Review: La Roche Posay Effaclar A.I. Targeted Breakout Corrector

I suddenly realised that in the midst of my skincare hoarding over the last year or so, I had strangely missed out on a skincare product all together the targeted blemish clearing product. It comes in many forms, colours and names and did have me somewhat sceptical about wether or not it would actually work. I did previously own The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil, which I would apply to a cotton pad and pat onto "problem areas", but didn't really see any results. So after that I was rather sceptical, but it did feel nice to do something when I had a blemish, so when the tea tree oil ran out I thought it was an excellent occasion for me to venture out and try something else similar.

I had a look in many pharmacies here in France and did extensive reading through many ingredients lists, looking for salicylic acid, or glycolic, or both. I finally landed on a product by La Roche Posay in their Effaclar A.I. series called "Correcteur cible des imperfections locales", which basically means localised imperfection treatment. Don't quote me on that though, I might live here, but I barely speak any french. I don't have the box it came with anymore unfortunately, but I do remember (I think) it having two different types of salicylic acid in the product, check the ingredients list before you buy to make sure! Now I'll take any excuse to venture back to my much beloved and sorely missed boots website (who of course has a 3 for 2 sale going) where they call it the "Targeted Breakout Corrector", it costs £9.19 and is currently in a 3 for 2 offer if anyone in the UK is interested!

First to give a mini brief on my skin. I don't get big heavy breakouts with cystic acne or any of the sort, just the occasional small blemish here and there. My problem is more with hyperpigmentation, but more on that another time. So I applied this little wonder product to the small blemishes I had before going to bed that same night.

I didn't wake up with no spots at all, and it did still take a day or two for it to clear, but I have to say it helped dramatically. I would say it works one of two ways, it either dries the blemish out and so theres a bit of a red mark, but it's flat (meaning there's no puss or the sort, sorry, yuck, and it's on it's way to completely disappearing) or it's ready to "pop" and starts healing that way. It kind of seems it rids the blemish of the infection part, as I can't "feel the blemish" anymore, if that makes any sense? It doesn't hurt at all.

The way I apply it is that I apply a little to the tip of one finger, after having washed my hands, and with the ring finger of my other hand pat on a little product and then pat that onto where it is needed. I have found that if I apply too much it kind of "peels off" as if it was dried up skin. Which I guess is essentially what happens, you kind of end up wasting product as it dries in on itself. So while it is tempting to pack on a boatload of product, it doesn't work and it actually makes the product not work at all.

I have to say I love this product. With the jungle of products available and wild out-there claims of all of them that almost never seem to live up to expecations and/or hype, it is so refreshing and wonderful when you stumble upon something that actually delivers. And I truly think this product does!

NB! Remember that everyone's skin is different and will react differently to skin care products. Just because something works for me, doesn't mean that it will work for you. Always take your skin condition and its history into consideration before buying a product. And always check the ingredients list!

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  1. Me too! Thanks for following my blog! :) x

  2. Even though it's been out for a while I hear great things about this product - buying it tomorrow, hope it does the job! :)

    1. This definitely works really well for me so hopefully it will work for you as well! Good luck!! :) xx


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