Update & Review: La Roche Posay Effaclar K

Effaclar K is 1.5% salicylic acid, 0.3% micro-exfoliating LHA, and 0.05% Retinyl Linoleate.

The box claims that this product is “an efficient solution to address the issue of oily and acne-prone skin” with “clogged pores, blackheads, and rough, uneven texture.” Effaclar K is formulated with a combination of LHA and Retinyl Linoleate, “a powerful retinol derivative” and helps to “prevent reappearance of skin imperfections.” The clear-ish gel formula dries quickly and is lightweight. I wear this at night, but this it totally suitable for daytime under makeup as well.

Because this product promotes “cell turnover” and “cell renewal,” it exfolites and sloughs off dead/damaged skin cells faster than the body can on its own. In doing so, the acne medication portion of this product is able to penetrate faster and deeper, delivering the goods to the core of your pimplistic problem. In many cases, if you attack the problem early on – a pimple won’t even actually surface fully. The results are quite amazing.

For minor issues (meaning – 1-3 red bumps), I can see results over night; and, if something doesn’t go away over night, then it’s significantly better the next day and disguisable with makeup. For more intense issues (meaning – hard, sore and raised bumps on the skin), there’s no such thing as an over night miralce. However, the results are promising and within a day or two, the SIZE of the monster is significantly dimished (which is better than nothing). And, a reduced pimple is better than a growing one.

1.5% salicylic acid: treats acne and allows the skin to heal;
0.3% micro-exfoliating LHA: micro-exfoliates the skin and stimulates cell renewal to “transform and smooth skin texture”;
0.05% Retinyl Linoleate: improves cell turnover and helps perfect the skin

My only complaint about this product is its scent. It smells strongly like cleaning solution or…like, toilet bowl cleaner?? Lol. The scent dissipates after some time but it does linger a bit. Since the product works, I don’t mind the scent; any thing for clear skin!

Try looking for this on Amazon. I’ve seen it at a few CVS locations, but most of the time, it’s hard to find. One tube is 30 ml and is made in France. Check the bottom of the box for its expiration date to check for the product’s freshness; my new tube will last until 2014.

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

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