La Roche-Posay Rosaliac AR Intense Localized Redness Intensive Serum
1.35 fl. oz. for $39.95
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There aren't enough words to explain how utterly disappointing this fragrance-free serum from La Roche-Posay is. It is an underwhelming, utterly mundane formulation with a potentially sticky combination of water, glycerin, and film former (think hairspray). The only possibly worthwhile ingredient is a plant extract called Tambourissa trichophylla. There is no published research showing it has any anti-inflammatory properties whatsoever. In fact, the only information comes from the ingredient manufacturer who sells lots of ingredients with all kinds of miraculous claims. Talk about believing your own fantasies!

There are so many proven anti-inflammatory and skin-healing ingredients that those with rosacea or sensitive skin should be using, it just doesn't make sense to waste your money on a single plant extract with sketchy proof of efficacy. Skin is a complex organ and the causes of rosacea are complex, and the skin also needs anti-aging and cell-renewal ingredients. This one-note product is off key at best.

  • Fragrance-free, which is a must for those with rosacea.
  • Boring formula that contains little to improve redness or signs of irritation from rosacea.
  • Lacks a range of soothing and anti-aging ingredients to improve skin's healthy functioning.
  • Expensive for such a mundane formula.
Last Updated:03.12.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Treatment for sensitive skin prone to redness. Helps reduce visible redness, irritation and discomfort, suitable for rosacea-prone skin.


Water, Glycerin, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Tambourissa Trichophylla Leaf Extract, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/ Ammonium Polyacryldimethyl Taurate, Disodium EDTA, Acetyl Dipeptode-1 Cetyl Ester

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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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