La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel VS Micro Peeling Gel – Review Of Cleansers For Acne Prone Sensitive Skin

I was inspired to write this post as my first product comparison post of La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Duo+ and Avene Cleanance Comedoned moisturisers is one of my most visited blog posts. I hope my comparison of reviews has been helpful to someone, it was content that I was unable to find when researching both products, hence deciding to write it. So this leads me onto this post – comparing the 2 gel cleansers from La Roche Posay’s Effaclar range.

La Roche Posay’s original Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel has been my go to cleanser for years since I discovered it back in 2016. I found it after almost giving up on what the aisles of Boots had to offer as anything like Garnier, Clearasil, Clean and Clear etc left my skin stripped, dry and sore whilst gentler formulas like Simple did nothing for my blemishes. The Effaclar range is aimed at combination / oily spot prone skin that is also sensitive so formulas are gentle. Their Duo+ moisturiser is, to this day 5+ years of acne later, my holy grail product, whenever I buy anything new I find myself reverting back to this straight away.

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When they first launched their new Micro Peeling Gel designed for persistent imperfections I was very excited because as much as I love their original cleanser I still struggle with blemishes that definitely tick the box of “persistent”.

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

Effaclar Purifying Gel Cleanser
(Face & Body use)
Effaclar Micro Peeling Gel Cleanser
(Face & Body use)
£12.50 for 200ml
£18.50 for 400ml
£14.50 for 200ml
£20.00 for 400ml
Product claims
(as per their website)
lifts away dirt leaving skin fresh
visibly reduces spots and blackheads
controls shine
doesn’t over dry the skin
hypoallergenic formula
suitable for sensitive skin
deeply unclogs pores
intensely removed impurities
micro-exfoliates to refine pores
purifies the skin
leaves skin texture smoother
suitable for very sensitive skin
Active Ingredients
(as per their website)
La Roche Posay Thermal Spring water & Zinc PCASalicylic Acid (2%) LHA (0.05%)
Zinc (0.2%) and La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring water
(as per their website)
Of their tests:
16% reduction of sebum
28% less inflammatory spots
25% reduction of blackheads
No information on website r.e similar stats
Info taken from La Roche Posay’s website

La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel Review

I love this product so much that at least twice I’ve purchased the 400ml size bottle on promotion and used it twice daily for a year until empty. The formula is really gentle but effective. No skincare product alone was ever going to completely eradicate my acne but I’ve noticed enough positive differences when using this over the years to keep repurchasing it. My skin has never felt dry, tight or sore. The product has never stung and was true to its word about being gentle whilst leaving skin feeling really clean. I think that using this along with the Duo+ moisturising, full review here, helped reduce some of the intensity of my spots as well as the amount of time they lingered for. I always used the Duo+ moisturiser with this cleanser so can’t review for the gel alone but I noticed my spots cleared faster with a combination of the 2. A little goes a really long way as it foams up really well, the 400ml pump bottle lasts me 11-12 months and is better value for money than the smaller product. I haven’t ever noticed any improvements with blackheads using this but felt that redness was somewhat reduced. I diverted away from buying this at the start of the year to try Cetaphil’s Oily Skin Cleanser, I’ve previously also used Clinique’s Anti Blemish Solutions cleanser and the Tea Tree range from The Body Shop but this product for me outshone all the others.

Re-buy Yes or No? Yes and I have many, many times. It’s gentle but effective formula works well for me.

Effaclar Micro Peeling Gel – Purchased and used since April (along with the other products in this image)
A full comparison review of the Avene product can be found here

La Roche Posay Effaclar Micro Peeling Gel Review

I really wanted this product to be the turbo charged version of the cleanser I’ve loved for so long, the new modified version with an extra kick to fix my stubborn spots if you will. I bought this with a money saving skincare haul a few months back, full post details with skincare money saving tips can be found here. I have previously tested The Body Shop peels and expected this to be similar where you can literally see a surreal peeling off effect with use but that didn’t happen at all. The formula felt gentle, it didn’t sting, it foamed nicely much like the original but I found that I wasn’t able to use this alongside other active ingredients like my Adapalene retinol prescription without my skin feeling a little tight and a bit more sensitised which didn’t happen with the original gel cleanser. I didn’t notice any improvements with the texture of my skin which was one of the main reasons I switched to this product. I still have lots of small pin prick bumps under the surface of my most acne affected areas even after using this with a silicone cleansing device for more than 3 months. I don’t dislike this product but it hasn’t wowed me either. For me it doesn’t have any perks on the Cleansing Gel, it is also more expensive. Using this product leaves me feeling like I have to juggle when to use prescriptions that I rely on to keep my acne under control as I have experienced some dryness which doesn’t usually happen. I didn’t notice any difference with blackheads using this product either.

Re-buy Yes or No? No, purely because I find it too much alongside topical prescriptions and didn’t notice any added benefits to the original cleanser, just slight negatives for me. I should imagine if you aren’t using drying active high strength topicals like I am and find the original cleanser good but want something more than this is still worth trialling.

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