I'm here to bring you some rather exciting breaking skincare news today beauty seekers!! Last week I spent an evening at IceTank Studios with the lovely ladies from La Roche-Posay to find out a bit about their latest project. You may already be familiar with their Effaclar Duo, launched in 2009 to treat oily, blemish prone skin. What you may not be aware of is that they've given it a 2014 makeover. This is Effaclar Duo with a PLUS!
The original Effaclar Duo was designed as a daily treatment to target blemishes, blocked pores and even acne. What's new about Effaclar Duo(+) is the addition of Procerad. Acne and blemishes can leave your skin marked for life. On fairer skins this may appear as red blotchiness and on darker skins, which are more predisposed to hyperpigmentation, it manifests as brown marks. This new Procerad formula has been tested on over 7,500 subjects of all skin tones. I'm familiar with this myself. I have combination skin and, although I'm not prone to breakouts, when I get a blemish it's usually a MONSTER and always leaves it's mark. My main skin bugbear, however, is blocked pores which sometimes descend into full-blown blackheads (not a good look).
So what does it do??
From 24hrs: Imperfections are less visibly red
From 8 Days: Severe imperfections have disappeared
From 4 Weeks: Pores are unclogged, skin texture is refined and oily areas appear regulated.
This product is not designed just as a quick fix, but one to be used daily and over time. I couldn't give you a full review so soon even if I wanted to. Those with problem skin could probably testify better as to it's immediate effects on blemishes. I've been using this in the morning under my moisturiser and BOY does it mattify! Not just that but it keeps my shiny T-Zone at bay for most of the day. A dream come true under makeup. I'm also impressed with how smooth my skin feels when I've used this product (Effaclar Duo+ also offers 24hr hydration). The formula is not sticky, absorbs really quickly and feels really soothing on the skin. I'm really looking forward to seeing what the more long term effects will be. I have high hopes for my pores and I'll definitely be keeping you posted!
Effaclar Duo(+) - £15.50 for 40ml
Do you suffer from problem skin?? Did you love the original Effaclar Duo?? What are your La Roche-Posay product recommendations??