Firstly, the texture of this is very non-sticky, lightweight and feels somewhere in-between a serum and a moisturiser. It's really gentle and for something which claims to be and really is very powerful in the anti-pimple department, it doesn't sting or irritate my skin. Ultimately, it's an oily complexion's dream: proven to unclog pores and areas of congested skin, control shine and correct/prevent scarring and dark marks that are left behind by spots. The enhanced formula contains an anti-inflammatory which soothes redness and there is also a gentle exfoliator in there to accelerate the skin's natural repair process. And, it really does do everything it says on the tin - this is an all-in-one spot solution. I'm struggling to find anything remotely negative to say about it, only that although this does provide the skin with some moisture, if your skin is prone to dryness then I would definitely recommend using a moisturiser on top. I always apply some of my trusty Liz Earle Super Skin Moisturiser on any dry patches after the Effaclar Duo+ has melted into my skin.
What's the difference between the original formula and the DUO+? This new improved version now also contains an ingredient called 'Procerad', which in short rebuilds the surface of the skin. This means that it targets the dark red pigmentation left behind by breakouts and acne, making it perfect for troubled teenage skin, as well as inevitable adult breakouts. Even after just two weeks of using this, my skin tone is noticeably more even and existing dark spots are much less 'angrily' pigmented.
Overall, I'm so happy to have added this to my skincare regime. It has a matte finish - great for those of us with a more oily t-zone and is a godsend for those nasty 'underground' red, painful spots which you can never really do anything about. After using it consistently for a couple of weeks, it's even not something that I now feel the need to use everyday, but I now know I've got an affordable skin saviour in reserve for when those dreaded breakouts do hit.