Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel

Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 134.
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A foaming facial wash for oily blemish-prone skin.



A fresh, foaming, gel facial wash specially formulated for oily, blemish-prone skin.


Specifically formulated facial wash for oily, blemish-prone skin. Gently cleanses the skin thanks to its high tolerance foaming power. Lifts dirt, grime and sebum away from the surface of the skin without disrupting its delicate balance and leaves the skin feeling clean and fresh. Can also be used as a body wash.

  • Gently lifts dirt and grime away from the skin
  • Proven to reduce the visability of spots and blackheads and control shine
  • Leaves skin feeling clean and fresh


Enriched with La Roche Posay Thermal Spring water and zinc PCA.


Effaclar has been through rigorous dermatological testing to ensure it is suitable for use on even the most sensitive skin.

9/10 dermatologists would recommend La Roche-Posay Effaclar for oily, spot-prone skin.*


The minimalist formula contains the best of our creations – designed for sensitive skin and all of its needs. Tested and re-tested for its efficacy and mildness on sensitive skin. It is also hypoallergenic.

This is a cosmetic product. For medical conditions seek advice from your GP

*Survey conducted on 249 dermatologists who chose to attend a La Roche-Posay sponsored symposium in the UK, July 2016

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Free Product Samples

3 included with this purchase

  • Aqua / Water

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate

  • PEG-8

  • Coco-Betaine

  • Hexylene Glycol

  • Sodium Chloride

  • PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate

  • Zinc PCA

  • Sodium Hydroxide

  • Citric Acid

  • Sodium Benzoate

  • Phenoxyethanol

  • Caprylyl Glycol

  • Parfum / Fragrance

Free UK standard delivery on all orders

Standard Delivery 3-5 working days*

* If order is placed before 11am on a working day. If order is placed after 11am or on any non-working day then estimated delivery will be on the second working day.

Sustainability Commitment

Our planet

The environment, our commitment from source.


Optimum protection. The La Roche-Posay spring water is over 1700 years old. It is protected from any types of pollution after it reaches the surface until it is used for spa therapy purposes.


More recycling. We favour use do recycled raw materials and easily recycled packaging.

Fewer materials. We use cardboard packaging tailored to size to avoid bulky secondary packaging, sourced from 100% sustainably managed forests (FSC - Forest Stewardship Council - certified cardboard).


An ambitious agenda. 100% ISO 14001 certified plants committed to ambitious objectives in the areas of waste management, water saving and reduced CO2 emissions (more than 50% by 2015, compared to 2005).

Renewable energies. 1000 tons of CO2 emissions avoided each year thanks to our geothermal program.


The purifying gel formula lifts dirt, grime and sebum away from the surface of the skin without disrupting its delicate balance and over-drying the skin. The skin is left feeling clean and soothed with restorative La Roche-Posay thermal spring water.

  • 16% reduction in sebum
  • 25% reduction is comedones (blackheads)
  • 28% reduction of inflammatory lesions (spots)

How To

Learn how to use


Lather cleanser in the hand with warm water. Massage gently onto face, avoiding eye area. Rinse thoroughly. Pat dry.

We recommend



Apply to a cotton pad and gently sweep over entire face. Avoid eye area. No need to rinse.

We recommend


03.Correct and hydrate

Apply a thin layer of cream over entire face before applying make up. Avoid eye contour.

We recommend



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Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Combination/Oily Skin and Lasts Ages Having previously tried lots of face washes for my combination skin and finding that after a while they became less effective I decided to buy this when it was on one of the 3 for the price of 2 offers and I am SO glad I did. This gel like wash lathers up nicely and feels soft on the skin. After using it does not leave my skin feeling dry or stripped like some facial washes but instead leaves it feeling nicely cleansed and fresh. You only need to use a tiny bit because it lathers so well which means the tube will last for ages. I won't bother buying any other facial washes after using this as I've found my skin looks a lot clearer and seems to suffer with less oily patches since I discovered it.
Date published: 2012-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best cleanser! I have suffered in the past with acne and now suffer with oily skin (the joys). I have tried everything on the market and nothing has beaten the Effaclar range for me. The cleanser is such good value and lasts FOREVER. It makes my skin feel so so clean and fresh and followed by the matte moisturiser just makes my skin feel amazing. The range is so vast so you can literally find whatever you need for your skin type. I love that it's available in Boots as well and they stock so much of this range and lots of La Roche Posays other ranges. I have used this product and some others for over a year now and have no plans to swap to any other skincare range.
Date published: 2016-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the money! I have always suffered from quite oily, but sensitive, spot prone skin and during my teenage years used harsh cleansers like Clearasil (which didn't help the sensitivity). I bought the La Roche Posay cleanser on a bit of a whim, after reading the great reviews, and was absolutely delighted after the first time using it! My skin felt smooth and clean, but not dry. I use mine twice daily now, often with my Magnitone facial cleansing brush, and have noticed visible results like NO SPOTS!! and less redness. I have been recommending it to my family & friends, and will be repurchasing. It is definately worth spending a bit extra to get a quality product.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I bought this probably about 6 months ago, i use it alongside the effaclar duo cream morning and night, it has done wonders for my skin. I had literally tried everything! I don't have particularly dry or oily skin, but do find this quite drying so I just use a thick night moisturiser a few times a week to balance it out. The pics just show how amazing this stuff is.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It really does what it says! I have a really sensitive and blemish-prone skin and have tried lots of products, visited 4 different dermatologists, nothing worked! After a friend recommended it, I started using this with Effaclar Duo (I would recommend to be used together, for better results) on a daily basis and my skin seems 'happier'! Blemishes started to disappear (I'm not saying they disappeared completely, but the improvement is visible). I'm really happy with this product and will buy it again! Also on the plus side, it is a lot so it can hold up to a few months.
Date published: 2013-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect cleanser. As a guy it's always hard to find a cleanser that's suitable for oilier skin as well as deeply cleansing, but I really can not fault this product, it cleanses oily skin so well without leaving it tight or dry and is great for preventing break outs. The product itself is really nice, it's more of a lotion in consistency, so does not leave an oily residue like some cleansers ... I even like the mild citrus scent. The value for money is so great I will definitely be repurchasing when my first one is finished.
Date published: 2012-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Cleanser for Oily Skin Really like this cleanser Does not dry out my skin after use Nice gentle foam and a very deep clean (which previously would dry the skin out but not with this product) Sealed packaging - nice to know no one has opened the packaging and exposed it to bacteria etc. However, as someone who suffers from occasional breakouts, as I'm sure most people with oily skin do too, this cleanser doesn't have any anti-acne ingredient (apart from salicylic acid) but for the most part, I have not suffered from any breakouts using this product, nor has it prevented breakouts which have occurred due to stress and so on. So I still need to use a tea tree cleanser when I do break out.
Date published: 2013-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing. I don't particularly have oily skin except maybe in the summer when my T-zone can go a little shinier than usual. However, I do have slightly sensitive skin. So your probably wondering why I would purchase the La Roche Posay Foaming Cleanser for oily and sensitive skin. The answer is simple - the husband. He unfortunately suffers from oily, spot prone skin and usually I buy him the Dr Nick Lowe Foaming Cleanser for blemish prone skin. However, I find it a little drying on my sensitive skin, so as we are soon to be going on our 2 week holiday, it seemed to make sense to buy one facial wash we could both share. Having used the La Roche Posay gel cleanser previously and just used the last of it, I knew how wonderful their products are. The tube is huge, and jam full of product. It's an opaque colour, which foams up into a luxurious facial wash. Face products aimed towards the oily skin market are normally extremely drying on the skin. This facial wash contains no soap, no colourants and no alcohol at all, so keeps the skin feeling 'normal'. It also is PH5.5, which is apparently the skins PH. My husband loves it as it doesn't dry his skin out, it actually seems to make his skin feel hydrated. He isn't experiencing any breakouts since using it either. My experience with the face wash is great too. I can even remove a full face of make-up - even mascara- with this wash no problem at all. It removes every last bit. My skin can vary from day to day, this wash does not cause any problems at all. I would highly recommend this facial wash to all skin types.
Date published: 2011-09-13
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