La Roche Posay Effaclar Astringent VS Vichy Normaderm Purifying Pore Tightening Lotion

Sep 20, 2014

La Roche Posay Effaclar Astringent Lotion Micro Exfoliante VS Vichy Normaderm Purifying Pore Tightening lotion

Usually, whenever I buy any toner or astringent they either sting too much to use comfortably or  too gentle to make any impact on my skin because which I do not use them (Last month, a big bottle of Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner got expired and more than half of the product is still left).  

Lucky, Vichy Normaderm Purifying Pore Tightening Lotion and La Roche Posay Effaclar Astringent Lotion worked for my skin are my most loved toners. I really wanted to do this post from the first day I discovered Vichy but I wanted to use it for a month before saying anything. 

So, here it is...after finishing a bottle of La Roche Posay Effaclar Astringent Lotion and a month's use of Vichy Normaderm Purifying Pore Tightening Lotion.

What they claimed?

Both of them aims at the same thing - micro-exfoliation/peeling effect to unclog pores and reveal better skin. Yes, the same thing is written in fancy words all over!  

What they did?

I am more of a 'scrub and moisturize' kind of person. Sadly, my oily skin was not able to take that in a good way. I will see a new pimple every other week. That being said, I never had a pimple while growing up so, it was a lot to deal with. Lush Aqua Marina helped a lot but sadly, Lush is not sold anymore in India so, I have to discover something else to work wonders on my skin. 

After a lot of research, I decided to buy La Roche Posay Effaclar Astringent. Not only, it reduced the pimples, it also reduced the oil production. As the oil was reduced, I hardly got a new pimple. My skin started to feel better and supple. I also started using facial oils by then so, the dryness from this was complimented by facial oils. (For me, facial oil is another hit of 2014 skin care discoveries. Let's say, I might never stop using facial oils at night!)

After it got over, I purchased astringent from Vichy. I got the same love from Vichy that I got from LRP. 

Effectiveness - Both of them are products that made a difference is my skin from the first usage. They fight acne, reduces oil production and help in minimizing pores. Yes, they have helped in reducing pore size to some extent as my skin was no more an oil tank. 

Both have almost the same (if not exactly the same ingredients) in them. I found them equally effective. 

Feeling on Use - LRP stings more compared to Vichy. Vichy gives a very mild stinging feel. Though LRP sting is more than Vichy, the stinging feel is mild and tolerable (not like Neutrogena Deep Clean Toner). 

If I use the LRP continuously for around 7-10 days then my skin begin to get really dry. Because of that and the sting feeling, I skipped LRP at times. I never skip on Vichy. So, I do think the amount of alcohol might be more in LRP as compared to Vichy. 

Price – Both are marketed in India by L’Oreal and sold in 200 ml packs only. LRP is for Rs 1190 and Vichy is for Rs 990. So, yes, they are in the same price bracket

Ingredients – La Roche Posay Effaclar Astringent Lotion and Vichy Normaderm Purifying Pore Tightening Lotion have almost the same ingredients. 

Alcohol Denat
Sodium Citrate
Propylene Glycol
PEG 60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
Glycolic Acid
Salicylic Acid
Capryloyl Salicylic Acid
Dipotassium Glycyrrhizinate (licorice root extract)
Disodium EDTA
Citric Acid

Few Points Ponder - La Roche Posay Effaclar Astringent is free of colors but Vichy contains more colors than Salicylic Acid and other important acne-fighting ingredients. Interestingly, both have perfumes though they both aim for sensitive skin.

Overall - I used La Roche Posay Effaclar Astringent first. Back then I had skin where you can see a new pimple coming up every week. So, LRP did a lot of work and recovered my skin.

When I started Vichy, I already had good skin to begin with but the acne issues never came back. 

As I have personally seen LRP help recover my skin from acne to a great extent and fight future acne, I will suggest using La Roche Posay if you have a bad acne case and can tolerate the sting. If not, then go safely with Vichy.


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