Acne Treatment Serum
1.7 fl. oz. for $19.95
Category:Skin Care > Anti-Acne Products > Benzoyl Peroxide
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Acne Treatment Serum is medicated with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, an amount capable of killing acne-causing bacteria. The formula is suitable for all skin types, and as only a thin layer is needed, it can be considered fairly priced for what you get.

This product's lightweight lotion texture contains two types of alcohol that pose a slight risk of irritation, so we've downgraded its rating from BEST to GOOD, as the previous version was a better formula.

Ignore the claim that Acne Treatment Serum prevents new whiteheads. A whitehead is also known as a closed comedone, and isn't true acne. It's a clogged pore, and does not have the bacterial component that true acne does, which is why a topical disinfectant like this won't work to improve these bothersome bumps. For best results on whiteheads, use a salicylic acid exfoliant such as those we recommend on our list of Best BHA Exfoliants.

Last, although this anti-acne product deserves our highest rating, you can find less expensive options at the drugstore; this one doesn't corner the market with a revolutionary formula.

  • Benzoyl peroxide kills acne-causing bacteria, a key step in getting clear skin.
  • Light lotion has a non-greasy finish.
  • Contains some good soothing agents.
  • The amount of alcohol and benzyl alcohol poses a risk of irritation that could hurt skin's healing process.

The Exposed Acne Treatment Serum is formulated with the latest and most advanced acne fighting ingredients. Helps prevent new acne blemishes and whiteheads.


Active Ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide (2.5%) Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water, Alkyl Benzoate, Capylic/Capric Triglycerides, Propylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Alcohol, Benzalkoniun Chloride, Azelaic Acid, Camelia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea Extract), Gotu Kola Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tea Tree Oil, Xanthan Gum, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methyl Paraben, Propylparaben, Isopropyl Palmitate, Silatex D-30.

Brand Overview

Strengths: The company provides complete ingredient lists on its site; good cleanser; excellent benzoyl peroxide product; some fragrance-free options (and even the products with fragrant ingredients have minimal scent).

Weaknesses: The facial mask is likely to be very irritating and drying; the Clear Pore Serum cannot exfoliate skin due to its pH level; each kit the company sells contains at least one problematic product, so they’re not as much of a value as they may seem; merely average moisturizer.

Exposed Skincare is a small collection of anti-acne products sold individually or in pre-selected kits that are priced between $50–$95. Based in Seattle and having been around since 2002, it’s only recently that this line has come to our attention, perhaps due to their products being available on mega website Amazon.com. As a line dedicated to clear skin in a sea full of such options (almost all of which have their share of problems, which is hugely disappointing for anyone struggling with breakouts), it’s not surprising Exposed Skincare mentions their mix of “advanced science” with natural ingredients, thus appeasing two popular demands: Consumers want products that work, but most would prefer natural over synthetic ingredients, thinking that natural means better. As we’ve shown time and time again, that’s misguided thinking. There are good and bad natural ingredients as well as good and bad synthetic ingredients. We’re glad that Exposed Skincare utilizes the best from both groups (well, most of the time they do…)

The company’s products are said to be developed by a collaboration between dermatologists, cosmetologists, naturopaths, and chemists, further reinforcing the science + nature angle, which Exposed maintains is what makes their line different (and better) than the rest. Although this anti-acne line has a couple of standout products, just like most lines aimed at those with acne-prone skin, there are more disappointments than great products. This is not a “one and done” line, nor is it a line whose kits we’d encourage you to order.

The issue with the kits is twofold: They cost a lot less than ordering each product individually BUT you also have to take everything in the kit, which means you’re paying for some products whose formulas won’t help acne-prone skin and may, in fact, make it worse! If you’re curious about this line, steer clear of the value-priced kits and instead select individual products we’ve rated well. Of course, you can also skip this line entirely, as despite some good products, it’s not as revolutionary or different as the company would like you to believe.

For more information about Exposed Skincare, call (866) 404-7656 or visit www.exposedskincare.com

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