La Roche-Posay is a brand I generally associate with French pharmacies, and whilst I always spend an age pouring over the selection every time I go to Paris, they're not a brand I've ever had much experience with; naturally, I saw the stand popping up in my local Boots as a sign, and splurged on 'Effaclar Duo' almost immediately.
Effaclar Due is a light, gel to serum formula, designed for smoothing over your face twice daily, under moisturiser, or as a primer for make up, to unclog and purify pores, whilst reducing imperfections.
As La Roche-Posay is a brand which targets those of us with sensitive skin, I set my usual concerns about purifying treatments aside whilst testing it out, and, unfortunately, didn't receive the best results; although it did significantly reduce the look of imperfections, it also seriously dried my skin out, leaving me a bit sore and red after just under a week's use.
Being my usual stubborn self, however, I was desperate to get some use out of Effaclar Duo, and have since been using it as a sort of treatment gel; that is, placing it on selective areas which are a little red or inflamed just before bed, and honestly, it's working wonders for my skin. Whilst my complexion's still not as flawless as I'd like, using Effaclar Duo on any nasty inflamed areas before bed leaves them significantly reduced by the morning, and being so selective in where I use it means my skin never has a chance to dry out.
Would I recommend it? Yes, definitely! If you have sensitive skin, I'd suggest using it once a day, at first, just to see how your skin reacts. If it dries you out, try using it as a selective treatment, it really does work wonders.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo retails for £13 and can be found at some larger Boots stores, or Boots online, here.