Facial Cleanser

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$15.95 - 4 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Face/Body Cleansers
Last Updated:
10/1/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This water-soluble gel cleanser is medicated with anti-acne active salicylic acid. Although salicylic acid is an excellent ingredient for acne-prone skin, its benefit in a cleanser is minimal to none, as it's rinsed down the drain before it can improve breakouts. Plus, in order to be effective salicylic acid has to be formulated within a specific pH range, yet this cleanser's pH is 6.1, which is standard for cleansers but far beyond the range salicylic acid needs in order to be effective.

Otherwise, this residue-free cleanser is a fine option for normal to oily or combination skin, whether acne-prone or not. It contains fragrance but the scent is subtle. This cleanser does a good job removing most types of makeup. It is not, as claimed "packed with skin-clearing ingredients", nor is it hypoallergenic. See More Info to learn why the hypoallergenic claim is bogus.

Pros:
  • Cleanses gently; won't leave skin dry or tight.
  • Removes most types of makeup.
  • Rinses without a residue.
Cons:
  • The salicylic acid cannot help acne-prone skin due to being rinsed and due to this cleanser's pH.
  • Not "packed with skin clearing ingredients" as claimed.
More Info:

"Hypoallergenic" is little more than a nonsense word meant to make products sound safer or somehow better for sensitive skin. There are no accepted testing methods, ingredient restrictions, regulations, guidelines, rules, or procedures of any kind, anywhere in the world, for determining whether or not a product qualifies as being hypoallergenic. Any company can label any product "hypoallergenic" because there is no regulation that says they can't, no matter what proof they may point to—and what proof can they provide given there is no standard against which to measure? Given that there are no regulations governing this supposed category, which was made up by the cosmetics industry, there are plenty of products labeled "hypoallergenic" that actually contain problematic ingredients and that can indeed trigger allergic reactions, even for those with no previous history of skin sensitivity. The word "hypoallergenic" gives you no reliable understanding of what you are or aren't putting on your skin (Sources: www.fda.gov; Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, May 2004, pages 325–327; and Ostomy and Wound Management, March 2003, pages 20–21).

The first step to clear skin is clean skin. The Exposed facial cleanser is 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 olive leaf 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.

Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid (0.5%). Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Olefin Sulfonate, Acrylate Copolymer, Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-7, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Citric Acid, Fragrance.

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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  1. Kelly
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 16, 2014
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    not worth it
    • Tried the whole Exposed Skincare regime to clear/maintain my combination/acne prone skin. Did not see any beneficial results after 8 months use. Dried my skin out and still got cystic acne. Wish I had of spent the money elsewhere.

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