La Roche-Posay Effaclar Astringent Lotion is good for acne prone skin?


Dear AM Team,

Would like to know your views on La Roche-Posay Effaclar Astringent Lotion and if it would help in acne , large pores, blackheads etc? Also for comparison which one would you recommend La Roche-Posay Effaclar Astringent Lotion or Living Proof Toner-Multi Action Cell Treatment one?

Ingredients List for La Roche Posay Astringent Lotion is


Also please share your thoughts on Auriga Flavo-C Tonic..if you have heard about it?

Thank you!



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Hi Parita, how have you been? You can check this easily through the Skingredients tool. Just copy paste the comma-separated list of ingredients and the tool will tell you which ingredients are comedogenic. At first glance, alcohol as the second ingredient, which means it is present in an ample amount, doesn’t bode well for any kind of skin. Alcohol dries out the skin while irritating it as well. That can lead to more pimples. Castor oil doesn’t go down well with skin that breaks out very easily. Like Acne Prone Skin Type 3.

This La-Roche Posay astringment seems to be targeted toward very oily skin with large pores. Its astringent action (largely due to alcohol and salicylic acid) will keep skin matte (parched in some cases) and oil-free. The Living Proof Toner-Multi Action Cell Treatment on the other hand is more like a “lotion”. By lotion I mean thin watery moisturizing toners that Asian skincare brands usually call “lotions”. It also has salicylic acid, but it is more moisturizing in a lotion kind of way. Oil-control is not that great, but it doesn’t dry out the skin. There isn’t much of an effect on the pore size either. I’ve used it in the past.

As for Auriga Flavo-C Tonic, here’s the ingredient list:

Aqua, Glycerin, Alcohol, Glycolic Acid, Phytic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Elastin, Citrus Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Fragrance, Methyl Chloroisothiazolinone, Methyl isothiazolinones.

Again, alcohol appears prominently. Hoenstly, apart from glycolic acid and a bit of vitamin C (whose % isn’t even known), there’s nothing in it to do wonders for the skin. A lot of the European brands although sold as “gentle products” contain copious amounts of alcohol. That’s not gentle.And if I’m paying upwards of 700 Rupees for a toner / serum, I’d want them to make sure not to add in skin irritants and possible nerve damagers like Methyl Chloroisothiazolinone and Methyl isothiazolinones.

There are easily available drugstore / medical stores alternatives to what you are looking for. Perhaps hit search on this website with glycolic acid, vitamin C, Facemed, Glomed etc. and you’ll find tons of discussions around these easily available products that are safe for acne prone skin.


Hi Parita,

I wouldn’t recommend any of the three products mentioned by you for the same reasons as mentioned by AM. I’ve used the Aurigo Flavo – C Serum in the past on the advice of a dermatologist & fount it to be horribly acne prone. Probably the Vit C did not suit me.  Same case with La Roche Posay products, they are quite bad for acne prone skin how much ever they claim it to be acne friendly.


Hi AM and LD…thank you so much for replying but here is my concern. Previously I was using Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3 and I know it has alcohol but it really it did help me with keeping acne at bay..especially the hormonal ones but since I read various articles on this site and have seen toners not quite to be necessary in the skin care once my clinique toner got over I haven’t re-purchased it yet..wanted to know if really my skin needed it or not. But my acne is coming back and that is making me really worried. I am getting those tiny zits a lot especially on my chin area which earlier was quite clean..also got couple of big pimples on cheeks.

In morning I use Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam and clinique dramatically different moisturizing gel as moisturizer…in the evenings I use Ducray face wash , follow up with Glyco A and or Diacneal.

Please suggest if I am doing something wrong here?



Parita, yeah, there’s alcohol in Clinique toners, but most likely it was the salicylic acid content in it that contributed toward keeping your skin clear. Alcohol as such, even if it is tolerated well, such as in your case, doesn’t really work to clear up the skin of acne etc.


By the way, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel had broken me out. And that Ducray Foaming Cleanser. So these would be the first two suspects. The nature of the skin keeps changing, so amid hormonal upheavals, the same old products may start clogging pores even though they didn’t before. You could check the ingredients of both the products through Skingredients to be sure. Glyco A, Sebamed both sound good. Although, if you worry about the thick cream base of Glyco A, usign Oillza Gel (has the right pH, comes in a gel form) may be a good idea.


For cystic acne, that is, pimples that may not come to a white head, but have a red bump like appearance and feel kind of hard under the skin, salicylic acid isn’t enough. Retinoid containing products work much better for this type of acne. Triacneal (drugstore brand with retinaldehyde) would probably give you faster results. You could alternate it with Glycolic acid nightly. Tretinoins such as Nexret / Retino-A are one of the strongest ones for cystic acne, but are best used under a doctor’s case. @lalitha is currently using Retino-A under her doc’s supervision.


Thanks a lot AM

Let me check the ingredients on Ducray face wash and Clinique DDMG! I have been using DDMG since May and never had issues with it earlier but as you mentioned you never know which product breaks you out.

Btw do you think Faceclin could help me? My sister was prescribed the same by a dermatologist..though I have used clindamycin gel previously but never found it very strong..what you think?

Olliza gel is already in my list, once my current Glyco-A gets over I am definitely getting that one! Also can Olliza gel be kept on skin overnight? though I know on the website they mention to keep it only for sometime on skin but I wanted to know if it can be used overnight since I do keep Glyco-A overnight.

Thank you so much for your immediate response and once again you guys are doing a fantastic job!


Hi AM – you just took the words from my mouth on Triacneal!! I was just going to suggest the same as she mentioned cystic acne & chin area.

Parita – Many a times,  Diacneal has been reported to cause irritation as it does not contain any skin soothing ingredient in it. You also mentioned – Sometimes Glyco and/or diacneal. these two when used together is almost guaranteed to break anyone out! When used  together, it can cause intense irritation leading to inflammation & acne. Triacneal has effectiose which was introduced to soothe the skin that can get irritated with AHA & retinaldehyde.

I would advice sticking to only One – either your Glyco 6 / oliza gel or Triacneal, never both! Triacneal has both the benefits of Glyco for exfoliation & Retinaldehyde for faster cell turnovers. It needs to be used alone as a standalone product though. Even Diacneal is recommened only as a standalone product as it already has 6% Glycolic Acid.

I’ve used Triacneal before switching to Retino & it suited me fabulously!  Unfortunately I went to the doctor at the wrong time & she put me on Retino. But I am doing fine with Retino  as well.

Faceclin could help you with the small zits surely.  Use faceclin in the morning before your sunblock & Triacneal/Gylco etc in the evening before bedtime.


Hi Lalitha…thanks a lot!

I didnt know Diacneal and Glyco-A should not be used together…I will use only one of them! The thing is I didnt get Tricneal last yr when I was trying to find and hence got want to finish off before getting Tricneal 🙂

Thanks once again, appreciate your inputs!


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