Exposed Skincare System

Date Thu, May 14 2015

I’m always looking for new ways to deal with acne, so I jumped at the chance to try Exposed Skincare. They sent me a Basic Kit to review. It came in a custom box with quick start guide.

Exposed Skincare

Exposed Skincare

The Basic Kit contains a few different things:

  • Facial Cleanser
  • Clearing Tonic
  • Acne Treatment Serum
  • Clear Pore Serum
  • Derm-X Cloth

Even the Basic Kit is a pretty intensive system to help clear your skin of acne — and keep it that way! —  I would have prefered moisturizer as part of this kit rather than the pore clearing system, for example, since I don’t have issues with blackheads or whireheads, really. You can buy everything separately,  which is nice if you use up something more quickly than another product in your kit.

It’s not the only kit available, however. You can upgrade to the 6-piece kit, which contains moisturizer, or shell out a whopping $95 — $10 more if you don’t sign up for the free membership — to get three more products to help manage your acne. See the chart below.

Exposed Skincare Kaits

I suspect this will be my case because Exposed Skincare has both a daytime and a nighttime routine, and I am just no good to sticking to nighttime routines. Oops!

The morning routine requires you to wash using the cleanser, the main ingredient of which is Salicylic Acid, apply the clearing tonic that contains Salicylic Acid and Green Tea Extract, and then add the acne treatment serum while your face is still damp from the tonic.  The acne treatment is a thicker cream that contains Benzoyl Peroxide and tea tree oil, among other ingredients, to treat acne.

At night, you’ll use the cleanser to wash dirt, oil and potentially makeup from your face. Apply the clearing tonic and then the pore clearing serum rather than the acne serum. You can easily tell the difference because the night time gel is clear.

These instructions are included in the quick start guide.

Morning and Evening Routines

Oddly enough, the guide says nothing at all about the included Derm-X wash cloth. There’s a booklet with prices information and coupons that does say it works well for exfoliating, but all the instructions say to use your fingers to cleanse and apply the products. I figured I could use the cloth when rinsing at night because I cleanse in the shower during my morning routine, but having this information would be nice.

You can also buy a larger cloth for use on your body along with a body wash and a number of other products directly from Exposed Skincare if you were so inclined.

My Thoughts on Exposes Skincare Acne Treatment System

There are a few things that I liked right away about this system. It uses both of the main chemicals, Benzoyl Peroxide and salicylic acid, in other acne treatments. Most use only one. The addition of tea tree oil, which has a ton of other benefits aside from treating acne, is also nice. You get both the chemical and the natural working together to fight blemishes and more!

Because the system includes four bottles, it’s not exactly travel friendly. I simply left the tube of pore treatment at home when I went away for the weekend. I kept forgetting to use it, anyway, and it didn’t seem like it was hurting my routine not to use it. Like I said, white and blackheads were never my big issue.

I like that the cleanser doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or dry like cleansers so often do, and I had no ill effects from using any of the products. The 3-step morning system does add extra products to my face, however. I already use a hair reducing serum and either moisturizer or BB cream. It doesn’t feel too heavy on my skin, but it is a little busy work.

I’m not a fan of the clearing tonic being in a bottle like it is. I think maybe a dropper would work better because it pours out so quickly! Also, if you have any pimples you’ve picked at or cuts/scrapes on your skin, the tonic does sting a little. It stops almost immediately.

When using the acne treatment after the tonic, it sometimes gets sticky. This seems to be the case typically if I’ve used too much tonic, hence a different packaging option would be nice. One thing I like is that you can use the acne serum twice a day and increase quantity up to a “finger length.”

Exposed Skincare Acne SerumI don’t use that much because I won’t want to layer on too much product. You can also use less or only apply it every other day if your skin reacts poorly, however.

Does Exposed Skincare Work?

Here’s the question you all want answered, right? Well, I think it works well enough. I was battling a breakout due to hormones when I started using it 4+ weeks ago, and those cleared up pretty quick. I do think they would have cleared up no matter what product I was using.

I also had this annoying blemish under the skin near my temple. I was red and swollen but wasn’t getting bigger or going away. It’s since shrunk down, and I’m waiting on the color to fade back to normal.

After Using Exposed Skincare

After Using Exposed Skincare

I’ve had a few pimples, mostly about my chin and mouth, while using this. They seem to be in line with my cycle, which is pretty typical, and may not be super treatable with topical products. The difference in my skin overall is pretty negligible, which is surprising given how involved the process it. You can see in the photo marks from acne that’s clearing up. It actually looks worse in the photo that in does in person. There’s no swelling and it’s smooth, but the marks needs to fade.

Because of this and the price, I don’t think I would buy another kit when I run out, but I might consider buying some of the products on their own. However, you might prefer Exposed Skincare if your acne seems to be more due to a cleanliness, imbalance or oil production issue.

Pros of Exposed Skincare

  • Multiple kits to choose from
  • Can buy products separately
  • Intensive acne care
  • Chemical and natural ingredients

Cons of Exposed Skincare System

  • Price
  • Basic kit doesn’t include moisturizer
  • Requires more time than some systems
  • Must layer on products
  • Not travel friendly

Get your own Basic Kit from Exposed Skincare for just $49.95 or stop by the site to create your own custom acne solution.

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