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Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of COSRX AC Collection Calming Foam Cleanser versus La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Face Cleanser for Oily Skin .

Last updated on December 27, 2023. Published on January 07, 2022

Overview

What they are

These products are both reef safe face cleansers. They have a total of 2 ingredients in common

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for fighting acne and scar healing

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, parabens or silicones

What's Inside

They both contain fragrances

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Face Cleanser

Face cleansers are used to remove makeup, dead skin cells, pollutants, oil, dirt, and/or clean out pores on the skin. Face cleansers may specialize in having one function (exa. just removing makeup) or may have multiple functions (exa. Removing makeup and cleaning pores).

Face Cleanser

Face cleansers are used to remove makeup, dead skin cells, pollutants, oil, dirt, and/or clean out pores on the skin. Face cleansers may specialize in having one function (exa. just removing makeup) or may have multiple functions (exa. Removing makeup and cleaning pores).

Price

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Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
ph level
5.5

At a glance

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Notable Ingredients

BHA

Benefits

Hydrating
Good For Oily Skin
Reduces Large Pores
Scar Healing
Acne Fighting
Brightening (2)

Concerns

Drying (3)
May Worsen Oily Skin (4)
Acne Trigger (4)
Irritating (2)
Rosacea (2)
Eczema (2)

Benefits

Scar Healing
Acne Fighting

Concerns

Drying (2)
Acne Trigger
Rosacea (2)
Eczema
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Ingredients Compared

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Ingredients Explained

These ingredients are found in both products.

Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

1
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. Talk about multi-purpose! If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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COSRX AC Collection Calming Foam Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 1.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Face Cleanser for Oily Skin contains this as ingredient number 1.

2
What it does: Masking
Community Rating: Very Disliked

Chances are, you eat sodium chloride every day. Sodium Chloride is also known as table salt.

This ingredient has many purposes in skincare: thickener, emulsifier, and exfoliator.

You'll most likely find this ingredient in cleansers where it is used to create a gel-like texture. As an emulsifier, it also prevents ingredients from separating.

There is much debate on whether this ingredient is comedogenic. The short answer - comedogenic ratings don't tell the whole story. Learn more about comegodenic ratings here.

The concensus about this ingredient causing acne seems to be divided. Research is needed to understand if this ingredient does cause acne.

Scrubs may use salt as the primary exfoliating ingredient.

Learn more about Sodium Chloride

COSRX AC Collection Calming Foam Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 15.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Face Cleanser for Oily Skin contains this as ingredient number 6.

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

25% are loved or liked
0% have mixed ratings
63% are disliked or very disliked
13% have no rating yet
21% are loved or liked
7% have mixed ratings
71% are disliked or very disliked
0% have no rating yet

Usage

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Reviews

Here's what our community thinks

COSRX AC Collection Calming Foam Cleanser 24 ingredients

5.0 /5
from 1 review

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Face Cleanser for Oily Skin 14 ingredients

2.8 /5
from 12 reviews
SamWheeler_339's Avatar'
Jun 6, 2023

Got by accident, didnt like
Swapped from cerave salicylic acid cleanser to this one, I meant to buy the effaclar with salicylic acid in it, got a lot more breakouts after using and skin was quite red, wouldnt recommend for acne prone...

Got by accident, didnt like
Swapped from cerave salicylic acid cleanser to this one, I meant to buy the effaclar with salicylic acid in it, got a lot more breakouts after using and skin was quite red, wouldnt recommend for acne prone skin, just get effaclar with salicylic acid in it.

ksjsj's Avatar'
Jan 8, 2024

Tried this before I realised my skin was dry, when I thought having acne = oily skin. Despite that, I don't think any cleanser should be this drying and irritating.

Tried this before I realised my skin was dry, when I thought having acne = oily skin. Despite that, I don't think any cleanser should be this drying and irritating.

Expensive
Drying
Broke Me Out
Irritating
Light Scent
Doesn't Work
Gabywu_498's Avatar'
Apr 7, 2023

Broke me out and damaged my skin barrier
I have acne-prone / oily skin and this cleanser broke me out so bad, and after using it for 6 months I realised that it was not a part of a β€œhealing” process for my skin. Also, I never ever...

Broke me out and damaged my skin barrier
I have acne-prone / oily skin and this cleanser broke me out so bad, and after using it for 6 months I realised that it was not a part of a β€œhealing” process for my skin. Also, I never ever struggled with large pores and closed comedones but after using this product it became a problem. Needless to say that it not only broke me out a lot but also ruined my skin barrier. That was only my experience but I highly suggest buying something else as your cleanser.

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