Review: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Gel Cleanser

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As you know, I’m borderline obsessive when it comes to caring for my skin. Nothing ruins my day quite like a bad breakout, not playing. Personally, caring for the skin is more important than perfect makeup application. Because no matter how good you are with makeup application, bad skin has a way of showing through. Also, having great skin makes any makeup apply better!

I’ve been quite fickle in terms of what moisturizer to get but for cleansing, there is one thing that I use continuously and constantly: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Gel Cleanser. It’s ridiculous how I’ve used this pH-balanced facial cleanser for 2 to 3 years now and I’ve yet to write a review about it!

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Gel Cleanser

As I grew older, I started shying away from skin care products that are too drying. The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Gel Cleanser is my favorite daily cleanser because my skin never feels dry after cleansing. It’s just so good. On with the review!

What is it: La Roche-Posay Effaclar Gel Cleanser

According to La Roche-Posay, a French skincare brand, the Effaclar Gel Cleanser is a purifying gel cleanser that:

“Gently cleanses dirt and oil” while respecting the skin’s natural pH balance of 5.5. This lightweight, gel cleanser is enriched with zinc to purify the skin and remove excess oil. It’s 100% soap-free, paraben-free, oil-free, and alcohol-free.”


This is a foaming gel cleanser that yields the most luxurious lather. It’s not fragrance-free because only Jesus is perfect in this world. However, the scent isn’t strong at all. The delicate scent actually makes cleansing such a pleasant experience.

You only need a small amount of the cleanser to get a good lather going. This gentle cleanser doesn’t sting the eyes at all. The foamy lather washes away dirt and grime off the skin with ease. It doesn’t leave a slimy residue on the skin.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Gel Cleanser is made for oily skin but it’s suitable for peeps with dry skin too. I have dry-combination skin. My T-zone is oily but my cheeks and the skin around my mouth are drier than the Sahara. I stay indoors most of the time in an air-conditioned room and this aggravated the dryness of my skin. So dry that I actually apply petroleum jelly around my mouth at night!

Once I wash my face with this cleanser, my skin doesn’t feel tight or squeaky clean. It leaves my skin soft, clean, and refreshed!

A bottle of La Roche-Posay Effaclar Gel Cleanser contains about 400  ml., of the product. Since you only need the tiniest amount to wash the face + neck + chest, a bottle will last for a long, long time. I’ve been using mine for almost two years, even decanted the cleanser into two small bottles for travel and I still have a lot of product left.

As you can see above, I still have about an inch of product. I can tell you that this amount will probably take 4 to 6 months for me to use up! It’s that economical. This cleanser is so affordable too. I’ve seen a couple of indie vendors that sell the cleanser for PhP 1,200+++.

The price is quite fair considering the amount you get per bottle plus the quality. The only downside is that La Roche Posay is not locally available, which sucks! I got my stash from my sister who’s based in the Middle East. She was the one who recommended the cleanser in the first place. I wish this is available locally so I could get more.

Final Thoughts

To draw a comparison between high-end gel cleansers for sensitive skin, I use a different cleanser when I shower: the Clinique Liquid Facial Extra Mild Soap (yes, review soon). I can say with utter certainty that the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Gel Cleanser is milder, gentler, less drying on the skin. You can quote me on this!

Had the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Gel Cleanser been fragrance-free, the formula would’ve been perfect. Highly recommended!


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Tina Lee

Tina Lee-Almazar is a writer with an insatiable appetite for all things bright, shiny, and beautiful. She's a beauty junkie, a shopping connoisseur, a book collector, a purse addict, and a budding mom-tepreneur. Tina has a long-standing (and well-documented!) but one-sided love affair with cats. Special talents include: the ability to eat again an hour after eating, shopping at 3 different malls in 1 day, and taking a 3-hour power nap every day including weekends.

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