This anti-acne product is medicated with benzoyl peroxide, which is the gold standard active ingredient for combating acne-causing bacteria. That's great, but the inclusion of a high amount of witch hazel bark puts your skin at risk for needless irritation, and witch hazel doesn't exfoliate as claimed and has no impact on blackheads or whiteheads. What a shame, because this is otherwise a fairly impressive, fragrance-free anti-acne product.
- Medicated with benzoyl peroxide, the gold standard disinfectant for acne.
- Contains helpful anti-irritants.
- Witch hazel bark extract is a needless irritant.
- Feverfew extract is a potential irritant (see More Info below for details).
- Cannot exfoliate skin as claimed, or decrease blackheads/whiteheads.
Witch hazel bark contains astringent ingredients that irritate skin, potentially stimulating more oil production at the base of the pore. Irritation hurts skin's healing process, so when acne is present, you're risking prolonged blemishes and lingering red marks once the blemish heals. Please see our list of Best Anti-Acne Products for superior products with benzoyl peroxide.
This product also contains feverfew extract, which presents a risk of irritation if one of its constituents (known as parthenolide) isn't removed. Unfortunately, consumers cannot identify parthenolide-free feverfew from an ingredient statement, and we couldn't reach anyone at First Aid Beauty to answer our question about this ingredient. First Aid Beauty confirmed that they are using parthenolide-free feverfew.
FAB Blemish Eraser contains 3.5% benzoyl peroxide, the perfect strength to start fighting acne break-outs without causing undue irritation and drying out of the skin. The formula also contains witch hazel to gently exfoliate dead skin trapped within sebaceous units that can cause black and white heads and aloe to soothe any inflammation that an acne pimple has created.
Active: Benzoyl Peroxide (3.5%), Other: Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark Extract, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer, Benzoic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Aminomethyl Propanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylates Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol
With a name like First Aid Beauty (FAB for short), it's obvious this line is meant to rescue your skin from distress, and, indeed, these products are targeted toward those who have sensitive, easily irritated skin, but who still want an elegant, department-store flair. Ironically, FAB falls short on both ends of the spectrum.
Despite the company's claims of providing "therapeutic action" for "tough skin conditions," some of the products contain irritating ingredients that are extremely problematic for any skin type, especially for those with sensitive or compromised skin. It was disappointing to see known irritants like sulfur, balsam resin, and witch hazel in products claiming to calm your skin and reduce redness. "What were they thinking?" was a question that came up more than once while reviewing this line!
On the bright side, First Aid Beauty does have a very good fragrance-free body wash. There are also a few products that omit the fragrance, which is a definite must for sensitive skin, although, in fact, all skin types do best with fragrance-free products. Unfortunately, the fragrance-free formulas in this line come up short on important ingredients, like antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.
It is best to avoid their Ultra Repair Cream, the SPF 30 sunscreen, Detox Eye Roller, Blemish Eraser, and the Anti-Redness Serum because they all contain enough irritating ingredients to make conditions like acne, redness, and sensitivity worse.
For more information about First Aid Beauty, sold exclusively at Sephora in the United States, call (800) 322-3619 or visit www.firstaidbeauty.com.