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Rosaclear Skin Balancing Sun Protection SPF 30
Rating
3 fl. oz. for $54
Last Updated:12.08.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Obagi wisely formulated this sunscreen for those with rosacea; it contains only the gentle mineral active ingredients of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The base formula is a bit harder to judge because the inactive ingredients are listed alphabetically rather than quantitatively, but that is allowed for over-the-counter drug products, which is the category where sunscreens fall. From what we can tell, the base formula is creamy and best for normal to dry skin. The formula is fragrance-free, but mostly void of state-of-the-art ingredients, which is really disappointing considering the price. Paula’s Choice and Neutrogena have far less expensive mineral-based sunscreens to consider with better formulations. Considering the amount of active sunscreen ingredients, it’s good that this is tinted to offset the white cast that such high amounts of these minerals can cause. What a shame it’s so pricey.

Claims

A non-comedogenic, chemical-free, tinted UVA/UVB sunscreen, which easily blends on the skin and leverage with other systems. Contains reflective agents that reduce the appearance of redness and blotchiness.

Ingredients

Active: Zinc Oxide (15.5%), Titanium Dioxide (2.0%), Other: Alumina, Butylparaben, Cetearyl Alcohol, Coco-Glucoside, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dipropylene Glycol, Ethylparaben, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl/Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Iron Oxides, Isobutylparaben, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate/Trithoxycaprylylsilane Crosspolymer, Methylparaben, Mica, PEG-6, Phenoxyethanol, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Propylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane

Brand Overview

Obagi At-A-Glance

Strengths:Selection of good water-soluble cleansers; some effective skin-lightening and tretinoin products.

Weaknesses: Expensive; some products available only via prescription, which can be inconvenient; disappointing anti-acne products; moisturizers should contain more state-of-the-art ingredients.

Obagi is a skincare line which got its start back in 1988, spearheaded by Beverly Hills-based dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi, who has since left the brand. Choosing to focus on the skin issues that plague many aging adults (chiefly, skin discolorations from sun damage and other sources and wrinkles), Obagi offers a mixed bag of cosmetic and prescription products sold only through authorized physicians, plastic surgeons, and accredited medical spas. That exclusivity may increase this line's cache with consumers, but let me assure you that most of what's offered isn't all that exceptional—and what's available by prescription can be prescribed in other forms by any dermatologist, so you don't need to seek one that retails Obagi's products. The highlights of this line are actually the prescription products. Several options with 4% hydroquinone are available as well as two products with tretinoin. There is a significant amount of research demonstrating that 4% hydroquinone, especially when combined with tretinoin, has a high success rate for persons dealing with stubborn skin discolorations or the skin condition melasma (Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2007, pages 36–39; Cutis, January 2005, pages 57–62, and March 2006, pages 177–184).

The skin-care products Obagi sells to support the prescription-only options are either standard or below-average formulas that are easily replaced by less expensive options from other lines. Beware: This is a line whose proponents are adamant about the products being used as a system, so expect pressure to purchase an entire routine rather than cherry-pick what you really need. Savvy shoppers will find some viable options from Obagi, including a very gentle, fragrance-free sunscreen for someone with sensitive skin.

For more information about Obagi, call (800) 636-7546 or visit www.obagi.com.

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