06.17.2016
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Unblemish Oil Control Lotion SPF 20
1 fl. oz. for $28
Expert Rating
Community Rating (4)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:06.17.2016
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

Unblemish Oil Control Lotion SPF 20 is a very good daytime moisturizer with sunscreen for those with normal to oily skin. The actives are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, two of the gentlest sunscreens around. This is formulated with a silky, lightweight base that sets to a smooth matte finish. Without question, keeping skin protected from sun exposure will allow faster healing of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne. Unblemish Oil Control Lotion SPF 20 works great under makeup, too.

Even though it has a broad-spectrum formula with great aesthetics, there are three things holding it back from earning a higher rating. For starters, research has shown that it's better to use an SPF of 30 or greater for adequate sun protection, so the SPF 20 just isn't cutting it for us (see More Info for details). Beyond that, we wish that the antioxidants and other intriguing ingredients were present in a higher amount. The third strike against it? Because it contains both fragrance and the potentially-irritating preservative methylisothiazolinone, we do not recommend it for sensitive or blemish-prone skin. As for oil control, the formula does a good job of keeping skin matte, but you will see some shine break through before the day is done.

Overall, this is a decent sunscreen if you don't have overly sensitive or blemish-prone skin, but there are much better options on our list of Best Sunscreens.

More Info:

Sunscreens Rated SPF 20 or Lower: A growing body of current research has demonstrated that it's better to use a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater to ensure adequate defense against the sun's aging UV rays. SPF 20 or lower is an option—and certainly better than no sunscreen at all—but only if you're willing to apply liberally and your skin will be seeing five hours of daylight or less.

While this sunscreen will provide the SPF number on the label and has UVA-protecting ingredients, no sunscreen with an SPF lower than 20 will rate higher than two stars in Beautypedia. For more information on our criteria for rating sunscreens, please visit the Best Sunscreens section of the site.

Community Reviews
Claims
Formulated specifically for acne-prone skin, this lightweight formula controls oiliness as it protects against UV rays that intensify post-acne marks and uneven skin tone.
Ingredients
Active: Zinc Oxide (4.75%), Titanium Dioxide (0.7%), Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Pentylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysilicone-11, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Peg-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Squalane, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, 1,2-Hexanediol, Peg-60 Almond Glycerides, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Oleanolic Acid, Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid, Glycerin, Carbomer, Chlorphenesin, Dimethiconol, Dicetyl Phosphate, Cholesterol, Hexyl Laurate, Fragrance, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Disodium Edta, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Azelaic Acid, Stearic Acid, Lecithin, Alumina, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Atelocollagen, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract, Methylisothiazolinone, Tropolone
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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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.