I was finally able to not devour a whole tomato, and use a slice for my face. I had a slice left over from my tomato and avocado sandwich and I was like hey why not?!
I read that the seeded gooey part (I assume the more scientific word would be: pulp) is the part best for your face, but also using the whole tomato slice provides a gentle exfoliation for your skin. So, I took the whole tomato slice and rubbed it all over my face, careful to avoid my eyes and my mouth. Then, I basically picked apart the pulp apart from the slice and rubbed it on my face, paying extra attention to my chin where I break out the most, my cheeks to try and get a deep clean for my pores, and my nose where I have those stubborn blackheads that just won't quit. I would've taken pictures for you of this whole process, but my hands were covered in tomato goo and it was a hot mess! When I do it again, I'll try and make my fiancé take the pictures so you can see it.
Within minutes, my face started to sting a little and got really itchy. With every passing minute, my face got more red and more itchy. Finally, after about 7 minutes, I had to wash it off. It was just my cheeks, and nose that got red and itchy, nowhere else. I am nowhere near allergic to tomatoes. I eat them almost every single day. Also, I use my Yes To Tomatoes products every day twice a day. All of that, I've never had a reaction. So, when my face started reacting all crazy I was really confused.
After I had rinsed the tomato pulp off, my face was still red and itchy, and it stayed that way for about 20-30 minutes. I tried taking a picture of it, but I couldn't get the redness to transfer as well to the picture. I tried different lighting, and it just didn't look right. Out of curiosity, I went online to see if anyone had similar reactions. Several people said that they did for the first 10 minutes or so, then it stopped. I can only guess that it's the acid in the tomatoes really getting down deep in your pores and that's where the reaction came from. However, I have no proof that that's the cause, but that's what I think.
I do plan on trying this again, like on a night where I don't have work the next day just in case my face goes crazy and stays crazy for awhile. Unfortunately, I have sensitive skin, so it's always scary trying new things on my face. But, when I do try it again, I'm going to try and make it last a little while longer to see if the itching subsides. I want to really give this a whole hearted try before dismissing it.
But, now that my face has returned to normal, I can say that my skin feels super soft. Since I imagine that sensation was the tomato pulp deep cleaning my pores, I'm curious if that's going to cause my skin to purge and my acne to flare up. I'll keep an eye out and post any updates if so. Below is my face while it was calming down. My cheeks are still a bit red, if you can tell.
I would love to hear if you guys have any stories on tomato pulp facials. If you have any, please share!