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La Roche-Posay

Effaclar Astringent Lotion Micro-Exfoliant

6.76 fl. oz. for $ 23.99
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Effaclar Astringent Lotion Micro-Exfoliant lists alcohol as the second ingredient, and the amount of salicylic acid is too low for exfoliation to occur.

Even with the right amount of salicylic acid, this toner's pH is above 4, so the salicylic acid cannot work as an exfoliant. In short, other then the de-greasing action from the alcohol, this toner cannot do much to reduce pore size. If anything, the daily irritation from the alcohol can stimulate more oil production in the pore lining, eventually leading to...bigger pores!

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

This micro-exfoliant toner helps to instantly unblock and reduce pore size.

Water, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Sodium Citrate, Propylene Glycol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid, Salicylic Acid, Fragrance

La Roche-Posay At-A-Glance

L'Oreal-owned La Roche-Posay has a pharmaceutical lineage based in France, and the company speaks of their thermal spring water as the cornerstone of their commitment to dermatological skin care. In fact, the name La Roche-Posay comes from the French town that is the source of this water, which is said to be a rich in selenium. While selenium is an element that has potent antioxidant ability, it's unclear how much the water La Roche-Posay uses contains, since all water has to go through purification processes to be to used in cosmetic products.

That aside, this brand does have a number of standout products, including some good sunscreens and anti-aging treatments. Another positive: All of its skincare is packaged in containers that will keep beneficial products protected from light and air (no jar packaging here!). Unfortunately there are some missteps, namely that some otherwise-excellent products include potentially-irritating amounts of alcohol, fragrance, or other irritants. The line could also benefit from additional products that contain more state-of-the-art ingredients. Still, for a no-frills approach to serious skin care, there are some finds to be had!

For more information about La Roche-Posay, owned by L'Oreal, call (888) 577-5226 or visit www.laroche-posay.com.

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