I’ve tried a zillion skin care products with varying levels of success. My main concern skin care concern is age spots and freckles caused by sun damage, and the latest weapon in my arsenal is Rodan and Fields Reverse Regimen.
Since my 20s I have had a nemesis on my left cheek. It’s a fairly prominent age spot which has been removed three times – twice by liquid nitrogen and once by BBL laser, all under the care of physicians. Liquid nitrogen removed the age spot beautifully the first time, and it eventually came back. The second time it removed it, but it also left a bit of a textural difference of the skin, so I opted not to attempt that again. The third time it was removed completely for one year by BBL laser, and even with religious sunscreen use, it reappeared after about 12 months.
I do use sunscreen religiously. When I was 20 years old, I made a conscious decision to try to protect myself from future sun exposure. Almost 25 years later, than effort has been very successful on most of my body – the skin on my back, for example, is completely white, very soft, and garners amazement by my dermatologist at annual checkups. But even with regular sunscreen use, sun exposure on my face has taken its toll.
The Rodan and Fields Reverse Regimen is not inexpensive – it runs about $200. (I’m testing it without the add-on micro roller that is purported to boost results.) I have been using it for about 6 weeks now, and not entirely as directed. Drs. Rodan and Fields who manufacture the products recommend the following regime:
- Morning: Exfoliating wash, toner, vitamin C and retinol treatment (two creams combined just prior to application), and SPF 50+ cream.
- Evening: Same as for morning, but without the SPF.
When I began using the products as directed, I found that they contained far too much moisture for my skin. My face felt greasy and my makeup felt like it had slid off my face by midday. (And that’s with normal, not oily, skin.) So my regime is as follows:
- Morning: Exfoliating wash, toner, SPF 50+ cream.
- Evening: Wash with more gentle product from another brand, toner, vitamin C and retinol treatment.
Basically, I am altering the program by only using the exfoliating wash and the treatments once a day rather than twice. The SPF cream itself is very, very rich, and my nose still looks a bit greasy by midday. But after using the regimen for 6 weeks at only half its intended strength, I think I do see some fading in my most hated age spot.
Rodan & Fields boasts some very dramatic before-and-after successes on its web site, and those photos are submitted by its users. That’s what convinced me to try the products in the first place. They offer four regimens for various other skin care concerns like acne and wrinkles. The jury is still out for me on whether the Rodan and Fields Reverse Regimen will be a total success, although at this stage things look promising.
I’ll provide an update in another six weeks or so on whether Reverse has caused my nemesis to wave the white flag once and for all. If you have experience with Reverse or one of the other Rodan & Fields regimens, I would love to hear about it!