Reverse Deep Exfoliating Wash
4.2 fl. oz. for $41
Category:Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:04.02.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Reverse Deep Exfoliating Wash is a cleanser/scrub that would have been a great option for normal to oily skin if it did not contain peppermint oil. The lactic acid this contains is not present in an amount great enough to provide exfoliation.


Cleanses and refines sun-damaged and dull complexions with a multi-mechanism exfoliator.


Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Polyethylene, Diethylhexyl Sebacate, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Stearate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Ceteareth-20, Glyceryl Stearate, Lactic Acid, Peppermint Oil, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol, Fragrance, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Yellow 5, Yellow 6

Brand Overview

Rodan + Fields At-A-Glance

Strengths: Two fantastic skin-lightening products with hydroquinone; a well-packaged retinol product; every sunscreen provides sufficient UVA protection; some fragrance-free options.

Weaknesses: Expensive; jar packaging hinders effectiveness of several otherwise impressive products; sunscreens should contain more bells and whistles for the money; eyebrow-raising amount of products with irritating ingredients.

Many of you are probably familiar with physicians Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields from their appearances on infomercials about their successful ProActiv line of anti-acne skin-care products. The Rodan + Fields supposedly therapeutic approaches are advertised for those suffering from a variety of skin conditions, and are claimed to work for anti-aging, skin discolorations, sensitive skin, and acne.

Lots of consumers believe that dermatologist-developed products will be the answer for their skin-care woes; but, in two words, they aren't. After reviewing dozens of so-called doctor-designed product lines, including this one, we can tell you there are no miracles to be found, and often there are some problematic products to steer clear of. Overall, many of these lines are quite comparable to other product lines without the physician headliner credentials and exorbitant prices. (Shockingly, Rodan + Fields' acne products are virtually identical to their ProActiv products, except that these cost more. We assume they thought no one would notice; perhaps they are right.)

Many consumers want simplicity when it comes to making decisions about what skin-care products they should use. The Rodan + Fields marketing strategy is to make it simple. They eliminate the confusion about what products work together by creating streamlined, prepackaged product groups, each aimed at specific skin-care concerns. Each product group is enclosed in a clever, take-along parcel that is the skin-care equivalent of a sack lunch. (Products are also available separately for those who want to customize their routine or add products outside the predetermined routines.) This structured approach has merit, but, as you will see from the reviews below, each routine has at least one questionable or lackluster formulation, or a problem with packaging. Considering that these are really pricey products, this is not good news.

Rodan + Fields does deserve kudos for being one of the few cosmetics companies to list the ingredients for each product on their Web site. It’s a major help for beleaguered, savvy consumers who care about this detail. Still, it would have been better all around if they offered more thoughtful, less problematic formulas.

For more information about Rodan + Fields, call (888) 995-5656 or visit www.rodanandfields.com.

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Reverse Deep Exfoliating Wash and Dual Active Brightening Cream leaves skin rash

Horrible products. Even after following directions carefully, I ended up with a skin reaction that covered my entire face and left me with a raised, red, itchy rash that lasted over a week. I had to get a prescription strength cortisone cream to heal the rash. The ingredients are too caustic. Be careful and don't think the "created by Dermatologists" marketing angle translates to "safe and effective for everyone." I would have rated it a zero, but wasn't given that option.

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completely disagree with the reveiw on the Reverse exfoliating wash. This Cleanser gives immediate glow to the dullest skin! Coupled with the other products in this line, it is a for sure winner! Clinical results with out having to see a dermatologist. Clinicallly proven, clinically tested product! Win Win!

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Rosemary P
LOVE the REVERSE Exfoliating Wash!

I whole-heartedly disagree with this site's rating of the R + F REVERSE Wash. I love the immediate AND lasting effect of softness that my skin had and even though part of the line that treats some difficult skin issues, it is super-gentle and non-irritating. I can't wait to wash my face everyday! I enjoy essential oils quite a bit and peppermint oil is beneficial internally and externally (skin, hair, etc) - natural anti-inflammatory properties, nourishes dull skin, breakouts under control, etc

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