I recently posted about two LRP products that were working particularly well for me, and mentioned that I found the difference between Effaclar K and Effaclar Duo to be quite unclear.
Seems I wasn't the only one left scratching my head. A girl called Emer left a comment asking us to clarify if what she was doing was correct - she had been told by her local chemist to use Effaclar K as a moisturiser and Effaclar Duo as a spot treatment for morning and night. I had no idea how to answer her query, as I was confused enough myself!
So I got on to the brand's PR to see if she would have the info. She very kindly got in touch with the Irish LRP medical manager, who trains pharmacy advisors all over Ireland. Here's what she had to say:
She recommends breaking the products down as follows –
Effaclar Duo – A dual action product that treats on the surface (spots) and below the surface (clogged pores, whiteheads and blackheads) as well as reducing redness and inflammation. It is for daily use all over the face.
Effaclar K – Again suitable for all over daily use, this deals with congestion below the surface of the skin – blackheads, uneven surface, bumps. It doesn’t deal with inflammation or actual spots.
Duo is more suitable for acne-like skin imperfections whereas K would be a milder treatment for a less aggressive condition.
In terms of the question from your reader, we would be more likely to recommend Effaclar AI (Anti-Imperfection) than Effaclar Duo as a localized treatment. It is perfect for breakouts or individual spots (combats redness, reduces scarring and accelerates skin healing). It's perfect for occasional or localized use combined with Effaclar K.
So there you have it. They are both all-over treatments, but serve different purposes. I would be inclined to use one or the other at night (perhaps start with Duo and when your skin clears up a bit move on to K) and use a decent moisturiser in the morning. My top picks for oily skin would be LRP Hydraphase UV, Vichy Normaderm Tri-Activ, or LRP Effaclar M, which all retail for under €20.
I really hope that this helps, French pharmacy products can be confusing enough and when I turned to Google for more information, there wasn't a whole lot there either. I think that this is down to the fact that the directions on the packaging of these two products aren't quite specific enough - I was informed that PR are working to rectify this, and improve the communications for this line.
Let me know if you've tried any Effaclar products and how you got on with them!
La Roche-Posay is available from many Irish pharmacies as well as Boots, and you can find it online at Escentual.