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Quick Product Notes
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Paraben-Free
Sulfate-Free
Alcohol-Free
Silicone-Free
EU Allergen-Free
Fungal Acne (Malassezia) Safe

Notable Effects & Ingredients


Brightening from 1 Ingredient(s):
Niacinamide

Anti-Aging from 1 Ingredient(s):
Niacinamide

Acne-Fighting from 1 Ingredient(s):
Salicylic Acid

Ingredients Related to Skin Types
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Dry Skin
1
Oily/Acne-Prone Skin
1
3
Sensitive Skin
1

Ingredient Safety Breakdown (EWG Health Ratings)

  • Low Risk
  • Moderate Risk
  • High Risk
  • Unknown
91%
3%
3%
3%

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Product Ingredient List

(Showing first 5 of 33 Ingredients)
EWG CIR Ingredient Name & Cosmetic Functions Notes
1
Water
(Solvent)
2
A
Glycerin
(Solvent, Perfuming, Fragrance, Humectant, Viscosity Decreasing Agent, Hair Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Denaturant)
Good for Dry Skin
Good for Dry Skin
Fungal Acne
Fungal Acne
3
A
Dimethicone
(Skin Conditioning, Emollient, Antifoaming Agent, Skin Protecting)
Silicone
Silicone
comedogenic1
Comedogenic Rating (1)
1
B
Isocetyl Stearate
(Skin Conditioning, Emollient)
Bad for Oily Skin
Bad for Oily Skin
Fungal Acne
Fungal Acne
1
A
Niacinamide
(Skin Conditioning, Hair Conditioning, Smoothing)
Brightening
Brightening
Anti-Aging
Anti-Aging

Latest User Reviews

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Help Open Pore Not the Pimple
Reviewed
Skin Type: dry Skin
Skin Concerns: Acne, Anti-Aging (Fine lines & Wrinkles), Sensitive Skin, Dehydrated Skin, Whiteheads/Closed Comedones

I tried these product because i did stop taking ISOTRETINOIN (ACCUTANE) for 1 year (as my dermatologist prescribe). And i don't want to use ISTOTRETINOIN again, since i read many information about it. And i am using EFFACLAR ASTRINGENT one month already. And it reduce my oil, but not too much. I still have many pimples on my face. And the pimple moves everywhere. Sometimes when one is heal already and the other one is getting bigger. I will continue this product until few months to see the result. I'm using EFFACLAR DUO +, and EFFACLAR PURIFYING CLEANSING GEL. I am not sure about my pimples. Because sometimes it looks very bad, very big pimple with bacteria inside it (white thing inside the pimple). And i never have that pimple ever in my life. But i still thinking in possitive way, well maybe it part of the process. Some of my whiteheads now is getting better, and maybe because these product also open my pore.

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Points
2175
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works
Reviewed
Skin Type: dry Skin
Skin Concerns: Blackheads, Sensitive Skin, Dehydrated Skin, Uneven Skin Tone, Whiteheads/Closed Comedones

Comes in a nice tube packaging and smells fresh, almost a tad sweet. Has a consistency of a smooth lotion or emulsion and a milky color.
Used this for years mostly as a spot treatment on whiteheads/closed comedones. Sometimes mixed it in with my moisturizer as a preventative measure or put it on my nose to combat blackheads, but after seeing the ingredient list, I wouldn't recommend doing that due to some clogging ingredients. I ran to this product anytime I felt a breakout, and even thought I'm not a fan of the ingredient list, I gotta admit that it was very effective. If a whitehead had already formed, it popped it over night. If something was being conceived under my skin, it killed it at the rood without giving it a chance to come up. I can feel it burn a bit for a while after putting it on the spot. One strange thing that it does is that if you blob the product on and then let it sit there for a good amount of time, you will notice the presence of dimethicone, because the blob will eventually turn into a silicone ball and just roll off the skin.
It's incredibly hard to use up this much product just on spots, and I definitely threw half-full tubes out before because they expired, but at the same time the price is that of smaller spot treatments. Will be looking for less clogging spot treatments with no fragrance.
I don't believe it ever broke me out, but I'm not sure how it would do on oilier skin types.

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Points
395
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I use it as a spot treatment not as a moisturiser
Reviewed
Skin Type: oily Skin
Skin Concerns: Blackheads, Dehydrated Skin, Uneven Skin Tone, Whiteheads/Closed Comedones

Touted as an anti-blemish moisturiser that corrects and hydrates, blemish and acne prone skin. However I use it as a spot treatment, Note: clogs that I had in the past could be due to Butylene Glycol that caused small comedones and stopping those products instead of using effaclar duo (+) is better. Do not use this on whiteheads that are surfacing and blackheads (open comedones). Only on clogs that have a thin layer of skin surface on them and on pimples that show a head surfacing. (+) Has several ingredients listed as bad for oily skin and comedogenic including Mysristy Myristate (emollient, opacifying, might have caused clogs on thinner parts of face like cheekbones and temples, if rubbed in it exacerbates open comedones into pimples). Salicylic acid is way down the line. Difference from effaclar duo is the use of benzoyl peroxide (prematurely ages skin) instead of salicylic acid.