Ingredients that are effective yet gentle, that’s the motto that First Aid Beauty lives, breathes, and dies by. If you've never tried a First Aid Beauty product before, you're missing out dearly. They specialize in providing maximum skin results with minimum irritation. In fact, they just dropped an all new acne line that’s amazing for even the most sensitive skin; equipped with all of the acne-busting benefits without any of the over drying or irritation that often comes with OTC acne treatments.
You know how frustrating some acne products can be, fixing one problem only to cause another? For example, clearing up oily skin to only cause dryness, redness, and irritation? Well they've specially formulated this new line with that exact thought process in mind. Both of their new acne fighting products, the probiotic charcoal cleanser and white clay toner pads, are formulated with skin nurturing ingredients that are both skin sensitivity and allergy tested. With carefully selected, skin loving ingredients, you can have complete faith when putting your skin into the hands of First Aid Beauty. I know I do!
In fact, their list ofingredientno-no's are something they pride themselves on.I love that I can pick up just about any of their products without diligently checking the label and feel confident that my insanely reactive skin won't be a problem. There are over 1,300 ingredientsthey do not include intheir products, including Artificial Colorants and Artificial Fragrances, Parabens, Ethanol, Ethyl Alcohol, Denatured Alcohol, Methanol, N-Butyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol, Lanolin, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Formaldehydes,Oxybenzone, Coal Tar, Hydroquinone, Triclosan, Triclocarban, Talc and Sulfates.
So, whatisin their new acne fighting cleanser and toner pads? Well just from a quick glance, you can see it's a mixture of clean, acne fighting ingredients backed by the power ofscience.
Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid 2% Acne Treatment
Aqua (Water,Eau), DisodiumLaureth Sulfosuccinate, Bentonite,Cocamidopropyl Betaine, SodiumCocoyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Kaolin, Charcoal Powder, Chrysanthemum Parthenium Extract, CamelliaSinensis Leaf Extract, GlycyrrhizaGlabra Root Extract, VanillaPlanifolia Fruit Extract, Yogurt Extract, Mel (Honey, Miel),Caprylyl Glycol,Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Chloride, Quartz,Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate,Tetrasodium EDTA, EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.
Key Ingredients: Salicylic Acid 2% Acne Treatment
Water/Aqua/Eau,Polysorbate 80, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Sodium Citrate, Kaolin, SalixNigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Butylene Glycol, RosmarinusOffici-nalis (Rosemary) Leaf Essential Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, CamelliaSinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, GlycyrrhizaGla-bra (Licorice) Root Extract, Capryloyl Glycine,Hexylene Glycol,SymphytumOfficinale Leaf Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Sarcosine,Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate,EnantiaChlorantha Bark Extract,EpilobiumAngustifolium Flow-er/Leaf/Stem Extract,CinnamomumZeylanicum Bark Extract, Xanthan Gum, d-Limonene, Oleanolic Acid.
Okay, so Ilovethe idea behind this cleanser. It contains a powerhouse of 3 ingredients; probiotics, activated charcoal, and salicylic acid. Just as bacteria needs to be balancedinside your body for healthy skin, it's important that it's balancedonthe surface of the skin as well. The yogurt extract in the cleanser helps to replenish good bacteria while boosting the skins natural defenses against acne causing (bad) bacteria. Activated charcoal draws out toxins from the skins surface and salicylic acid works to get down deep and unclog the pore.
This all sounds amazing, right? But, does it really work? After testing the cleanser out for a few short months I'm here to give you the 411, the scoop, the general consensus which is....YES!This cleanser is amazing if you suffer with acne prone and sensitive skin. When I started initially using the probiotic cleanser I was suffering pretty badly from a few breakouts but within a few days they were gone completely. I love this cleanser for zapping breakoutsand can definitely see myself repurchasing it in the future.
Although I had good results, I would be weary reaching for this cleanser every day. I found that overusing this cleanser (more than 7 days in a row) was seriously drying out my skin. But, that could also be because I already use a topical salicylic acid so it was acting as a double whammy. If you do go overboard on the salicylic, expect to see dry, red, flaky skin. Again- I love this cleanser but use it sparingly! I think it's perfect to use in moderation, every other day, or when you're experiencing a major breakout you need to get rid of quickly, but I wouldn't go full force twice a day on it if your skin isuber sensitive.
The acne clearing pads contain two of my favorite acne fighting ingredients, kaolin clay and tea tree oil! Teetree oil is a completely natural and effective way to get deep down under the surface of the skin and clog the pore. Kaolin clay works as a natural exfoliant, working to shed dead skin cells anddetoxify the skinbut is still gentle enough for sensitive or easily irritated skin.
Like the probiotic charcoal cleanser, the acne clearing pads work super quick to get rid of blemishespracticallyovernight. Realistically, you can expect to see results in a matter of days. I had two huge cystic bumps that the pads managed to completely flatten in TWO days! Now that’s pretty crazy IMO. Again, I wouldn't go overboard with these pads because they are extremely effective, at the maximum you only need one a day or every other day.
Using the pads all over my skin felt like a waste of product, since I typically suffer with mild to moderate acne and only get one or two big blemishes on my cheeks at a time. BUT, I could see these working perfectly if you have moderate to severe acne. I didn't feel like these dried out my skin too horribly, thanks to the willow bark which works to offset any irritation or dryness. But, if you chose to use these pads I would replace your usual acne treatment with them or test them out in moderation in conjunction with your typical regimen. Using too many salicylic, benzoyl peroxide, lactic acid, orniacinamide products can cause over drying of the skin so you have to find which combination works the best for you!
In the end I would recommend both of these products to those who suffer with both acne prone and sensitive skin (or normal skin!). If you have sensitive skin ease into the products, test them out every few days until you eventually reach every other day or even once a day. If you don't have sensitive skin or skin that easily gets dry these will be perfect for you! Have you tried them yet? Let me know your thoughts below!