It feels like I’ve been battling with somewhat problematic skin for a lifetime. I wouldn’t say I have particularly bad acne or anything, but I’m prone to breakouts, greasiness and a hell of a lot of redness, and it really gets me down sometimes. I can have good skin days, maybe even weeks where my face doesn’t look ‘that bad’ but then diet, stress or hormones kick in, and I’m a shiny red mess with clusters of spots all over my chin. My holy grail cleanser for a long time has been the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, but a while back I was going through a particularly bad skin phase, and went on the hunt for something specifically targeted at problem skin, and I found this!
The La-Roche Posay Effaclar range gets a lot of hype online, it’s meant to be some kind of miraculous cure for problematic skin, and when I saw that the Purifying Foaming Gel cleanser had received rave reviews, I popped it into my basket and sat back, dreaming of my new clear skin future. Now, I’ll admit I was a tad concerned about the words ‘foaming gel’ in the title, as previously I have not got on very well with that kind of formula. However it says on the tube that this cleanser is aimed at ‘Oily, Sensitive skin’, so I assumed it would work out fine, and quickly incorporated it into my routine.
It comes in a massive 200ml tube, you only need to squeeze out a pea sized amount of the colourless gel, and massage it onto damp skin. I used it alongside my Clarisonic, and I found that it didn’t foam up too much, but it worked well at removing makeup residue, and left my skin feeling pretty clean. In fact, it left it feeling a little bit too clean. After a couple of days of use, I felt my face become somewhat tight after washing, and it often stung when I applied my toner and moisturiser, products which I had been using for quite some time without any adverse effects. After about a week of use, I noticed my skin becoming dry, and then flaky patches were appearing. It was becoming pretty difficult to apply makeup without it highlighting all my dry patches, so I decided to give up on this product. While I didn’t have any breakouts during use, my skin became so dry and tight, that it just wasn’t worth continuing with it. I went straight back to my trusty Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, and my skin went back to normal almost instantly, all dryness faded away, and I didn’t get many breakouts at all. So really, I began asking myself, if it ain’t broke, why fix it?
So although I’m sticking with Liz Earle, I will continue to use the Effaclar Purifying Gel just not on my face… sometimes I get breakouts on my chest and back, particularly after wearing fake tan, so I think this may definitely help to keep those under control.
So although I don’t have particularly sensitive skin, this still wasn’t a good fit for me, so I would advise you to approach with caution if you suffer from sensitivity at all. If you’re still interested, La Roche Posay products are available in Boots, and in most Irish pharmacies, and this cleanser will set you back around €14.
Have you tried La Roche Posay products? What is your favourite cleanser? Let me know in the comments below!