I've been trying to look after my skin for a few years now and understanding it has been harder than I thought it would have been. I've got combination skin and sometimes the skincare I've used hasn't worked well with my makeup, so naturally, I only ended up favouring the makeup. Finding products that balance out dry patches and oily skin seems to be a mission in itself. La Roche Posay created the Effaclar skincare range that is designed for blemish and acne-prone skin that's naturally oily.

The Effaclar Duo (+) is a spot treatment that corrects and hydrates the skin for clearer skin in just four weeks. It's a dual-action daily gel moisturiser that reduces the appearance of blackheads and spots, controls shine and helps protect the skin from brown and red coloured marks that are often left behind after you've had a spot. It's gentle and is suitable for sensitive skin, and I've found that wearing it for a short while before applying makeup doesn't encourage excess oil by the end of the day which is revolutionary. It contains Niacinamide to reduce the appearance of spots, Lipo Hydroxy acid and Salicylic acid to unclog blocked pore, Zinc to control sebum, Procerad to help reduce the appearance of coloured marks, and finally, Glycerin to keep the skin nourished. I've been using for a while, and after a horrible outbreak of acne in October/November, my skin has improved a lot. Of course I'm still getting spots, but they're nowhere near as bad as they were. I was recommended this product years ago but didn't pick it up, and now I'll be replacing this when I've run out.

The Effaclar Purifying Clay Mask is a dermatological clay mask clinically proven to unclog pores, control shine and cleanse impurities that are caused by pollution. I love clay masks, especially when I feel like they actually do something to your skin. The Effaclar Purifying Clay Mask gently absorbs excess sebum to control shine making the skin feel fresh and reduces the appearance of blackheads overall. The ingredients include Argilla to absorb sebum without over-drying the skin, kaolin to target and remove sebum from deep inside the skin (which mattifies over time), Panthenol B to soothe the skin and Cellubeads to remove impurities for an in-depth cleansing action. La Roche Posay claims that it has a 'magnet-like ability' to absorb the smallest impurities. I've been using this once a week so far along with the Effaclar Duo (+) and my skin is a lot softer and clearer. I still have issues with my pores and occasional excess oil but this can be down to other factors.

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