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Fabindia: A Landmine of Acne Bombs

When it comes to acne prone skin, Fabindia doesn’t “get it”. Yet they continue to pass off highly comedogenic products as acne treatments. Read this extensive review from our community member Tejupriya whose acne was elevated to never-seen-before highs thanks to Fabindia products.

She is not the first victim. People from all walks of life report how acnegenic FabIndia products are. Not all their products are designed for acne prone skin, but even ones that are, continue to be acne bombs or at best, duds.

I had mild acne before I started using Fab India line of products which later turned out to be a very bad case of breakouts. Like everybody else, ignorant and wanting to try herbal formulations (read are herbal products really herbal?) , I ended up making a very bad mistake which I regret.

I love Fabindia Kurtas but I can’t say the same for their cosmetic line. Fortunately now my acne is under control and I am recovering well under Starter Regimen and CPP regimen.

It is sad that many reputed brands have an entire line for acne prone skin but most are comedogenic. I don’t know how they expect it to work for acne prone skin and fool innocent buyers. Specially companies which claim herbal formulations. So do your own research before buying any product and check if its suitable for you.

Using the Skingredients Online Tool is a good way to check acne-safe products instantly.

FabIndia Clove Acne Control Cream

fabindia clove acne cream reviewIngredients: Purified Water, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glycerine, Clove Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Carbopol 940, Polysorbate 20, Vitamin E Acetate, Lactic Acid, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Allantoin, Cedarwood Oil, Methyl Paraben, Disodium EDTA, Propyl Paraben.

  1. Highly comedogenic as it contains isopropyl palmitate.
  2. Stings a lot for few minutes after application. (hello clove oil)
  3. Not suitable for acne prone/sensitive skin.
  4. For a company which claims herbal and organic practices this is not paraben free.

Cost-Rs 225 for 100ml.

FabIndia Clove Gel Face Pack

Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerine, Carbopol 940, Sodium Hydroxide, Lactic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Propyl Vinyl Pyrolidine, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Clove Oil, Patchouli Oil, Cinnamon Oil, Allantoin, Orange Oil, Disodium EDTA.

  1. This is gel face pack which is mildly comedogenic.
  2. This one also stings badly for few minutes. (hello clove oil we meet again!)
  3. Not suitable for acne prone/sensitive skin.

Cost-Rs 225 for 100ml.

FabIndia Vitamin E De-Pigmentation Cream

fabindia-depigmentation-cream reviewIngredients: Purified Water, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Octyl Methoxy Cinnamate, Glyceryl Mono Stearate, Emulsifying Wax, Cetyl Alcohol, Kojic Acid Dipalmitate, Veegum, Arbutin, Benzophenone 3, Vitamin E Acetate, Fragrance, Gum Xanthan, Methyl Paraben, Allantoin, Propyl Paraben.

  1. This is the biggest disaster of a product I applied, I broke out immediately.
  2. Leaves the face very greasy.
  3. Highly comedogenic cream because of Isopropyl Palmitate,waxes.
  4. It does have some great lightening ingredients like kojic acid, arbutin unfortunately in comedogenic cream base.
  5. Not paraben free.
  6. Not suitable oily/acne prone skin.

Cost-Rs 300 for 100ml.

FabIndia Neem Tulsi Mud Pack

review fabindia-neem-tulsi-mud-packIngredients:Purified Water,Multani mitti,Kaolin,Papain Powder, SLES,Cetostearyl alcohol,Isopropyl Palmitate,Glycerine,calamine,
Neem Extract,phenoxyethanol,Tulsi oil,Imid urea,Methyl Paraben,Propyl paraben,Almond oil,Neem leaves

  1. Contains some good ingredients like kaolin, multani mitti, neem, tulsi,calamine but in a comedogenic base.
  2. Contains highly comedogenic ingredients almond oil, isopropyl palmitate.
  3. Not suitable for acne prone skin.

Cost-Rs 225 for 100ml.

FabIndia Haldi Chandan Mud Pack

review fabindia-haldi-chandan-mud-packIngredients: Purified water,Multani mitti, Kaolin, papain Powder, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulpahte,Cetostearyl Alcohol,
Calamine,Phenoexyethanol,Glycerine,Isopropyl Palmitate, Imid Urea,Methyl paraben,propyl paraben,turmeric extract, Almond
Oil, Sandalwood, Fragance.

  1. This is could work for normal but definitely not acne prone skin.
  2. Contains comedogenic ingredients like almond oil, Isopropyl palmitate.
  3. Not paraben free.

Cost-Rs 225 for 100ml.

FabIndia Aloe and Cucumber Gel Face Pack

review fabindia-aloe-cucumber-packIngredients: Purified Water, Propylene Glycol, Carbopol 940, Sodium Hydroxide, Glycerine, Lactic Acid, Propyl Paraben, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Aloe Vera Extract, Cucumber Extract, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Methyl Paraben.

  1. Among all the products this is safe for acne prone skin.
  2. Non-Comedogenic.
  3. A soothing and refreshing mask in gel form.
  4. Not paraben free.

review fabindia-lavendar-cleansing-milkCost-Rs 250 for 100ml.

FabIndia Lavendar Cleansing Milk

Ingredients: Purified Water, Sesame Oil, Glyceryl Mono Stearate, Grapeseed Extract, Gum Xanthan, Lavender Essential Oil.

  1. Comedogenic ingredient sesame oil.
  2. Not suitable for acne prone skin.
  3. Paraben free.

Cost-Rs 180 for 200ml.

FabIndia Tea Tree Face Wash

fabindia-tea-tree-facewashIngredients: Purified Water, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate, Cocoamidopropylbetaine, Sodium Chloride, Tea Tree Oil, Salicylic Acid, Guar Gum, Turmeric Extract, Citric Acid.

  1. Gel based green colour facewash.
  2. Non-comedogenic.
  3. Cleanses well without over drying the face.
  4. Contains some good ingredients for acne in finally a non-comedogenic base – tea tree oil,salicylic acid,turmeric,citric acid.
  5. Suitable for oily skin.

Cost-Rs 165 for 120ml.

FabIndia Tea Tree Toner

review fabindia-tea-tree-tonerIngredients: Purified Water, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 20, Imid Urea, Tea Tree Oil, Salicylic Acid, Neem Extract, Turmeric Extract.

  1. Non-comedogenic.
  2. Could work for all skin types.
  3. Contains good acne ingredients like tea tree oil, salicylic acid, neem extract, turmeric extract. (editor’s note: I am yet to hear from a single person who clearly benefited from using this. The ingredients are likely in very low concentrations)

Cost-Rs 135 for 100ml.

FabIndia Neem Tulsi Toner

Ingredients: Purified Water, Neem Leaves Extract, Reetha Extract, Rose Water, Aloe Vera Extract, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Glycerine, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Imid Urea, Cocoamidropropylbetaine, Allantoin, Tulsi Oil.

  1. Non-comedogenic.
  2. For all skin types.

Cost-Rs 150 for 100ml.

FabIndia Lemon Grass and Rose Water Facial Spray

review fabindia-rose-facial-spray-acneIngredients: Rose water:Distillate of natural rose petals (flowers).(no complete list of ingredients)

Lemon grass: Purified Water, Polysorbate 20, Glycerine, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Lemongrass Essential Oil.

  1. Difficult to say about rose water spray because of incomplete ingredient list. (editor’s note: we know of at least one person 2 people who break out from this)
  2. Lemon grass spray is mildly comedogenic due to lemongrass oil.

FabIndia soaps

fabindia-neem-aloevera-soapFabIndia Neem Tulsi Soap

Ingredients: Soap Base (Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Stearate, Water, Propylene Glycol, Sugar, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA and BHT), Glycerine, Castor Oil, Aloe Vera, Neem Leaves, Neem Extract, Basil Oil.

FabIndia Tea Tree Soap

Ingredients: Ready Mix Combi Bar Flakes, Purified Water, Sodium Peg 7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Olive Oil Peg 7 Ester, Poly Ethylene Glycol 7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Tea tree Oil, Sodium PCA.

FabIndia Neem Aloe Vera Soap

Ingredients: Ready Mix Combi Bar Flakes, Purified Water, Sodium Peg 7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Olive Oil Peg 7 Ester, Poly Ethylene Glycol 7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Tea tree Oil, Sodium PCA.

All three soaps are comedogenic and not suitable for acne prone skin.

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