La Roche-Posay Effaclar Serum

Laroche posay effaclar serum

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Serum has got to be one of the best serums for acne-prone and/or oily skin that I’ve used. With AHA Glycolic Complex and micro-exfoliating LHA, this serum exfoliates all three levels of epidermis and refines uneven skin texture and imperfections. While it’s being marketed as an anti-aging product, it does an amazing job at clearing up and unclogging pores.

As soon as it’s applied, the Effaclar Serum penetrates deep into skin leaving a slightly tingling feeling all over. Even though it feels a bit sticky at first, it absorbs in no time, leaving the skin feeling incredibly smooth. Anyone who has ever used a Glycolic Acid based product knows that it can sting and burn the skin a little when first used and it may take some time getting used to. My skin did sting a bit, but only for the first few times that I’ve used this serum- if I had sensitive skin I’d definitely try to be careful if using this.

Although this can be applied both morning (followed with a sunscreen) and night, for the longest time I only used it at night. Despite the fact that I don’t spend much time outdoors in the sun every day, I was slightly paranoid about applying a product containing AHA on my skin in the morning, since it is an exfoliant and I thought that even with the sunscreen my skin would be a bit vulnerable. Once I did decide to try using it both morning (following with an SPF 50 moisturizer) and night, is when I really noticed a difference in my skin. Not only did my makeup go on so smooth, but my skin didn’t get as oily during the day and it looked much, much brighter. If I happen to use this while having active breakouts, this reduces them and prevents any scarring.

Probably the only downside to this product is the price: $44.99 for 30 ml. Despite reading great reviews, it was the price that made me feel undecided about buying this few months ago, but I think that it’s worth the cost. This literally tightens the pores and melts all the gunk inside them, which in turn makes the skin look bright and clear. This is definitely a keeper!

Laroche-posay effaclar serum review

  • Sounds like a fab product, I’d love to try. It is quite expensive though!
    The Sunday Chapter

  • You might have just sold me on this. I’ve been SO into serums lately. Great review.

  • Sounds like a wonderful product, I really need to give it a try :)


  • This looks like a real treasure! <3

    It's great that the skin absorbs the product so quickly, and the fact that it gives the skin a real clear out and tightens the pores had me at hello! ;) :D :) There's nothing worse than forking out a lot of money for a product that doesn't live up to the hype so how great that you found it worth its value!

    Sophie xo

    • Oh yes! I went through so many over-hyped products that were crazy expensive and weren’t effective at all. Sometimes I really feel like it’s all about advertising and cute packaging, but when it comes to an actual product, it’s worthless. This serum is an exception though, it works amazing for me ;) .

  • I have used this brand for a while, and it’s pretty great actually. However, it’s a bit pricey >.<''

  • I’ve been debating trying a gylcolic acid product for years now as I have scarring and my skin is very spot prone, and although I’ve read sooo many great reviews that make me want to try it, I’ve also read quite a lot where it’s actually made people skin worse and caused them horrible breakouts, and I don’t think I could go back to have really bad skin again seeing as I’ve finally got it under control.. I don’t know whether I should risk it because I might see really good results like you!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    • My skin was a bit sensitive to glycolic acid products at first, but it’s gotten used to them over time. I know exactly what you mean, once you have a routine that’s working for you it’s scary to try anything new.

  • This product sounds amazing! I love La Roach- Posays so much! xx

  • I would love to try this!

    Hope you could visit my blog and probably be friends and get in touch too? Just let me know!

    Midnight Blues

  • Nice review. This product got me at “pore-refining” I’ve been using a serum from Skin Food and it’s quite good but I haven’t seen any drastic change, although it helped me lighten my dark spots. Maybe I’ll try this one after I finish the current serum that I’m using.

  • I love La Roche-Posay cosmetics!♥ great review!:)

  • Aw this is a really lovely review! I have sensitive skin so thanks for the heads up about this product, I do want to try this product though ( I’ll have to just wait till pay day;)) x

    p.s thank you for your comment