Unblemish Dual Intensive Acne Treatment (Discontinued)
0.5 fl. oz. for $86
Category:Skin Care > Anti-Acne Products > Benzoyl Peroxide
Last Updated:02.07.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This takes the prize as one of the most, if not the most expensive benzoyl peroxide product around. It takes serious gall and marketing shenanigans to charge this much for an anti-acne staple. Even more regrettable, however, is that although this topical disinfectant has some great skin-care ingredients in addition to the 5% benzoyl peroxide, the benzoyl peroxide products in Rodan + Field’s ProActiv line cost a lot less, not to mention those from Neutrogena, Oxy, Clearasil, and Paula’s Choice.

By the way, the dual-chamber packaging isn’t necessary. Rodan + Fields insists that it ensures “maximum efficacy” of the benzoyl peroxide, but that’s merely a gimmick. Benzoyl peroxide doesn’t need to be packaged this way to ensure efficacy, and there’s no research proving otherwise. This is a well-formulated, effective benzoyl peroxide product, but the price is majorly out of line, and we cannot stress enough that you do not need to spend anywhere near this amount to get an effective, gentle topical disinfectant for breakouts.


Unique dual chamber delivery system ensures maximum efficacy of benzoyl peroxide deep into the pores, killing bacteria and stopping breakouts before they start.


ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Benzoyl Peroxide 5% INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Lotion: Purified Water, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Corn Starch Modified, Punica Granatum Extract, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide NP, Cholesterol, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium Oleamido MEA-Sulfosuccinate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Yucca Glauca Root Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine.

Gel: Purified Water, Ethoxydiglycol, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Corn Starch Modified, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin

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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False information gets you nowhere. Unblemish is not Benzoyl Peroxide based, it's Sulfur based. Proactive is for Oily skin, Unblemish is not. They are two different products for two different problems. Yes, there is Oxy, Clearasil, etc...but they don't work.

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Paula's Choice Research Team Response

We assure you the information we have about this particular product is accurate. According to Rodan + Fields site, the Unblemish Dual Intensive Acne Treatment contains 5% Benzoyl Peroxide as its active ingredient. Perhaps you are thinking of another product in the Unblemish line?

—Paula's Choice Research Team
Great product, not great price for qty.

Works great, however it's extremely pricy and the container does not allow u to see how much product is left. The container feels heavy even though it is empty. Fancy packaging which holds not nearly enough product for the price! 15ml per side! Crazy for the price, but it does work.

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