Acne and Breakouts Skincare Update

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Since I last mentioned my pustule-like spots, I have been using one skincare product religiously, and I suppose that is what the video below is all about. It wasn’t until I pared my skincare routine right down to two products (cleanser and then the blemish treatment) that I saw proper, quick results. The red, irritated spots on my cheeks disappeared almost overnight, and with continued use they have all but disappeared. Faint red marks in certain (harsh) light, but nothing that can’t be easily covered with even the lightest foundation. I’m overjoyed!

Product? La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo. A small tube of gel-cream that costs just thirteen pounds. Who’d have thunk it? To be honest, I have always expected spot treatments to be quite inexpensive – I don’t know why, but I have always considered them to be very functional rather than luxurious and so priced accordingly. Which is a ridiculous way of thinking, actually, isn’t it? Because surely we would pay more to treat an annoying, potentially upsetting, potentially disfiguring skin condition than we would for a rose-scented oil with a nice glass bottle…. But, such is the way of life. Or the way that my brain works, at any rate! It’s the same with shoes and dresses – we might spend loads on a “going out” outfit that we wear just a few times a year, but scream at the thought of paying the same amount for a pair of jeans, which potentially could get worn every day… (Actually, jeans are a bad example because I always buy quite expensive jeans. You catch my drift at any rate. I hope.)

adult acne treatment

Someone reign me in! I’m digressing all over the shop today! Where was I? Thirteen pounds. That’s all the Effaclar Duo costs, and it’s so good. An all-over facial treatment that’s light, non-sticky and has no overpowering fragrance or unpleasant chemical odour. It spreads easily but doesn’t “slip” across the skin – you need a few pea-sized blobs to cover face and neck. It doesn’t dry my skin out at all, though I’d be interested to see what drier-skinned people had to say about it.. NOTE: the US formulation, if you’ve bought it in the US, has different ingredients. It includes Micronized Benzoyl Peroxide  at 5.5%, so makes it a little more – how shall we say – potent than the UK version. I’m not too well-versed with the US version, so please let me know in the comments if you have any experience with it.

The UK/European version pretty much cleared up my spots, as I said, overnight, after everything else under the sun (or in my beauty cupboard) had struggled. I think that it just had the right cocktail of bits and pieces that my skin needed at the time – I’m now quite scared to try anything else! The thing is, now that the spots are almost vanished, I want to get back to my usual routine of Liquid Gold and the myriad of other beautiful things that I like to pamper myself with! I suppose I shall have to go easy. I don’t think that my skin is lacking anything – the Effaclar seems to be keeping it adequately hydrated and fresh – I just love my little routines, my lotions and potions and my face masks and peels!

Have a little watch of the video, anyway, and listen to me talking about a few changes I’ve made to my routine and lifestyle. If you’re trying to blast some spots away (teen or adult) then you might find some of it helpful and equally have your own tips and tricks to share. Please do leave any of those in the comments section at the bottom of the page – all product links and extra info are below the video pane.

Video Link HERE

Read more about Liquid Gold here:…

111Skin Cleanser: Harrods

Alpha-H Clear Skin Cleanser:

Dr Jart Bubble Foam:

Superfacialist Neroli Cleanser:

Murad SPF15 Mattifier:

Givenchy Eclat Mattisme (I use shade 4)

Clarins Powder Foundation:

Dr Jart Water Fuse BB Cream:

Alpha-H Liquid Gold:

Alpha-H Serum:

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  1. Hey Ruth!

    I know you have tried a LOT of products, and I was wondering if you have by any chance tried a product called, “Tarte Amazonian Clay Double Detox Exfoliating Facial Mask”? I hear it is a very good mask, but I am not sure if it would work well with a teenager’s skin. Is there a way to tell? Anyway, I’m not sure if you’ve even heard of it, but I thought I would ask anyway! Thanks!

  2. Demetrius Alexandre

    I love Effaclar duo, it´s the best anti acne treatment I´ve used. It makes my skin feels and appears clear and fresh, but I think it´s not that hydrating and I need to complement with some richer moisturizer at night (I have combination skin). The problem is that it´s so expensive in my country! You european guys are very lucky!

    • Love this video, I’m suffering from a similar breakout at the moment. I’ve been using Jan Marini’s 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide Face wash in the mornings, Liz Earle’s Hot Cloth Cleanser to remove make up at night and Effaclar Duo to moisturise. I have dry skin, but have found the effaclar duo quite hydrating if you stick to the three minute rule!!

  3. I’m not sure what I think of the La Roche Posay yet, I’ve been using it morning and night. On first few uses I loved it, it pushed the gunk right out of my pores, but recently I’ve noticed my skin is really dry and flaky and it’s started to sting when I put it on. Think I’ll try using less, or just in the mornings.

  4. Hi Ruth

    I love your blog and videos – really helpful and insightful! Please could we have a video on your thoughts of top 5 nutrition advice for skin, as a student, expensive beauty products are a little out of my budget but i would like to know your thoughts on some food and drinks that keep skin fresh and clear from the inside!

    Also White tea apparently has 3 times as many antioxidants as green tea and i think it tastes so much nicer!

  5. Hi Ruth,
    you mentioned that there is no spf in the effaclar duo and that you have been using a sepreate spf (e.g. the one from murad). Did you apply it after or before the effaclar duo? Because I’m not sure how I should do it.
    Thank you so much,

  6. Hey, I’m not sure if this is normal but I’ve been using the effaclar duo for a week now and It’s really burning my face especially the chin area, I can’t tell whether it’s a sign of it working or just simply my skin doesn’t like it. Just curious if this happened to you at 1st? thanks

  7. Thank you for recommending Effaclar DUO, it improved my skin so much in just two weeks. Thank you, I mean it.

  8. I just commented on your video, but I hope you don’t mind that I leave a comment here as well! I have the Alpha-H liquid gold, but when I bought it I thought it was a mask to cleanse the face, but now I see it’s something to leave on the face. Should I therefor use a (f.eks.) mud mask before using the liquid gold? And one more thing. I didn’t really understan, who should I not use a moisturizer afterwards? Because after I’ve been reading you need protection (SPF) after using the liquid gold :s

    • Winter DeLaVogue

      First of all, you wouldn’t need an spf RIGHT after applyingthe product, as you’re supposed to use it at night. You haven’t been using it during the day, I hope? You need an spf during the day. Also, why would you need a mud mask before? Its perfectly fine on its own… I advise you to read the instructions again. You should use this every other NIGHT ( less often if you have sensitive skin, this you’ll have to find out yourself.) you don’t need a moisturiser afterwards, because that would change the ph of the liquid gold. I also suggest reading ruth’s post about liquid gold, as I’m pretty sure she mentions all these things….


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