Benefit Revamps Boo Boo Zap, Dropping the Comic Book Motif While Zapping a Couple of Ingredients

Published in: Benefit, Skin Care

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Meet the newest member of the Benefit B.Right Skincare clan, the repackaged and reformulated Benefit Boo Boo Zap ($16).


Its objective remains the same, even though it’s decked out in new digs — to banish blemishes and reduce the appearance of redness and swelling.

Like the current formula, this one’s clear, so it can be worn beneath or on top of makeup. It also contains salicylic acid (0.5%).

Say “bye bye” to boo boos with this fast-acting invisible acne treatment. It purifies & dries out blemishes and reduces the appearance of acne-related redness & swelling. Perfect for all skin types, this clarifying wonder is gentle enough to be used multiple times a day, but powerful enough to prevent new blemishes from forming.

I’m going to miss the comic book packaging, with that zit-fighting superheroin leaping high above the San Francisco skyline. It was always so easy to spot and such a favorite at the Benefit counter.

Benefit trades the comic book flair for more sophisticated beachy attire in green, tan and white, keeping it consistent with the rest of the B.Right line. They also increased the amount of product while decreasing the price, which is always nice to see. The old/current zapper held 6 milliliters and cost $20; the new one houses 7.4 milliliters and costs $16. A pretty significant change.

But even more important than that, Benefit adjusted the ingredient profile. It still contains salicylic acid, but they removed the witch hazel and camphor, and added glycolic acid, bisabolol (an extract of chamomile believed to soothe flaky dry skin) and a couple of acronyms, PPG-26 and PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, a compound some folks try to avoid.

The old Boo Boo Zap ingredient list…

And the new one…


benefit boo boo zap

I haven’t put this new formula through its paces yet, but I’m a little nervous. I went through a bottle of the current version a couple years ago and had good luck with it. I hope the product hasn’t lost its charm (I’ll let you know).

It’s scheduled to arrive at Benefit boutiques and counters in May, but if you’d rather not wait that long, you don’t have to. It’s available now at 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Stephanie says:

    I like the new packaging much much better! I have’n’t tried Benefits skincare line but hopefully it’s as good!
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  2. Adrienne says:

    Fiiiiiinally they realease this! We’d known thee were going to do it pretty much since they announced B.Right, its been so long I completely forgot about it! I get the whole need for matching packaging, but I did have a soft spot for the old packaging as well 🙂
    Though I hated the application tip, didn’t seem all that sanitary… Is this one the same?

  3. I haven’t tried this product before, but it’s kind of sad that they tweaked the ingredients to be more chemical. I personally haven’t reacted negatively to an awful lot of skincare products, but still, I prefer to be careful with them! Thanks so much for the ingredient comparison, Karen! I’d like to know how it works 🙂
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  4. sarahc says:

    All of my aunts love Boo Boo Zap and talk about it all the time as if it’s the holy grail of blemish creams. Lord, if the new one doesn’t work as well, there are going to be some waterworks up in this family lol!

  5. Nina says:

    i *think* i used this once and it stung so bad i didnt use it ever again. ill see if i still have it. curious to see if the new formula wont sting as bad…

  6. Boo Boo Zap sounds so funny! I like how Benefit always gives its products fun names!

  7. eight says:

    I love the B.Right packaging!

  8. Kathleen says:

    I bought it today, very excited to see how well it does, but I can’t tell if it is defective or not- was this supposed to be a roller ball application? It looks like it was designed to be, but with the ball missing- should I bring this back?

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