La Roche Posay Products Review : Effaclar, Tolerine & Lipikar Range

La Roche Posay Reviews

Recommended by over 25000 dermatologists worldwide, La Roche Posay is a trusted French Pharmacy Skincare Brand loved by thousands of consumers. La Roche Posay is committed to provide highly effective dermatological skincare products. From the development to the recommendation, La Roche Posay partners up with dermatologists to formulate the best products that will suit even the most sensitive skin types.

La Roche Posay has different ranges targeting different skin type and concern. Some of the popular ones being

  • Effaclar : For Oily, Acne and Blemish Prone Skin.
  • Tolerine : For Sensitive and Reactive Skin
  • Lipikar : For Very Dry and Eczema Prone Skin.
  • Cicaplast : For damaged skin
  • Anthelios: For Sun Protection

In this post, I will be sharing my experience with 6 of La Roche Posay Products.

List of La Roche Posay Products Reviewed in this post

  1. Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Oily Skin
  2. Tolerine Hydrating Gentle Cleanser
  3. Thermal Spring Water
  4. Lipikar Lipid Replenishing Cleansing Oil
  5. Lipikar Body Milk
  6. Effaclar Duo

La Roche Posay Reviews

1.La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel For Oily Skin

What is it?

La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel is an alcohol, paraben and colorant free purifying facial wash that not only cleanses but also maintains skin’s pH balance with 5.5 pH.

Who is it for?

This is specifically formulated for oily, shiny, sensitive and acne prone skin types.

What does it contain?

  • Zinc Pidolate which has purifying, astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Thermal Spring Water, a pure naturally occurring skin soothing water.
  • Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Phenoxyethanol and Parfum are among the not-so-good ingredients in this.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel For Oily Skin

My thoughts on La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel For Oily Skin:

This is a clear slightly runny gel face wash with a synthetic laboratory scent?! As expected, it foams up really well with a tiny doll up of the product; it contains SLS, a highly foaming surfactant. The cleanser rinses off easily and doesn’t leave any slippery residue. It deeply cleanses the pores removing oils & impurities. It gives a very refreshing, awakening and squeaky cleaned skin. This cleanser is neither hydrating nor drying for my oily skin. It leaves my skin’s surface well balanced. Since it’s not a cleanser for dry skin and is formulated with oil controlling ingredients, if dry skin people use it, it is going to be drying. The cleanser alone is not sufficient to treat pimples or acne but using this cleanser gives lesser breakouts than it would normally. It efficiently controls excess sebum production and do not clog pores. Overall, it is a nice acne skin friendly cleanser. Use it along with a hydrating toner and soothing moisturizer.

2. La Roche Posay Tolerine Hydrating Gentle Cleanser

What is it?

La Roche Posay Tolerine Hydrating Cleanser is a gentle facial cleanser that does not strip off skin’s natural nutrients.

Who is it for?

This is suitable for Normal to Dry, Sensitive and Acne Prone Skin Types.

What does it contain?

  • Thermal Spring Water, a pure naturally occurring skin soothing water.
  • Ceramide-3 has Anti aging benefits to reduce wrinkles
  • Niacinamide, a skin brightening agent
  • Glycerin, a humectant to hydrate the skin.

La Roche Posay Tolerine Hydrating Cleanser

My thoughts La Roche Posay Tolerine Hydrating Gentle Cleanser:

Although it’s meant for Normal to Dry skin, I loved this for my oily skin. This is definitely much more gentler than the Effaclar Cleanser. It is a cream cleanser, similar to cleansing milks, that doesn’t foam at all. It doesn’t have a scent which a big plus for me. It cleans the skin well removing oils & impurities while leaving the skin hydrated. It doesn’t remove makeup since this is a mild cleanser. But it works perfectly when preceded with a micellar water for makeup removal. The cleanser is also great to use as a morning cleanser and also during the cold winters.

Overall I really enjoyed using this cleanser. It has a good set of ingredients and is fragrance free, Paraben free, Oil Free, Soap Free and Sulphate Free. It’s also non comedogenic and can be very well used by acne prone skin types. I haven’t found any cons with this cleanser and I would recommend this for those looking for a gentle hydrating cleanser.

3. La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water

What is it?

This is a soothing face mist for sensitive skin that gently refreshes and tones the skin. This thermal spring water is naturally rich in minerals with scientifically demonstrated soothing and antioxidant properties.

Who is it for?

Suitable for All. Best for Eczema, Rosacea, Sensitive and Dehydrated Skin. Suits even the most fragile ones including newborns, children, adults, pregnant women.

What does it contain?

  • Just Thermal Spring Water, a naturally occurring pure water from the Earth’s crust.
  • Rich in anti-oxidants and minerals, particularly Selenium.
  • The water has natural prebiotic properties: it rebalances the skin’s microbiome to reinforce the skin.
  • Oil free, Fragrance free, Paraben free, Additive Free.

La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water

My thoughts on La Roche Thermal Spring Water:

This is a fantastic face mist. It’s just pure mineral water, but it’s very addicting. I love how calming it feels on the skin. It soothes hot flushes, redness and decreases inflammations and irritations. I use it as a toner as well as a mid day refresher. I also love how finely and smoothly the can spritz the water on the skin; unlike some aerosal sparays that comes out as sharp droplets. For intense soothing effect, I like to place a cotton pad sprayed with this spring water on the irritated area. It beautifully tranquilizes irritated and sunburnt skin. This water has the capability to instantly rehydrate your dehydrated skin caused due to prolonged exposure to cold weather.

In all, this is a great product for sensitive skin. It not only refreshes, soothes, hydrates and tones skin, it also re-balances the skin moisture level.

4. La Roche Posay Lipid Replenishing Cleansing Oil

What is it?

La Roche Posay Cleansing Oil is a face & body lipid replenishing cleansing oil with anti-irritation and anti-scratching efficacy.

Who is it for?

Suitable for extreme dryness, atopic eczema prone skin. It is also suitable for children, baby’s scalp and intimate areas.

What does it contain?

  • Exclusive patented ingredient Aqua Posae Filiformis which reduces microbiome to prevent flare-ups.
  • Niacinamide, an anti-inflammatory and soothes itching sensations.
  • Shea Butter rebuilds damaged skin barrier and protect skin against dryness.

La Roche Posay Lipid Replenishing Cleansing Oil

My thoughts on La Roche Posay Lipid Replenishing Cleansing Oil:

Initially I perceived this product as a makeup remover/first cleanser. But it is not that. It is a cleansing oil that can be used in-shower replacing your soaps and shower gels. Simply put, it is a body wash. The product is not exactly an oil but it has a semi gel like consistency. It emulsifies into a creamy form while rubbed and foams up heavily when it comes in contact with water.

This thing works amazingly well as a nourishing body wash. It cleans, rinses off easily and leaves the skin extremely smooth and soft. It is perfect to tackle extreme dryness and irritations. The scent of the body wash is love. It has a fresh clean scent. It’s very subtle and barely stays on skin post cleansing, making it an ideal choice for sensitive skin. It’s also paraben free and alcohol free.

This is not a very popular La Roche Posay product. But it is worth giving a shot. I love how soothing it is for my itchy, hive breakout prone skin.

5. La Roche Posay Lipikar Body Milk

What is it?

A highly effective, skin repairing cold cream based body milk that provides long lasting hydration for dry and dehydrated skin.

Who is it for?

For the whole family, from babies to seniors. Best suited for Dry, Uncomfortable and Sensitive Skin.

What does it contain?

  • 10% Shea butter for lipid-replenishment
  • 60% La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water, known for its naturally soothing and protecting properties.
  • Contains Niacinamide to bring long-lasting comfort to all dry skin, even the most delicate and sensitive.

La Roche Posay Lipikar Body Milk

My thoughts on La Roche Posay Lipikar Body Milk:

It’s a nice body milk that nourishes and keeps skin soft and healthy. It did provide long lasting hydration throughout the day. I loved it’s satiny weightless texture. It’s rich but at the same time gets absorbed nicely and doesn’t make skin greasy. It reduces dryness induced itchiness. Above all, it’s Unscented and Paraben free.

I liked using the body milk as it kept my skin away from dryness. The product as such is not unique. One could easily find similar body milks elsewhere. But still, this is a good quality unscented body milk that calms sensitive and reactive skin.

6. La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo

What is it?

This is an all over face gel that to help rapidly clear existing acne, prevent their reappearance and limit the risk of spots & marks.

Who is it for?

For oily acne prone skin.

What does it contain?

  • Procerad helps protect against the appearance of red or brown marks.
  • Mannose stimulates skin regeneration.
  • APF helps durably restore skin’s balance.
  • Niacinamide, active ingredient for intensive soothing.
  • Piroctone olamine to combat bacterial proliferation
  • LHA and salicylic acid micro-exfoliates without irritating.
  • Zinc PCA reduces sebum secretion.

My thoughts on La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo:

This is one of the best face gel for acne prone skin. It is clear gel that is applied as a thin layer covering the full face. Due to the presence of zinc, this gel can be slightly drying even for oily skin types. I always made sure to use a hydrating toner before this. This product is super effective in treating active acne and preventing formation of new pimples. No wonder this has been raved by many. It also goes well under makeup and can be used both during day and night.

The only major con, this is available only in the European countries. In the US, you get a different product name  -Effaclar Duo with Benzoyl Peroxide, which is not the same and is to be used only as a spot treatment.

La Roche Posay Reviews

Some of the other best rated La Roche Posay Products include Anthelios Sunscreen, Tolerine Hydrating Cleanser and Tolerine Double Repair Moisturizer.

Concluding, La Roche Posay is certainly a brand that you need to look for if you have extremely sensitive and reactive skin. Most of their products have skin soothing ingredients and are free of parabens, alcohol and fragrance. Do let us know your favourites in the comments section below.

2 Replies to “La Roche Posay Products Review : Effaclar, Tolerine & Lipikar Range”

  1. i love thermal water and finished so many bottles of it that i forgot the count…loved the review…i’m planning to try effaclear duo now..

  2. I like the Effaclar face wash. Very good for oily skin. The Effaclar Duo I tried but didn’t find much effective on acne. Very nice and detailed review…

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