La Roche Posay Effaclar K

3.8

228 reviews

75% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

(Salicylic Acid 1.5%) Aqua, Isonoyl Isononanoate, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Salicylic Acid, Octyldodecanol, Zinc PCA, Sodium Hydroxide, Retinyl Linoleate, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Cetyl Alcohol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Fragrance


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Black

Unfortunately this product did not work for me. It didn't improve any of my skin issues (mild acne: continued to have active breakouts and they didn't heal any faster, clogs remain) and it made my skin slightly worse (more sensitive, blotchy). It took about 2 1/2months to finish the tube, so you get a lot of product. I like it's hygenic tube packaging and the runny consistency makes it easy to apply. It also has a very strong chemical smell, similar to krazy glue.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.



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Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This product works very well for ONE specific purpose.

I was using this to try to get rid of clogged pores and it did nothing. It also does nothing for me for preventing acne.

However, when you have a big juicy pimple put a dab of this on and it will be MUCH smaller overnight. When I treat pimples with this they go away quickly AND don't scar. (Unlike when I pop them which always leaves a scar!) At first I thought this product sucked because I didn't know what to use it for. So for prevention and general blemishes - this is out. But for pimples that have come to a head this works incredibly well.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Red, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I have sensitive skin that is dry with an oily t-zone. I get cystic acne on my chin and pimples on my nose and forehead. I used this only on my chin and t-zone for a month everyday after my toner but before my moisturiser (Biotherm Super Serum). Now that my skin has calmed down, using it everyday in those areas was a bit too drying. I now only use it when I have a breakout or its really oily. It works really well for my skin. I hope it continues to give me the results I want.

The price is good and it lasts a long time, you don't need much. Been using it since September and its now mid-November. Have about 2/3 of the tube left still.

EDIT: I used it for 2 months, and during this time my chin cleared up. I should of quit using it when my acne went away but I kept using it and now I have white bumps that you can't get rid of without seeing a dermmatologist, or so I am told. For my sensitive skin I should only use this when I have the cystic acne. So now that I know when to use this, my skin is back to normal.


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Other, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

This used to be my go-to moisturizer when I had severe skin
problems. The thin, watery, non-greasy texture gives this the edge over other moisturizers for oily/problematic skin, because it doesn't attempt to impart that oddly fake matte effect (looking at you, Vichy). Now that my skin texture has changed with ageing I have tried several other brands, but I still find this one beats most.
I don't necessarily view this as acne treatment but rather as an excellent moisturizer for combined/oily skin.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Straight, Other

Eyes: Hazel

oh my gosh, what happened! i had such high hopes for effaclar k after reading some of these reviews but the truth is, it didnt work for me at all. i broke up constantly while using it, it might be my high maintenance skin but it didnt help me at all :( im really disappointed in this product but ill give them credit since it works for alot of others i see. my guess is the gel cleanser is what is really working for them and not actually this or it might be this but my skin sucks.


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I have used this product on and off for years, but lately have used it more consistently.

It is ideal for my skin, which is sensitive and prone to vague 'congestion'--not really major acne, but lumps and bumps, scars/redness etc. I can't scrub my skin, so this is my way of exfoliation.

The way I use it is as a treatment at night, without anything over it. Just a dime size or less covers my face. I also don't use it every night, just when I see some congestion building up. My skin is softer after regular use, and it doesn't dry out my skin, although I am not using a lot of other things on my face (i.e. no Retin-A ). I also use Alpha H Liquid Gold, but I don't use it at the same time as the Eff. K.

I don't mind the smell, and I am able to use it under my makeup, but not under my sunscreen (that makes the sunscreen peel--and the sunscreen is Anthelios LRP for comb. skin).

as with most skincare, it is hard to determine what will work without trying it.



1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

I bought this cream while in Europe because I ran out of my beloved (and dearly missed) Retin-A. Effeclar K did nothing to prevent me from breaking out all over again or from developing blackheads and uneveness in tone. However, I maintained relatively smooth skin otherwise, though I have no idea if that is due to this product.

All of this is to say that Effeclar K is worse than Retin-A and I don't know but suspect that it is not particularly better than regular moisturizer. As with all noncontrolled skin experiments, this review should be taken with a grain of salt.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

It works!
Yes, it REALLY works!
I've been using it for only 2 or 3 days but my skin has improved significantly! (believe me i've tried lotsa stuff)
La Roche Posay makes really good stuff!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I had a couple samples of this product floating around, and I finally decided to use them this week on my combination, sensitive, acne-prone skin. I ended up using the product only once on my face and using the rest on my legs (I epilate, so my legs are prone to ingrown hairs). Due to such limited usage, I can't say how effective this product is. However, I can say that I would never consider purchasing it for two reasons: (1) although I regularly use a 2% BHA product with no irritation at all, this product made my sensitive facial skin sting and get red bumps, and (2) even if it didn't irritate my skin, the fragrance is so terrible--it smells like insect repellent--that I hated having it on my face (I couldn't smell it so much when it was on my legs). Overall, this is one of the worst BHA products I have tried, although I did like the thin lotiony texture.
Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid 1.5%. Inactive Ingredients: Water, DI-C12-13 Alkyl Malate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-4 Dilaurate, PEG-4 Laurate, Zinc PCA, Sodium Hydroxide, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Iodoproponyl Butylcarbamate, PEG-4, Fragrance.

5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I have now dealt with acne/scarring for 6 years. When I hit year 4, I was introduced to this product line. Initially, I was skeptical due to the cost ( between 20-35 dollars per item, 4 steps), but in the end, I don't regret it at all!

The wash comes in either a gel or cream form (use the gel), then you use the toner, then the medicated moisturizer. I highly recommend using the spot treatment in addition to the three steps, as I found my smaller spots would disappear within 12-48 hours!!

I have never had cyst-like acne, fortunately, but I have heard this also will work wonders on that type as well. Personally, I just have had normal acne, but lots of it. After three days of using this system, I noticed drastic differences. The products were gentle, and I never noticed that dreaded stinging sensation that the salicylic acid in acne products usually give.

Now, my acne is gone due to this wonderful line of products, and I still continue using it to this day, to prevent the acne from returning. Though the cost sure hurts the wallet, you can purchase it at Shoppers, where you can use the Optimum points collected towards purchasing them for free or at a discounted price. Also, London Drugs often has stamp cards, where when you buy 5 or 9 (I forget which it is) you get one product free (any item, any price!)

Though it does not cause scarring, it also will not relieve you of scarring you might have already accumulated. For that, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE try Bio-Oil. The results made me cry!

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.


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