Into The Gloss Revealed What French Girls Use to Treat Their Acne

Updated 11/29/18
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It would seem that French women manage to avoid a slew of first-world beauty problems. Flat hair, carb-related weight gain, and acne. We sometimes are led to believe that French girls float through life with a perfect creamy complexion, but according to an article posted on Into The Gloss, these claims are (for lack of a better word) BS. Take it from French cool-girl Lolita Jacobs, who sets the record straight when she says "don’t worry, we use as much shit as girls anywhere," when it comes to acne-related skincare. 

Refreshing, yes, but all that does it leave us wondering what it is they're actually using? Luckily for us, Into The Gloss gives a pretty good rundown of all the French pharmacy acne products that Parisian girls swear by. The best bit? You can shop all of them online (but don't let that stop you from booking that plane ticket). 

Keep scrolling for all of the French things. 

Avene Cleanance Gel
Avène Cleanance Gel for Face and Body $20
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If you're breaking out on your chest and back, give this gentle wash a go. It contains Avène's signature thermal spring water to soothe, as well as monolaurin to remove impurities. 

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser $15
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As for the face, French-girls (and non-French girls) swear by this light foam for clearer skin. This will cleanse skin and remove pimple-causing bacteria without stripping or irritation. 

Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner
Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner $20
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As for moisturizer, keep skin matte and refined with this light lotion (it's great under makeup). 

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Dual Acne Treatment $30
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For any acne sufferer, a good spot treatment is the workhorse of any effective skincare routine. This cult gel balances and reduces blemishes using a combination of niacinamide and linoleic acid. Let it dry before applying moisturizer. 

A313 Vitamin A Pommade
A313 Vitamin A Pommade $30
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By now you've likely heard of the wonders a retinoid can do, and the French ladies seem to agree. As Into The Gloss puts it, A313 is the "greatest ever French pharmacy product for acne", due to its pore-shrinking abilities and thick consistency. Just apply some on your skin at night, and you'll wake up with baby soft skin by morning.

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