My skin seemed to have missed the memo about turning 30 last year, and has lately been acting up and breaking out like a teenager. Oily, acne prone skin really is a huge knock to your confidence, and constant breakouts can also be painful too! I’d been searching for so long for acne treatments and solutions online, and so I was super excited to try out La Roche Posay’s Anti-Acne 3 Step System.

The Kit

The kit comprises of their Effaclar Foaming Gel, Serozinc toning mist and Effaclar Duo Plus to treat and hydrate, and claims results can be seen after 8 days.

Step 1 – Effaclar Foaming Gel

The first step towards great skin, this gentle foaming gel purifies and cleans the skin, removing impurities and excess sebum leaving the skin looking and feeling fresh and clean. It’s also free of soap, alcohol, colouring and parabens, so you’re keeping nasties away from your skin!

I found it hard to foam up sometimes, but each time I used my skin definitely felt clean and fresh afterwards.

Step 2 – Serozinc

Next up is the serozinc toner, which is simply sprayed onto the skin. It contains just three ingredients of zinc sulphate – to help heal the skin, sodium chloride – to help mattify and purified water. Together they work to target and mattify excess oiliness and reduce blemishes and marks. It can also be used throughout the day to help freshen up your skin.

This was the first spray toner I’ve used before, and while I usually like the feel of ones I wipe one, I definitely loved the cooling, refreshing feeling this one provided. Plus, it mean one less cotton wipe to use and was super quick to apply (and also helpful for applying to other acne prone areas of my body such as my shoulders and back!)

Step 3 – Effaclar Duo (+)

Finally, finish up your 3 step skincare routine with Effaclar Duo Plus. This product is designed to not only hydrate your skin, but also correct and repair imperfections, marks, clogged pores and also work to reduce the recurrence of further breakouts. Like the rest of the range it’s also mattifying, but also still leaves your skin feeling fresh, hydrated and soft.

This formula has now also been updated with APF + Mannose, which is a prebiotic ingredient to help rebalance the microbiome (balance of good and bad bacteria) and help to reduce inflammation.

I found it was super absorbent and left my skin with a great clean, smooth feel. I love that it not only provides immediate results to help reduce inflammation and redness, but that it also helps to fight and prevent future breakouts.

The Verdict

After using La Roche Posay Anti-Acne 3 Step System for two weeks I can definitely say I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin. I have been taking other steps towards fixing my skin in general, such as avoiding foods which can cause inflammation, working on improving my gut health, balancing my hormones and changing up my foundation, but I’m sure this product definitely helped.

At a RRP of $AU59.95 I would definitely recommend trying out this kit to anyone else who was suffering from the same oily, acne-prone skin woes that I was!


Sophie is the owner and creator of The Beautiful Existence. A Melbourne based self proclaimed nerd, gym junkie and lover of all things creative, tasty and well designed!

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