Soothing, effervescing cleanser for acne-prone skin.
Acne-prone skin requires daily cleansing that is both effective and gentle. Effaclar Foaming Purifying Gel is a soap-free cleanser that purifies the skin and promotes the elimination of excess sebum with a combination of Zinc and Glycacil. When clean and free of impurities, the skin regains its physiological equilibrium. It is an ideal complement to dermatological treatments.
I know this is going to sound like the stereotypical "I have acne and have tried everything" speech, but seriously though - I HAVE. Cetaphil, Noxema, Proactiv, Clean and Clear, Mario Badescu, Clarisonic, etc. etc. I stumbled upon this stuff at my local CVS and decided to give it a go. I was a little apprehensive about it since I had found it at CVS and that the price was seriously a bit steeper than the other brands I have been using since my first pimple made its way onto my face BUT after googling several reviews on my phone while I stood in the aisle, I bought it. BEST BUY EVER. Also BEST DISCOVERY EVER. I have this crazy combination oily acne and sometimes cystic acne prone dry skin that I slowly but surely figured out hates most everything I put on it. Thankfully, this sensitive skin formula is PH balanced specially for the skin and totally helps balance out my face and keep it healthy. I also love the smell and that it doesn't have any harsh acne killing ingredients that would make my skin angry. I have noticed that while it doesn't really fully prevent the breakouts I have, it definitely calms the redness and inflammation down considerably and helps it heal up a bit faster. I am not asking for a miracle worker through this cleanser but it definitely helps me out with my current issues. I am sure I will try more by this brand despite the steep cost just because it really helps with my skin issues mores than any other brand I have ever used.
Most of the La Roche Posay products I have tried have been wonderful. I love Effaclar K and Effaclar M - so naturally, I thought the cleansing gel from the same line, would be just as good. It is a foaming gel cleanser, which rinses okay - but I didn't feel that my skin was cleaner than it was after using similar, less expensive cleansers. And I didn't notice any improvement or changes in the clarity of my skin.