This 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. Although some people with acne find that these mineral ingredients exacerbate breakouts, many can use them without incident. 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. It would be rated a Best Product if most of the antioxidants and other intriguing ingredients were present in greater amounts. This is recommended with caution for sensitive, blemish-prone skin because it does contain fragrance. 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.
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.
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
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.