Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Acne Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser
When it comes to treating acne, every aspect of your skincare routine needs to be gentle, including your cleanser. Irritation of any kind is an absolute no-no. The research about treating blemish prone skin gently is undeniable (there isn't a study contradicting this). Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Acne Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser is just an all-around problem for any skin type!
This gel cleanser comes in a clear plastic squeeze bottle. The cleanser itself is black because of the charcoal it contains and it has jojoba microbeads for a scrub action (even though acne cannot be scrubbed away). When used with warm water the gel creates a slight foam, and it's easy to rinse without any residue left behind.
The problems start with this cleanser's scent: Fragrance isn't high on the ingredient list, but this has a very strong cologne-like smell. Even though cleansers are rinsed from skin, fragrance still has the potential to be irritating, and irritation can lead to oilier skin and more breakouts—not what you want from an anti-acne product!
Adding to the issue is the fact that this cleanser's jojoba beads are quite abrasive, which can create micro-tears on skin and delay healing of acne breakouts not to mention increasing redness.
Proven anti-acne ingredient salicylic acid is present, but this cleanser's pH is too high for it to effectively exfoliate skin (one of the main benefits of salicylic acid in an anti-acne product). Even if the pH was spot-on, in a cleanser or scrub, salicylic acid is far less effective, if at all, because it's rinsed off before it can begin to work.
This also cannot detoxify skin as claimed (no skincare product can; see More Info for details). More to the point, acne has nothing to do with impurities trapped in skin that then need to be pulled out by an absorbent ingredient such as charcoal.
All told this is a product we strongly recommend you avoid. There are much gentler and effective options on our list of Best Cleansers. If you want to use salicylic acid, you'll find a number of great products on our list of Best BHA Exfoliants.
- Strong fragrance can irritate skin.
- The scrub particles are abrasive and can potentially damage skin.
- Salicylic acid cannot exfoliate due to this cleanser's pH level.
- Cannot detoxify skin as claimed.
Why Beauty Products Cannot Detoxify Your Skin: Despite the claims of many cosmetics companies, you cannot "detox" your skin. Brands that make this claim never really specify exactly what substances or toxins their products are supposed to eliminate, which makes sense, because your skin does not store toxins.
Toxins are classified according to whether they are produced by the body or are introduced into the body, usually through eating or inhaling. Toxins are produced by plants, animals, insects, reptiles (think snake venom and bee stings), and so on. Toxins also can be inorganic, such as heavy metals like lead, arsenic, and others.
When it comes to your skin, toxins cannot leave your body through your skin or sebaceous (oil) glands—it's physiologically impossible. Other parts of your body, mainly your kidneys and liver, handle the process of "detoxifying" just fine, as long as you have a healthy diet.
There are a handful of studies indicating that sweat acts as a carrier in "detoxifying" by removing trace heavy metals from the body; however, the methodology of those studies is considered questionable when reviewed by third-party experts.
Nonetheless, if you choose to sauna, steam, or exercise to increase sweating, that's a lifestyle option to discuss with your physician, but it does absolutely nothing as a purifying skincare activity.
Skincare products are not going to "detox" your body or skin. As we always say: Stick to what the research says really works, and ignore the fantasy claims because they aren't going to help your skin or your budget!
References for this information:
Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, December 2015, pages 675–686
Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2012, pages 1–10
Yes To At-A-Glance
How this Israel-based brand of skin-care products came to be so widely distributed is an impressive marketing feat. Its sold in over a dozen countries and weve seen it locally in such diverse places as Safeway (a grocery store) and Ulta (a salon/spa/cosmetics boutique). Business is booming in the natural products market, and it appears that the Yes To brand is on its way to being one of the frontrunners! Yes To products were even featured on the popular daytime talk show The View. Clearly, this line has attracted the attention both of consumers and the media.
Why all the fuss? Well do our best to explain, but the simple reality is that the success of this brand is due to the fact that lots of consumers want natural products, regardless of whether or not the formula is beneficial for skin. Many women (but not those who read our reviews) are completely unaware that many of the products from the so-called natural product lines contain just as many synthetic ingredients as unnatural brands. Thats no longer the case with Yes To products, but not too long ago, it was!
The Yes To brand is divided into multiple sub-brands. To name a few: Yes To Carrots, Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes, Yes To Grapefruit, Yes to Coconut and Yes To Blueberries. The original launch and the largest group is Yes To Carrots. After the carrot-containing products became a hit, the company began to assemble a tossed salad of other products, including their Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes, and Yes to Blueberries. What next? Were anticipating Yes To Lettuce and Yes To Blue Cheese Dressing, that way you can make a complete salad!
All kidding aside, Yes To products are worth a look if you prefer mostly natural ingredients, though not every natural ingredient Yes To uses has been proven beneficial for skin, and some are problematic. As with most natural-themed lines, there are a handful of Yes To products to consider. But few of them are state-of-the-art and there are no products to successfully manage acne or blackheads, lighten skin discolorations, or significantly reduce redness
Although it is commendable that Yes To doesnt make over-the-top anti-aging claims, a skin-care line should help take care of skins daily needs, and this lines products are somewhat lacking. All the fruits, vegetables, and any natural ingredient you can name isnt enough to protect skin from the cumulative damage of unprotected sun exposure (the Yes To brand does sell a couple of excellent sunscreens) or to satisfy other skin-care needs. Its a nice idea to think that tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, and blueberries are as good for your skin when applied topically as they are for your health when consumed as part of a healthy diet, but thats simply not the case. Still, if you shop this line carefully youll come away with some workable products that are pleasant to use.
For more information about Yes To and its food-themed brands, visit www.yestocarrots.com.
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