La Roche Posay Effaclar K - £13.00
A couple of weeks ago now I did a review on the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo - a product that has become a holy grail of mine for making such an overwhelming difference to my blemish prone skin. I love it so much that I decided to take advantage of Boot's 3 for 2 on skincare offer and purchase another product from the Effaclar range - this time Effalcar K. The main difference that I can spot (no pun intended) between this and Duo is that whilst the Duo promises to sort out sebum clogged pores and heal acne, this promises to keep the spots at bay once the main problem has been dealt with. I used the Effaclar Duo twice a day until I noticed my skin was looking free of blemishes and then added this to my routine, using it once a day in order to try and keep breakouts from reoccurring.
After having such impressive results with La Roche Posay skincare in the past I had really high hopes for this and kind of just took it as a given that it would work for me - after all, every other product in the Effaclar range I've tried has had really beneficial effects so why should this be any different? It can be the most frustrating thing to have finally got somewhere close to clear skin only to have a relapse of blemishes to go and spoil it all! For me however, this hasn't worked out as well as I'd hoped. To begin with, the smell of this really is horrible. Scents and frgrances don't usually bother me when it comes to skincare; as long as it works well I couldn't care less, however this is the first skincare product I've ever tried where I find the smell really hard to ignore. I can't explain exactly what it smells like - the only word I can really think of is 'chemically', but it's really quite strong and unpleasant.
In terms of the difference this has made to my skin for me it's pretty negative. Since replacing my Effaclar Duo with this once a day I notice that my blemishes have been beginning to creep back; something that really shouldn't be happening with a product that promises an 'anti-relapse' for the skin. Overall I've read some really positive reviews about this so I don't know if it's just my skin that it doesn't suit, perhaps I still need to wait a little longer before I include it in my everyday routine permanently. For now though this is finding its home at the bottom of my skin are drawer - I still love you La Roche Posay!