Can Charcoal Masks Detoxify Skin?

by Gio

yes to tomatoes detoxifying charcoal paper mask review

Let’s get one thing straight once and for all: no skincare product can detoxify skin. Your liver and kidneys do that.

So if Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask can’t detoxify skin, what the heck is the point of using it? Not much, if you ask me (and I guess you are)…


No, I don’t mean the kind you use to barbecue. Phew!

Charcoal in skincare is activated. Put simply, carbon is heated to a high temperature and mixed with gas to make it larger and porous.

This makes activated charcoal super absorbent: it can soak up all the excess oil and impurities on your skin, leaving it fresh and clean.

Activated charcoal is so absorbent, it could – in theory – draw out impurities from your pores, as well. I say in theory because science hasn’t proved this last part yet. But the potential is definitely there.


“Tingling? Yes! It’s working!,” Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask proudly boasts on the packaging.

BS. The only time tingling in skincare is a sign of a product working is when you’re using a chemical exfoliants. Those acids are so powerful, they can trigger a little pricking sensation.

Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask does NOT have any chemical exfoliants. So the tingling isn’t a sign of the mask working. It’s a sign of irritation.

I guess that, deep down, Yes To knows that too. That’s why they’ve added several anti-irritants to the formula. Aloe vera tops the list but allantoin and green tea can all soothe inflammation too.

FYI, if you’re wondering what ingredients may irritate your skin, it’s hard to tell. Fragrance is definitely the biggest culprit but some of the natural extracts may be to blame too.

Take tomato, for example. It’s loaded with lycopene, an antioxidant that helps you fight wrinkles. But, depending on what part of the plant is used, it could be sensitizing. Unfortunately, there’s no way of knowing what part of the tomatoes is used from the ingredient list.

Related: Should Skincare Products Tingle: How To Tell If A Product Is Working Or Just Irritating Your Skin

Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion

Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask is a black sheet mask lightly infused with a clear essence. You know what that means? You don’t have to spend half an hour to rinse it off and clean the mess all over your sink. Phew!

That’s pretty much the only thing I like about this mask. For starters, it didn’t adhere all that well to my skin. It always seemed to be on the point of falling off. Ugh.

I also didn’t feel like it did much. When I took it off after 10 minutes, my skin was a little clearer and cleaner. I don’t have much excess oil and, throughout the night, the mask did a good job at getting rid of it.

But it didn’t feel hydrated or make my skin glowy or anything special. I know it doesn’t claim to. All it promises is to detoxify skin and clean pores and we know how well it can do that (NOT)…

I guess if you’ve got a ton of excess oil to remove, this’ll help. But then why not get a mask that goes the extra mile and, more importantly, doesn’t irritate skin?

Talking about irritation, I didn’t get any tingling feeling while I was wearing it. I don’t think this is because the mask is gentler than I think. Plenty of reviewers online have reported the mask did indeed make their skin tingle.

I think this is just a testament to how resistant my skin is. I can use pretty much any skincare products because very little upsets it. Not that I’d want to, though. I only demand the best for my skin. Sadly, this isn’t it.

Available at: $2.50/£3.40 at Feel Unique and Walmart


Have you tried Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Propanediol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Juice, Charcoal Powder, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Galactoarabinan, Heptyl Glucoside Algin, Beta-Glucan Gellan Gum, Bisabolol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Xanthan Gum Sodium Hydroxide, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol Fragrance (Parfum).

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