KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub with 10% AHA
First Aid Beauty’s KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub with 10% AHA claims to be “safe for sensitive skin,” but as it turns out, the formula is fraught with issues for any skin type.
Dispensed via a plastic squeeze tube, KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub has a paste-like consistency frontloaded with pumice micro-crystals. If you think that sounds like it would be harsh on skin, you’re absolutely right. The texture is so scratchy that one of our editors likened it to sandpaper. Not only is that damaging to skin (see More Info to learn why), it also won’t get rid of KP (keratosis pilaris) bumps.
If you’re not familiar with KP, it’s the rough, bumpy skin that some of us get on the sides of arms, thighs, etc. KP is a very common, completely benign skin condition—but it can’t be scrubbed away as First Aid Beauty would like you to think. In fact, trying to buff the bumps away will only make them look more apparent by aggravating skin.
First Aid Beauty’s inclusion of a 10% AHA (glycolic and lactic acids) is a much gentler way to smooth rough skin, but unfortunately AHA doesn’t have sufficient time to work its exfoliating magic in a rinse-off formula such as this.
In the end, KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub is all pain, no gain. For better results in treating KP, check out our top-rated for AHA or BHA exfoliators.
- Fragrance-free formula.
- Pumice micro-crystals are incredibly abrasive and skin damaging.
- AHA doesn’t have sufficient time to work its exfoliating magic in a rinse-off formula such as this.
Irritating Ingredients: We cannot stress this enough: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these irritating ingredients is a major way we unwittingly do our skin a disservice!
Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.
Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.
A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for your skin to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don’t get lulled into thinking that if you don’t see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.
Generally, it’s best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there’s no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.
References for this information:
Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385
Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Pumice Buffing Beads: Exfoliate particles to remove dead cells. Glycolic and Lactic Acids: Exfoliate to help skin appear bright. Bisabolol: Soothes skin.
First Aid Beauty At-A-Glance
Strengths: Several fragrance-free products; relatively reasonable pricing; sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection; wonderful fragrance-free body wash.
Weaknesses: AHA pads contain a low amount of glycolic and lactic acids; some products contain fragrant plant extracts; every product contains feverfew extract, which has benefits, but also can be an irritant; jar packaging; for a line meant for sensitive skin, their use of common irritants is disappointing.
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, visit your local Sephora or Ulta or call (800) 322-3619 or visit www.firstaidbeauty.com.
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