would love to hear from you if you already use this brand or are going to try something from the products listed above.

Do leave me a comment below

Thanks for reading, love, Sharon xx



  1. Connie Hall
    June 22, 2020 / 3:36 pm

    I have used La Roche previously and was pleased with both effects and price. Might give these a go too

    • backtoyoubeauty
      June 23, 2020 / 2:07 pm

      its such a great brand, gentle to use, feels fresh and does exactly what it promises x

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