Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Acne Control Gel Cleanser

by Yes To  Yes To Tomatoes
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$9.99 - 5.25 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Face/Body Cleansers
Last Updated:
2/10/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This water-soluble cleansing gel is medicated with 1% salicylic acid, an anti-acne superstar ingredient. Unfortunately, when formulated in a cleanser, the salicylic acid is rinsed from the skin before it has much chance to work. For best results, use a leave-on product with salicylic acid (known as a BHA Exfoliant).

Although the inclusion of salicylic acid in this case isn't likely to be all that helpful, this cleanser's gentle yet effective formula is still worth considering, assuming you don't use it around your eyes (the salicylic acid can be a problem if it gets in the eyes). The formula lathers modestly and rinses without a residue, plus it removes all but the most stubborn makeup. It is best for normal to oily or combination skin.

Note: Contrary to the claims, tomato extract cannot unclog pores. If it were that easy, you could just use bottled tomato juice as a pore-unclogging toner; we advise against that because the acidity isn't helpful for skin.

One more comment: The tiny amount of alcohol is not cause for concern.

Pros:
  • Cleanses gently yet removes excess oil and most types of makeup.
  • Relatively inexpensive.
  • Doesn't contain the irritating ingredients often found in anti-acne cleansers.
Cons:
  • The salicylic acid is rinsed down the drain before it can help clear acne.
  • Tomato extract cannot unclog pores.

A refreshing, salicylic acid-based cleanser that leaves skin feeling radiant and clean. Salicylic Acid helps prevent new blemishes, acne and pimples from forming, while Tomatoes help unclog pores, and control oil production in skin.

Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid 1% (Acne Treatment), Inactive Ingredients: Water, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propanediol, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Solanum Lycospersicum (Tomato) Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Citric Acid, Alcohol, Fragrance

How this Israel-based brand of skin-care products came to be so widely distributed is an impressive marketing feat. It’s sold in over a dozen countries and we’ve 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? We’ll 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. That’s no longer the case with Yes To products, but not too long ago, it was!

The Yes To brand is divided into four sub-brands: Yes To Carrots, Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Tomatoes 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? We’re 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 doesn’t make over-the-top anti-aging claims, a skin-care line should help take care of skin’s daily needs, and this line’s products are somewhat lacking. All the fruits, vegetables, and any natural ingredient you can name isn’t 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. It’s 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 that’s simply not the case. Still, if you shop this line carefully you’ll come away with some workable products that are pleasant to use.

For more information about Yes To and its food-themed brands, call (888) 929-3786 or visit www.yestocarrots.com.

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  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

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  1. Connie D.
    Reviewed on Monday, April 15, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Good cleanser
    • Love this cleanser. Gets me really clean. Not too harsh. Good for oily or combination skin.

  2. JULIE M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 03, 2013
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    JUST SO-SO
    • I HAVE SUPER-SENSITIVE SKIN THAT IS ALSO ACNE-PRONE AT CERTAIN TIMES OF THE YEAR. WHILE I FEEL THIS PRODUCT GETS MY FACE REALLY CLEAN, IT'S SIMPLY NOT GENTLE ENOUGH. MY FACE IS RED AFTER I USE IT.

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Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to helping you find the absolute best products for your skin, using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective. Each member of the team was personally trained by Paula herself.

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