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Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation®

What it is:A lightweight, silky moisturizer that nourishes skin as it gently exfoliates and fades dark spots. What it is formulated to do:This oil-free lightweight moisturizer features a silky whipped texture that melts into skin. A potent blend of Actiwhite™, licorice, and vitamin C help fade dark spots, even skintone, and prevent premature signs of aging while botanical fruit acids gently exfoliate and retexturize. A calming blend of sandalwood, geranium, and chamomile soothe, balance, and purify the skin, leaving the complexion fresh, healthy, and bright. What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates - Phthalates Research results:In a consumer use study on 52 respondents: - 96% said the product softens skin and smooths uneven texture - 95% said their skin looked brighter and more radiant - 86% said that product treats discoloration/hyperpigmentation
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Questions & Answers for Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation®

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breakouts
i have normal/combination skin, and i'm experiencing breakouts from this product. i've only been using it for a few days so i'm not sure if my skin is just getting used to it, but did anyone else breakout from this product?
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
rkse
on Sheer Transformation®
9 answers
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answer 1
In combination with the invigorating night gel, I didn't find this product to make me break out at all. I also found that it's legitimately effective on my dark spots.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
hitzchicky
(Hartford, CT)
answer 2
Yes I broke out BIG time with this cream. It gave me about 5 huge welts on my face, I'm going to return it.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
jadab
(Chicago, IL)
answer 3
ALL of the ole henrikson products make me break out like crazy on my forehead and nose (little bumps that sometimes grow into larger ones, general irritation), but they do wonders for my cheeks and chin (supremely glowy skin, got rid of acne) which is why I continue to buy them, as nothing else has worked as well. I suspect it might be because the products exfoliate your skin so fast that the skin cells get caught in the oil your t-zone areas produce and cause breakouts. Or maybe years of intense acne meds on my t-zone have changed the skin there? Who knows.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
funkycoldmadina
(Charlottesville, VA)
answer 4
I consider myself to have very sensitive skin, also borderline rosacea. Almost always red in the cheeks. I did not experience any breakouts from this product. I think a little goes a VERY long way. Be sure you aren't using too much.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
jules109
(Tampa Bay, Florida)
answer 5
I did notice some breakouts on my neck & throat area. If I don't use it there every day, then I don't seem to break out. I'm not happy with this product.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
mandms4evr
(Texas)
answer 6
my forehead...it might be too heavy for thinner skin?
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
mcmimi
(culver city, ca)
answer 7
Yes, I broke out from it as well! It didn't absorb into my skin so I took it back and exchanged it. Ask for some samples for a couple of products to try out :)
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
fnlvngrl
(Chandler, AZ)
answer 8
I broke out from it as well, and just stopped using it. I got it to combat acne scars, and, ironically, I now have even more, (since it made me break out). It's a very drying product, and I would recommend something much more hydrating for people with sensitive/acneic skin.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
silvia22
(Washington, DC)
answer 9
I have breakout too but I use this product since last april and my skin look great, and help me with my dark spot.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
lizmariema
(Dorado, PR)
Question
Good moisturizer for super oily skin during the day time ?
I have acne-prone , sensitive, and very oily skin. is this good for my skin during the summer day time? Thanks!
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
xwoman
(atlanta, ga)
on Sheer Transformation®
6 answers
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answer 1
In terms of Ole Henriksen stuff, I'd say go with Vitamin Plus instead. It's quite light and formulated for combo/oily skin.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
mnda
(Boston, MA)
answer 2
Actually, I wouldn't think so...I believe it is meant for more mature or combination skin so it might end up being too emolient for you even though it goes on pretty light. I would go to the Ole Henrikson web site and look at other products in the line geared more toward your skin issues.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
Poo148
(Duvall, WA)
answer 3
It's a very lightweight moisturizer. But I've found that it pills if you have any other skincare products on.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
autumnzen
(Honolulu, HI)
answer 4
In other reviews I see where it has caused people some acne. Then for me; I have acne-prone skin and its very sensitive and reactive; The cream caused me cyst like pimples and burned my skin. If you are at all acne-prone, I wouldn't risk it.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
acaramelada
(Gainesville,GA)
answer 5
I have basically the same skin as you! I am on acne medication to keep my skin blemish-free, and have very oily skin. This product does not irritate my skin at all
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
ica1080
(Coventry, RI)
answer 6
I would try 'Cosmedicine / Medi-Matte oil control spray.' -they use to make a cream that was excellent too but I don't know what happened to it-its gone! So, I was forced to try the spray and it works pretty good. I wear it under my makeup when I go to places where its hot or I will be outside in direct sunlight. It's almost like a primer, I dont look greasy all day. If I forget it under my makeup, then I can still spray it on my face over my make up later in the day and it still works. Plus...it invisible and your face will get a matte finish. Maybe you can get a free sample at your local Sephora store.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
xrsa
(Diamond Bar)
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sheer transformation vs. Herbal Day Crème
I've recently bought the Ole starter kit which includes the Herbal Day Crème SPF 15. However i received the Sheer Transformation as a bonus. I wasn't sure if I should layer these two products (and in what order) or if I should just use alternatively (Sheer one day and the Herbal Creme the other day). Any suggestions?
asked 3 years, 7 months ago
claire1103
(philadelphia, pa)
on Sheer Transformation®
6 answers
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answer 1
If you are happy with the Herbal Day Cream I might suggest Using this at night time....
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
Poo148
(Duvall, WA)
answer 2
Sheer Transformation makes a great night cream, so, I definitely recommend using it at night. However, it's not greasy at all, so you could definitely use it during the day, as well. I would put the Sheer Transformation on first, and then use the Herbal with the spf. I think you'll really like it! Good luck ::)
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
cjk6
(Iowa City, IA)
answer 3
I would probably use the day creme with SPF during the day and the sheer transformation in the evenings. No need for SPF in the sleepytime hours. =)
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
jules109
(Tampa Bay, Florida)
answer 4
sunblock on top
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
mcmimi
(culver city, ca)
answer 5
I have tried both products and have found the herbal day cream to be a bit heavier in texture than the sheer transformation cream. I would suggest the herbal cream if your skin tends to be on the drier side or if you live in a very dry climate, or get very harsh winters. I don't think I would layer the two creams, this is probably a plot to get you to buy more product!
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
rtchick
(Winnipeg, MB, Canada)
answer 6
I would use the sheer transformation beneath the day cream.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
annapcat
(Annapolis, MD)
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will this product also hep with roscea?
asked 3 years, 7 months ago
armada
(pflugerville, tx)
on Sheer Transformation®
6 answers
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answer 1
Can't say for sure so of course ask your doc BUT I can tell you that this product is incredibly gentle on the skin and basically emiminated the slight redness i have throughout my cheek area and drastically decreased the redness in all my broken caps!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
kristin212
(New York, NY)
answer 2
Ole Henriksen's Nurture Me creme is made for rosacea clients.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
daisy7859
(Oxnard, CA)
answer 3
It has made a huge difference in my Rosacea AND the two big sun spots on the right side of my face. Noticed a difference within about 2 weeks of regular (am/pm) use. Very surprising in a very good way. Really like this product
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
Poo148
(Duvall, WA)
answer 4
I have very sensitive skin, always red cheeks. Never been formally diagnosed with rosacea, but this product has decreased the redness in my skin.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
jules109
(Tampa Bay, Florida)
answer 5
no
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
mcmimi
(culver city, ca)
answer 6
I had rosacea before and in, my personal opinion, I think this moisturizer is gentle enough for you (I wish I knew about this product when I had it). However, because it has Vit C in it, you may want to try a sample first. Walk into your closest Sephora store and ask for one; they will give you a lil sample. Try it and see how it feels. (all Sephora stores should give you a sample...at least three samples per visit....if they don't...I would send in a complaint).
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
beautifulaviator
(Tucson, AZ)
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Is this ok for breakout prone skin?
asked 1 year ago
emilyonbass
(St. Paul, MN)
on Sheer Transformation®
6 answers
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answer 1
I think so. I have had acne prone skin my entire life (I am 43) and have to be very careful when choosing skin care. I used this moisturizer twice daily and have had no problems.
answered 6 months ago
labtx
(Trophy Club, TX)
answer 2
Absolutely! My skin breaks out if I even LOOK at certain creams. This cream is oil free and so lightweight and just lovely! Before applying it, I also like the Invigorating Night Gel, which zaps fines lines and zits.
answered 7 months ago
Marijanagirl
(Montreal, QC)
answer 3
I use it after a face wash containing 2% solicylic acid, face remains clean after 3 weeks.
answered 9 months ago
Anonymous
(Baltimore, MD)
answer 4
This product is suitable for breakout prone skin. One of the key ingredients is licorice root, which is good for helping with breakouts. It's also lightweight and feels good on.
answered 10 months ago
WildMagnolia
(Pensacola, FL)
answer 5
I have oily breakout skin, this is very light. I have not noticed it worsening my breakouts.
answered 1 year ago
theicefountain
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 6
I use it as a night creme and I am prone to breakouts. I wouldn't use it all of the time, though- switch to Vitamin Plus during the day.
answered 1 year ago
mnda
(Boston, MA)
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Is this a day or night cream? moisturizer or toner? How should it be used?
asked 1 year ago
DrMike
(NJ / NY)
on Sheer Transformation®
6 answers
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answer 1
I use this as a moisturizer, twice a day, after cleansing my face.
answered 4 weeks, 2 days ago
LauraAU
(Auburn, AL)
answer 2
I personally use this as my day cream every morning. It wears beautifully under make up and is super light weight. It is the only moisturizer I've used that eliminated those end-of-the-day dry patches from wearing full coverage foundation. I use ole's pure perfection as my night cream- it's a bit more intense, but I'm sure sheer transformation would do just as well as a night cream if you aren't super dry. I would typically not dream of spending so much on a cream, but I got the sample and now I'm hooked for the foreseeable future.
answered 1 month, 3 weeks ago
heathernicolw
(Baltimore, MD)
answer 3
It's a light moisturizer that can be used both day and night.
answered 9 months ago
Anonymous
(Baltimore, MD)
answer 4
I use it as a night cream, but it could be used during the day if combined with a sunscreen. I find it to be moisturizing for normal skin.
answered 9 months ago
gilles
(Seattle, WA)
answer 5
I would recommend using this at night because of the ingredients. However, it would work as a daytime moisturizer as well because it has Vitamin C. Just use a sunscreen in conjunction to protect your skin and the ingredients.

Use it like a moisturizer, but if your skin is really dry and this isn't enough, just apply a thin layer of your desired moisturizer after. Give this product time to sink in though to maximize the effectiveness.
answered 11 months ago
SCNerd
(CA)
answer 6
This is a moisturizer and not a toner- it is best used both morning and night.
answered 11 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
How often
How often can I use the product? one a week is ok?
asked 1 month, 4 weeks ago
Inmaca
(LA, CA)
on Sheer Transformation®
6 answers
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answer 1
This is safe, and of course recommended by the brand, to be used twice a day. For a once a week only treatment, definitely use something more intensive, like an oxygen mask loaded with vitamin c (philosophy has an AMAZING one... but moisturize everyday~ with ole! :0
answered 2 weeks ago
A88HipsnLips
(Portland, Or)
answer 2
I use this product twice a day. Once in the morning and again after I remove my makeup and cleanse my face at night.
answered 4 weeks, 2 days ago
LauraAU
(Auburn, AL)
answer 3
I use it at least once per day...either in the morning followed by SPF, or at night, or both
answered 1 month ago
RGanon
answer 4
I would suggest using this product every morning after you wash. It is pricey but you only need a dime sized amount for your whole face so it last a long time. I'm not sure that you would see lasting results using it only once per week.
answered 1 month, 3 weeks ago
heathernicolw
(Baltimore, MD)
answer 5
I use it as an everyday moisturizer after I clean my face, sometimes both in the morning and at night.
answered 1 month, 3 weeks ago
MariaElena711
(CT)
answer 6
Every day, I use mine twice a day because I wear foundation makeup. When I wake up, i apply it after i clean my face. When I come home, I apply it after I clean my face before bed.
answered 1 month, 3 weeks ago
tybanks21
Question
Use over other acne products?
I got this as a reward for the skincare challenge points. I've never used this brand before but the sephora representative said it would help acne scaring. I usually use philosophy products at night and the DDF benzoyl peroxide spot treatment and then a moisturizer after it dries. Could I use this product in place of my moisturizer?
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
Beautyqueen6987
(Atlanta, GA)
on Sheer Transformation®
5 answers
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answer 1
I use this in conjunction with Tazorac gel. After cleansing my skin and removing my make up I wait a bit and apply the Tazorac. I wait about 30-60 minutes and then apply this cream. I used it one night and had no bad reaction. Take in mind, a little goes a long way.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
lset
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 2
Yes, this works as a moisturizer. The dimithicones will help seal in moisture. Unless the benzoyl is giving you extremely dry skin. I have oily skin and this is the perfect moisturizer for me..
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
anna507
(Kailua, HI)
answer 3
Wether or not you want to use this as your moisturizer depends on how much moisture you need. This is a very thin, lightweight lotion, not a "creme" like the bottle says. If you have been using a thicker, more hydrating cream at night, you probably don't want to use this in its place, as your skin might get dry.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
annieca
(Chicago, IL)
answer 4
USE IT AND YOU'LL NEVER USE ANYTHING ELSE AGAIN........LIGHWIEGHT...BUT EFFECTIVE.......A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY.....
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
CCL1969
(Boca Raton, FL)
answer 5
i use proactiv and added this in conjunction with that system without any serious problems--some redness at the beginning, but fine now.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
ang808
(Big Island, Hawaii)
Question
Hyperpigmentation/Mustache?
I am plagued with the hyperpigmentation mustache or whatever its called. I've been using suncreen (like my dermatologist and the lady who gives me facials said to do) but it just doesn't seem to make a difference. I am tired of wearing makeup and always having to cover this up!

How well does this product work on the hyperpigmentation mustache? How long do you have to use it?
Does it completely fade with this product or does it just lighten up a little?

Does anyone know of any really good products out there that can also help get rid of this hyperpigmentation mustache? Please help!!
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
Anonymous
(Mississauga, ON)
on Sheer Transformation®
5 answers
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answer 1
I had this problem for many years, esp summer time out in the sun and it was caused by my birth control pills. I was on a higher-dose estrogen which can cause the pigmentation on the upper lip (and cheeks, forhead, etc.) when skin is exposed to sun called MELASMA. I switched to a lower-dose estrogen birth-control pill, used a prescription hydroquinone cream from my derm, and used Shisedo face cream SPF 55 on the area when in the sun and it eventually went away. I feel your pain.......
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
katejo18
answer 2
Look for something with Hydraquinone in it. Or something with AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) You would have to use it very regularly and continue to cover that area religiously with sunscreen. There is a body lotion called AMLACTIN that has a pretty good price point for what you get that has AHA, but being for the body and not the face might be more dilute than you want
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
Poo148
(Duvall, WA)
answer 3
I used to get that type of hyperpigmentation a lot when I was using harsh products for acne. Now I've been using hydrating, all-natural products (which this definitely isn't- try Pangea, Juice Beauty, etc.) for sensitive/normal skin. My skin looks a lot better, and I never get the mustache anymore, even when I'm tired. Try being nicer to your skin, (ie, dermatologist, and harsh scrubbing products are probably not the way to go)!
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
silvia22
(Washington, DC)
answer 4
I've been using this for a few months and the area has lightened. I would suggest the Clarisonic if you're not using it already. It minimized the pores so that the area was even lighter.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
autumnzen
(Honolulu, HI)
answer 5
I feel for you because I had the same problem. I noticed that Avon products made it worse and that hair remover for non-sensitive skin makes the big spot much darker. It hasn't totally gone away and it does get darker if I don't take care of it. This product has helped and I have been using it for over a year. The spot is lighter even though I dont always remember to wear sun block so it must work...this is my main cream. Dont use Kinerase products- they made my brown mustache visible even at night...yikes!!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
xrsa
(Diamond Bar)
Question
Is this a moisturizer
I have had a sample of this and liked it, but wasn't sure if it could stand alone as a moisturizer or if it is just a skin treatment. When I used it I added a little moisturizer just for good measure because I wasn't sure.
asked 3 years, 9 months ago
purplepants
(sioux fals, sd)
on Sheer Transformation®
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
i use this as a moisturizer day and night, and add sunscreen if needed. :)
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
nidigi
(New York, NY)
answer 2
I have combination skin and it definitely works great as a moisturizer for me, though I'm not sure if it's marketed as one... I don't know if it'd be appropriate for really dry skin though?
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
AliceAy
(Oakland, CA)
answer 3
I have used it as a moisturizer for 4 years. However, I recommend using a serum along with for best results and hydration. I love the Truth Serum: Collagen Booster.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
GiadasMom
(LA, CA)
answer 4
Yes! you can use it under makeup and as well as a night cream. It's very light but very hydrating at the same time.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
jahely
(Longmont, CO)
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