10.01.2013
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Microderm Scrub
Rating
1.7 fl. oz. for $30.95
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Face/Body Scrubs
Last Updated:10.01.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This fragrance-free scrub is less abrasive than most "microdermabrasion-in-a-jar" scrubs (though this comes packaged in a tube) that contain aluminum oxide as the abrasive ingredient. The creamy formula is best for normal to dry skin not prone to breakouts, so it's inclusion in a line that's all about getting clear skin is a mystery. Although this will polish and smooth skin, using any scrub over active breakouts is asking for trouble. Acne cannot be scrubbed away, and isn't about skin being dirty, either.

Microderm Scrub is relatively easy to rinse and can be an OK option, just not for acne-prone skin and not for anyone who's already using an AHA or BHA leave-on exfoliant, the latter of which Exposed Skincare also sells.

Pros:
  • Leaves skin very smooth.
  • Contains emollient ingredients to buffer the abrasive granules.
  • Rinses surprisingly well.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Not suitable for breakout-prone skin (and acne cannot be scrubbed away).
  • If you have breakouts or dark spots, a scrub isn't preferred to a well-formulated AHA or BHA exfoliant.
Claims

The Exposed Microderm Scrub uses micro-sized corundum crystals to polish away dead skin cells, leaving your skin radiant and smooth while improving its overall texture and appearance.

Ingredients

Chamomile Extract, Alumimium Oxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Vitamin E Acetate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Capryl Glycol, Xanthum Gum, Mango Seed Butter, Grape Seed Oil, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sorbic Acid, Diazolidinyl Urea, Potassium Sorbate.

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

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


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