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By Elize Crouch

Did you know Rodan and Fields are the last names of the creators of Proactiv? Yup, Rodan and Fields, and Proactiv are the same people. But Rodan and Fields is cleverly marketed and sold.  Instead of having to navigate through all that weird stuff, I've got all the data and raw information from real people right here. I've compiled Rodan and Fields reviews below. Read on!

What is Rodan and Fields?

It is one of the many, many brands on the market that sells skin care products, but one of the better known and higher quality brands. Rodan and Fields claims great results and anti-aging effects, which may have you yawning because that is so typical in the skin care industry. Luckily, Rodan and Fields products are unique in their organization into “systems” or categories, and they offer many different options for different types of goals.

What sets Rodan and Fields apart is that it was developed by Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields who are dermatologists trained at Stanford University. They were the brains behind Proactiv, before leaving there to create Rodan and Fields. You could say that is a decent resume, and their experience definitely makes me feel better about putting my money to their products. You are like many, and want a review of Rodan and Fields before you fork over the money to get one of their skin care products, since there are many cheaper options on the market.

Rodan and Fields Redefine

All in one Anti-Blemish Regimen

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Rodan and Fields Reverse

Anti-Aging for Those With Brown Spots or Dullness

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Rodan and Fields Unblemish

Stops Blackheads and Pimples

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Rodan and Fields Soothe

Soothe and Comfort Irritated Skin, get rid of Redness

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(For comparison to other major skin care brands, see our Neutrogena microdermabrasion system review and our PCA peel review​.)

Background on the Brand

Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields met during their summer job in 1984 at a research lab in Southern California, more specifically, Los Angeles. They were med school students at Stanford at the time.

They combined their knowledge and expertise to develop the eventual Proactiv, which as you know was a huge success because of their large status on the market for the fast couple decades. They launched their Rodan and Fields Line in 2002, and it has also been hugely successful. Dr. Katie Rodan was listed by Forbes as one of the 50 most successful self-made women in the United States in 2015.

Rodan and Fields Products

The Rodan and Fields Product Line is Organized into 6 Categories. These categories are Redefine, Reverse, Unblemish, Soothe, Essentials, and Enhancements. The first four of these categories are sold in sets, or systems, and the last two have different products that can be purchased individually.

For Information on treating other parts of the body, see Body Microdermabrasion


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Overview of the Redefine Regimen

Redefine is designed as a comprehensive regimen that uses cosmetics and peptides to reduce the visible effects of aging so you can have smoother and firmer skin.

How does Redefine Work?

REDEFINE is a comprehensive skincare Regimen that layers cosmetic ingredients and potent peptide technology to help defend against and reduce the visible signs of aging for noticeably firmer, smoother, flawless-looking skin.

How Long Until Results?

Based on our clinical studies, smoother, softer-looking skin can be experienced after just one use. With continued use, the REDEFINE Regimen is clinically tested to help skin appear firmer, make lines and wrinkles less noticeable, and create the appearance of smaller pores for a more luminous and refined appearance.

In an independent clinical study, participants using the REDEFINE Regimen reported seeing the following results after eight weeks of twice daily use: 100% experienced an improvement in texture, 91% experienced an improvement in radiance, 90% experienced an improvement in smoothness, 80% experienced an improvement in wrinkles, 80% experienced an improvement in fine lines, 80% experienced an improvement in pore size, 80% experienced an improvement in elasticity.


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Rodan and Fields Reviews: Redefine

Reviews of the Rodan and Fields Redefine Regimen cite that it makes the skin much softer. Some have said that the cleansing mask irritates the skin slightly if following the directions. They have noticed an improvement in skin tone, and overall healthiness of the skin. Overall, rodan and fields reviews for the redefine regimen average to 3.5 stars.


How Long do You Stay on Reverse?

There is no limit to how long you can use the REVERSE Regimen. However, once you have addressed your concerns about dullness and discoloration, we recommend you transition to our REDEFINE Regimen for the Appearance of Lines, Pores and Loss of Firmness.

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Does Reverse Fade Dark Spots?

After using the REVERSE Regimen and obtaining the desired results, if you are extremely diligent about using broad spectrum sunscreen and limiting exposure to sun, you should be able to maintain your results. However, understand that a single day of unprotected sun exposure can virtually undo months of hard work. Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen every day and reapply it every two hours when exposed to sunlight.


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Rodan and Fields Reviews: Reverse

The reviews for reverse are very hit or miss. It seems to either work great for someone or not work at all and cause problems such as acne. Some people have irritated or itchy skin from using it.

The sunscreen is cited to be a good moisturizer as well as sun block. The positive reviews do not give a lot of information, so it is possible they were influenced by placebo from spending so much on a skincare regimen, while the negative reviews give a lot more information in general.


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How Does Unblemish Work?

Based on Multi-Med® Therapy, the UNBLEMISH Regimen is a complete solution that tackles the acne process—from clogged pores to excess oil, and to preventing new blemishes from surfacing.

Because breakouts are continuously forming under the surface of acne-prone skin, the multiple active ingredients in the UNBLEMISH Regimen should be used twice daily over the entire face to help stop the acne process. With continued use, blemishes will be reduced, and skin will look healthier and clearer.

How long should Unblemish be used?

There is no cure for acne, but you can control it with the UNBLEMISH Regimen. Just because your skin is clear doesn’t mean it’s time to stop. Continuous use of the UNBLEMISH Regimen will help keep your skin clear.

Once your skin has been acne-free for an extended period of time, you may consider shifting to once-a-day use of the UNBLEMISH Regimen and start introducing our REDEFINE Regimen into your daily routine.


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Rodan and Fields Reviews: Unblemish

Unblemish seems to be the most effective of the four Rodan and Fields Regimens. Reviews say that is works well on clearing up acne. Some people have said that they wish it didn’t cost so much because it worked well for them.

Overall, it is effective against acne and because of how well it works and how reputable a brand Rodan and Fields is, people are willing to shell out the pretty penny to attain this regimen. As far as Rodan and Fields reviews are concerned, unblemish is one of the better ones. Rodan and Fields Reviews:


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How Does Soothe Work?

The SOOTHE Regimen has been carefully formulated with ingredients specifically designed for sensitive skin. SOOTHE Gentle Cream Wash emulsifies makeup and other skin impurities. SOOTHE Sensitive Skin Treatment contains the OTC skin protectants, Allantoin and Dimethicone, that alleviate minor cuts, burns and peeling associated with dryness; and RFp3, our proprietary peptide technology, that neutralizes environmental triggers and calms irritated, dry skin.

Optical filters help reduce the appearance of redness and botanicals comfort dry skin. SOOTHE Moisture Replenishing Cream utilizes unique patent-pending RF COLD FISSION™ to keep ingredients together in an elegant base without the use of emulsifiers. SOOTHE Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 uses only physical sunscreens (Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide) to deflect ultraviolet rays and to keep the surface of the skin cool to help prevent visible redness. Rodan and Fields Reviews:

What to Expect from Soothe

With your first use, the SOOTHE Regimen will help relieve your skin of dryness and visible redness. Our clinical results demonstrated a visible improvement in redness, peeling, dryness and overall irritation due to dry, cracked or chapped skin in five minutes. Within days to weeks, depending on the sensitivity of your skin, your skin will feel comfortable, smooth and soft with a visible reduction in facial redness.

Over time, the ingredients in the SOOTHE Regimen will help support your natural skin barrier, allowing your skin to become more resilient. Clinically proven results: In an independent U.S. clinical study of 30 participants, subjects with sensitive skin achieved the following results: REDNESS: 56% reduction after five minutes and 67% reduction after two weeks, PEELING: 80% reduction after five minutes and 80% reduction after two weeks, DRYNESS: 79% reduction after five minutes and 74% reduction after two weeks,

Overall irritation due to dry, cracked or chapped skin: 78% after just five minutes and 72% reduction after two weeks.


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Rodan and Fields Reviews: Soothe

Reviewers of this popular regimen frequently say that soothe helps calm their rosacea, which is skin redness. Some that are allergic to many things were able to use this product safely two times per day.

Some have said it does not work for sensitive skin, while some have said it does work for sensitive skin, so that seems to be very individual. One reviewer had used proactive for years and switched over because of dryness and redness, and the Rodan and Fields Soothe Regimen did the trick for them.


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The Rodan and Fields Essentials Line is designed to have different options for protecting your skin during everyday activities.

Products Rodan and Fields Reviews:

· ESSENTIALS Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Body Sunscreen

· ESSENTIALS Daily Body Moisturizer

· ESSENTIALS Foaming Sunless Tan


· ESSENTIALS Lip Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 25 (Two-Pack)

· MAXIMUM D3® Vitamin D Supplement


The enhancements line is made for optimizing your results from other Rodan and Fields regimens, including makeup and microdermabrasion cream. It is essentially icing on the cake of the four main regimens.


· ENHANCEMENTS Body Micro-Dermabrasion

· ENHANCEMENTS Lip Micro-Dermabrasion

· ENHANCEMENTS Micro-Dermabrasion Paste

· ENHANCEMENTS Mineral Peptides Broad Spectrum SPF 20

· ENHANCEMENTS Mineral Peptides Broad Spectrum SPF 20 with Brush

· ENHANCEMENTS Mineral Peptides Brush

What kind of Ingredients does Rodan and Fields Use?

All of their products have ingredients lists that anyone can view, which is important for skin care. Luckily, they use mostly water based, non-toxic, non-hazardous ingredients. A few of their products do have potentially irritating ingredients, so just read the warning information on each of their products to make sure it is safe for your skin.

How to Apply and Follow Regimen

Rodan and Fields’ website is extremely descriptive and well put together for you to be able to know how to apply their products. I gave a short snippet of that in this review but all of the procedures are laid out on their website.

Rodan and Fields Reviews: The Product Lines

Overall, Rodan and Fields is well received by consumers, and has an overall positive rating. You would actually expect give stars across the board with how expensive the regimens are, but that is not the case.

Some regimens have 3 to 4 star average ratings, but the skin lightening products seem to be one of the better offerings, based on consumer reviews. As you would expect, the regimens are not miracle anti-aging fountains of youth, but they do have their place and people would not still be buying them if they did not Rodan and Fields Reviews: work at all.

Similar to

Ironically, or maybe not ironically, a lot of consumers and more professional reviewers liken the Rodan and Fields line to the Proactiv line. A large part of this due to the organization of the product lines.

Both companies sell a regimen that is designed for some facet of skin care that includes multiple creams or lotions that you use in some order.

This is no surprise, since both companies were made by the same two medical doctors.

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Breakdown of Rodan and Fields Reviews:Advantages and Disadvantages Compared to Other Brand Products


· Designed by prestigiously educated dermatologists; the same two women behind Proactiv

· Self-contained regimens, everything you need is provided 

· Very eclectic line of products

· Overall effective products


· The elephant in the room—it is very expensive

· Some products have average reviews

· A few products with potentially irritating ingredients

Hope This Helps! -Elize

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