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Written on Monday, February 5, 2018
Pros: doesn't remove excess sebum, hard to remove
Cons: doesn't irritate my skin

I’m not so much into La Roche Posay products. I have combination and very thin skin prone to dryness and oiliness in my T-zone. I’m 30 y.o. now.

The only product I repurchased was the La Roche Posay Redermic C eye cream, because it really works.

The La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo- Cleanser Face Wash and Makeup Remover didn’t impress me at all and it isn’t worth its money.

The La Roche Posay Physiological Soothing Toner is no likey either. It made my skin even oilier. It isn’t worth the money I spent on it, as it’s not effective when compared to many other products I’ve tried.

The Effaclar cleansing gel and toner didn’t simply suit my skin. They were too aggressive for my thin skin.

As for the La Roche Posay Toleriane Foaming Gel, I bought it relying on the reviews. I needed some gentle cleanser, as I prefer washing my skin with an antibacterial product with acids and with a gentler cleanser in the morning and evening. Such a combination works best for me. It helps me keep my skin clean. Some reviews said that this product is suitable for every skin type, so I decided to give it a go…

Rich, gentle gel for safe cleansing and make-up removal with water.

Normal to combination intolerant, sensitive skin

Enriched in hard water-neutralising EDTA and moisturizing glycerine. Strict formula charter to minimise the risk of intolerance. Soap-free, preservative-free, fragrance-free, pH 5.5.

According to the claims, this product is supposed to suit me and my combination skin type, so it has to remove sebum or at least a little bit. Plus, it promises to remove makeup, but I don’t really need this.

The gel comes in a plastic tube with a flip top and a tight nozzle. It doesn’t flow or dry out under the cap, as it is usually the case with similar packages.

The texture is quite thick and liquid at the same time. It has a hint of pearl and doesn’t flow on my hands.

It lathers well when I add a lot of water to it. A pea-size amount is enough. It’s better not to overdo it, because the product is hard to remove from skin.

It smells synthetic and reminds me of medicine. The smell is fresh and typical for drugstore products.


I’m not happy with the results. I lathered this gel in my hands and applied it to my skin. The foam was nice and soft. The gel has only a few pros, which are standard for more affordable options also:

  1. Doesn’t irritate my skin. It doesn’t cause any redness or stinging sensations. I used it for my irritated skin a few times and my skin looked somewhat lighter and better after use.

  2. Didn’t cause breakouts or clogged pores, although I thought it would taking into account all the cons.

What I didn’t like:

✘ Washes off very badly and slowly! You have to wash your face a few times to remove this product completely. My face feels very slippery during this process. I may be wrong, but the reason for that lies in a big amount of glycerin, which is hard to remove from skin. I have to use a specific sponge for that purpose and I don’t like products that are too fiddly to work with.

If you overdo it, the gel is even harder to wash off! Therefore I had to apply a very tiny amount to my face.

✘ Cleanses my skin from excess sebum very badly. It doesn’t dissolve sebum.

Moreover, the more sebum I have, the harder it is to remove this gel from my face!

I felt more or less comfortable only after removing my makeup with micellar water properly, when my skin was not oily yet.

A single wash was not enough without micellar water prior to the gel and I wanted to clean my skin one more time. My skin felt oily and greasy still.

The manufacturer promises makeup removal. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s ridiculous! If the gel can’t remove sebum, how can it remove and dissolve makeup that is already mixed with sebum?

✘ I used it every day for the sake of experiment, but I didn’t like it. My skin felt greasy and not at all refreshed.

More than that, the amount of blackheads on my nose increased. I guess it happened because this foaming gel didn’t clean my combination skin as properly as it was supposed to.

✘ My T-zone gets oily very quickly after using the gel, especially indoors and especially my forehead and nose under foundation.

The foaming gel is not aggressive and it doesn’t dry out my skin. Comparing it to CLINIQUE Liquid Facial Soap Mild for normal to dry skin, this one is milder and gentler. However, it tightens my skin after washing, which means that it is not super mild.

The product turned out to be very useless for me, so I gave it to my mom. She has dry and aging skin without an oily T-zone. She said she didn’t like this product either, because it felt like it made her skin even drier. It’s probably no surprise, because it is not meant for such skin. It’s only for normal to combination and sensitive skin.

The ingredients are very common and not all-natural. Nothing special.

All in all, I’m disappointed and wouldn’t recommend it for those with oily skin. It will probably work if you apply it to your clean skin without sebum. Moreover, it’s not for everyday use.

I wouldn’t recommend it for dry skin either, because it dries out and tightens skin. I guess, it matches normal and sensitive skin only. This product is very useless for me. No refreshed and clean feelings, but the price is quite hefty.

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june_07 doesn't recommend La Roche-Posay Tolériane Softening Foaming Gel

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Type: Foaming Gel
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