Yes To' Removes Popular Unicorn Face Mask from Stores After Women Say it Burned Their Skin

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Yes To, the beauty and skincare brand that appeals to children and adults alike with its produce-packed ingredients and fun packaging, has officially pulled a popular face mask from shelves after multiple women claimed it caused severe adverse reactions on their skin.

Chelsea Anders, who lives in Iowa, is just one of many women who have spoken out about the product, due to the burns it gave her stepdaughter. "Christmas morning, my 10-year-old stepdaughter received the face mask in her stocking," Anders recently told Parents.com. "Her big push this year was unicorns! After opening her gifts, she asked if she could open the face mask. We read the directions on the back where I found no suggested age of use on the product, but it had a 10-minute recommend use time."

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She instructed her stepdaughter to wash the mask off. “Upon removal, I saw her face was bright red, swollen and had all the symptoms of a sunburn," she said. "After rinsing her face for 10 minutes every 20 minutes for over two hours and applying aloe vera, the redness and swelling started to go down."

A Bay Area couple, Anna Weitzman and Alyssa Mullenix, who have used the company’s products before without any issue, also had a bad experience with the mask. Just four minutes after applying, they realized something was not right. "It was hurting so bad that I was like, 'Whoa! Am I going to develop blisters or something,'" Weitzman told ABC7 News. "Because it's feeling that extreme. And when I saw the severe redness on my face where there was a perfect burn line where the mask had been sitting, that's when I knew something was wrong."

The news outlet spoke to Kaitlyn Hintergardt, an Esthiology Educator at Cinta Aveda Institute in Downtown San Jose, who pointed out that the product’s ingredients are likely to blame.

Yes To has responded to the complaints, promising to have all the products removed from shelves by Friday. "Yes To is committed to ensuring the safety and integrity of all of our products and has maintained a strong track record of delivering quality products to our customers since our founding in 2006,” they wrote in a statement to ABC7.

This situation is a great reminder that you should always patch test a skincare product before applying it on your face. Whether there is something going on with the formulation, the bottle has been tainted, or you are simply allergic to one of the ingredients, you can save yourself a whole lot of pain and suffering if you take precautionary measures.

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