Drugstore beauty brand Yes To has recalled one of its sheet face masks after reports of chemical burns. The Yes To Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow-Boosting Unicorn Paper Mask has been removed from drugstore shelves, following inquiries from local news channels Fox 4 Kansas City and Cleveland 19 News. Here's the information you need to know to keep your face safe.
Here's a photo from a customer who suffered chemical burns after using the face mask.
Cleveland Channel 19 News reported on a mother, Talia Radloff, whose 12-year-old daughter, Audrey, experienced chemical burns after using the sheet mask. "She came out and was like, ‘I’ve got to get this off my face, my face is on fire,’” Talia told Channel 19. "I’ve seen the pictures of these little girls and their faces, like they have blisters on their faces. I was like ‘oh my God!’ I bought that same one for her and I’m just glad Audrey took it off when she did."
To be clear, the photo above was not taken by the Radloffs; this is another customer who experienced a similar reaction.
Another teen also got chemical burns instead of glowing skin.
Lauren Moore, a 13-year-old, also suffered chemical burns after using the face mask. "It had caught my eye specifically because of the shiny packaging and how like kiddish it sort of looked, so I thought it might to be fun to try on," Moore told FOX4KC. "It stung so bad I could barely open my eyes and my eyes started to water." Her mother instructed her to apply aloe to calm the irritation.
What is causing the irritation?
It's impossible to determine for sure what is causing the chemical burns, but the mask contains grapefruit extract, lactic acid, fragrance, and limonene, which is found in citrus fruit peels. While all of these ingredients can be potentially irritating, the grapefruit extract and fragrance are the most problematic.