This post is a review on La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel.
Is La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel a gel cleanser or a foam cleanser? Aren't they the same?
No, they are not and its important you know why.
Gel cleansers with their thick gel-like consistency provide a small amount of foam. They are meant to mild cleanse the skin without leaving it feeling stripped.
While, foaming cleansers with their lightweight foam consistency burst into a rich foamy lather. They are meant to deep cleanse the skin by unclogging the pores while removing excess sebum and acne-causing bacteria.
Depending on the type of cleanser you choose for your skin type, it can either help or aggravate your skin.
Keep reading to find if La Roche-Posay Foaming Gel is ideal for you skin!
About La Roche Posay
La Roche Posay, founded in 1995, is a well known French skin care brand recommended by dermatologists worldwide.
It has been awarded 160 grants for dermatology research and it's in partnership with dermatologists, in campaigns related to skin cancer prevention.
Their goal is to make highly effective dermatological products available to everyone and tolerated by all skin types; even sensitive types.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel is a soap-free, oil-free, paraben-free, alcohol-free cleanser, allergy tested and dermatologist tested gel cleanser that cleanses dirt and oil while keeping the skin’s pH balanced.
This gel cleanser contains zinc pidolate to purify skin and remove excess oil making it suitable for oily and sensitive skin types.
The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel is 2020 Bustle Editor's Picks.
The packaging of the foaming gel is blue while the cap is white which is very suiting because white represents purity and blue represents trust which is the brand's main concern with its consumer.
La Roche-Posay Foaming Gel comes in a plastic tube with 200ml, a little goes a long way so for the price, you definitely get your money's worth.
Its consistency is a clear thick soft gel and has a very subtle chemical scent.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel is great for oily and sensitive skin types because it prevents the skin from being stripped.
When the skin is stripped from its natural oils, the skin barrier is damaged which causes external irritants to easily penetrate the skin and rapid water loss.
This gel cleanses dirt and oil while keeping the skin’s pH balanced thanks to its ingredients:
- Gently cleanses the skin.
- Exfoliates the skin.
- Regulates sebum production.
- Reduces redness and irritation.
- Treats acne.
- Exfoliates the skin.
- Unclogs the pores.
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Brightens, softens and smooths the skin.
- Helps the skin retain water.
My Experience with La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel
This was the first cleanser I ever tried because it was recommended to me by my then dermatologist.
La Roche-Posay Foaming Gel gently cleanses dirt and oil while keeping the skin’s pH balanced.
As someone with very oily skin, it's frustrating trying to find a cleanser that will cleanse but not strip the skin.
When I applied this cleanser on my skin, the gel provided a small amount of foam which felt very soothing while easily gliding it across the skin.
I wasn't expecting the foaming gel to clean my skin as much as it did.
Unfortunately, this cleanser claims to not strip the skin but I did feel that my skin was taut and tight; a feeling I personally am not a fan off.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel contains some concerning ingredients.
This cleanse has Sodium Laureth Sulfate which irritates to your eyes, skin, mouth and lungs and may clog pores and cause acne.
It also contains Peg-8 and Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate which have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and Cosmetic Ingredient Review as safe for use in cosmetics but not on broken or irritated skin.
Sodium Hydroxide, also known as caustic soda or lye, is another ingredient found in this cleanser which, in high concentrations, is a significant skin sensitizer.
It also contains Phenoxyethanol which has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in cosmetic.
The Cosmetic Ingredient Review deems Phenoxyethanol safe in concentrations of under 1%.
Last but not least, it has fragrance which is considered “trade secrets” under the US Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, this means that manufacturers are not required to list their fragrance ingredients on product labels.
As a result, the term “fragrance” on the product label is used to hide all the toxic ingredients used to formulate the product.
La Roche-Posay Foaming Gel makes skin feel taut and tight.
Why Should You Use La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel?
You should use La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel to remove impurities from the surface of your skin.
When Should You Use La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel?
You should use La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel in the morning, evening and after a workout.
How Should You Use La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel?
Wet your face with lukewarm water and apply a dime-sized amount of the foaming gel in your face.
Massage the skin gently to form a lather and rinse thoroughly with water.
Precautions Before Using La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel
Precautions to take into consideration before using La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel are:
- Avoid contact with eyes.
- Stop using if the skin becomes red, irritated or inflamed.
- Discontinue use if signs of irritation or allergies appear.
- Avoid using on irritated skin.
The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel is a well known cleanser among dermatologists and it definitely deep cleanse the skin.
It comes in a plastic tube with 200ml and since a little goes a long way you definitely get your money's worth.
This cleanser with its thick gel-like consistency provides a small amount of foam which feels very soothing and glides very easily across the skin; preventing the skin from being pulled.
I found so many positive reviews on this cleanser, unfortunately, it made my skin feel taut and tight.
I recommend La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel if you're looking to purify and remove excess oil from the skin.
REMOVES EXCESS OIL
DOESN'T STRIP THE SKIN
Which cleanser have you tried before? How was your experience?
Frequently Asked Questions
No, gel cleansers are better for acne because they cleanse without stripping the skin from its natural oils.