The reference to “beyond” in Perfect RX Beyond CP Lotion ($43) is elaborated on in a description on the Perfect RX  website. Apparently, one will go beyond problem skin with use of this copper peptide lotion. I did just that, way beyond the problem and out into the extreme irritation stratosphere. I have sensitive skin and Perfect RX Beyond CP Lotion is not for me.

I have not yet found a good copper peptide product for my face and neck and would love to do so as the ingredient has a good pedigree for wound healing, scar fading and wrinkle repair (not to mention hair growth). Perhaps the copper peptide is responsible for the extensive and repeated breakouts this lotion prompted (I tested across many days and found my skin came out in lumps, bumps and with dry unhappy patches).

Or it may not have been the copper peptides, but another ingredient altogether. But this is hard to put my finger on because I am not actually sure what is in Beyond CP.

The Perfect RX website doesn’t have a full list of ingredients, but mentions: “pomegranate seed oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Vitamin E and Alpha Lipoic Acid, made up of Sea Kelp Bioferment, Sodium PCA, Alpha Bisabolol (natural), Coconut Endosperm, Natural Active Peptides, Sodium Hyaluronate, Guaizulene.”

The ingredients list on the bottle is reproduced in full below. We asked the company what was meant by “natural active peptides” and were informed that this is hydrolyzed fish collagen. Well, why not say that on the bottle? And I still can’t work out where pomegranate and rosehip seed oils are lurking.

Guaiazulene, in case you are wondering, comes from chamomile or soft coral and is mostly used in skincare (or haircare) as a color additive or fragrance. According to the EWG, it is not approved by the FDA for use near the eyes due to potential irritation. Perhaps this is the culprit. Or it could be salicylic acid, which is mentioned on the website but not the bottle. However, the dry patches I developed are symptomatic of too much exfoliating salicylic.

On the face of it though, Beyond CP’s ingredients look benign and mostly useful. Even coconut endosperm powder has the plant hormone, kinetin, vitamins, amino acids, sugars and minerals. Kelp is antioxidant and alpha bisabolol is a penetration enhancer. Note that Germaben is a preservative based on two parabens. But I say on the face of it, since there seem to be things in this lotion that are not listed.

This lotion is bright orange and the consistency is not always consistent with the wayward pump spitting out grains and lumps every now and then. Beyond CP is not for me, but I’d interested to hear from anyone who has had a better experience with it.

Ingredients: Distilled water, sea kelp bioferment, sodium PCA, alpha bisabolol, coconut endesperm, natural active peptides, sodium hyaluronate, guaiazulene, copper tripeptide-1, Germaben ll