La Roche Posay • Effaclar Duo (US Version) • Treatments (Face)

rated 3.5(4 reviews)

Average Rating.3.5
Would buy this product again.25%

rated 5 of 5 nomayopls on 12/9/2013 12:19:00 AM more reviews by nomayopls

Age: 25-29   Skin: Combination, Fair   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Hazel    

This literally makes my pimples disappear overnight. At first I didn't like it, I don't know why? But then a couple months later I started using it again and I fell in love with it. It can be a little drying or irritating but just make sure you use it on your spots and then it's nothing a little moisturizer can't fix. Oh yeah this sh*t is pricey. I got a sample at Walgreen's.

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rated 4 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* izzybella on 6/16/2013 4:57:00 PM more reviews by izzybella

Age: 30-35   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm   Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

I've had really random breakouts lately so I was happy to stumble upon sample packets of this product at Walgreens. Used as a spot treatment, it's very good at drying out monster zits. Almost immediately afterwards, you can see the skin on the blemish flaking off because it's become super dry, which could be too intense for sensitive skin. I only use this sparingly for this reason, but I do think its pretty effective if your skin can tolerate it. This is a bit pricey for what it is though, so I'm not sure that I'd buy the full size when I run out of my samples.

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rated 2 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* 4eyes on 4/20/2013 11:55:00 PM more reviews by 4eyes

Age: 44-55   Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm   Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Hazel    

I am so glad someone started a US version category for LRP's Effaclar Duo, because all of the existing reviews for both the US and the European version are all under the same category, and they shouldn't be, because the US version could not be more different. In fact, I really think LRP should call the US version a different name.

The US version has both LHA, which is an exfoliating acid, and 5.5% strength benzoyl peroxide, a strong antibacterial which also has drying and exfoliating action. It is unscented. The European version, on the other hand, contains NO BP at all, is quite fragranced, and contains only a low concentration of salicylic acid.

The only similarities are the name, which is very confusing, because the products are SO different, and the price, which at $36 is very pricey for active ingredients found in many inexpensive drugstore acne products.

I have VERY oily, acne-prone skin that is also sensitive to random products. My skin responds very well to a mild, low-dose BP product like the 2.5% BP cream Walgreen's and Walmart makes. With both the LHA and the fairly high dose of 5.5% BP, this LRP US version of Effaclar Duo was way too strong for me . After only 2 days of consecutive use, I ended up w/ a mild chemical burn - with that reddish-yellow-brown-very-irritated- scorched-skin look.

On the other hand, the European version of the LRP Effaclar Duo contains only a wimpy amt of BHA and is quite annoyingly fragranced. It had no effect on my skin, either good or bad - the scent just annoyed me.

So, if you are looking for a BP product that does not burn your face off, save your $$ and buy the Walmart/Walgreen product. If you're looking for a BHA product, again, save your $$ - Neutrogena makes a better and more effective one, and there are other BHA products out there w/ no or less fragrance.

I love LRP ss's, but both of LRP's very different Effaclar Duo products were overpriced and were either way too strong or ineffective. I can't understand why LRP would use the same name for both products, use both a fairly strong dose of BP AND an LHA in one resulting in major overkill, and use nothing but a minimal dose of BHA and a lot of fragrance in the other.

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rated 3 of 5 pearbeary18 on 1/23/2013 12:02:00 PM more reviews by pearbeary18

Age: 25-29   Skin: Very Oily, Medium   Hair: Black   Eyes: Black    

I thought I would add the US Version on here to distinguish between the two products. That way we can get a better idea of what the true ratings are. My skin is photosensitive when I use benzoyl peroxide so this US version will not work for me.

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