Since I got the Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser from the Tomatoes Collection by Yes To, it's been the only product I use to wash my skin. It's for oily or acne prone skin & is marketed towards people with adult acne, seems like. This is 97% natural & that's always a plus in my opinion. I like organic ingredients! The very first time ever I cleansed my face, I noticed that it's surprisingly non-drying. I'm just so used to the surface of my skin being stripped after I wash it & it feeling dry, tight, & sensitive. That feeling wasn't nearly as bad with this. This cleanser works with ingredients like charcoal powder, tomato, jojoba, & salicylic acid. Its ingredients treat acne & balance oil production.
First & foremost, I consider this a cleanser & exfoliator - not a product that treats or prevents acne. I use it to get its charcoal benefits; otherwise, it's used as a basic cleanser to remove dirt, oil, & other impurities off my face before I go to sleep. My skin doesn't take too kindly to any form of exfoliation, but this product surprised me. My skin is just lightly exfoliated with these jojoba balls, which are non-comedogenic. As expected, my skin was red & a little puffy but it wasn't at all raw or painful. The exfoliation brightens my skin & makes me look healthier. Their charcoal is the best for getting rid of blackheads. I got fast results. Various tomato extracts are anti-inflammatory; I got a few good results. My pores aren't clogged & my skin isn't any more broken out than it usually is, but the fruits acids have not made a difference in controlling oil. I haven't seen any improvement in the appearance of dark spots yet. Pumpkin is good for oily skin, & it brightens & smooths the skin. So far, my skin is looking brighter & healthier.
The salicylic acid hasn't given me results, which doesn't surprise me. I don't mean to insinuate this is product does not work! I have adult acne, & I've had problems with my skin since I was 13 or 14... not even prescription medicine helped. Salicylic acid is typically an effective exfoliant & anti-irritant; that's why it is an acne medication that treats, & then prevents future blemishes. The active ingredient is salicylic acid 1%. Unless it's professional or prescription, over-the-counter acne treatments are 0.5% -2% concentrations of salicylic acid, so that 1% is kind of low for what's treating adult acne.
Special note: The reason I reviewed this product as a cleanser / exfoliator & not acne treatment is because I won't, especially willingly & knowingly, hold the company accountable for my bad skin. I know for a fact the issue is much more likely my individual skin & not a product that doesn't work. I suffer from adult acne; for those who don't know, acne in adulthood isn't the same as teenage/pubescent blemishes. It's a lot harder to treat & over-the-counter treatments usually don't work. My point is it's not right of me to claim this is ineffective when I know my skin is bad. Ever since I was 13 or 14, I've had acne that nothing - not even prescription medicine - could treat. My skin is awful. It doesn't respond to anything, or is too sensitive to everything. It's one extreme or the other...no middle ground.