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on 11/18/2015 2:01:00 AM
More reviews by CordulaM
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm
Hair: Other, Wavy, Coarse
I wrote a long review in the other slot for this (Labeled "US version") and I sung it's praises. However, after using a tube, I decided that I can't really use drying actives like this for my sensitive skin. I still stand by this being one of the best BP treatments and even for my skin, I can use this with better success than I have had with things like chemical exfoliants and other perscriptions. So I do still think it's a great product but my skin is acne prone yet sensitive and I just don't have the same type of acne other people have, so for that reason I don't really use it anymore. I will attach the original review below just in case people want to see my original opinion.-----------------------------------------------------------We need to talk about this, right now. I have been itching to review this for the entire time I had it, a short (yet miraculous) two weeks, but I held off. I wanted to give myself time to get adjusted to it and be able to write a thorough review. I first tried benzyl peroxide a few years ago with Kate Somerville's Anti-Bac Clearing Lotion and I couldn't hate anything more. I don't know if it was because of additional prescriptions, but my face was a dry, disgusting AND a broken out mess. NO NO NO. I swore off any BP treatments even though I heard great things about this. Throughout that time, I continued to suffer horrible unrelenting adult acne, that no cleansers, pills, creams, natural remedies or prescriptions fixed. And I tried a LOT of them. One day, really out of the blue, I was sick of a cluster of erupting pimples/cysts beneath the skin of my right cheek, which is always the worst spot for me, and just went and grabbed it. I asked a few sales people about it, but by that point I was just like, EFF IT ALREADY I'm going to at least try. I'm glad I did..... I'm actually upset I waited so long. I def can't say it cleared my cysts over night and I'm not going to say I'm totally clear. Most especially because I'm a notorious picker and I'm actually on medication for that too. But in two weeks I've seen a drastic improvement and the ones that come up have actually healed really well. My skin was SO bad, that I used to think I wasn't sensitive and reacting to ingredients, that I just developed bad skin later in life. It was NOT true. It was all about ingredients and this helped even when I was still using some of the problem products. (It took a while to figure out, but I can't use certain glycols and siloxanes.) So considering how my acne was still being fueled before figuring out what I break out to, and how much worse I make it by touching it, I'm more than impressed this has even made a dent. But of course, what comes with it is less spots to pick since I'm actually healing up and not breaking out as often. And this is just the first two weeks.I've heard you can't stop BP once you start and that sucks, but at this point I've hidden for too long. I just need clear(er) skin. I started by using this just as a spot treatment in the am and all over at night. Most days now I just spot treat with this, since all over every day can be a bit much for me, but I still do it all over a few nights a week, just to be safe. While I've had some dryness around my mouth in the form of light ashyness, and some where my scabs are healing, especially as they dry out and fall off, I haven't had those sickening overly dry patches like I did before. I also use a light brown sugar as a scrub to combat that and it works magic as well as a thin layer of jojoba oil. This is much gentler on sensitive skin. I also haven't seen any bleaching of my clothes or pillowcases. While this does make you a bit more photosensitive which I already am, I haven't gotten burned any easier with this, I just feel hotter in the sun on my face. I also was slightly itchy in the beginning which I've heard can happen, since it *is* drying your skin out. But my acne makes me itch anyway, and your skin will get used to that and it will stop fairly quickly. I also try to use moisturizer but I still have bad luck when I apply it (I tend to get new pimples) so I hope to add that back in soon, but in the meanwhile, even without it my skin is holding up which is miraculous. I recommend moisturizer when possible though, or jojoba if you can, to replenish the dryness. Additionally, you need so little of this that you really are getting a great value, especially if it works. I often use this much more than twice a day on some spots and I still have tons left and haven't killed my skin yet. As I continued it, and took the products/ingredients that I react to out, I just need this less and less, but I still use it - daily. It's gentle but effective. I will buy this again and again.Sorry this is so long, but in short, I can't stress enough for people with stubborn acne to try this...not all BP treatments are created equally!! I haven't tried any other products from this brand but I'm super happy with this one. Been using it for a while and quit antibiotics and other prescriptions for skin. This is a major HG for me.Update: I used most of this but I didn't end up repurchasing only because my skin is so sensitive that I kind of have to be careful with things this strong/acne products and so I don't tend to use them all over. I dry out easily and that causes more problems. SO I do think this is one of the better formulas out there.
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on 11/11/2015 9:05:00 AM
More reviews by fairplaytoyou
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Sensitive, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium
I used the 3 step system which included this, the cleanser (which I love and have repurchased around 12 times as I go through it quite quickly) and the toner (which is good but I prefer using a natural/hydrating toner. Anyway, it cleared up my skin pretty well, but now about six months down the line my skin is having a bit of an issue again and so I repurchased a tube of Effaclar Duo. It is working, but it's almost winter here and this makes my skin flake like hell if I don't slather on s**tloads of cream. And I can't put too much cream on because my skin will break out, it's that sensitive. My active acne is dotted around my face so now I just dot it on and let it work overnight.You have to give it time and work with it, but it does work great.
on 11/11/2015 8:59:00 AM
More reviews by teet10
Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Warm
Hair: Other, Other, Coarse
Effaclar Duo [+] has been effective over time for me. At first I thought it was a dud as it felt mild on my skin unlike the treatments I had used as a teen. How sad is it that I expect something irritating? Anyway, I picked this up for the hyperpigmentation I got from an angry bout of acne. That has resolved. I use it every morning and most evenings. The consistency is thin. So it's light but still moisturizing. My cheek area is my problem area regarding pores (size and blackheads). I have seen improvement there as well as in the severity of breakouts.
on 11/4/2015 2:07:00 PM
More reviews by majahanford
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
This lotion contains benzol peroxide which irritates my sensitive acne-prone skin. So I can and will only use it as a spot treatment and with caution. But if you like BP and it works on your skin, go for it! I prefer lotions with salicylic acid (BHA).
on 10/27/2015 8:07:00 AM
More reviews by shgale
Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I used this when I was having a phase of very bad skin and it really cleared up my spots and got rid of any scarring. It is a really light texture and absorbs into my skin super fast. It has a nice clean smell and a tube lasts ages as you only need a small amount.
on 10/26/2015 3:29:00 PM
More reviews by windsora
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
Just ordered my 3rd one of these, got it for ten pound from escentual.com rather than boots at £15, I had acne scars and do feel like this has helped to minimize them and have been using it for months now and I use this all over my skin as the uk version is ok for doing that :)
on 10/24/2015 6:50:00 PM
More reviews by JHA0228
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium
I'm about a week into using this, and so far I'm amazed by the results! Waking up the second day of using it, I had no new acne and I saw a small change in the amount of redness on my cheeks. A few more days, and I still had no new spots, and my skin looked more even and felt less irritated. I've used this on maybe 50-60% of my face, including t-zone, the apple of my cheeks and around my mouth, and it hasn't dried me out the way I've found anything that's directly marketed as acne/spot treatments usually does. Granted, I've been thourough in putting moisturiser over it once it's dry, but then again that's not helped me before when usuing similar products. I like the fact that I can use it underneath my makeup without problem. I don't know if this is mostly a feeling or not, but I do feel like it "fights off" some of the disadvantages of putting foundations on acne prone skin. Now I just hope that it's not a product my skin will get "immune" to so that the effect wears off after a while, but even if that would happen (knock on wood) I think I'd want to keep this within reach to get out whenever there's a stress-induced breakout at the horizon.
on 10/12/2015 1:17:00 PM
More reviews by elielizaeli94
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine
I have mixed feelings about this product. When I first bought it I was amazed by almost everything. The packaging which is simple and hygienic, the scent (it reminds me of fresh-cut roses), the feeling of the cream and the results that it gave to my face. It's a matte cream that controls the oils of my skin and it's absorbed quickly so it's ideal for under make-up use. The first few days I noticed that my acne looked less irritated and my face had calmed down. But now, after almost two months, my skin is breaking out again and this cream doesn't seem to do anything anymore. I don't know if this cream 'caused my new break outs or my skin just got used to it and needs something more to help with my acne. I may be repurchasing this cream in the future but not right after it's finished just because I feel like I need to try something else. And as for the price I believe it's affordable.
on 8/31/2015 7:03:00 PM
More reviews by amarachilleioni
Skin: Acne-prone, Dark, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
I got this product as a sample from an advisor at a Boots beauty counter: I was looking for a moisturiser for my acne prone skin and she suggested a treatment. I had previously purchased the Effaclar face wash and Effaclar astringent (not my favourite products, more on them later) but this was the only product from the 3-step regime not to have had the pleasure of gracing my face.I was eager to try it, believing that it had to be the missing link - why hadn't the Effaclar system cleared my skin?The product oozes out like a gel, white and fairly transparent when spread across your skin. The smell is relatively normal, in that space between clinical and regular so it's not entirely unscented but it not a disturbing scent at all.One thing that definitely convinced me to try the range is the packaging! Seemingly high-end, simple and straight to the point like I hoped the product would be.The actual tube of product in stores is pretty small for around £15.50 for a 40ml tube (sheesh).So when I first tried this product, I was going away for the weekend and stripped back my regime only to products from the Effaclar line - face wash, astringent and then this magic tube (apparently a moisturiser, spot treatment and other thingie treatment too) - BAD IDEA.Despite my having oily skin, the product was not enough to moisturise, I think my skin drank it as I did try slathering it on but my skin still felt paper dry. There was no noticeable improvement in my skin.So this product was a flop! I did use it for a few weeks in total (the Boots assistant gave me a truck load of samples), but I honestly don't think it did enough for me to even consider buying it. I had high hopes, but not a magic treatment for me.
on 8/23/2015 11:26:00 PM
More reviews by mooesie
After hearing so many good reviews, I decided to give this product a try. The texture is really nice and is absorbed quickly into the skin. It leaves a matte, almost tight feeling which has really controlled my oily skin. However it seems to be giving me more breakouts! Maybe I haven't been using it for long enough, but I expected to see some positive results by the second week. I bought this mainly to get rid of my scars and red marks from when I suffered from acne, but it's just made it come back! NOOOO. I'll keep on using it for another few weeks just to see how it goes, but so far I'm not too happy :(
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