Hormonal Acne Fighters: La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo & Effaclar Ultra Concentrated Serum

My previous skincare routine I shared thankfully managed to ward of extreme cases of hormonal breakouts for a long, long while. But as much as I was hoping I could keep up the routine, alas, those big painful bumps came back with a vengeance.

Note: Refer to linked post above to read about my skin-adapting prowess theory.

Well, time to edit my routine — yet again! I suppose it isn't the worst thing, considering how the current skincare market offers plenty of skincare choices including a bunch of affordable ones. The tricky part though is finding the right products that would calm my hormonal acne instead of flaring them up even further.

La Roche-Posay offers a product line exclusively for acne-prone skin but for me personally, their price point was not ideal compared to, say, The Ordinary, which was why I stayed away from the brand. But desperate times call for desperate measures! La Roche-Posay is after all an established name, plus they're still cheaper than some higher-end brands. I told myself that if their products work, the result would be worth the splurge.

Safe to say, I am so glad I finally give La Roche-Posay a go because their Effaclar range really does work. I tried Effaclar Duo first as it has apparently already reached cult favourite status. The Effaclar Ultra Concentrated Serum (or Serum Ultra ConcentrĂ©) is the winner for me though; those pesky huge hormonal bumps that popped up again around my jawline and cheek areas slowly, noticeably disappeared after I added it to my routine. With acne-fighting acids and niacinamide combined as main ingredients — and considering its price, for such a cute bottle — I would be sorely disappointed if it doesn't work!

With continuous use of both products, my hormonal acne calmed down again. So: Worth the splurge? Yes. Would I recommend these two products to those with acne issues? Absolutely.

If you decide to give the Effaclar Duo and Effaclar Serum, good luck! I hope they suit your skin and help it get in a better shape, like they did mine.

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This post is not sponsored, although I wish it were! Just to be clear: all the products I've blogged about previously and recommended in relation to my hormonal acne issue are all still very much recommended! If you suffer from hormonal acne as I do and are struggling to find which products to try out, I hope my posts on the issue can help you out in some way.

See: All Hormonal Acne related posts

It is always, always better to consult with dermatologists and skin experts if you're experiencing skin problems. But if these professionals are not accessible to you — either financially or by distance or whatever — as it is not to me, I have found that the next best thing is to carefully research as best as you can online, from trusted resources. Find free advices from skin experts and read neutral product reviews by users who experience similar problems. Our skin is delicate so please take care of it and yourself, always!

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Thanks so much for reading this ❤ Until my next post!


  1. Hello! How do you use this products? First the serum and then effaclair duo? Thank you!

    1. I'm so so sorry for the late reply.
      Yes, that was exactly how I used these two products, in that order. Serum first, Effaclar Duo next.


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I'm a style & lifestyle blogger based in sunny (and ever humid) Malaysia. On The Good Weekender, you can find typed journals of my evolving modest personal style, travel adventures, skincare/beauty updates, home decor things, and stories of other bits and pieces of my everyday life. I hope you'll enjoy flipping through these pages of my virtual book!