Yes To Tomatoes Deep Pore Exfoliating Cleanser Scrub Review

Yes To Tomatoes Deep Pore Exfoliating Cleanser Scrub Review

Hey Gorgeous Gals,

I am currently on a mission to find the perfect natural facial cleanser. Right now Neutrogena’s Oil Free Acne Face Wash is a permanent fixture in my bathroom. I keep trying new cleansers, but always end up going back to Neutrogena. The search carries on! Today, I will  be reviewing a facial scrub I recently tried out – Yes to Tomatoes Deep Pore Exfoliating Scrub. It’s all natural and packs the power of tomatoes. How does it fare? Well, read on to find out!


Product Background and Description:

Yes to Inc., the parent brand of the Yes to Tomatoes, Yes to Carrots, Yes to Blueberries and Yes to Cucumber skin product lines, was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. The company manufactures a range of bath and beauty products under their four product lines. Yes to Tomatoes Deep Pore Exfoliating Scrub is part of their “tomatoes” line that offers products for acne prone skin. While the ingredients in each product line may differ, the company is committed to using natural ingredients in their products. All Yes to Inc. products are manufactured without phthalates, SLS, SLES, parabens and no animal products besides beeswax and honey.


According to the company, this scrub contains tomatoes which are a source of “lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that helps protect skin from environmental agents that can contribute to clogged pores and breakouts, as well as fruit acids to help controls sebum and oil production in skin” and salicylic acid which “causes cells of the epidermis to shed properly, preventing pores from getting clogged infected with bacteria it also helps breakdown blackheads, whiteheads, and other types of acne to help heal and clear skin.” Other key ingredients – bisabolol and ginger- help “reduce redness faster, soothe irritated skin and calm inflammation.”


$9.99 for 4 oz/113 gm.


My Experience with Yes To Tomatoes Deep Pore Exfoliating Cleanser Scrub:

As I mentioned earlier, I’m trying a lot of natural face washes and scrubs to find the perfect facial cleanser for myself. Any flare ups that occur in this process are taken care of by my trusty Neutrogena Oil Free Face Wash.  Kind of ironic that it’s the same product I want to replace with a new face wash! Anyway, I’m hoping my experiments will help you all as I offer myself as a guinea pig and test the best and worst face washes.


I picked this scrub up because it contains salicylic acid and tomatoes, two ingredients known to help those with acne-prone skin. I have combination, acne-prone skin which is dry in some places and prone to breakouts in others. Since it is a natural product, I expected that it wouldn’t aggravate the dry areas of my skin too much while clearing up my acne. The scrub contains two types of exfoliating beads. Some of the beads are large and soft, while others are smaller and grittier. Overall, the exfoliating beads in this scrub are a lot softer than most other scrubs I have tried.  For those of you who have tried St. Ives or Clean and Clear Morning Burst scrubs, the beads in this scrub aren’t nearly as gritty. The cleanser that the beads are mixed into is thinner than most face washes and does not foam at all. For a natural scrub, this has a very synthetic smell. I can’t quite put my finger (or in this case, nose) on what it smells like, but it’s somewhat reminiscent of scented pencil erasers I used as a child. Anyway, it’s not a pleasant smell!


What’s great about this product is that it provides gentle exfoliation and doesn’t dry skin out. After using it, my skin is soft and smooth to touch. The dry areas feel hydrated and my face doesn’t feel stretchy and in immediate need of moisturizer. But before you start thinking this is the perfect scrub there’s a major caveat. This scrub only performs when used on skin that’s already been cleaned. I learned this the hard way. I am currently using TBS Extra Virgin Minerals Foundation and was shocked when it was still on my face after I used this scrub in the shower! Whenever I use this scrub without taking my foundation off, I am left with a thick, cream-colored goop on my face. Lesson learned; foundation plus face scrub on my face is not a good look for me 😛


I was expecting smaller pores, reduced oiliness and less frequent breakouts with the use of this product. These weren’t big expectations, after all the scrub promises to do all these things with its blend of powerful natural ingredients. But I left was thoroughly disappointed. I experienced no change in pore size, oiliness or breakouts with the use of this product. It didn’t speed up the time it takes for my acne to heal either. I have decided this product isn’t worth the effort. You have to wash your face twice when you use it and even then it doesn’t do what it promises.

YTT Swatch

Pros of Yes To Tomatoes Deep Pore Exfoliating Cleanser Scrub:

  • Non drying. Won’t strip your face off of natural oils.
  • Two types of exfoliating beads – hard and soft.
  • No parabens, phthalates, SLS, or petrochemicals.
  • Decent price for a natural product.
  • Brand does not test on animals.

Cons of Yes To Tomatoes Deep Pore Exfoliating Cleanser Scrub:

  • Doesn’t cleanse very well. Expect goop on your face if you use this when you have foundation on your face.
  • Smell is not pleasant. It smells way too synthetic for a natural product.
  • Doesn’t do anything about pore size and oiliness or treat acne.

Bottom Line:

I think this is a decent scrub for those with dry skin. It does nothing for my acne-prone skin. Its best use would be as a gentle scrub in the morning when face is makeup free and you don’t want to strip your face off oils.

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19 thoughts on “Yes To Tomatoes Deep Pore Exfoliating Cleanser Scrub Review

  1. devie i also want to say ‘ yes to tomatoes’. i guess i’d try this brand solely for the name only. hihih ‘ foundation + face scrub not a good look.” 😛 I guess i would really use this one. I totally like these cream based mild scrubs since I have dry skin. good review. have you tried more products from this brand. I am very curious now. 😛

  2. The pics are so attractive, and “Kind of ironic that it’s the same product I want to replace with a new face wash!” is exactly the way I think….he he 🙂

  3. I agree with Rati, even I want to say “yes to tomatoes” 🙂 what a catchy name.. 🙂 but I would skip this one..doesn’t cleanse well, doesn’t smell good.. yeah i would rather skip it.. 🙂

    1. Yup, Esha… I’m used to my face washes being good makeup removers and cleansers…this one fails on both accounts 🙁

  4. I loved your review Devie! I was so tempted to buy this when I was there solely because of the name, but now i am glad – they have other ranges called ‘Yes to Carrots’ and ‘Yes to Blueberries’ too right?

  5. Im using yes to cucumbers at the moment …..havent tried this one though…..I checked out reviews for yes to carrots and there arent great either …suprisingly for a “all natural ” brand

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