This blog post is based on my personal experience with R and F products. I DO NOT SELL RODAN AND FIELDS- I tried to create some unbiased Rodan and Fields review because I have tried a variety of their products over the years and I felt like there wasn’t a lot of content out there giving honest reviews.

A quick about me: I am a 31 year old woman that has had moderate acne her whole life. I am at that stage where I should start using nicer skin care products to help prevent wrinkles and aging, treat my adult acne and try to protect my skin from UV damage.

A few years ago one of my best friends DID start selling Rodan and Fields skincare and being the supportive friend that I am I decided I would give the Unblemish line a try. After that I tried a variety of other random products. These are my honest reviews. Some products I love and some I did not. I included suggestions for the products I use instead of the Rodan and Fields item and links to Amazon to purchase. Full disclosure- if you decide to purchase any of these products and click on the link provided I will receive a small commission from the sale!


First of all: I just want to say that based off of my cost of living and realistic budget I personally feel that all Rodan and Fields products are very expensive, and I do not think that all of the products are worth the price tag. However some of their products really did help manage my acne and I feel that those ones are worth every penny. Below are my Unblemished reviews.

1- Unblemish Gentle Exfoliating Acne Wash– I love this stuff. It can be used as a quick wash and rinse product or as a leave on face mask. It’s designed to help reduce redness and make those big ugly pimples go away.  I think it is way more effective as a face mask than as a rinse/wash but that might just be a personal preference. I will use this guy once or twice a week when my skin is “under control” to help maintain this state. During this time I will incorporate this into my shower routine.I take about a nickle size amount of the purple magic and rub it into my skin. I leave it on while I shave my legs (about 3-5 min) and wash it away. If I am having particularly bad breakout (usually around the time I get my period) this is my go to face mask to get my oily skin checked back into balance. I will apply a little more this time- maybe a quarter instead of a nickel-and leave it on for 10-15 minutes and really let it dry out my pores. I use it as a face mask like that for several days around this time because my skin needs it! Normally after the second or third day it has helped to calm down my breakout and I can go back to using it as a wash and rinse product. One negative about Unblemish Gentle Exfoliating Wash is that this stuff smells disgusting- it smells like sulfur and it does tend to leak into your pores, so you can end up sweating out a funky smell. So just a heads up on that!

Price: $44

Would I buy again? YES

Cheaper Replacement Product: Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Clay Face Mask and Facial Cleanser– $7

2-Unblemish Clarifying Toner– This is by far my favorite product in the Rodan and Fields skin care line. This is THE BEST toner I have ever used and it’s my secret weapon for preventing and clearing up breakouts. I generally will use this at night time after I wash by face and remove my makeup. This toner helps to ensure I have completely removed all of my makeup and my pores are as clean as possible. One bottle of this lasts a pretty long time as you apply it to a cotton ball like nail polish remover, so a little goes a long way. I usually keep refilling cotton balls until it looks like there is no more dirt coming off my face (Zoolander style) After I use the Unblemish Clarifying Toner it’s probably the best my skin feels all day. It leaves you with a clean and pure feeling on your face and the green tea extract and aloe vera make your skin feel soothed.

Price: $43

Would I buy again? YES

Cheaper Replacement Product: Clinique Clarifying Lotion– $15

3-Unblemish Dual Intensive Acne Treatment- I am sorry to say that I did not feel like this product was worth the money. It is the “secret weapon” of the Unblemish line but I personally was left disappointed. This is a personal preference and if you want to give the entire Unblemish line a try go for it. I will be honest though that I do not think this works as well as cheaper benzyl peroxide products that are available for ¼ of the price. It is absolutely a nice treat for your skin because it moisturizes as well as treats acne and helps to prevent future breakouts- but I wasn’t getting results that I could justify the cost of $104 a bottle. Another problem with this product is that you have to use a large quantity so you can’t stretch this one. Sorry Rodan and Fields but this product is just too expensive for me.

Price: $104

Would I buy again?: NO

Cheaper Replacement Product: Perrigo 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Gel– $18 (this is heavy duty so if you decide to try it, start by using every other day so you don’t dry out your skin too rapidly)

4- Unblemish Shine- Free Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen- I am 50/50 on this one. I wouldn’t place an order just for the sunscreen, however I will always order it when I am buying something else. This is a solid face sunscreen I just wish it was a higher SPF. I love how balanced and mild it is on the “moisturize but not make me greasy” factor. It doesn’t make your face break out and helps prevent sun damage. I have used this on and off for several years and think it is worth the value.

Price: $31

Would I Buy again?: YES but also like some cheaper options as much

Cheaper Replacement Product: CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30- $12 (love the SPF 30 and doesn’t make my face break out!)

Rodan and Fields Essential Reviews

I have also use several other Rodan and Fields products in the Essential line. Most of these were just one off trial runs because their stuff is so pricey, but I would buy a couple again.

5-Essentials Instant Makeup Remover Wipes- NO. Just no- do not waste your money. You can buy 4 packs from TJ Maxx for the price of these. Nothing special. I am a makeup remover wipe addict and I wanted to try these high price wipes to see if they were worth the fuss. Sorry Rodan and Fields but I would not ever recommend these.

Price: $32 (yes you read that right!)

Would I buy Again?: Hell naw!

Cheaper Replacement Product: “I Woke Up Like This” Coconut Makeup Remover Wipe– $13 for a double pack, I have tried so so so many kinds of makeup remover wipes and honestly this exact product is my all-time favorite. Sidenote: I still feel like $13 is a lot but I do think this brand is worth a few extra bucks.

6- Micro- Dermabrasion Paste Holy moley- I loved this stuff. Obviously you cant go crazy with exfoliating or your going to make yourself breakout constantly, but when used once maybe twice a week it leaves your facial skin feeling so very soft and moisturized. I have tried other product lines you can get at the drug store and they tend to be way more harsh. This not only removes the dead skin but leaves a nice conditioning layer to make your face supple and soft. Def would recommend trying this one.

Price: $83

Would I buy again: Yes

Cheaper Replacement Product: St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Face Scrub Green Tea -$15 for a three pack (love this stuff!!!)

7- REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream: This is the first anti-aging product I have ever bought and I actually really do like this one. It works really well to de-puff your under eyes and helps to fight crows feet. I absolutely did see and feel a difference after a few weeks of use and if I forgot to use it, the bags under my eyes seemed way worse.

Price: $64

Would I buy Again?: Yes

Cheaper Replacement Product: I actually have never tried anything else! So please let me know if you have any suggestions!

8- Active Hydration Serum- I love to use this in the winter when all of the forced air has my skin dried out like a raisin. I cant use it every night because it will make my skin break out if I go bananas with it. However I found that using it every other night was a good balance. I really like to hit my super dry areas (under eyes, side of mouth, mustache areas) and it absolutely helped keep my skin hydrated. I do really like this product- however I can’t justify spending this much on a serum so I do not use this in my regime anymore.

Price: $112

Would I Buy Again?: Not for this price

Cheaper Replacement Product: Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum– $45

9-Essentials Lip Shield Broad Spectrum- Eh- this one hasn’t blown me away. I could see this being worth the money if you were a lifeguard or had a job that required you to be outside and you NEEDED great UV protection on your lips constantly. It does have SPF 25 and I could tell after a day at the beach that it was working. And a nice bonus if that it does make your lips very soft and supple. However at $19 for a two-pack, I did not feel like this product was worth the price. If I had a larger skincare budget I think I would probably splurge on this in the summer months.

Price: $19

Would I Buy Again?: Probably not

Cheaper Recommended Product: Coppertone Sport SPF 50 Lip Balm- $4

So that is my Rodan and Fields review. Please let me know what you think and if you have ever tried these products before. Did you think they were worth the price? Why or why not?


  1. Thank you!!! I had to go to second page in google search to find what I felt was an honest review about their wipes! I don’t like them! I’m a Neutrogena wipes lover myself but I haven’t tried many brands. I would like to try the coconut one you like but they are out of stock. I’ll check back soon. I felt like the RF wipes don’t remove my mascara well, and they leave a tacky residue on my face! Yuk.


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