Saw a few youtube beauty gurus rave about this product while i was going through a nasty breakout & decided to give it a go. So happy i did because within a few days my skin became even & clear. For the price you pay & the amount of product you get, this is such a great value. Will definitely repurchase this.
As for the effeclar duo, I just want to make sure people know what they're buying because there seems to be some confusion. If you live in Europe, you are buying a product that can be used all over your face as a moisturizer/primer that prevents and helps existing acne because it has a low amount of salicylic acid in it. BUT THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT, if you are buying in the US, this product is different and to be only used as a spot treatment. In the US, the effeclar duo contains 5.5% of benzoyl peroxide, which is a strong and effective acne medication. It should not be used all over your face otherwise I presume it will "sting" and "burn" like some of the reviewers have said, and dry your face out horribly. If you use the US one just on existing pimples, I promise you, it works amazingly! Pimple size decreases significantly in just one night. I use it in conjunction with the La Roche Posay purifying gel cleanser, and my skin has really improved after my past hormonal breakouts! I hope this review helps past buyers of the effeclar duo and future buyers because I couldn't bear people using 5.5% benzoyl peroxide all over their face and really harming their skin!! As for the UK one, that's completely different, and I'm interested in trying it!
New HG product. Seriously. I was using Benza-clin which is a dermatologist prescribed benzoyl peroxide gel. It was running me $160 a month. Needless to say, finding effaclar duo for $36 was a serious improvement in price. And it works 10 times better than my prescription did! I'm not kidding, I apply this all over my face at night and in the morning under my makeup, I have had no hormonal breakouts this month and not one pimple at all. It seems to be fading my scars rther quickly and although it is a bit drying, my skin adjusted in only a few days. I'm very happy and surprised at how well this product works. Oh and it reduces how oily my skin is! I'm in LOVE!
**********BUY THIS AT CVS!!!!!! If you use an Extra Care Card, the price is automatically reduced!! Even when it's not marked as on sale.
It has been nothing short of amazing. Literally in one night, my spots were reduced in size, redness and was concealable. I started using the Clarisonic not too long ago and I'm starting my purging phase so I wanted to use something to combat these breakouts. I've been looking for a product to replace my proactiv spot treatment which is about 6% BP and I saw that this had about 5.5%, plus I got it at my Walgreens. If you can get it, get the USA not the international version, as I've heard its much milder. It is definitely a much steeper price but I use it sparingly like spot or area treatments so it will definitely last me a looong while.
Now my acne is very responsive to BP but my skin does get red if I go overboard with it (like when I started using proactiv) so I did experience some irritation but I use the Body Shop Aloe creams to calm it. The product does say to ease into it since it is so strong. I'm not afraid of the dreaded Clarisonic purging phase now that I have this in my routine.
UPDATE: I am just starting the purging period and this has been such a huge help. After reading some of the reviews, I thought I would leavea few tips on application for sensitive skins. Squeeze for 1-2 sec and that should be enough. Don't concentrate on one area, try to spread it out evenly. Also, I only use it 3x/week at night only after my aloe night cream. It helps with any irritation and redness.
I love this cream. I currently use the European version which is less harsh than the US version. I'm on to my fifth tube simply because this is the only treatment I can rely on to keep my skin clear. I don't think it's very expensive plus you only need to use a small amount for your whole face. I use mine morning and night after I tone and before I put my other moisturizer on. It's honestly the best stuff.
This review is for the EUROPEAN version of Effaclar Duo.
Finally bought this on Amazon after hearing Tanya Burr and Ruth Crilly rave about this cream. I have pretty good skin but am plagued with constant bumps all over my face. I would't really call them pimples, just little bumps that come and go as they please.
I started using this cream in hopes of controlling those blemishes. I specifically purchased the EUROPEAN version of this cream on Amazon which ran me about $30 for a tube of product that costs roughly 12 pounds in the UK. No matter though, still came out cheaper than the US version of this cream which contains Benzyl Peroxide.
If you're using the US version of this cream, use as a SPOT TREATMENT ONLY. The European version is A LOT milder (and therefore cheaper) and uses salicylic acid instead. The European version can be used all over the face, twice a day, whenever you want. Obviously, not true for the US versions. If you experiences burn or any discomfort as a result of the US version, it's because it's A LOT stronger.
I've been using this is a daily moisturizer and found that it does great things for regulating my oil production throughout the day. It has a very gel like consistency and seeps into the skin rather quickly. It's not SUPER moisturizing, but it gets the job done and stays nicely under foundation. If I'm not wearing makeup that day, I find that it helps my face look a lot more matte and less shiny.
It did sorta help with the bumps but didn't solve my problem entirely. I'm not super disappointed or surprised since I'm not even sure if these blemishes are acne related. I would, however, still repurchase this product just because of how nicely it regulates my oil and how matte it makes my makeup-less face look!
I also bought this product after Tanya Burr's recommendation but I seem to have had a similar to reaction to some of the other women leaving comments here. Initially I thought this product was clearing my skin up but on the 3rd day of using it i developed small white bumps all over where I had put the cream on my face...not sure if it's a break out they aren't itchy but they aren't like what I usually get if I get spots. They do appear to be pores that have become inflammed perhaps....my skin wasn't terrible before I use Liz Earle products and I love them shouldn't have tried this and spent the money on it! Immediately stopped using it and I hope these bumps clear up soon! AWFUL product don't waste your money and ruin your skin!!
When I first used this, I noticed that my pimples on my chin had gone down and I thought, great, this stuff is amazing.
But boy was I wrong...
A week in and my skin is the worst it's been in years. My cheek area where I applied most of this product has come up in several pimples. In fact, my whole face is very bumpy and very angry. I have stopped using this product and put it straight in the bin.
I had read there were different formulations of this. I just didn't know how different they are. I purchased this for my husband. The second night he used it, he woke up the next morning with a red forehead...as if he experienced a chemical burn. I told him to give it a few days and try it again. Unfortunately, it happened again. This wasn't cheap at $36, but completely useless. Its a shame they don't sell the french version in the states. I haven't read any negative reviews of that version.
When i started using this product I thought it was amazing. My pimples went away (1st week) but after a while it broke me out horribly. The reddish spots in my face didn't disappear after a couple of days it seemed to stay for weeks. It doesn't provide acne it almost give you acne. My skin became very sensitive. I used the bottle up and I switched to Mac studio fix moisture SPF 15 and I haven't had pimples since I used it (4 weeks now).