12.17.2014
4
La Roche-Posay
Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel
Rating
6.76 fl. oz. for $22
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel is a basic, but effective, water soluble cleanser that’s best for normal to oily or combination skin. It’s expensive for what you get (several options from the drugstore work just as well for less money) but this works to remove excess oil and makeup without leaving skin feeling dry. In terms of purifying skin, this cleanser does as well as any other water-soluble option.

Claims

Gently cleanses oily skin with blemishes and/or irritated by treatments. Purifies the epidermis.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG-8, Coco-Betaine, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Zinc PCA, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance

Brand Overview

La Roche-Posay At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few good cleansers; anti-aging formulas tend to be stably packaged to get the most out of the air/light-sensitive ingredients; many fragrance-free options; a unique lip moisturizer; some praiseworthy specialty products.

Weaknesses: Some problematic, overly irritating exfoliants; several ho-hum moisturizers and sunscreens; ineffective skin-lighteners; disappointing toner.

L'Oreal-owned La Roche-Posay has a pharmaceutical lineage based in France, and the company speaks of their thermal spring water as the cornerstone of their commitment to dermatological skin care. Sound familiar? L'Oreal-owned Biotherm makes similar claims for the water in their products, yet their marketing niche is spas, while La Roche-Posay caters to doctors and consumers interested in effective, no-frills skin care. Regardless of the source of their water, or how many minerals there may be in it, or the other benefits they assert it has, water is water and skin can't tell the difference. Even if the water were somehow "special," it takes a lot more than water to create and maintain healthy skin. This is something La Roche-Posay is aware of, because they do offer a fairly broad range of products to address the various needs of skin.

Their thermal spring water is said to be a rich source of selenium. Selenium is a nonmetallic element that has potent antioxidant ability. However, almost all of the research surrounding its benefits pertains to dietary or supplemental consumption, not to topical application. According to the research, selenium is absorbed into skin and helpful when applied topically only when applied as l-selenomethionine (Source: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, July 2004, pages 149–155). It is unknown whether the water La Roche-Posay uses contains this form of selenium, but we wouldn't bank on it for a unique benefit.

For a dermatologist-oriented line like La Roche-Posay, most of the products are surprisingly devoid of state-of-the-art or other interesting ingredients. There are some standout products, such as those with retinol and stabilized vitamin C; however, most of them are one-note options that offer the help of their promoted ingredient but don't commingle it with anything else of value to skin. It's ironic that although there's not a jar package to be found in this line, most of the moisturizers lack light- or air-sensitive ingredients, so jar packaging actually wouldn't be a problem. In fact, most of the moisturizers are downright monotonous. For the money, these products will leave your skin wanting more.

If you steer your way to the well-formulated products La Roche-Posay offers, you will find some first-rate options. They're not as varied as what many other lines offer, but for a pragmatic, no-frills approach to serious skin care, they'll do just fine. In fact, among all of the L'Oreal-owned skin-care lines, La Roche-Posay comes closest to successfully competing with the best of the best. It's up to you to decide if "close" is good enough. However, if you need to avoid fragrance and a range of potentially irritating plant extracts prevalent in the products of many brands, this line may suit your skin to a T.

Note: La Roche-Posay is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although La Roche-Posay does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about La Roche-Posay, owned by L'Oreal, call (888) 577-5226 or visit www.laroche-posay.com.

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Friday, February 06, 2015
A Solid Choice

Both my boyfriend and I love this, and we both have oily skin. It's effective and easy to use. Only downside: it can be a bit drying at times. La Roche Posay is quite inexpensive here in France so I give it four stars for value as well.

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Rodica A.
Monday, January 19, 2015
May be a good choice for oily skin

As for oily skin it's really not bad variant, it won't overdry your skin and will left skin feeling like just normal. The only downside in this case is it's slightly price, but La Riche-Posay always put it as a gift to other Effaclar products, such as Effaclar Duo.

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Vasya A.
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Harsh and irritating

How on earth did this get a rating of, "good?" This is one of the most irritating and harsh cleansers that I can remember trying.

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Olga
Monday, August 25, 2014
Very bad for my sensitive skin

I was given a free sample in a drugstore in Paris. A pharmasist said that it was the best solution for my sensitive skin and that I'd be back for more. I got back. Not for more, but to do something with the irritation this product gave me. I tried it two times, hoping that the irritation wasn't caused by the product. Sadly, the result was the same: itchy and irritated skin. Pros: makes your feel feel clean and NOT dry, Cons: itchy skin even in combo with day cream of the same line.

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