LRP Effaclar Duo is a "corrective and unclogging anti-imperfection care" and the newest addition to the brand's Effaclar range aimed at oily acne-prone skin. I picked it up back in February after my skin started acting really strange even for its standards and I desperately needed something to calm it down. It comes in a 40 ml tube and retails for about £12.00.
The product claims to be revolutionary in fighting acne and, as with all skincare of this type, to purify pores, reduce imperfections, clear and smooth the skin as well as help it regain its balance. It contains 4 active ingredients:
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3): has potent anti-inflammatory properties and regulates sebaceous lipid. It also has anti-aging effects and decreases hyperpigmentation. Pretty much a miracle worker, no?
Piroctone olamine: this compound is often used in anti-dandruff shampoos, but apart from that, is an anti-oxidant with antibacterial properties. It has a soothing effect on inflamed skin.
Linoleic acid (LHA): is a derivative of salicylic acid (BHA) which has been proven to be a gentler but as effective alternative to its cousin. They're both oil-soluble unlike AHAs and therefore more efficient in treating acne. It stimulates cell renewal for faster skin regeneration.
Salicylic acid (BHA): softens, loosens and sheds dead skin cells on the skin's surface and therefore helps to deal with acne and but also with aging skin (it's often used in chemical peels).
- gel-like consistency which absorbs fast into the skin. I used it mostly at night all over, but also on problem areas during the day: I applied the gel, waited for it to act, and applied moisturizer on top. Most people don't know that acid treatments are only effective for the first 20 minutes and can be followed with any other cream as needed. In fact, they should be followed with an SPF, as using acids can lead to hyperpigmentation marks.
- non-drying: it isn't really moisturizing, but it doesn't make your skin feel Sahara dry either as most acne treatments can
- handy and sanitary packaging
- in comparison to Effaclar K from the same range, I do feel this is more effective and gentler on my sensitive skin
- the tube will probably last me up to 10 months
- producer's selective information strategy: La Roche Posay drum their product as innovative for containing LHA, but in fact, there's more salicylic than linoleic acid in it, the fact which isn't mentioned anywhere in the product information. This is quite misleading to say the least.
- no revolutionary effects: no, ladies, this product did not save my skin. It works ok for controlling minor blemishes, but it won't make them or your blackheads disappear overnight. Also, it won't heal your cystic pimples, but will help in calming them down.
- scent: not unpleasant, but quite chemically citrusy
- quite contrary to what the producer claims, it doesn't mattify my skin at all
Will I repurchase? Maybe at some point in the future. It's an all right product but nothing miraculous; I do like however that it doesn't dry out my skin completely which is a rare quality in anti-acne skincare. If you have oily, acne-prone skin like me and you're looking for an everyday acid treatment, this does a very decent job.