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The best La Roche-Posay products for clearer skin, and where to buy them

Ask any beauty expert about cult French pharmacy brands and we guarantee La Roche-Posay will come up at some point.

The beloved brand is well known for their simple, sensitive skin-friendly formulations and has been consistently backed by dermatologists for treating skin woes ranging from dry skin and eczema, to wrinkles and acne.

Today, La Roche-Posay’s reach has expanded beyond the bathroom shelves of the French and into the hearts of serious beauty aficionados worldwide. The best part? They’re reasonably priced compared to other brands of a similar caliber, whether you’re looking for a retinol that won’t irritate your skin, or a facial sunscreen that’s effective and reliable.

Here are some of the best La Roche-Posay products to get you started for better skin.

The Cicaplast Baume B5 is one of those products you can always count on in times of dire need. Designed to soothe the driest and most irritated skin in seconds, the multi-purpose balm is enriched with Madecassoside – a repairing active ingredient – soothing Panthenol, and anti-bacterial agents like copper and zinc. The lotion-like texture sinks into the skin immediately, and will work its magic on anything from dry lips and post-laser irritations, to even the redness on a baby’s bottom. 


This is easily one of La Roche-Posay’s most recognisable products. This ultra-light sunscreen has achieved holy grail status not only because of the high broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection it provides, but also because it doesn’t leave any white cast whatsoever. It’s also sweat and water resistant, so you’ll be able to enjoy the pool or beach in peace. While it sinks into the skin with ease, it does also impart quite a bit of shine, so consider the next option below if you’re adverse to that look. 


For those who don’t care for a shiny face, the XL Dry Touch Gel-Cream from the same line might be worth a shot. The formula draws upon La Roche-Posay’s expertise in sunscreens with a patented filtering technology called XL-Protect, which provides broad-spectrum and ultra-high UVA/UVB protection. Its mattifying micro-particles also immediately melts into the skin to control all sources of shine, such as sebum, sweat and humidity.


Still battling maskne or have a hormonal zit that won’t go away? There’s a spot treatment in the brand’s massive arsenal for that. This one’s formulated with 5.5-percent micronised benzoyl peroxide — a well-known acne buster — as well as exfoliating lipohydroxy acid, a derivative of salicylic acid that has skin renewing, exfoliating, and acne-treating properties. Together, they work to unclog pores while clearing cystic acne, blackheads and whiteheads, leaving you with clearer skin.


If you’re finally diving into anti-ageing skincare, this serum is perfect for beginners of the ultimate tool: retinol. Here, both pure and gradual-release retinol are combined with vitamin B3 for optimal effectiveness while also being gentle on sensitive skin. The effects of regular use can be tremendous, besides reducing wrinkles and pigmentation, this serum also evenly tones the skin and leaves it with a glow. As with all retinols, go easy with this one at the start and gradually build your skin’s tolerance to prevent irritation. 


For those struggling with overly oily skin, this mattifying moisturiser will rebalance your skin while keeping it moisturised all day long. Formulated with micro-exfoliating LHA to unclog pores, and Sebulyse Technology to reduce shine and the appearance of large pores, the lightweight cream is an excellent choice for the humidity here, and does double duty as a makeup base too.  


We know you revel in that squeaky clean tightness after washing your face, but it’s actually a sign that your cleanser might be way too harsh. This gentle cleanser is creamy and sulfate-free, and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth because it doesn’t strip your skin of its moisture. It’s also filled with all the good stuff your skin loves — think ceramides, niacinamide, glycerin, and the brand’s signature thermal spring water, which delivers minerals and antioxidants to the skin. The oil-, soap-, and fragrance-free formula is suitable for even the most sensitive of skin.


Shatricia Nair

Managing Editor

Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.


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