Acne sufferers, rejoice! I've found a product that I think does an amazing job of kicking breakouts in the ass. If you're dealing with breakouts, excess oil, and clogged pores, La Roche-Posay has a product up its sleeve guaranteed to give you the results, and relief that you're looking for!
WHAT IT IS: La Roche-Posay, a French skincare company, has a line within their skincare range, that is dedicated to acne-prone skin, known as Effaclar. Many of the products in this line contain ingredients that treat a range of issues that affect people with acne. It's tested on acne-prone skin, which I'm sure helps them really cater this range for such a tricky skintype. The Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel is a paraben, soap, colorant, and alcohol-free gel cleanser that promises to purify the skin, balance it's pH, and control oil without drying the skin.
WHO IT'S FOR: This cleanser is for people with acne-prone, and oily skin. This may help people with dry to normal skin types fight occasional breakouts, but, this product may be too drying to use on those skintypes regularly. Oilier skintypes can use it daily (up to 2x/day).
WHAT DOES IT DO: The Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel is a clear foaming wash that gently cleanses the skin, with Zinc Pidolate to purifies the skin, and help control excess oil production.
PRICE: $23 at drugstores for 200 ml/6.76 FL OZ. (or $14.99 online)
If you have a minute, check out my quick review of the product!
THOUGHTS: I would highly recommend this product. Within the first several days, I noticed a significant difference in the appearance of my skin; existing breakouts started to heal more quickly, my skin was less oily throughout the day, and it definitely felt as though my pores were more clean, and minimized-looking. It's very gentle, but, it's very powerful. It pretty much deals with most breakouts easily, but, it really doesn't do much for preventing hormonal breakouts, which I deal with frequently, but, at least it's helping to minimize them more quickly. This product contains no micro-beads, or chemicals that exfoliate your skin, so if you do tend to get congested skin, definitely make sure to incorporate a separate exfoliant into your routine.
An interesting thing to note, is that on the bottle of the product, it tells you the pH level of the cleanser. Most skincare products we buy don't give us information about pH levels, not that we know to look for it, anyway. I was curious about why it mattered, or at least, how pH levels can affect the skin. An article on Women's Health explains, "The skin's barrier, which is known as the acid mantle, is responsible for keeping in lipids and moisture while blocking germs, pollution, toxins, and bacteria," explains Patricia Wexler, M.D., a New York City dermatologist. "To work its best, the acid mantle should be slightly acidic, at a 5.5 pH balance. When it's too alkaline, skin becomes dry and sensitive; you may even get eczema. You may also experience inflammation, which inhibits the skin's ability to ward off matrix metalloproteinases [MMPs], the enzymes that destroy collagen and cause wrinkles and sagging." Whether or not this information is solid, or just a bunch of hype, I can't say for sure, but, it does actually make sense, and there are many articles and studies online that you can read that further back up this claim. Personally, since using this product, my skin has been extremely calm, minus the hormonal breakout that occurred recently, my skin was actually clear of all breakouts for a little over seven days straight, which is unheard of for me.Even though I don't know the full science behind this cleanser, and how it's able to work so well, I know it worked, and I only needed a few days to see it. I'm always someone who is skeptical when it comes to skincare developed for acne or oily skin—a lot of times you go in very hopeful that things will work, and then, they don't. I didn't have high expectations for this (despite rave reviews online), so I am pleasantly surprised. This is a definite repurchase for me, as well as, I feel confident enough with this product to explore more products in the Effaclar line. I'm excited to see how this continues to improve my skin! I hope if any of you try this product based on my recommendation, that it can help you, as well!
Product was purchased with my own money, and opinions are my own.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel $14.99 online, or $23 in stores.