Sick of zits? Us too!
And apparently so is the rest of the world because the industry continues to come out with even more products.
Now, let me preface this all by saying that we’ve reviewed Exposed Acne Treatment before (check it here!) and thought it was a pretty bomb product.
But we wanted to dive a little deeper and give you even more insight into what this product has to offer. Because let’s be real for a second — ain’t nobody got time for zits.
For the past decade, the skincare industry has been mass producing products in an effort to tackle skin issues like anti-aging or anti-wrinkles. Interestingly enough, most skin issues are interrelated and many of these issues are the problems caused by acne.
This also means that the latest technology in other skin related issues, can be considered as highly effective forms acne treatment as well.
Exposed Acne Treatment uses multiple avenues of skin care as opposed to the majority of treatments like Proactiv, Murad, Skin ID, which usually stick to just 3:
Now take a look at the 9-piece kit from Exposed Acne Treatment includes:
- Night Serum
- Clarifying Mask
As far as ingredients go, they have attempted to incorporate in the use of major acne fighting agents, splitting them into two categories – Natural Ingredients and Scientific Ingredients.
Let’s touch on these a little.
Natural Ingredients Used In Exposed Acne Treatment
There are five natural ingredients used in this acne treatment:
1. Green Tea Extract
Green tea has been proven to have some effect on acne forming bacteria and they cite a study conducted in 2009 which concluded that green tea as a lotion absorbed through the skin was an effective treatment for acne.
Also mentioned was an earlier study that suggested 3% green tea extract used in a lotion was just as good as an acne treatment as benzoyl peroxide….
2. Passion Flower Extract
There’s no clear evidence that links this ingredient to treating the cause of acne, but there is good reason to suggest its potential in relation to healing acne scars.
If left untreated, these scars can result in further breakouts as the left over dead skin cells can cause skin pore blockages that lead to acne.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe is one of those ingredients we always like to see included in most skin care products. In regards to using it for acne treatment, it’s amazing at reducing the appearance of acne spots by bringing down inflammation and returning red discoloration back to normal.
There’s are a couple of others which you can read about on their ingredients page.
Scientific Ingredients Used In Exposed Acne Treatment
It looks like they’ve made a great attempt at including all of the most proven acne fighting agents:
1. Benzoyl Peroxide
This one is used in most acne treatments available today. Proactiv set the trend initially, but now all the big brands are using it as their primary acne fighting agent, and Exposed is no different.
The problem is the delivery method used by Exposed, Proactiv, Neutrogena Skin ID, Murad and all the others is that it does not allow this ingredient to be absorbed deep into the dermis (deepest layer of skin) – something that could definitely be improved upon.
2. Salicylic Acid
This has only recently started to be used in acne treatment due to its effectiveness on removing dead skin cells that can lead to blockages.
One popular new trend is to apply a salicylic acid peel to help completely remove dead cells, freeing up space at the opening of your pores for other nutrients to enter.
3. Glycolic Acid
Same concept as SA, however with one major difference. This compound is able to penetrate deeply enough to clear unwanted dead skin cells from the dermis, as opposed to SA which can only be absorbed as deep as the epidermis(top layer of skin).
Those with serious acne problems will see the most results with GA as major forms of acne occur deep within the skin.
Again there are a few others which we’ll let you read about here.
Alright enough of the “sciency” stuff, let’s talk about the pro’s and con’s of this acne treatment.
What We Love
Exposed Skin Care has literally used every available acne fighting agent at their disposal, with their largest kit incorporating in the use of 9 items.
There are plenty of the advantages to choosing Exposed over other major brands and here’s a few:
- It uses almost every single known acne fighting technique as opposed to just one used by most products(Benzoyl Peroxide)
- Use both natural and scientific ingredients (other brands stick to chemical ingredients which usually result in side effects)
- You don’t have to sign up to a monthly membership (we’re so sick of seeing brands force people to sign up to a monthly recurring membership. If you just want to try it for one month, you should be able to!)
This is definitely a popular acne line (right up there with the likes of powerhouse, Zenmed), but does it have any flaws?
What We Loathe
We’re firm believers in that no product is absolutely, 100% perfect. Although Exposed is currently sitting at #2 on our list of acne treatments, the one downside is that it’s more of a high end product.
The 9 piece-kit if you were to buy it, will cost you $94.95.
What we would recommend is to buy the Expanded Kit for $59.95, which absolutely comes with all the most important items from their range. The 9-piece kit in our opinion is a little unnecessary and for the price you have to pay it’s not really that worth it.
I also wonder if they pack their kits full of unnecessary products as a distraction tactic to draw attention away from the fact that it doesn’t work as well as products such as Zenmed.
Check Out Our Test Results and See For Yourself
We managed to get a hold of a sample of Exposed and my sister Caitlin was happy to be our guinea-pig for 30 days. We of course recorded the results in our Exposed Acne Review, but don’t get your hopes up.