La Roche-Posay Rosaliac AR Intense Serum, €22.99 for 40ml. No press samples included. You can read my full disclosure policy here.
The launch of the La Roche-Posay Rosaliac line in 2011 coincided with my Rosacea diagnosis. In a previous incarnation of the this blog I reviewed three products from the range complete with horribly blurry photographs that even then I shouldn’t have thought acceptable to share. Five years later and the Rosaliac AR Intense still has a place in my skincare routine, so I thought it time to give it a proper review.
What it promises
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition where some facial blood vessels dilate, leaving the face red and prone to papules, pustules and swelling. It worsens over time if left untreated. When treated correctly it can enter cycles of remission and flare-ups.
Aimed at skin that has Rosacea La Roche-Posay Rosaliac AR Intense claims that it “immediately helps to reduce skin discomfort” and “reabsorbs redness at source and prevents it reappearance”.
Ingredients wise you’re looking at; Aqua, Glycerin, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Tambourissa Trichophylla Leaf Extract, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Disodium EDTA and Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester.
Ambophenol, a natural extract from the Tambourissa Trichophylla plant, is the stand out ingredient here. Why is it good for skin? According to La Roche-Posay it “inhibits the release of inflammatory precursors and the production of peptides involved in the development of redness”, “it improves micro-circulation and strengthens blood vessel walls” and it is an antioxidant so it protects cells against free radicals.
How to use it
This is a localised intensive serum, meaning you only need to apply it to the affected areas. For me that’s across my cheeks and nose as well as my neck and chest.
It’s recommended that you use the serum in the morning and evening. It’s important to allow the product to penetrate the skin, so I would apply this after cleansing and acid toning (if that’s something you do), but before any other products.
Initially I used it in the morning and evening, but as my skin improved and I learned what my triggers were (the biggest one was alcohol, which I gave up three years ago) I needed to use it less frequently. Now I keep it on standby for when my skin flares-up.
Does it work?
In a word, yes. Skincare wise it’s the only product for Rosacea that I’ve found to be effective. Everything else soothed my skin temporarily, but didn’t do much to tackle the redness.
My Rosacea has always been on the milder end of the scale and it’s currently in remission, but there was a time where I didn’t feel comfortable going without make-up. The Rosaliac AR Intense played a huge part in restoring my confidence skin wise. These days wearing make-up is a rare occurrence. I still love it, but I don’t feel like I need to use it as a mask anymore.
I’ve lost count of the amount of tubes I’ve gone through since 2011 and that’s the best compliment I can pay the La Roche-Posay Rosaliac AR Intense serum.