Review: Ole Henriksen Roll-On Blemish Attack

By Voxy  

ole_hI’m a big fan of some other Ole Henriksen products, so I thought I’d give this one a try. Although I’ve had almost no breakouts since I bought my Clarisonic (about which you will definitely be hearing more in future posts), from time to time I go to sleep without washing my face stress gets the better of me and I end up with a blemish.

One of the things I found appealing about this was that it was a roll-on, which I thought was fabulous. Those of you who have used benzoyl peroxide products for acne control probably (if you are at all like me) have some tell-tale spots on pillowcases, pajamas, or towels where the benzoyl peroxide has bleached them. (OK, maybe I’m the only one who’s that klutzy.) But a roll-on! I thought, with, frankly, glee. Just roll that baby right over the pimple — no benzoyl peroxide ever getting on my hands, and therefore no benzoyl peroxide ever getting on anything else. All right, I would still have to take off my nice pillowcases to sleep with the stuff on, but hands-free application was a big step forward as far as I was concerned.

Unfortunately, the product directions tell you to use the rollerball to apply the product to your finger, and then use your finger to apply it to the blemish.

Drat.

(What’s the point of the roll-on, then? Really, what’s the point?)

The product does do a reasonable job with helping to kill bacteria and shrink pimples; the benzoyl peroxide (5%) is joined by salicylic acid, kaolin, and zinc, so there’s a nice handful of helpful ingredients in there. However, this one for me was only OK, and not worth a repurchase, especially since it’s very unlikely I’d get through the whole bottle before the expiration date. I also think it’s strange that it’s not in opaque packaging, since benzoyl peroxide loses efficacy when exposed to light, and the clear glass roll-on container isn’t helping there. I suppose you could just vow to keep the thing in a drawer, but it just seems like there might have been a better packaging decision that could have been made there.

It has Sephora’s “natural” seal, though given the lack of regulation of the term “natural” (which is why it appears in quotes in categories/tags on this blog), that may or may not be saying much.

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Provenance: Purchased

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): fair

Purchase again? No

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