Exposed Skincare Acne Treatment System Uses Powerful Natural IngredientsFriday, September 18, 2015
I received free products from Exposed Skincare in order to facilitate an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I'm a big believer in the power of nature in our everyday products and try to substitute natural ingredients for harmful chemicals where I can. I was contacted about trying out Exposed Skincare, a skin care system that treats acne using proven scientific ingredients alongside natural ingredients (like Green Tea, Passion Flower, Tea Tree Oil, Licorice Root, and Aloe Vera) that have been proven to work just as well, if not better than their chemical counterparts. I thought this would be perfect for my teenaged son to try out, and he agreed.
He has always had pretty clear skin with a few blemishes here and there, but since hitting his mid-teens recently it has escalated to mild/moderate acne. I've been hesitant to recommend harsh chemicals to treat it, so was pleased when I saw their ingredient list. Exposed Skincare sent us its Ultimate Kit + their Body Wash and we did a 30-day trial to see if it would work for him.
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The Ultimate Kit comes with all of the Exposed Skincare products, including a probiotic to take daily; The Body Wash is sold separately. I'll list them all, then give you our take on them.
A rich yet gentle face wash that is soap-free, non-comedogenic and hypo-allergenic. It is packed with skin clearing ingredients including a special formulation of alpha & beta hydroxy acids and sage extract. It removes the oil and dirt from your face while penetrating your pores to kill acne causing bacteria and maintaining your skin's lipid layer. It does not contain any harsh and irritating detergents such as lauryl and laureth sulfates. Salicylic Acid - Clears clogged pores, Pro-Vitamin B5 - Regulates oil production, Sage Extract - Detoxifies skin.
Penetrates pores to control blackheads and whiteheads while returning your skin to its natural healthy balance. The tonic also rejuvenates problem skin with essential extracts and prepares your skin for the Acne Treatment Serum. Paraben free. Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid (1.0%). Salicylic Acid - Clears clogged pores, Green Tea Extract - Heals & protects skin, Passion Flower - Reduces inflammation, Azelaic Acid - Normalizes cell turnover.
Acne Treatment Serum
Formulated with the latest and most advanced acne fighting ingredients. Helps prevent new acne blemishes and whiteheads. Active Ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide (3.5%), Benzoyl Peroxide - Kills acne bacteria, Green Tea Extract - Heals & protects skin, Tea Tree Oil - Promotes healing.
Clear Pore Serum
A lightweight gel that penetrates pores to control acne pimples and blackheads and rebalance your skin while you sleep. Natural extracts and antioxidants repair damaged skin for a healthy youthful look. Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid (1.0%). Salicylic Acid - Clears clogged pores, Green Tea Extract - Heals & protects skin, Licorice Root - Reduces inflammation.
An oil-free gel that locks in moisture and rebalances your skin. Natural extracts and caffeine promote cell renewal and reduce inflammation. Pumpkin Seed - Calms irritated skin, Green Tea Extract - Heals & protects skin, Caffeine - Reduces inflammation.
A great way to improve skin tone, reduce blemishes and firm up those problem areas. Derm-X is a dermatologist approved microdermabrasion cloth that is proven to exfoliate dead skin cells, remove cosmetics, oil, and dirt. It also eliminates blackheads & white heads! The DERM-X Cloth is great at bringing young and beautiful skin to the surface. Regular use also helps with skin discoloration, sun damage and even minor scarring.
removes impurities and absorbs excess oil. Helps prevent the development of new acne pimples and blackheads. Use 1-2 times per week to reduce acne severity and eliminate blackheads. Active Ingredients: Sulfur (3.0%), Resorcinol (2.0%). Sulfur + Resorcinol - Kills acne bacteria, Active Charcoal - Absorbs excess oil, Bentonite - Removes toxins + impurities.
Uses micro-sized corundum crystals to polish away dead skin cells, leaving your skin radiant and smooth while improving its overall texture and appearance. Corundum Crystals - Removes dead skin, Green Tea Extract - Heals & protects skin, Passion Flower - Reduces inflammation.
Contains natural probiotics designed to balance your body from the inside, essential to achieving clear skin and a strong immune system. Important vitamins, minerals and cleansing agents work synergistically to support your skin and promote a healthy complexion. Probiotics - Balance from the inside, Clarifying Minerals - Help normalize skin, Essential Vitamins - Promote healthy skin.
A gentle yet exfoliating wash designed to help clear your body of acne. It combines acne fighting medicine with skin purifying natural extracts. It will not overdry your skin. Sulfate and paraben free. Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid (0.5%). Salicylic Acid - Clears clogged pores, Pro-Vitamin B5 - Regulates oil production, Sage Extract - Detoxifies skin.
That's a lot of products! Some are AM & PM, some just in the morning and some just at night. See the Usage Guide for when and how to use each product.
The Ultimate Kit is the largest they offer, but they have kits sized to fit your needs, whatever they may be. They also sell each product on its own, but I would recommend a kit since you'll save a lot of money that way. Each kit has a 60-day supply, except for the Travel Kit, which is 30-days.
They offer a 30 Day Guarantee: You Get Clear, Beautiful, Acne-Free Skin in 30 Days. Plus their One Year Guarantee promises their system will keep your skin blemish-free season after season.
They also offer some special offers. If you used another company's products and they didn't work for you, you can send in the empty bottles for $25 off your order. If you've been using the Exposed Skincare system, you can send them before and afters; If they use them on the site, you can get a full year of free Exposed Skincare.
Our take on the products
I wanted to talk about the scents since I always get comments from readers on whether the skincare products I talk about would be appropriate for people with an allergy to scent. Some of the products are very slightly scented and some are not at all, and one is strongly scented, so I thought I would break it down for you.
Fragrance is listed as the very last ingredient in 3 of the facial products (the rest have no fragrance listed at all): The Facial Cleanser, Clearing Tonic, and Clear Pore Serum. Although fragrance is listed, it is last and very slight.
The scent of the Body Wash is strong and occurs naturally from it's Peppermint Oil ingredient. I like the scent and thought it was kind of Spearmint-y, but if you can't abide scents, you'll want to pass on this for sure.
The Clarifying Mask, although no fragrance is added, smells very slightly of sulfur, one of the ingredients. I've used other sulfur acne treatments, and hate a strong sulfur smell, but this one isn't that bad or that strong. It actually smells more like the Bentonite Clay (a kind of non-smell) that is the main ingredient, but thought I would mention it in case, like me, you can't stand the smell of sulfur.
After going through the Usage Guide, we were ready to start.
The 30-day trial
My son used all of the products (mostly) faithfully for 30 days. There were a few days that he spent at a friend's house and I'm sure he missed a morning or night ritual here and there, but overall he stuck with it and we noticed a pretty big difference.
I photographed him once a week just so we could see the slow progress and that really motivated him to stick with it. I've found that when changes like that are so gradual, and it's hard to see it happening, you're more likely to give up. I would absolutely recommend doing photos if this is the case with you too. (Also, you can submit your before and afters for the chance to get a free year of products!)
I asked my son what he thought when using the system and this was it: "I thought it was easy to use." Me: "Did it feel okay using it?" Him: "Nothing burned or stung." Me: "What would you say about it overall?" Him: "It worked." Such a blabbermouth, y'all!
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