Do These Green Beauty Products Really Work?
Gentle Zit Zapper
THE CLAIM Billed as 97 percent natural, the Yes to Tomatoes Spot Stick ($10; at Target) fights acne with salicylic acid and tea tree oil, and reduces irritation and redness with ginger root and bisabolol (a chamomile extract). Antioxidant power comes from lycopene, which is found in tomatoes.
EXPERT OPINION The majority of the ingredients are natural or naturally derived, says Wilson. Dr. Fusco likes salicylic acid to tackle pimples better than benzoyl peroxide, which, she says, has "a higher allergenic potential." Ginger and bisabolol are both natural anti-inflammatories, so they could indeed soothe irritation, says Dr. Fusco.
OUR VERDICT One tester noticed a decrease in zit size after just one day. Another found it didn't make much of a difference.