It’s cheap, it’s natural, and it targets congested skin. I like the Yes to Tomatoes Acne Daily Pore Scrub ($10) enough to have gone through three bottles now. I will be switching scrubs after this, but only because I’m restless and I like to try new things. It really is a great scrub if you know how to use it.
Pros: Paraben-free. Includes a plethora of favorable ingredients – bamboo, ginger, and salicylic acid. It smells good, like a fragrant citus, but it is not overly zesty. The texture is nice as it’s a good middle ground between the lackluster performance of cream scrubs and the harsh sandpaper feel of grainy scrubs. In use, it feels quite gentle as well.
Cons: It might be too gentle for some, especially if you’re used to the rigorous texture of St Ives’ Medicated Apricot Scrub or DHC’s Facial Scrub. People in need of more intense exfoliation may need to pair it with a peel mask.
If you have troubled and sensitive skin, this is the best value for drugstore-bought exfoliation. Do not use it daily though. Use it 2-3 times a week.