Proactiv vs Exposed Skin Care – Review by DAVID DOUGLAS, Ohio



If someone had asked me a year ago to choose between Proactiv and Exposed Skin Care, I would have jumped on to Proactiv and ranted about how effective a product it is.

After all, incessant and aggressive marketing is one of the key drivers of the cosmetic industry.

And it works.

As a moderator on one of the leading acne public forums on the internet and an ex-acne sufferer (I have managed to successfully eliminate most of the acne on my face in the past 6 months), I have a very interesting revelation to make.

It’s an apology to all the forum members who bought Proactiv based on the recommendation made by me when clearly, Exposed Skin Care would have been the apt product to recommend.

Here’s why.



Proactiv has been around for ages, hasn’t it? Those success story styled infomercials that are stealthily placed in between sporting events on Primetime TV make you relate yourself to the story. More importantly, you have the likes of Julianne Hough and Lily Aldridge talking about how effective the product is in treating acne.

Well, you cannot refute your favourite celeb.

The most popular Proactiv Solution is a 3-Step System that includes a Cleanser, a Toner and a Repairing Agent. That’s the standard deal. You are free to buy just about any product from their range that catches your fancy.

They have Scar Removers, Body Washes, Sunscreens, Moisturizers et al.

The problem though, lies in the ingredients.

The main ingredient is Benzoyl Peroxide (or BP for short), as we call it on the forum. Proactiv advertises it as micro-crystal Benzoyl Peroxide. Fancy name, same stuff!

Benozyl Peroxide is used in just about every OTC acne cream, lotion and ointment sold around the world. That’s because it works.

But, anyone with severe acne will most likely break out like a beast once they stop using Benzoyl Peroxide.

That’s if you can persist with it for a long enough time without flaking skin or dryness. It saps moisture from the skin. Club that with the pus, the blackheads and the inflammation on acne-prone skin and it is a recipe for disaster.

When you speak to the customer service reps, you get fed the usual bull.

‘Oh honey, that’s the purging phase.’

Not really. The fact is that Benozyl Peroxide alone, rarely works for treating moderate to severe acne. It may work for mild acne. But anything worse and you are likely to aggravate the condition.

Oh, almost forgot to mention that you’ll be smeared in sunscreen for the entire treatment phase because BP can turn you into a vampire. You will skedaddle at the mere sight of the sun.

All the while that I recommended Proactiv to all and sundry, I was using it and it helped control my acne. However, the moment I stopped using it, I started to break out and it was worse than ever.

I met a dermatologist who broke the news to me about the potential side effects of Benzoyl Peroxide when used as a standalone treatment for acne.

I then spoke to several others who had also had similar experiences with Proactiv. Dryness, flaking, peeling skin and severe break outs.

That folks, is the day that I stopped recommending Proactiv.



True, there are no celebs harping about how Exposed Skin Care helped them change their lives forever.

And it’s highly unlikely that you will find advertorials on Primetime TV about it.

But hype and marketing apart, this is one of the only at-home acne treatments in recent times to blend natural ingredients with proven ones like Salicylic Acid and BP (hate it or love it, you cannot create an acne treatment product without it).

These supporting ingredients go a long way in mitigating some of the potential side effects of the main ingredients.

Let’s take a closer look.



I love the fact that Exposed Skin Care uses commonly used natural ingredients like Green Tea Extracts and Aloe Vera in their products. There’s no rare and exotic ingredient sourced from the Peruvian Rainforest for god’s sake.

The only somewhat fancy ingredient that I could find on the product label is Passion Flower. But a quick Google search removed any doubts that had crept up in my mind about it.

The natural products are humectants, cleansers, anti-inflammatory agents that are antioxidant rich, which help to prevent the premature aging that Benzoyl Peroxide can cause. Also, it works to soothe the redness and itching caused due to acne.

Cleansing: The Salicylic and Glycolic Acids in Exposed Skin Care works off by clearing your pores. You can almost feel your skin breathing if you know what I mean.

Oil Control: It helps to control the production of oil without interfering with the natural sebum production. Once again, that’s a rarity. Most acne products that I have used are at the extremes of the spectrum. They either make your skin extremely dry or leave a lot of sebum untouched. Not Exposed Skin Care.

Antibiotics: Along with Benozyl Peroxide, Exposed Skin Care also contains Tea Tree Oil which is a natural antibiotic that also soothes the skin and reduces redness and inflammation.

Anti-aging: The Tea Tree Oil and the Licorice Root Extracts helps to restore the tone and radiance of your natural skin.

Unlike cookie-cutter products that use a single ingredient and claim to be a magic bullet to treat acne, Exposed Skin Care uses a perfect multi-step approach to treat acne. It’s a perfect combination of AHA, BHA and botanical ingredients.



That’s another reason why I love Exposed Skin Care.

For starters, you are no longer limited to buying a 3 product premade package. Exposed Skin Care has 9 to 10 different products for you to choose from. Even the basic package Exposed Basic Kit (60 Day) contains 5 products.

This allows you to pick only the products that you really need.

In my opinion, everybody with moderate to severe acne should try their Exposed Ultimate 9-Piece Kit, which is an absolute value for money pack.



• Exposed Skin Care is one of the only acne treatment products that offer an unconditional 1-year money back warranty and a 30-day clear skin guarantee.

• If you do not notice any improvement in 30 days, you can return the product for a full refund.

• No recurring billing or repeated shipments.

• Lots of coupons and discounts that allow you try it at throwaway prices.

So, dear fellow acne sufferer, if you are still getting swayed by aggressive marketing and paid celeb endorsements, then this is the time to switch to a much safer, gentler and better acne product.


DAVID T. DOUGLAS, 30, West Jefferson, Ohio