[REVIEW] La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+) [French Version]


For followers to the one and only Madame Huillet, they must be already know that this is one of her holy grail products for her eczema. I am blessed enough not to have eczema or any allergic condition *knock on woods* ; however, because she also claims that this moisturizer also help her to avoid acne, blackhead, and whiteheads, I really want to try this moisturizer out of curiosity. Well, that and maybe because I am really curious to try La Roche Posay products, but don’t know where to start.


Effaclar Duo is a dual action treatment with Benzoyl Peroxide. Contains:

Micronized Benzoyl Peroxide 5.5%: A powerful acne medication in a unique micronized format to penetrate pores and clear blemishes, formulated to help reduce irritation.
Micro-exfoliating LHA for precise cell-by-cell exfoliation to smooth roughness and gradually even skin texture.

Reduces the number and severity of acne blemishes.
Penetrates clogged pores to clear blackheads and whiteheads. Reduces 60% of acne in 10 days.


Benzoyl Peroxide 5.5% (Acne Medication)


Lol, due to my lack of research before purchasing this product, I just realized that I supposed to use it as spot treatment, lol! Nevertheless, I use it as night moisturizer for at least 2 months already, and my skin seems fine, no breakouts whatsoever, phew!

As a moisturizer, I feel like this is a really light moisturizer. Meaning, it won’t be enough for you once you hit dryer weather. However, since I live in this humid country that only have 2 seasons, just summer and rainy season, I think this is a perfect moisturizer for normal to oily skin. Particularly, for people that suffered from acne because of its unclogging pores properties. Though I can’t say that it reduces my acne, but I was really positive that this product is one of the reason why the big blackhead that never seem to get out of my nose suddenly popped by itself.


The texture and consistency is really similar to other cream in the markets, however I feel like this is not as greasy as other France pharmacy moisturizers that I’ve tried before, like, say, Bioderma or Avene. And surprisingly, it is enough for my dry skin. My skin won’t feel tight or uncomfortable the morning after I use it. It seeps easily into the skin, and I’ve already use it for morning routine also, and it sits beautifully under makeup.


Even though I can’t judge it to be a miracle for acne sufferer, but I think this product would work for them, especially since I saw a lot of people swear by this product. It simply works in order to reduce my blackhead and whitehead, and I could also see that it would also works wonder for acne. If you have adult acne or problematic skin in general, well, I think this moisturizer is worth to try. First, the price is pretty reasonable, at least it it’s not as expensive as dermatologist treatment.

Also, I reviewed this based on my experience with the French Version only. I heard that the USA version have different ingredients to the French version, so I can’t say much about the USA Version, sorry.

So! Do you ever tried this La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+)? Do ever tried the USA Version? Or do you have La Roche-Posay products that you love and you want to recommend for me? Please do share in the comment section bellow! 😉


4 thoughts on “[REVIEW] La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+) [French Version]

  1. Where did you get the French version from? I’m not sure which version mine is, but I bought it in Singapore 😅
    As a thirtysomething with aduLt acne, I say this is.. to quote Katy Perry, hot and cold. Sometimes this heLped immenseLy with the acnes, but sometimes it just didn’t do anything. But I aLways have a tube in my stash

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  2. Hey, just wanted to point out I believe you got your info mixed up.

    The product you reviewed, the French version, which is named as “Effaclar Duo (+) Anti-Imperfections Correcteur” does not contain Benzoyl Peroxide; in fact it contains active ingredients of Procerad, Mannose, APF, Niacinamide, etc. (link: https://www.laroche-posay.com/products-treatments/Effaclar/Effaclar-DUO-p23956.aspx).

    Your info is based on the USA product version, which is named as “Effaclar Duo Dual Action Acne Treatment”, and contains an active ingredient of 5.5% Benzoyl Peroxide (link: https://www.laroche-posay.us/acne-and-oily-skin-care/effaclar-duo-acne-spot-treatment-effaclarduoacnespottreatment.html).

    So yours is the French version and that’s why your skin reacted just fine when you used it all over your face, because it does not contain benzoyl peroxide.


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