Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, both dermatologists, own skincare line Rodan+Fields lauded as the “fastest-growing skin care brand” in the US. They have a few publications, linked below, and also founded the popular anti-acne brand, Proactiv.
With dermatologist backing, scientific research (other brands do this too!), and pre-assembled “kits” it’s easy to see how consumers would be attracted to this brand.
So what’s the problem?
Their prices are exorbitant. Rodan and Fields know the law and FDA too well to skirt around ingredients lists, but they still find ways to keep consumers in the dark. For example, their “AMPMD Micro-exfoliating Roller” looks a lot like a 0.25 mm micro-needling roller but nowhere on their website will you see it described as such. It took a little extra digging and confirmation from an Allure article (that gif is killing me on the inside, anyone familiar with micro-needling knows why – you’re not supposed to change directions while rolling like that). Lots of price fluctuation here because R+F sells this as a set with “Retinal” and cleaning tablets, but compare ~$40-$180 dollar “AMPMD Micro-exfoliating roller”* to under $15 FDA-Approved 0.25 mm titanium micro-needle roller* There’s no transparency about the needle length, the material nor the needle count of the AMPMD micro-exfoliating roller, plus they’re trying to sell you these pool cleaner + denture cleaner tablets (I’m only partially joking) for over $1.25 each in that package. Generally at home micro-needling isn’t recommended by most professionals, despite its benefits. There is a lot of room for error that can lead to infection or scarring. But among the home micro-needling crowd, it’s common knowledge that a good spritz of 70-90% rubbing alcohol before and after use is enough to sanitize (a 0.25 mm needle length or shorter dermaroller) and no fancy tablets are needed.
Not only are their prices exorbitant (I have PLENTY of examples see future articles for replacements to R+F products), to add insult to injury this billion dollar company only pays 2% of their consultants more than minimum wage and according to their own 2016 income disclosure statement 90.41% of their consultants average less than $200 a month.
Edit: I forgot to mention that R+F consultants been accused of using image manipulation to sell R+F products.
- Replacements for R+F Redefine
- Replacements for R+F Reverse
- Replacements for R+F Unblemish
- Replacements for R+F Sooth
K Rodan + K Fields Publications
- Majewski, G, et al. “Hydrating the Skin with a Novel Interpenetrating Polymer Network.”Clinical, Experimental & Cosmetic Dermatology Journal, vol. 1, no. 1, ser. 100003, 14 Sept. 2017. 100003.
- Efficacy of a twice-daily, 3-step, over-the-counter skincare regimen for the treatment of acne vulgaris Katie Rodan – Kathy Fields – Timothy JFalla – Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology – 2017
- Skincare Bootcamp Katie Rodan – Kathy Fields – George Majewski – Timothy Falla – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open – 2016
K Fields – T JFalla – K Rodan – L Bush – Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology – 2009
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5 thoughts on “Rodan+Fields”
I hate R+F. I’m facebook friends with a middle school teacher that was huge on instilling girls with self esteem who is now trying to get sales by making people feel ashamed of their skin. Thanks for putting this together, and keep it up.
Thank you for your comment! It’s been very frustrating for me too, while working on this article every other source / article is trying to sell products that are just as sleezy and even allure is trying to sell R+F. It feels like the company is just so big that they have everyone in their pocket.
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Is there a good post somewhere about how their before and after photos are all in different lighting to make it seem like things are working? These consultants have to be being coached on that, right? How is there nothing negative anywhere, ugh.
I appreciate the effort researching this took. And the frustration you endured.
I’ve been trying to find one for evidence, I stumbled on to an imgur album a while back and I haven’t been able to re-find the link. Now every time I search it’s all ads for R+F. I’m very hesitant to suggest that consultants have been coached on these practices because without proof it’s libel and I don’t want to get in trouble.
edit: I’d like to add that there are closed anti-MLM groups that will share photos of before and after pictures from consultants where the members discuss how the image looks like it’s been manipulated (before image has been darkened when trying to advertise brightening cream evidenced by surroundings becoming more textured / discolored , mascara or makeup app used when trying to sell lash serum…) it especially stands out when the exact same image is used in the before and after. Skincare takes time and even when the photo is taken in the same room it’s not going to be the EXACT same picture with the exact same background and angling
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Yeah, it looks like a lot of websites posting the dirt on them get those pages deleted. That’s too bad. It will come out eventually.
I saw another today where the before has no makeup and the after has full foundation and mascara. I’m sure it was an accident haha.