La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo +, £15.50, Escentual*
If you've read your way around some beauty blogs, you'll likely have heard of La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo. Hailed by plenty of top bloggers as a wonder product for imperfection-prone skin, the cult buy had been on my 'to get my hands on' list for absolutely ages. Effaclar Duo + is the new and improved version of the classic formula - rather than just fighting spots, it also reduces redness and scarring from previous imperfections. I actually got my mitts on this a while ago, but really wanted to trial it properly before giving my thoughts, and now I've been using it for three weeks consistently, I feel it's about time that I can really comment on its effectiveness.
Before using Effaclar Duo +, since a while before Christmas, my skin was in a bit of a state (read: a lot of a state). Particularly around my chin, which had seemed to revert to that of a moody teenager with fresh spots popping up every few days and refusing to budge, then leaving unsightly scars and redness that knocked my self-confidence quite a bit. Since I started slapping this on my face morning and night, I haven't had one new spot pop up - even at 'that time of the month' when breakouts are extra common with a lot of us. Although there is still some scarring left, they've faded dramatically and are invisible under foundation, and I'm hoping as I continue to use the product, it'll fade even more.
Initially, I started using it all over my face, although now I've mostly been focusing on problem areas and using a normal moisturiser for the rest. The product can be used with or without moisturiser over the top, and I found when I was using it no extra moisturiser was needed, as it actually made my skin really soft and supple, plus it calmed down general redness really well. Although it's pricier than some spot treatments, I've probably only used half the tube in three weeks, and that includes a fair few full face applications.
To be honest, I was absolutely at my wits end with my skin before I started using this, and now I genuinely feel happier and more confident - and kicking myself that I didn't pick up some Effaclar Duo sooner. In fact, I'm going to jump out there and make quite a bold claim - I think out of all the products I've tried, ever, this has to be the most transformative and hard-working. It's one I'm definitely going to repurchase, as now I've used it, I can't ever imagine not having it to hand. For me, it's an absolute skincare game changer.
Have you tried Effaclar Duo/Duo +? What are your top tips for fighting blemishes?