There are some products that have been doing the rounds since well before I started blogging, and the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo is definitely one of those. To be honest, I wasn't even sure what this was, but in desperation when my skin was bad, I reached out for this when I saw it in Boots when we were in London. I opted for the Anti-Blemish cream, given that I have an abundance of targeted spot treatments already that seem to be doing little to nothing - and it wasn't cheap, so I've been trying it out to see whether it really is the miracle product that Youtubers everywhere have been billing it as.
To be honest; my main issue with this product was that I just wasn't sure what I was buying - but it turned out that this is a type of moisturiser to put on my entire face as opposed to just affected areas; and it works as a moisturiser within it's own rights. That's good for a lazy girl like me, because if it takes an extra step in my skincare regime, you'll be sure that I'm eventually going to give it up because I can't be bothered taking that much out of my Netflix watching schedule. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this one - but I put it into my skincare rotation and decided to just see how it goes.
It did go better than expected though, in all honesty - if at first it was a little putting like sunscreen on, which it was, it was soon forgiven due to the fact that my skin cleared up at an incredible rate. Now, don't get me wrong, this isn't going to clear up those spots overnight and leave nothing; but this does seem to help make them smaller, less red and take the swelling out of them, without drying them out like typical spot treatments that work in a similar way. This isn't cheap, it'll set you back around £15 per tube, but in the grand scheme of things you're saving money on both your moisturiser and a topical spot treatment, and so it probably all works out in the long run.
I'm not really that keen on repurchasing skincare - in the same way that I hoard makeup, once I've tried something I tend to sort of throw it aside and move on; however, it's not often that I actually see results with something in the way that I saw something with this (also, it smells amazing - like lemons instead of gross tea tree like most spot treatments) and so I'd imagine that I'm going to be constantly buying this so I'm not longer at a loss when a spot pops up.
If you have any similar products that you'd recommend, or if you have any recommendations for further La Roche Posay products, don't forget to let me know in the comments!