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Written on Tuesday, September 26, 2017

I know the Effaclar line since school years. But when I was younger, I used to pass by their products. Once I tried something from it but was not impressed at all! Well, when I tried their foaming gel now, I’ve changed my opinion.


Product says:

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel is a facial wash for oily skin. Gently cleanses the skin thanks to its high tolerance foaming power. Helps to eliminate impurities and excess sebum, leaving the skin feeling clean and fresh. Contains La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water. Can also be used as a body wash.

Skin is cleansed of impurities and excess sebum with a feeling of freshness. Doesn't over dry the skin.

For men and women who have combination, oily, and blemish-prone skin. Suitable for sensitive skin.


You can order this product on the official site or buy it in a drugstore.

Price online is about $15

I want to stop my attention on the packaging. The tube of 400ml is convenient to use as it has a pump.


The pump can be locked by the way which is travel-friendly. It also gives out the right amount of the product that you need for one use.

And course on the packaging there’s all the information given:


Product promises:

- 100% hypoallergenic skincare.

- Non-comedogenic.

- High concentration of selected ingredients with Thermal Spring Water.

- Minimal ingredients and fragrance.

- Tested on sensitive skin.

- No parabens.

- Soap-free.





Use La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel every morning and/or evening. Wet your hands, then take a small amount of gel and work up a lather. Apply to the face, massaging gently. Rinse well with water.


I’ve been using this gel for a long time already and I can say that it suits well not only oily skin but also combination and normal. My skin is of combination type and this product doesn’t dry it out at all. I have no irritation or strange feelings after the wash. Only a comforting sense.


The gel is transparent and thick in consistency.

The fragrance is unobtrusive, fresh and a tad chemical.

It lathers really well. The foam is gentle and bouncy. I need a small drop to wash my entire face, so the product will go a long way.

Since the product goes economically I think that one more member of the family can use the gell too.


Expiration date is within 12 months of opening. The date before you should open the gel is written on the bottom of the tube. I appreciate that it’s written from the inside so that you know for sure that nobody had changed it.


The product is made in France and the bar code that starts with 33 is proof of that.


I also like the fact that the gel dissolves makeup products well too. Even though I’m used to washing my makeup off with a cleansing oil and micellar water, sometimes I get so tired at work that I need just one product to cleanse my face. And here Effaclar comes to help me out.

For clarity I applied some creamy and dry blusher, powder, foundation and mascara on my arm. But I don’t usually wash off my mascara with it, as they recommend to avoid under eye skin.

Before application I lathered a small drop of the product in my hands and only after that applied the foam on the cosmetic products.

Then I lightly massaged it into the skin

And you can see that the products dissolving. Only the creamy blush got a little darker from the mascara and didn’t want to leave my hand.

But the second round solved the problem.

On top of that I’ve found one more use for this foaming gel. I usually apply my foundation with sponges. At the time being I use the Real Techniques one. And of course it requires proper washing after each use. Not every gel can do it. But this one can. Moreover, the Effaclar gel is one of the best to wash off my sponge after use. I’m planning to try to wash the brushes with it as well. Smile


After use my sponge looks like this:

And this is how it looks after I wash it with the Effaclar gel.

My sponge is about a half a year old and you know that foundations tend to stain it so much that it becomes impossible to wash off the sponge completely. But mine looks like a brand new one. No stain or spots!

Well in conclusion I want to say that you shouldn’t expect complete acne healing from this gel. Well, in any case it didn’t happen with me. I guess that it would have been too easy to use a gel and get a beautiful and acne-free skin. There’s no such product alas. If there was, we would all be beautiful and self-confident. Only complex treatment can help though. One product will never show good results. Well, nobody has even promised us acne healing. You can reread the product promises and you won’t find a word about it. It cleanses the impurities, fights congested skin and has an antibacterial effect. It’s gentle and doesn’t dry out the skin and that’s all! So, let’s be realistic and wait for no miracle. Smile


I wish all of you beautiful and healthy skin!


Thank you!

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Inna4 recommends La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser

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