La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Review


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Skincare is one of my favourite things to try out. If something works, you can see it changing your skin. Today I want to talk about the Effclar Duo from La Roche Posay. This is one of those products that I kept hearing people chat about but wasn’t sure exactly what it was for. Is it a serum or a moisturiser? Skincare or spot treatment?

I actually bought this for my boyfriend originally. Like many men, he keeps his skincare routine to the bare minimum. By that, I mean he uses a face wash and that’s it! I also wanted a reason to buy the Effaclar Duo really.

What is Effaclar Duo for?

I think of this as the treatment step in a skincare routine. Apply it on top or serum or onto bare skin, the Effaclar Duo claims to minimize imperfections, clear blocked pores and to clear your skin. For anyone with troublesome skin, this probably seems like a bold claim. A lot of products to shout about their skin-clearing products but here is the bonus…this one works.


Within two weeks of using this twice daily, my boyfriend’s skin was looking so much clearer. A noticeable difference too, people commented on it! Of course, the logic that you need to use it longer-term to see results didn’t quite stick with him, and it ended up back in my skincare collection. But it did work!

So I adopted it, to see what it could do for my skin. I usually apply this onto bare skin, as the first step in my routine. This way, it feels like it is working deeper into your pores. I’m not entirely sure the science behind it to be honest! But that’s the magic of these products, those clever dermatologists have developed these products so we don’t have to worry about the science behind it!

It feels like a silky serum as you apply it, but it very soon dries away to nothing. The formula doesn’t change my skin at all – it doesn’t feel greasy or dry. I then follow with the rest of my skincare. I tend to use it about twice a week, focussing mainly on my problem areas – my nose and chin.

It really does seem to help with clogged pores! My skin looks clearer and CLEANER, more smooth and fresh. I don’t get angry red spots very often, but next time I have a breakout, I know this will be the first product I reach for.



  1. September 13, 2017 / 10:12 am

    I’m so mad that this one didn’t work for me, it seems like I’m the only person that didn’t get any result from Effaclar. xx

    • marblebeauty
      September 13, 2017 / 5:16 pm

      Ah what a shame! I admit I even felt skeptics when I first saw it but it really did make a difference xx

    • marblebeauty
      September 13, 2017 / 5:16 pm

      Definitely worth a try! X

    • marblebeauty
      September 13, 2017 / 5:16 pm

      This was the first product of theirs I’d tried! X

  2. September 16, 2017 / 1:17 am

    This sounds good! My boyfriend’s been breaking out recently and he’s been asking me for some recommendations, but since I don’t break out much, I have no idea what to suggest. Will tell him to give this one a look.

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • marblebeauty
      September 16, 2017 / 4:11 pm

      I was the same – just went for one that seemed pretty simple and had lots of good reviews! Turned out to be great, hope he gets on with it ok X

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