Unblemish, part of the Rodan & Fields skin care line, is designed to tame breakouts, calm complexion, and “keep pimples, blackheads and red spots from making an unwelcome appearance on your face.” Unblemish acne treatment “clears, heals, and balances skin” with a blend of pharmaceutical and herbal ingredients.
Unblemish’s acne skin care system contains three steps – an acne cleanser, toner, and a benzoyl peroxide treatment. These acne care products work together to “penetrate and unplug pores, kill bacteria, absorb excess oil, and calm inflammation.” The formulation of ingredients in each product work “synergistically together to addresses the complex issue of acne” by providing specific acne healing medicine. Unblemish warns that “skipping any one of these steps can minimize results.”
Depending on the severity of your acne problems, the Unblemish system will heal acne and fade marks to leave healthy, unblemished skin “within days to just a few weeks.” For those with “very significant” acne, results may take “as long as eight weeks.” Unblemish’s website advises that if your acne is not improving after eight weeks of using the Unblemish acne treatment regimen or if “your acne is cystic and scarring,” you should seek the care of a dermatologist.
Since there is no cure for acne, Unblemish must be used for an indefinite period of time. If these acne care products are successfully clearing your skin, you should keep using them. According to the Unblemish website, “There is no time limit to the length of time you can use Unblemish Regimen.” They give a warning that if you stop using Unblemish, “your blemishes are likely to return.”
Unblemish Regimen is developed and marketed by Rodan & Fields Dermatologists, a company that makes many over the counter acne products including Soothe for sensitive skin, Essentials for general skin care and cleansing, and Enhancements – a line that includes an anti-aging face cream and micro-dermabrasion products. The company’s founders, Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, are the original developers of the popular Proactiv acne solution as well.
Rodan & Fields Dermatologists receives a grade of B- from the Better Business Bureau. In the last 36 months, seven complaints have been filed against Rodan & Fields, and all have been resolved.
Step one in the Unblemish regimen is Unblemish Acne Treatment Sulfur Wash, which contains 3% sulfur as its active ingredient along with a blend of pharmaceuticals and a few herbals. Some of the herbals are aloe leaf juice, acacia gum, and yeast extract.
Unblemish Clarifying Toner follows the cleanser and should not be rinsed off after application. Along with numerous pharmaceuticals, Clarifying Toner contains “witch hazel water,” lecithin, aloe leaf juice, rosemary extract, and fish collagen.
The final step is Unblemish Acne Benzoyl Peroxide Treatment, which should be applied all over the face and allowed to dry for applying any other substance (e.g. sunscreen or makeup). The active ingredient is 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, and the treatment also contains alcohol, arnica, zinc, and numerous pharmaceutical chemicals.
All three products contain fragrance and artificial colors.
Each of these acne skin care treatment products should be used once per day, increasing to twice per day if your skin tolerates it. No specific side effects to the products or ingredients are mentioned, but Rodan & Fields does mention the possibility of allergic reaction. Those who are allergic to benzoyl peroxide “should not use Unblemish Acne Benzoyl Peroxide Treatment.” Though the website states that an allergy to oral sulfa drugs “does not predispose one to an allergy to topical sulfur medications,” they suggest trying a “patch test” on a small area of skin before using the treatment all over your face.
This system is not recommended to treat body acne. For this, Rodan & Fields recommends their Unblemish Body Regimen, which includes an exfoliator with salicylic acid. The Unblemish Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Body Wash may be used in place of Unblemish Acne Treatment Sulfur Wash a few times per week.
Where to Buy Unblemish
Rodan & Fields Unblemish may be purchased at the official Unblemish website. It is no longer sold in stores, but Rodan & Fields has introduced a direct selling campaign.
The cost for one three-piece Unblemish kit is $101, but the website does not specify how long one kit will last.
Rodan & Fields offers a satisfaction guarantee with all of their skin care products. If you are not completely satisfied with the results of Unblemish, you can return used or unused products within 60 days of the date of shipment for an exchange or a full refund minus shipping. The Rodan & Fields Customer Service phone number is provided on the website and should be contacted before returning any products.
Unblemish facial cleanser has a creamy texture that does not lather, which some people find bothersome. A few have reported that the cleanser isn’t a great cleanser to begin with and “doesn’t leave my skin feeling clean.” One lady says that she washes off her makeup with a separate cleanser before using the Unblemish cleanser because “it’s not very effective at removing makeup.”
The toner is said by some to have “a strong smell.” Another writes that the facial cleanser has “an over-the-top sulfur smell that might bother some.” Yet a third Unblemish user says that “no matter how much you rinse,” the sulfur smell remains on your skin.
One reviewer writes that all three Unblemish treatments used together “can be a bit too drying.” But another writes that her skin “doesn’t feel as dry” when using Unblemish as it did when she used other products. She does caution that none of the Unblemish products make a good moisturizer for acne prone skin. She recommends using the Essentials moisturizer instead. Some users experience the opposite effect. One Unblemish user writes that the system really worked to make her acne cysts better, but she says that “after several weeks” of use her face always feels “very greasy and oily.”
Unblemish can work for people of all ages, successfully treating both teen acne and adult acne. As a user in her mid-40s writes, “I’ve had excellent results with the Unblemish line … I have my acne under control.”
The time it takes for people to see good results in their acne can be lengthy. As one says, “It did take 2 months for my skin to really equalize.” Another, who has used Unblemish for two years and still enjoys its effects on her skin, says in her review that she “broke out for a month” after first starting to use the regimen.
As with all acne treatment systems, Unblemish has its pros and cons. One good sign is that I didn’t find anyone calling it a scam. As far as whether it’s the best acne fighting product out there, Unblemish appears as #3 on the top acne products list at Acne-Reviews and twice, the Unblemish regimen received the Best Acne Treatment award in Allure magazine’s Best of Beauty campaign.
Based on user reviews, Unblemish does seem to be good skin care for acne prone skin, but it may not be the best acne skin care for you. How your own unique skin will respond can’t be foretold by hearing about the experiences of others. Since Rodan & Fields offers the money back guarantee, it may very well be worth a try.