LA ROCHE-POSAY: Are They Cruelty-Free?

Shelia Swartz

Is La Roche-Posay Cruelty Free
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Skincare is all about finding the right solutions for your skin problems. There are hundreds of skincare brands out there that cater to different skin types and concerns. Some companies prioritize research on skin science and provide medicinal solutions to many different skin problems. One of those types of brands is La Roche-Posay.

Who is La Roche-Posay?

La Roche-Posay is a French skincare brand that provides products that are strictly formulated according to their research to ensure safety and efficacy. This brand offers dermatologist-tested skincare that is safe even for sensitive and acne-prone skin types. Several dermatologists worldwide recommend this brand—90,000 of them, actually. If that many people recommend a brand, it’s definitely a good, trustworthy one.

La Roche-Posay partners with dermatologists in creating their products and makes it their duty to spread awareness on sun safety and skin cancer by showcasing high-quality sunscreens and other skincare products. They are committed to making dermatologist-tested skin care products available for everyone. Skincare may be a luxury, but everyone deserves to have the best treatment for their specific skin type!

Now the real question is…

Are they cruelty-free?

We now know that La Roche-Posay is a great brand that conducts scientific research on sensitive skin needs. We also know that they use natural ingredients like Selenium-rich water that detoxifies the skin. But if you’re trying to live a cruelty-free lifestyle, you must do a little research on the background of a skincare company.

La Roche-Posay is a brand under the L’Oreal company. According to research, L’Oreal is not a cruelty-free company, including some of the brands under them.

 No, they are not cruelty-free. La Roche-Posay may be using natural ingredients in their products, but they are not branded as cruelty-free.  This means that they may use their products on animals, either themselves or through a third party. They could also be funding testing by selling their products in China, a country where animal testing is required by law.

What’s Good About Them?

There are many reasons why La Roche-Posay is one of the most luxurious and effective skincare brands in the market. They offer products that contain highly effective ingredients that are specifically designed to be safe for sensitive skin types; they test their products to make sure that they won’t trigger any allergies; they package their products in a way that will avoid any contamination to ensure the product’s freshness and cleanliness, and they use soothing thermal spring water that also acts as an antioxidant.

This brand sounds absolutely perfect, especially if you have sensitive skin. It can be tough to find products that work for you, and it is so convenient to have brands like La Roche-Posay who specifically address your specific skincare concerns.

What makes La Roche-Posay different from other skincare brands is that they use unique Selenium-rich water as the main ingredient in their line of products. This ingredient was discovered a long time ago in the quaint little town of La Roche-Posay, France—hence the brand name. The scientific community recognizes this water as a super effective antioxidant that is both powerful and natural.

The high concentration of Selenium in the water helps give it its soothing, healing effects. The rare mineral salts and natural trace components also boost its antioxidant properties. No other brand uses this ingredient exclusively, and that’s what makes La Roche-Posay a unique brand.


Finding out that a good company tests on animals can be discouraging, but you cannot deny the effectiveness of their products. They do still provide some pretty great products, such as their Anthelios SX sunscreen. It has SPF15 and contains their exclusive Mexoryl SX. It doubles as a moisturizer and is lightweight enough that you can use it daily as a part of your skincare routine. It provides strong protection against UVA rays, making it an essential product to add to your collection.

Despite having great products in their skincare line, if you are trying to live a cruelty-free life, La Roche-Posay is not the brand for you. You are going to need to look for other brands that provide the same benefits but are cruelty-free.


We suggest The Ordinary and Mario Badescu as alternative brands to choose from. However, if you are completely fine with non-cruelty-free products, you can totally stick with La Roche-Posay. Their products can stand on their own and have great benefits for the skin. After all, it’s hard to find products for both sensitive and acne-prone skin. It’s wonderful that they offer solutions to both skin types.

The verdict here is: No, La Roche-Posay is not a cruelty-free brand, but their products work well for sensitive and acne-prone skin. It is up to you if you want to support them as a brand or not. Everybody’s skin is different and whatever works for your skin and your lifestyle is the best solution for you.

I hope this article helped you in many ways and, as always, have a happy skin day!

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Shelia Swartz

Combination Skin Type | Shelia is part of the editorial team over at Beautypickup. She got into skincare because of acne, like most of us. She is super outgoing, she enjoys backpacking and adventuring in the wilds and loves surfing during the summer!

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