I have only used this product once, but I love it already! What I love the most about this toner is that it smells lovely, and the smell is pretty much gone upon application. I find this is important in skin products and a lot of scents are too strong for me and I therefore have trouble finding products that I can use... Secondly it feels sooo refreshing! Makes my skin feel so clean however be careful when applying around the eye area, I got to close to my eyes and it's a little sore but other than that a definitely a HG product. I would 100% repurchase, especially with that price tag!
it seems to me that people either love this product or hate it! I personally love it and it works wonders for me what is somewhat surprising since my skin is sahara dry and the main ingredients in this tonic is alcohol denat! I'm guessing many people struggle with it because of the infamous alcohol denat which is veeeeery obvious from the first moment you soak your cotton bud with the product. what I would advise is to apply it JUST to the places where you are most prone to breakout instead of applying it all over your face thus dehydrating it even more regardless of your skin type. For me this is a lovely product, very potent at keeping your acne and blemishes at bay. not sure if it would work on cystic acne because the formulation is mainly salicylic acid which is not as potent as benzoyl peroxide per se that is great for battling those stubborn acne. Effaclar astringent is great product for maintaining the status of your acne rather that actively healing it. I did noticed that after using it for couple of months my blemish spots have become a bit lighter that is i don't scar as much as I used to. Overall l give it a 4/5 :)))
Big issue with this product is that it contains denat. Alcohol which drys skin out and causes breakouts in some people.
This broke me out each time I used it so I can't recommend this product for sensitive, rosecea and oily skin. Far too harsh!
Ok, two words : Alcohol Denat! It have been more than 10 years now since I first began to have acne. I have tried so many products, but this one is the worse. I didn't know when I purchased it that my skin was very reactive to alcohol like developing cystic acne (wich I never had before) and very very dry skin (it started to peel). Now I know that alcohol with my skin equal breakouts. Oh and it was not the ''phase'' when all the dirt and anything is suppose to resurface. I used this product two months and when I contacted La Roche Posay, they agreed that the product didn't work for me and they refunded me.
Since that time, I stopped using the products that I have that contain alcohol and I have less acne than before. I'm kind of grateful to this product from causing me cystic acne, I never would have discovered that alcohol made my acne worse.
I started using this toner about a month ago with my usual cleanser and the Effaclar M moisturiser. I have oily, acne prone skin and in the past I have had terrible breakouts around the chin area but over the last 6 months the chin acne cleared up.
At first I thought this product was fine. I did start to have new breakouts every day but I have to admit I did not at first connect it to this product. Last night I used this product on the T Zone alone without using the LRP Effaclar M mattifying moisturiser like I usually do. When I woke up this morning my T Zone where I had used the product was more greasy and oily than ever before. Like someone said in one of the previous reviews it was literally like I had put butter on my skin. I can only assume it is because of this product. I think maybe it is too astringent so that it causes the skin to produce more oil. I won't use it again but I will probably continue to use the moisturiser in the day time to reduce shininess.
I used Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel for Oily and Sensitive Skin, Astringent Lotion Micro-Exfoliating and M Compensating Soothing Moisturizer for 5 days-day and night in june. My pores were tightened but when i use the toner and the moisturizer, my face shines more and gets more oily than before - it's like ther's butter on my face. Also the products turned my pink cheeks into very very very RED cheeks :( I used to use L'Oreal Pure Zone & Avon Clearskin series. Pure Zone toner includes alcohol, Avon's toner is an astringent toner too but they've never ever made an allergic effect on my face or made my cheeks hyper red, not even a little bit reddish. Then i decided to use them only at night, for 15 nights, so during day my cheeks are no longer red but still i couldn't see a big difference between LRP and Avon or L'Oreal on tightening pores. And Avon and L'oreal are MUCH MORE cheaper. After about a month i stopped using these products in a row. If i use the gel i use Avon Clearskin Blackhead Eliminating Daily Astringent Toner (when i do that gel is ok but it's still pricy), if i use L'Oreal cleanser i use Effaclar toner and Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture, etc. If you have a very oily face with pinky (not rosacea) cheeks do not waste your money on these products. I'm not gonna buy LRP Effaclar again and i'll never recommend it to somenone. PS: I think LRP HAS TO write down that Effaclar products can irritate even if your skin is not sensitive.
I found this product to be highly irritating and did not use it long enough to be able to tell if it had any effect on enlarged pores. Upon application it burned my skin causing me to rinse immediately. This is not a product for individuals with sensitive skin. I am a bit surprised that a Dermo line would offer such an irritant.
Lately I have been using La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying-Soothing Toner (Effaclar Klärende Reinigungs Lotion) which is excellent and does a great job of cleansing my skin. I must added that I have not seen this version of the toner on the La Roche Posay site in the US. Could be that it will be introduced later.
At beggining I liked because it made my skin feel better and with smaller pores (less visible). But after 3 weeks of continuous use, my pores (in the region lateral to nose and near eyes) started to be clogged, with an appearance of small coalescences.
Well, I think that coalescences were due another product. Cause when I stopped it, the coalescences became smaller, less visible. Then I returned to use the Effaclar and the skin became better and better. I'm sorry for this mistake. But now I love this tonic.
I've got 3 products, including this one, from the Effaclar line. I used this mainly at night when I could use a richer moisturizer.
It doesn't make things better, it doesn't make things worst. I still get the occasional breakout, I still get a little shiny and I still have blackheads. Don't know if anything is working or not but will continue to use it, as long as it doesn't make things worst. I have combination skin. I usually get shiny around my cheeks and nose.
I've been using this product for 4 months now and i must say I'm pleased with it, since it doesn't dry out my skin and helps me to clear out little pimples around my chin. Doens't do much for bigger pimples or cystic acne tough, but it's OK for everyday skin routine if you have minor skin problems.