This product works. It's definitely my holy grail acne/renewal night cream! I have very oily, acne prone skin, which is also pale and delicate: which means every acne mark and scar lasts forever, every pimple gets infected at the speed of light and generally my skin is super picky. I tried this out and found that already after a week the red marks had faded, my skin looked clearer and the texture was improved. It doesn't sting, I only need a small amount, so the product lasts around six months for me. I don't think this would be enough for serious cystic acne, but for cloggish and oily skin this is perfect.The packaging could be better, as it is a squeezy alluminium tube with needs to be handled with care, but overall this product is absolutely worth the 16 euros I pay here in Italy As always, YMMV, but if you have oily and problematic skin give it a try.
I love this product more than the Effaclar DUO. I am particularly sensitive to benzoyl peroxide therefore I prefer to use this on a daily basis.
I find that using this everyday will typically prevent any breakouts, make my pores smaller, and make my skin smoother looking. I might note that my skin isn't very problematic to begin with.
This product however is not strong enough to combat an active breakout. For an active breakout I reach for the Effaclar DUO and usually use that 1-2 nights only before switching back to the Effaclar K.
The reason I'm giving this 4 stars only is because of the chemical smell it has. It's quite strong and doesn't dissipate as quickly as I would like. I've used it for quite some time and I still have to breath through my mouth when applying this.
I have the US/UK formula btw, I think the version sold in Asian has different ingredients.
Costly (though a little goes a long way so you can certainly make one tube last for a while), and the packaging leaves something to be desired (can't squeeze all out; tube can crack at corners where squeezed thin-- though this can be useful to get some of the remaining lotion out like a tube of really expensive toothpaste, lol), but it's effective as it promises as long as you're not interpreting those promises to result in a miraculous change to your appearance.
I find it *does* reduce grease and the appearance of blemishes (both existing and developing ones), and I was surprised by the noticeable difference at first, but Effaclar K has definitely got its limits!
I have a few weeks using Effaclar K and Effaclar Duo in the morning and night, because I have an acne prone skin caused, partly for my combination skin. And I have to say that it really works for me. My skin feels more purified and even. I am glad with the results.
This is a very good product for my cystic-acne-prone skin. I usually have side effects with strong acne treatments, so I decided to buy this product (instead of effaclar-duo that has BP). Being a mild product, results may be slow, but effective. Eversince I started this, I had no more breakouts, so I will keep on using it.
I recommend the Effaclar duo above this if you want faster results. This is more like an oil-free moisturiser and the concentration of the ingredients is low so better for sensitive skins. It absorbs quickly and I use it as a serum when i'm breaking out, layers well. I would say the Effaclar Duo is much better and is stronger, fades marks quicker and is similar in physical texture. Packaging is great and price not too shabby.
I have a really oily T-zone (my nose and forehead) with enlarged pores on my nose. This product was moisturizing enough for my normal cheeks, and light enough for my problem areas. It claims to tighten and unclog pores and I did see a small difference in my pores after using this product, but nothing major. It also has a very "medical" smell, which I personally liked, and it does not leave a greasy feeling at all. It didn't really do anything in the terms of controlling oil, but it doesn't claim to do that anyway, so that I can't complain about - I just thought I would mention that.
I gave this 4 because I would have liked to see a bigger difference in my pores, but it is a nice product and it didn't break me out or anything. I think that the packaging could be better; if you accidentally squeeze the metal tube while it's closed, you can't really stop the flow of the product next time you open it, and you'll end up with way too much product. I'm not going to repurchase this again since oil is the major problem in my skin, but it is a nice product if you're not looking for oil control, but want a light moisturizer that will smooth out your skin and keep your break outs down.
WOW! I love this product. I have extremely dry and flaky, acne prone skin so I needed an acne treatment that wasn't going to be overly drying. I use this as a spot treatment on huge breakouts- certainly not on my entire face- and it clears them up in less than four days! I couldn't be more impressed. The downsides of this product are that the tube doesn't completely seal with the cap on for some reason so if the tube gets squeezed at all it can make quite a mess in the cap. As well it took me a few uses to get used to the strong fragrant smell so if you are scent sensitive, I wouldn't recommend this. Last point is to definitely make sure that you are using at least one good moisturizer with this. For me I wash my face, apply my night cream, then apply this to all my blemishes and follow up with a few sprays of thermal water for healthy, clear skin! I hope everyone else benefits from this as much as I did!
Wow. I bought this after glowing reviews on a youtube channel and wanted to try it under my makeup as a treatment to pep up my skin renewal.
the left side of my face from near my ear to near my chin started peeling/flaking after a couple days. I stopped using it, but the red splotches and dryness are still there A MONTH later. I don't even know what to use to get my skin back to where it was before I started this product. Maybe it's time to visit my dermatologist.
I have been using Retina micro for about a year now with ok results but nothing miraculously happening. And even that doesn't seem to be working where it used to work i.e., forehead cheeks and chin (I have not applied the retina micro where the redness/dryness currently are). It's strange because I have always had oily skin and now, for the time being I have dry skin and don't know how to deal with it.
I love this product! I've had relatively clear skin for most of my life, however I started breaking out badly in my early twenties (most likely hormonal acne). After trying various other brands to clear my skin I stumbled across Effaclar K. Over time it has dramatically improved the texture and tone of my skin without over drying. Like others who have reviewed, my skin did initially break out with this product - HOWEVER I would like to point out that this is not necessarily a negative. Any product that is effectively exfoliating and purifying skin may cause an initial break out (since it is drawing the blocked bacteria from the skin). Give this (and any product) at least three weeks to work its magic. Best results are often seen after three months. I would recommend it to anyone with imperfection prone skin, especially if it is hormonal acne.