Did La Roche Posay clear my acne?

I tested La Roche Posay for one week and this is how it went…

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I’m sat here absolutely freezing my ta-ta’s off because it’s like -1 degree Celsius in the UK right now. But anyways, over the last week, I’ve been testing a new skincare brand to see if it could help to clear my acne. Throughout my teens, I’ve been pretty lucky with my skin and only used to have the odd breakout or “typical teen” spots. However, I’m now 22 and I’m the spottiest I’ve probably ever been LOL.

I find it absolutely hilarious that I used to literally cake on my makeup as a teen and only remove it with a face wipe *shudders*, but now that I’m 22 and I’ve invested a lot of money in skincare, my skin is worse. Since lockdown I’ve barely worn makeup, so it’s a confusing time that my skin would do me dirty like this.

So, let’s get to the point of this blog… I recently ordered products from La Roche Posay after watching SydAndEll’s video on YouTube about Syd’s skincare journey. In the video, she talks about her skincare issues and how she actually went to a dermatologist who put her on Roaccutane.

In case you’ve never heard of Roaccutane before, it’s a very effective treatment for severe acne. Although it is very good at reducing and getting rid of acne, the side effects (especially for me) put me off. This is because the drug is known to increase anxiety and depression. For someone like me who takes Antidepressants, that’s a big no no.

However, in the video Syd mentioned that the dermatologist recommends using products from La Roche Posay. This is a skincare brand that I’d say is definitely not the cheapest, but is way less expensive than many other skincare brands on the market. So, I decided to put it to the test and ordered direct from their website as they had a 25% discount. These products are also available at Boots (UK) and LookFantastic, so definitely shop around for the best deals.

The products I bought were, the Effaclar Clarifying Lotion (£12.50), the Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel (£12.50) and the Hydraphase Intense Eyes because I barely sleep and my undereyes are soooo dark (£16). They also give away three free decent sized samples which I really appreciated.

So, what have I been doing? I found the skincare to be quite intense and as someone who has oily skin but on a lesser scale, I decided to use each product once a day in the evening. I started by washing my face with the foaming face wash and I didn’t really need to use a lot so I reckon the bottle will last me for at least a month.

Next, I’d pour some of the lotion onto a cotton pad, before applying all over my face (apart from under the eyes). Once the lotion had dried, I’d apply my moisturiser. I didn’t want to buy a moisturiser from La Roche Posay as I have a fair few moisturisers that I received for Christmas that I’d rather use up first. After this, I’d apply the eye cream under my eyes.

The only problems that I experienced when using these products were dryness under my nostrils and redness above my top lip, which meant that I just avoided applying the lotion there. Overall, I can definitely see a positive difference in my skin. The size of my spots have reduced and are beginning to fade away. My skin also feels clean and less inflamed. I think the eye cream has worked slightly, but of course to fade away completely, I’d actually have to sleep LOL.

Yes that is a Stranger Things poster LOL

So, do I think La Roche Posay has worked? I actually think it has! I’ve seen a lot of progress in my skin after just a week and expect to see a lot more progress over a longer time period. The brand is pretty inclusive too, offering products for all skin types. I will definitely continue to use the products I’ve bought and will check in to share my progress.

Have you used La Roche Posay before? How did you get on? Let me know in the comments ❤️