Warm, humid weather means that the skin will likely be more oily and congested. While my skin can be relatively normal most of the year, the summer months can make my t-zone unbearable. Lately, I’ve had some issues with blocked and congested pores, blackheads, and general oiliness on my chin, nose, and forehead. Ulta has recently expanded their La Roche-Posay range and I noticed the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Clarifying Solution. I’m so happy with my purchase and I recommend it if you’ve been having symptoms like me.
This is a “gentle exfoliating acne toner that penetrates deep to unclog pores and smooth skin texture. Using an optimal combination of ingredients, the Clarifying Solution exfoliates without causing unnecessary irritation and drying, leaving skin soft and smooth.” This product is oil-free, non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, paraben-free, dermatologist tested, and suitable for sensitive skin.
A great way to try this product and the rest of the acne line, the Effaclar Dermatological Acne System can be a worthwhile investment for $29.99 USD. For me, I opted for the toner only since I already owned the Dual Action Acne Treatment separately. The toner smells very chemical-y, but it saturates a cotton pad well and applies soothingly onto the skin. For me, I’ve been concentrating the toner directly on my nose and chin area for the last two weeks. I have applied it every night along with the Dual Action Acne Treatment, and so far, I’ve seen great results. My pores are smoother and more clear, which has allowed it to look less congested and bumpy. The blackheads are diminishing slowly, but aren’t completely at bay. Small bumps I had on my chin are gone and have stayed away.
I’ve also been using this on my upper shoulder where I’ve noticed some unattractive “bacne.” The area has smoothed out greatly with minimal raised bumps. I’m left with some hyperpigmentation, but it certainly looks and feels better than before. I think in general it’s best to use the toner in conjunction with the Dual Action Acne Treatment, and results aren’t immediate but gradual. I’ve noticed great improvement in overall skin condition; and, I suspect after a few more weeks I’ll be happy with the results. I would recommend this toner and the Dual Action Acne Treatment; however, even the toner alone seems to do a great job as a preventative measure. The ingredients sound strong but are surprisingly gentle on the skin. I didn’t experience any redness, peeling, or burning when I applied this product.
Active: Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid. Inactive: Water, Alcohol Denat., Propanediol, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Capryloyl Glycine, Phenoyxethanol, Benzyl Alochol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Menthol, Tremella Fuciformis, Polysaccharide, Butylene Glycol, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract.
Retails for $15.00 USD.
Contains 3.4 fl. oz./100 mL