They say:

Based on a unique partnership with dermatologists worldwide and through extensive research, La Roche-Posay introduces new Effaclar Duo[+] anti-blemish cream, specifically formulated to target the key signs of oily, blemish-prone skin.

Proven efficacy on:

  • Clinically proven to correct the appearance of blemishes
  • Unclogs blocked pores
  • Helps to refine skin texture
  • Controls the appearance of shine
  • New – Fights against the appearance of marks.

Unique formulation including new active ingredient ProceradTM [a patented Ceramide]

Niacinamide – LHA- Piroctone Olamine- Linoleic Acid- Zinc PCA
New fresh, gel-cream texture
No parabens.
Suitable for sensitive skin.
Also suitable for acne-prone skin.
Tested under dermatalogical control.
Formulated with soothing and softening La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water.
How to use:

Apply to the entire face morning and evening, after cleansing with Effaclar Purifying Foaming Cleanser. Apply before make-up. Can be used alone or with a moisturiser.


Aqua / Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Isocetyl Stearate, Niacinamide, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Silica, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide / Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Zinc Pca, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Isohexadecane, Sodium Hydroxide, Myristyl Myristate, 2-Oleamido-1,3-Octadecanediol, Nylon-12, Poloxamer 338, Linoleic Acid, Disodium Edta, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 80, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Salicylic Acid, Piroctone Olamine, *Parfum*

I made a bit of a boo-boo when trying out La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo [+] Anti-Blemish Cream. At the time of testing, I was having what’s known as a ‘Rosacea Flare-Up’ (which I’ll be writing a post about shortly). Over Christmas, I had been housesitting, and had made the rookie mistake (I really should have known better) of washing my face flannels in the homeowners biological, (nooooooooooooo), washing powder. Within a day or two, my face was red and sore and stingy and spotty (at least I matched the traditional Noël themed decorations…) and I was left desperately trying to calm it down. At that point I thought, aha, this would be the perfect opportunity to smother my face in the extremely popular Effaclar Duo to try and get rid of these pesky pimples while also reviewing the product at the same time. Stupidly, I failed to do what I advise all other rosacea sufferers to do: READ THE INGREDIENTS LIST!!! As I’ve mentioned before, sometimes I can handle a little fragrance in my skincare, especially when it’s the last ingredient on the list (see above) and my skin’s in good working order. But, not not not, when it’s suffering the effects of a reactive meltdown.

But I didn’t heed caution and read the list, I blithely applied this to my poor face every night, diligently, for a month, all the while wondering why my fare-up wasn’t flareing-down. Really, I should have been a tad suspicious when noticing, each time I used it, that Effaclar Duo (to me anyway) smells like lemon washing-up liquid and therefore probably had some sort of fragrance in it. And I know this is not a product designed specifically for rosacea sufferers, however, it does claim to be suitable for sensitive skin.

So my face stayed red and sore and became dryer and dryer (due to the salicylic acid, I guess) and my spots weren’t healing in any way. Because the spots were a reaction to the earlier washing powder debacle, and were not normal spotty spots that the Effaclar Duo is meant for. Duh!

The difficult thing is knowing whether or not this product would have worked for me under normal (I use the term loosely) circumstances or if  the Effaclar Duo is best kept out of my arsenal of skincare. I’m loathed, now that my skin is beginning to settle down and recover, to give it another try. First, because obviously the same thing might happen and secondly because I tend not to get blemishes anymore; I think because I’m really careful in avoiding things that tend to bring my acne back. Having said that, I do suffer from blocked pores and post breakout red/brown marks which this also allegedly treats, so maybe I’ll come back to it at some point; give it another go.

Look, as far as I can tell, this is a really popular and successful treatment for tackling certain minor skin complaints and I’m not going to burst anyone’s Effaclar Duo bubble. On the other hand, I’m not going to pretend that a product has worked for me when it hasn’t. That would be tantamount to lying, which I’m not prepared to do. Especially when it could cause discomfort, embarrassment and even pain. All I’m saying is, be careful, if you have rosacea or sensitive skin. Sometimes I see other bloggers or YouTubers using products I long to try. Products that promise perfect skin and eternal youth (I’m a sucker for a bit of clever advertising); products which get rave reviews and sell out in a matter of hours. But, I know I can’t use some of the best loved creams and lotions that the majority of the general public can, that’s just the way it is. It’s rubbish, but I’m stuck with this stupid skin condition and I have to manage it the best way I know how. There are definitely worse things in life…

Have any fellow rosacea sufferers tried Effaclar Duo? Or non-rosacea sufferers? Do let me know your experiences in the comments section below. It’s really helpful to find what works or doesn’t work for other people!

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  1. Paul
    26th July 2017 / 12:49 am

    It has intensified my cheek rosacea (I hope it goes away!). My it’s been amazing for the rest of my face.

    • 27th July 2017 / 11:18 pm

      Ah, that’s interesting. I just use it on random spots now, rather than slathering it over my whole face – seems to work better that way.

  2. 13th January 2018 / 12:57 am

    I love how you say your stuck with this stupid skin condition and its rubbish!! SO TRUE!! Well said.

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