Comparing La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + vs Effaclar H

La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar range of skincare products has been designed with oily, acne-prone skin in mind, and it is so effective that 9 out of 10 dermatologists would recommend it for those who are susceptible to blemishes.

Within the Effaclar collection is a variety of moisturisers for targeting specific skin problems, and it can be tricky to choose the right one for your skin. In this article, we’ll explore the differences between Effaclar Duo+ Moisturiser and Effaclar H Moisturiser and help you to decide which is right for you.

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Explaining the differences between Effaclar Duo+ and Effaclar H in terms of product aims, ingredients, formula and texture, and price.

A quick summary to which type of moisturiser may be more ideal for your skin type.

We answer frequetly asked questions on using Effaclar Duo+ and Effaclar H.

What’s the difference between Effaclar Duo+ and Effaclar H?

Both Effaclar Duo+ and Effaclar H moisturisers are suitable for oily or acne-prone skin. However, while Duo+ is particularly good for controlling acne and inflammation, H is designed to repair and protect skin which has become very fragile as a result of harsh acne treatments.

1. Product aims

Effaclar Duo+ is designed specifically for acne-prone skin. It works to hydrate the skin without leaving it feeling oily or contributing to clogged pores which lead to breakouts. It can help to minimise the appearance of lasting acne marks, reduce inflammation caused by breakouts, and prevent hyperpigmentation caused by persistent breakouts. Duo+ moisturises the skin while controlling shine, and is suitable for sensitive, oily skin.

Effaclar H is a soothing moisturiser that is also suitable for skin susceptible to breakouts, however it contains protective, hydrating properties to help repair skin damage. It is designed specifically for skin that has been made fragile by skin treatments and medications which dry out the skin in order to tackle acne. Many acne treatments such as Roaccutane work to minimise the skin’s production of sebum to reduce the frequency and severity of pimples, but they can leave the skin very dry, flaky, tight, and sensitive as a result. Effaclar H works to restore the skin’s protective lipid layers, leaving the face feeling soft, soothed and more comfortable.

2. Ingredients

A key difference between Effaclar Duo+ and Effaclar H is that the latter contains Bisabolol. This ingredient soothes irritation and reduces inflammation which is ideal for fragile, sensitive skin which is susceptible to redness. The product also contains Ceramide 5, which works to reinforce the barrier function of the skin to stop harmful bacteria and irritants from penetrating the skin and causing further blemishes or imperfections.

The Duo+ moisturiser contains salicylic acid, an ingredient well known for fighting pimples, which helps it to control breakouts. However, the addition of thermal spring water and niacinamide gives it a soothing, anti-inflammatory effect which prevents it from being too harsh on sensitive skin and reduces redness.

3. Formula and texture

Effaclar Duo+ is oil-free and has a texture that is somewhere between a cream and gel. It’s also free from alcohol. This gives it a lightweight texture that is easily absorbed into the skin.

Effaclar H also has a lightweight, non-greasy texture, however is slightly more nourishing than the Duo+. It feels soothing and like Duo+, it is easily absorbed.

4. How should the skin feel after using the product?

Effaclar Duo+ should leave the skin feeling hydrated yet mattified. The skin does not feel greasy or coated after application, which means makeup can easily be applied on top.

Effaclar H leaves skin feeling fresh, clean, hydrated and calm. It does not sit on top of the skin or feel sticky, and it can be applied before makeup. Despite its hydrating properties, it will not leave skin feeling oily.

5. Price

Effaclar Duo+ is €21.05 for 40ml of product, while Effaclar H is €18.50 for 40ml. Although the Duo+ is slightly more expensive, the additional cost is minimal and likely worthwhile if the product is more suitable for your skin concern.

Which product is more suitable for me?

Effaclar Duo+ is best suited to those who are susceptible to blackheads, cysts and irregular skin texture, but who are not currently using any other acne treatments or medications. It’s great for skin which has hyperpigmentation, redness or lasting acne marks as it will help to refine the skin’s texture and give a smoother appearance while regulating future breakouts.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+

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  • Anti-blemish moisturiser that corrects and hydrates oily, acne-prone skin
  • Helps to reduce spots, control shine and reduce the appearance of pigmentation marks
  • 24-hour hydration
  • For clearer skin in four weeks
  • Tested on sensitive skin

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Effaclar H is the right choice for those with blemish-prone skin who are also using acne treatments or medications which have stripped skin of its moisture and left it feeling dry and sore. Alternatively, it’s good for those who are susceptible to acne but are dealing with damaged, irritated skin caused by unsuitable skincare regimes. If you have dry patches, peeling or flaking skin, and sensitivity, but you don’t want to risk using heavy moisturisers which could lead to further breakouts, Effaclar H is for you.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar H

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  • Rebuilds the skin's protective layer
  • Contains Ceramide 5 to reinforce the skin’s barrier function
  • Restores comfort and suppleness
  • Soothes irritation and redness - contains La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring water and Bisabolol
  • Paraben-free formula
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Suitable for Oily Skin

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Frequently asked questions: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ and Effaclar H

Which La Roche-Posay moisturiser is better for blackheads?

Effaclar Duo+ is particularly effective in unclogging pores which might otherwise lead to blackheads. However, both Effaclar H and Effaclar Duo+ are non-comedogenic, which means both are unlikely to block pores. Effaclar K could also be a great moisturiser for those susceptible to blackheads.

When can Effaclar Duo+ and Effaclar H be used?

Both types of La Roche-Posay Effaclar moisturisers are designed for daily use. They should be applied to the entire face morning and night after cleansing and towel-drying the skin. For best results, it is advised to use these moisturisers after cleansing with the Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel, unless using medicated cleansers or face washes to control acne.

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Is Effaclar H suitable for sensitive skin?

Effaclar H is specifically designed for sensitive, oily skin. It has been tested for its efficacy on sensitive skin and is hypoallergenic.

What is the best way to care for sensitive skin?

To take care of sensitive skin, you can:

- Use gentle, hypoallergenic products which have been designed for sensitive skin

- Cleanse the face in warm water rather than hot water

- Avoid products which contain fragrances, alcohol and astringent ingredients

- Apply a nourishing, gentle moisturiser on a daily basis

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What should I use after Effaclar Duo+?

There is no need to apply any other products after applying Effaclar Duo+ moisturiser. However, you can apply makeup afterwards if you wish. If using a toner, you should apply this after cleansing and before moisturising.

Does La Roche-Posay clog pores?

La Roche-Posay products are designed with sensitive skin in mind, and many of their products are lightweight and unlikely to clog pores. However, if you are particularly prone to clogged pores, blemishes and blackheads, the Effaclar range of products is ideal since it has non-comedogenic effects.

Does Effaclar Duo+ contain salicylic acid?

Effaclar Duo+ moisturiser contains salicylic acid, which helps to unclog blocked pores and control breakouts.

How long does La Roche-Posay take to work?

All La Roche-Posay products are designed and tested to deliver noticeable results, but the length of time it takes before results are noticeable varies from product to product. Effaclar Duo+ moisturiser can provide clearer skin within 4 weeks. With Effaclar H moisturiser, your skin should feel soothed, hydrated and more comfortable immediately after application.

Does Effaclar Duo+ contain benzoyl peroxide?

Effaclar Duo+ and Effaclar H do not contain benzoyl peroxide.

Are you unsure which La Roche-Posay product is ideal for you? Visit our La Roche-Posay product guide.

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