Spot The Difference

The French pharmacy skincare range that will help problem skin.

The world has much to thank France for, and skincare is a big one. The French take skincare seriously, with significant investment in the science behind specific skin concerns. As consumers, we’re the lucky recipients of this, with up-to-the-minute skincare that’s proven to get results. For those of us with oily or acne-prone skins, the latest development from dermatologists’ favourite La Roche-Posay has taken skin diagnosis and treatment to the next level.

The new skin diagnosis

Five years of development and consultation with scientists and dermatologists have gone into the creation of the Effaclar SpotScan skin diagnosis tool, the first of its kind to use artificial intelligence to help users identify and understand their skin’s issues, including acne, blackheads, pigmentation and severity.

It’s simple to use and gives you a comprehensive rundown on what’s going on with your skin. First, you access the tool via from your smartphone, then you take three photos at different angles with a clean, bare face. The tool then maps your face to show where issues are occurring and recommends a personalised step-by-step skincare routine to help address them. It also provides great skincare tips and a skin diary to track progress. (It doesn’t store your pics either, so you don’t need to worry about them coming back to haunt you.)

Find your solution

Once you’ve got your skin diagnosis, you can see where your issues are, and what you can do about them. La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar range has nine products that are specifically formulated to manage oily or acne-prone skin with great results, so you’ll be given a cleansing, moisturising and treatment option to suit your individual skin’s needs. We’ve taken a closer look at some of the range’s hero products here.

Effaclar Foaming Gel

Cleansing is key, and this gel gently purifies the skin with cleansing agents specifically selected to respect sensitive skin. It eliminates impurities and excess sebum to leave the skin clean and feeling fresh, plus contains the soothing, antioxidant properties of La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water. The skin-loving formula is non-comedogenic with pH 5.5 and is soap, alcohol, colourant and paraben free. Suitable for sensitive, oily and acne-prone skin.

Effaclar Duo (+) Anti-Acne Care

This multi-tasking moisturiser targets clogged pores, pimples and persistent marks with visible results in 12 hours* and, used long-term, helps reduce the recurrence of breakouts. Offering 24-hour hydration and a long-lasting mattifying finish to the skin, the lightweight cream absorbs quickly for a non-sticky, non-oily finish. On first application skin is hydrated and mattified. After 12 hours*, redness and skin texture are improved and the appearance of blemishes is reduced. After 8 days**, blemishes are significantly reduced. The formula is allergy tested.

*Instrumental test, results from 12 hours, 43 subjects.
** Cosmetoclinical study, 38 subjects.

Effaclar K (+) Anti-Blackhead Care

For congested skin and clogged pores, this new addition to the Effaclar range is a game changer, providing a 33 per cent reduction in blackheads in eight weeks^. Effaclar K (+) is an anti-blackhead moisturiser that helps reduce the visibility of blackheads and improves skin texture and shine. Designed for combination to oily skin, it exfoliates and hydrates to progressively transform the skin’s surface, leaving the skin feeling smoother and fresher.

Ingredients wise, Carnosine protects skin by interrupting the first stages of the oxidation process, while Airlicium™, a new molecule able to absorb 150 times its volume in sebum, mattifies the skin. LHA and Salicylic Acid micro-exfoliate without irritating – cleansing and unclogging pores and helping prevent them becoming blocked again.

Immediately, Effaclar K (+) detoxifies and purifies skin for a fresh skin feeling that lasts all day. After just one month, skin looks transformed with a smoother texture, pores are unclogged and shine is controlled.

The Effaclar range is scientifically formulated skincare that gets results, so if you’re ready to change to a skincare range that gets results for oily or acne-prone skin, try the Effaclar SpotScan tool to get your personalised skin diagnosis and recommended skincare routine.

Available in selected pharmacies Australia-wide.

  ^Clinical study on 55 subjects.

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