Oct 14 2014

Saving My Parched Skin: La Roche Posay Effaclar H Review


As some of you may know from my recent whining – my skin hasn’t been on it’s best behavior as of the late. About two months ago it started breaking out really badly. I attempted to get things under control with my normal acne fighting arsenal, but that wasn’t working. So I tried adding other products to the mix – namely, sulfur in the form of Kate Somerville’s EradiKate (as contained in the Kate Somerville Blemish Banisher Kit), and more recently Dr. Lin’s Acne Spot Treatment (featured on Instragram here).


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Things were starting to look up as far as the blemishes were concerned – but then something weird happened. I know that acne fighting products are drying. I’ve use enough different ones to know this and am very familiar with the common active ingredients such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, zinc, willow bark etc etc. But my skin dried out like it’s never done before – as if all life has been sucked out of it.  My current condition is not solely the result of the acne products either because I’m dry all over. My hands, my legs – it’s just bizarre. I’m rarely dry and it’s not like we have cold weather here or anything.


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Anyway, my usual moisturizers weren’t doing the job and I remember that I had a tube of the La Roche Posay Effaclar H which my mum had picked up for me on accident while in Canada (mistaking it for the Effaclar Duo). This moisturizer is part of La Roche-Posay’s blemish fighting line but it is not an acne treatment (i.e. to fight blemishes), but rather, designed to help skin that may need a little moisture surge.


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La Roche Posay Effaclar H “moisturizes oily skin weakened by drying skin care products”, it boasts an “ultra-fine texture with a non-greasy, non-sticky finish that compensates for the side effects, either visible or experienced, of over-drying treatments”. A “new generation of lipids reconstruct skin’s protective barrier in its different dimensions, associated with anti-irritant Niacinamide”.

 I’ve been using the Effaclar H in combination with another product (sorry to be so mysterious – review will be fforthcoming and my skin has slowly begun to bounce back. The dryness is still there but this has helped significantly and feels so good on the skin. It is rich without being heavy. Even my boyfriend, having run out of his moisturizer, used this the other night and his first reaction was “oh, this feels so nice”. 🙂

So, all in all, I would recommend. It is a simple but effective product and I see myself re-purchasing in future (and continuing to use the one I have in the immediate future). In fact, I’m about half way through the tube!



What are your feelings on the Effaclar line or La Roche-Posay, in general? Have you tried their products?




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  1. Your dry skin struggle is real. But mine is the complete opposite. I have super oily skin and it’s oily all year round, day and night, hot or cold. LOL! Good luck with this product. Hopefully it’ll help with your skin concerns.

      • Kimmy on October 15, 2014 at 3:47 pm
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      My skin is usually oily-combo, year round as well. Hopefully this was just a bizarre one off occurrence. Fighting acne and dealing with dry skin at the same time is a mess. I feel for those who have to deal with this struggle on a regular basis. 🙂

  2. So glad to hear it’s working, this range is one of my favourites! And the brand in general, is just too good, I’d recommend it all 😉 xx
    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

      • Kimmy on October 15, 2014 at 3:44 pm
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      Yes! It is an amazing range – I miss my Effaclar Duo, one of my all time HG skin care products. This moisturizer has really done the trick though and my moisture levels are almost back to normal. 🙂

  3. Good things that it’s working for you! Yesterday I received a new moisturiser to try out myself: Pai Advocado & Jojoba Hydrating day cream. Hopefully it’ll keep my skin looking lovely throughout the colder months. It looks promising, that’s for sure!
    I haven’t actually tried anything of this brand yet! Will have a look at their product range. As a matter of fact, I think I can just get these products in any Belgian pharmacy!

      • Kimmy on October 15, 2014 at 6:35 pm
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      I haven’t tried anything from Pai either – can’t wait to hear your thoughts once you’d had a chance to try it out some more. 🙂

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