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Beauty Brand Recalls Face Mask Causing Adverse Reactions

Popular beauty brand “Yes To” recalled their Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow-Boosting Unicorn paper mask due to complaints about skin irritations. Consumers have reported experiencing “red, swollen, itchy, raised abrasions” and severe burning after using the mask.

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The recall was issued on January 3, but many consumers had no idea. Yes To shared a statement on their Facebook page about the recall:

“In light of reports that our Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow-Boosting Unicorn Paper Mask has resulted in skin irritation for some consumers, Yes To has decided to remove this particular product from store shelves while we investigate.”

“At Yes To, the safety and satisfaction of our customers are our main concerns. We value you and apologize to anyone who was affected in this way, especially over the holiday season. If you've had an issue with this item, please contact our Customer Care team at customercare@yesto.com.”

The mask is stamped with a promise of “96% natural ingredients.” However, the reactions suggest a case of allergic contact dermatitis or irritant reaction dermatitis. Considering how quickly the reactions occurred, it’s likely that irritant reaction dermatitis is the culprit. It occurs when the skin is exposed to an irritant — suggesting that something in the mask’s ingredient list is to blame.

Of the 13,000 chemicals used in cosmetics, only 10% have been tested for safety. Environmental Working Group has an extensive database that can help you find personal care products free of potentially dangerous ingredients. Products bearing the “USDA 100% Organic” seal are among your safest bets if you want to avoid potentially toxic ingredients. Be aware that products labeled “all-natural” may still contain harmful chemicals, so it’s wise to check the full list of ingredients.

If you experience any adverse effects to a product, be sure to report it to the FDA. The cosmetic industry is not interested in moving toward tighter regulations, which leaves you in charge of regulating what you and your family put on your skin.

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