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Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Acne Fighting Paper Mask

1.00 mask for $ 2.99
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Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Acne Fighting Paper Mask isn't paper, it's a cloth mask steeped in a dripping-wet solution that's meant to be pressed onto skin, left on for several minutes, and then removed. Although it contains anti-acne superstar salicylic acid as its active ingredient, the fragrance is overpowering (seriously, wow, is it ever potent) and makes this mask a problem for all skin types because of the irritation it can cause and that only makes acne worse!

Equally problematic, the salicylic acid won't be as effective against acne given the formula's pH is outside the range it needs to be effective.

Another issue is the inclusion of alcohol and witch hazel water, both of which prompt further irritation (this product really is a problem child!). We're not sure what Yes To was thinking, but it'll take more than tomatoes to overcome this mask's out-of-control issues. Check out our list of Best Anti-Acne Products for surefire bets to get your acne under control.

Pros:
  • None.
Cons:
  • Highly fragrant.
  • Denatured alcohol and witch hazel promote further irritation.
  • The formula's pH is outside the range salicylic acid needs to exfoliate.
More Info:

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin's barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin's surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:

Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419

Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175

Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80

Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202

International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43

Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
Formulated with tomato extracts and salicylic acid, the single-use Yes To Tomatoes Paper Mask works to fight acne and prevent pesky new pimples from forming.
Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid 0.5%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, SD Alcohol-40B, Propanediol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycerin Sorbitol, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Algin, Beta-Glucan, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Xanthan Gum, Benzoic Acid Sodium Hydroxide, Sorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

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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