La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ VS Avene Cleanance Comedomed – Review Of Moisturisers For Acne Prone Sensitive Skin

Having had adult acne for nearly 6 years I’m always keen to find products that are effective without stripping my skin so tend to lean towards formulas designed for those who have sensitivity whilst being acne prone. As a reference my acne is described as moderate on the scale of mild to severe and requires prescriptions to manage it so no skin care product alone was ever going to transform my skin.

Here’s a comparison breakdown of the two products followed by my reviews

La Roche Posay – Effaclar Duo+Avene Cleanance Comedomed
Price£17 for 40ml£18.50 for 30ml
Product Claims
(as per their websites)
Formulated for oily acne prone sensitive skin in teens and adults
Minimises the appearance of blackheads and spots
Noticeably reduces spots
Controls shine
Hydrates for 24 hours
Helps reduce pigmentation from blemishes
Suitable for teens and adults with acne prone skin
Hydrates / mattifies
Helps reduce blemishes and their reappearance
For sensitive skin
Results Within
(as per their websites)
Clearer skin within 4 weeks Proven efficacy in 7 days
Any Extra NotesStrong smell that fades quickly

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Avene Cleanance Comedomed Review

I paid £14.40 and have bought it once. I noticed it had a strong smell as warned online, it dissipated quickly but if you’re fussy about smells this may put you off. It reminds me of something quite medicinal or like a cleaning product scent. Personally this didn’t bother me and had it lived up to its other claims I wouldn’t have cared. Did I notice less spots in 7 days? Not particularly no but to be honest I would have been incredibly surprised if this had been the case as I have particularly troublesome skin with a long history of things I’ve tried. It did help reduce the amount of time under the skin spots typically lasted though. I’m very pale so find that marks left behind from spots often make my skin look a lot worse than it is and this product did nothing to help with hyper pigmentation. I don’t think it mattified my skin for very long at all – I noticed a shiny forehead at 11am after applying it around 8.00am which surprised me as this isn’t usually the case for my skin. It did a fine job at moisturising and didn’t cause breakouts at all but I did notice it occasionally stung or tingled which I wasn’t a huge fan of. The formula is light and soaks in quickly. The pump bottle is nice but makes it really hard to know how much product is left, in fact it ran out on me so suddenly I wasn’t prepared at all!

Re-buy Yes or No? For me this is a no. Purely because it does nothing for scarring, it’s more expensive and doesn’t provide enough benefits for me personally to warrant the price.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ Review

I love this product and in the last 5 years or so since discovering it it’s been my go to moisturiser. I’ve bought countless bottles of this and after venturing into the Avene product recently I’ll be returning to this moisturiser as soon as it runs out. It doesn’t have a funky smell and the massive plus on this product for me over Avene is that it really helps fade marks left behind from blemishes far quicker than if I don’t use it. One bottle lasts me about 3-4 months when used mostly twice a day and when I’ve paid around £13.60 for it I don’t mind this at all. Again it doesn’t clear up my skin in the time frame they suggest or do anything at all really for blackheads but I know my skin is particularly fussy having tried countless things including antibiotics detailed in this post. I don’t notice a shiny forehead by 11am when using it either, this would typically happen mid afternoon. It works fine for moisturisation for me and I like that the packaging can easily be cut open to scoop all the product out to make the most of it before recycling. La Roche Posay also make a tinted version, which if this colour matched me, I’d also use.

Re-buy Yes or No? Yes. So many times yes. It’s the best multitasking product I’ve found for my skin in years. It moisturises well, does a decent job of controlling oil levels but it’s major win for me is its ability to diminish scars quickly.

I have since tried the Avene Cleanance Expert moisturiser and written a comparison review of all 3 products which may be of interest.

Comments Welcome.

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