Review: La Roche-Posay

Review: La Roche-Posay

 This post is going to be a review of the La Roche-Posay products I have tried, the Serozinc and Effaclar Duo (+).20171026_220836

Serozinc                                                                                             Cost – 150ml | £10 – Boots

What La Roche-Posay says: “Specifically designed to target key signs of oily, blemish-prone skin; skin looks and feels less shiny and greasy – skin looks mattified.”20171026_220929

I have been using this product since early 2015, and whilst my continual repurchases shows how I have really enjoyed the product, I am wanting to try out a different toner; I’m intrigued by Superdrug’s Natural Radiance Glycolic Toner which I’ve recently purchased but yet to try out, you can see the rest of that haul here. Back to La Roche; it is designed to target oily, blemish-prone skin and I do feel like it helps, it leaves my skin less shiny and greasy and helps maintain good, spot-free skin, although hormonal breakout still power through, but I haven’t found anything that can stop them completely, just help minimise. After washing my face I spray this on, with my eyes closed, leave it to soak in for a couple of minutes, and then pat off any excess with a cotton pad.

The only issue I have with this product is that as you get to the bottom of the can the spray is no longer a mist but sporadic droplets. Whilst mildly irritating, I do still get full use out of the product.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+

Anti-Blemish Cream                                                            Cost – 40ml | £15.50 – Boots

What La Roche-Posay says: A blemish treatment that corrects and hydrates skin for clearer skin in 4 weeks. Corrects and hydrates oily and acne-prone skin leaving noticeably reduces spots, controls shine and helps to reduce the appearance of pigmentation marks.”20171026_221001

I bought this quite a few months ago now, but had to wait to use it because of having had Dermaplaning. The benefits from the ingredients are:

  • Niacinamide: helps to noticeably reduce the appearance of spots.
  • Lipo Hydroxy Acid & Salicylic Acid: works to unclog blocked pores.
  • Zinc PCA: controls sebum to mattify skin and control shine.
  • Procerad: helps to minimise the appearance of pigmentation marks.
  • Glycerin: keeps skin hydrated through the day.

I wanted to give this product a good go, so I tested it everyday for 2 weeks. The product says:

  • After 24 hours: imperfections look visibly less red
  • After 8 days: localised imperfection appear significantly reduced,
  • And after 4 weeks: pores look unclogged, skin texture looks refined.

I took photos at each stage to see the progress, or track the lack of it..? I only used this for 2 weeks rather than 4, mostly because it was drying my skin out in areas, I wouldn’t really classify this as a moisturiser which is how they market it.


I can attest that my spots were significantly less red after just 24hrs, however it didn’t completely rid me of redness or marks. My opinion on this is that I believe it works well on hormonal breakouts – which is the main type of breakout I suffer with. The current spots you can see in the first pictures were still active, angry and had already been there for over a month.

My hormonal, chin spots do take forever to go, they are usually very big, deep and almost cystic-like and because of this they never really go, as the month continues past my period they will slowly begin to fade but then my next period will hit and they will simply regrow in size and aggression.

At the end of 2 week period there is definitely still something in there, but as of yet *fingers crossed* this current months period (which started a couple of days before the last photo) hasn’t developed the way they normally would.

As for other smaller, random spots, it hasn’t prevented them from popping up, it has possibly faded them a bit faster though. This is why I feel like this product is better for hormonal breakouts verse standard spots or acne.


You can also notice the evolution of my brows in these pictures – you can read my post about HD Brows here if you are interested.

Overall, I will continue to use this product, not daily, but leading up to my period and throughout it, and hopefully it will continue to keep my hormonal breakout somewhat calmer. As I am not going to be using this daily and I did only test it for 2 weeks I don’t feel like I can give you a 100% confirmed opinion – I am going to use it for the next few months and if I can conclude that it does stop my hormonal breakouts (not completely – I don’t believe any product could completely beat down and obliterate hormones) I will either update this post or mention it in my monthly memories.

I am excited to continue using it through the next few months though, hopefully this time-of-the-month-spot(age) wasn’t just a fluke.

Have you tried the Effaclar Duo and what was your opinion? Did it appear to work better on hormonal breakouts or standard spots for you?



    • Sarah
      July 2, 2018 / 1:55 am

      Thank you. I did enjoy using them, but I’m aiming to go cruelty free now so I’ve been searching for replacements. Still good products though 🙂 Thanks for commenting lovely 🙂

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