La Roche-posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel-product Review

La Roche-posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel-product Review

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel Product review-Is it really for sensitive skin?

This is the 2nd post for the “Read the Label ,Folks” series.

According to the internet, it states that , “La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel cleanses the skin gently thanks to cleansing agents selected to respect sensitive skin. It eliminates impurities and excess sebum, leaving the skin clean and fresh.

It claims it is for all skin types.

It features that the product is for sensitive skin, non-comedogenic and oil free.

This post is going to cover the ingredients list as of this writing for the US formulation.

Our first video was:

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La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel does NOT contain the following ingredients:

The label claims that La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel is:

FREE of:





La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel is NOT for sensitive skin:

This is purely based on my opinion and what I have seen treating clients who truly have reactive and sensitive skin.

This is why it is common to see most cleansers for sensitive skin types, not foam. It is usually a gel or cream that will not foam or very little foam.

The cleansing gel is a water based formula and the 2nd ingredient is Sodium Laureth Sulfate.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate primarily serves as:

-emulsifier-keeps ingredients combined

-surfactants-help clean and is also a foaming agent.

This is a milder form of it’s “sister” Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. If Sodium Lauryl Sulfate goes through a chemical process called ethoxylation, then it becomes Sodium Laureth Sulfate.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate can be contaminated with a ethylene oxide and 1,4-Dioxane.

According to the INternation Agency for Research on Cancer, ethylene oxide is a known human carcinogen and 1,4-dioxane is a “possible” human carcinogen.

This ingredient can also irritate the skin and the eyes.

Sulfates are known to strip the skin of oils but also hair color.

This is listed as the 2nd ingredient which means the cleanser has a detergent agent as one of the main ingredients.

Next is PEG 8 (polyethylene glycol ester of Lauric Acid-also a surfactant and emulsifying agent)

Coco-Betaine (also known as cocamidopropyl betaine)-a common skin irritant can be linked to contact dermatitis.

Sodium Chloride-otherwise known as table salt. A high amount of this can dry out skin and over use of a product with this ingredient over the winter can cause itchiness and cracked skin.

Zinc PCA– synthetic humectant/skin conditioning agent. It is also an astringent and also has antimicrobial properties that can help with acne causing bacteria.

Citric Acid– chelating agent and buffering agent. This can also assist in helping exfoliate the skin. For some sensitive skin types, this can irritate the skin.

Sodium Benzoate-This ingredient is an antifungal preservative

Phenoxythanol– Commonly used as a preservative

Fragrance-Parfum- a likely synthetic fragrance

In conclusions, based on the label of the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel, the product mainly consists of these categories:

-Surfactants (foaming agents)



and Fragrance, being the last ingredient.

So based on their ingredients list, I do NOT recommend this product if you truly have sensitive skin, Rosacea with acne, or oily skin .

This product does have ingredients that will break down oil however if you live in a dry climate and are using drying acne treatments on top of that, then you may experience dry, itchy skin or your skin may over produce oil due to the product stripping the skin of its natural oils.

As of this post, the cost of the cleanser is $19.99 for 13.5 ounces ( you may be able to purchase this for a lesser price on other websites). Which in my opinion doesn’t give enough beneficial ingredients for the skin for the price that you are paying.

I would like to see more calming and soothing ingredients if this is marketed toward sensitive skin.

I would replace the sulfates with more gentle foaming agents that won’t strip the skin of the natural oils and at least 2 more hydrating ingredients to balance out the ingredients that tend to dry out the skin.

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If you have combo to oily skin a cleanser that many of my clients have used to help with acne and ingrown hairs is a gel based foaming cleanser that uses gentle foaming agents, it is called RESTORE.

This gel cleanser is concentrated so you don’t need a lot.

Restore Cleanser :

Sulfate and paraben free

contains Willow Bark Extract to help exfoliate skin cells

Tea Tree

Witch Hazel and Calendula and cucumber extract soothes, minimizes redness and purifies

It hydrates the skin with Vitamin b5.

Remember: Make up is an ART and Skin Care is a Science

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