Cleanance Anti-Shine Purifying Lotion
6.96 fl. oz. for $18
Last Updated:05.21.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This toner claims to be "astringent," and it is, thanks to the alcohol it contains. Although the amount of alcohol isn't as great as in many other toners for oily skin, it's still potentially problematic. See More Info to learn how irritation from alcohol can make oily skin and enlarged pores worse.

Contrary to claim, this toner does not contain ingredients that leave skin shine-free. If anything, its combination of glycol with plant oils will leave skin shiny. The amount of salicylic acid is too low for it to function as an exfoliant, but even if present in a greater amount it wouldn't exfoliate because the pH of this toner is too high. This fragranced toner ends up being not much better than standard alcohol-based toners for oily skin. A far superior option to improve skin and reduce enlarged pores is Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner

  • Considering what this claims to do, none.
  • Amount of alcohol is cause for concern because it can make oily skin and enlarged pores worse.
  • Does not contain ingredients capable of leaving skin shine-free.
  • The salicylic acid cannot function as an exfoliant (which would be very helpful for oily skin and enlarged pores).

More Info:

Applying irritating ingredients to oily skin stimulates excess oil production at the base of the pores, so skin ends up being more oily and pores become (or stay) enlarged. Treating oily skin gently with effective products designed to absorb excess oil, exfoliate inside the pore, and help normalize pore function is the best approach to see improvements (Sources: Clinical Dermatology, September-October 2004, pages 360–366; and Dermatology, January 2003, pages 17–23.)


Astringent toner purifies skin and tightens pores without stinging or irritating sensation. Mattifying powders help absorb excess sebum and leave skin shine-free.


Avene Thermal Spring Water, Dipropylene Glycol, SD Alcohol 39C, Zinc Gluconate, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin Seed Oil), Fragrance (Parfum), PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26 Buteth-26, Salicylic Acid, Silica, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Triethanolamine, Water (Aqua)

Brand Overview

Eau Thermale Avene At-a-Glance

Strengths: Some excellent cleansers; well-formulated sunscreens; moisturizers that help to treat very dry, fragile skin; praiseworthy lip balms.

Weaknesses: Can be on the pricey side.

Eau Thermale Avene’s most prominent claim to fame is the thermal spring water in its products, which the brand maintains is curative due to both historical and scientific evidence. Unfortunately, there isn’t much evidence that we could locate that was in the form of published, peer-reviewed research. Without the research, thermal water is ultimately more about marketing than fact—however, the good news is whatever the factualness of their claims about the ingredient, at least thermal water isn’t going to harm your skin in any way.

Thermal water aside, what is clear is that Avene’s goal is to provide formulas for those who battle sensitive skin concerns. With that in mind, we can say there are quite a few successes among the brand’s range of offerings. There are also a few products we saw as missteps for reasons noted in their respective reviews.

Overall, Eau Thermale Avene’s more praiseworthy qualities is the range of options provided for those that have exceptionally sensitive skin, i.e. who may have been unable to tolerate more advanced anti-aging formulas. While we would have liked to see more in the way of complexity of anti-aging formulas from Avene (and fewer claims about thermal water), the particular direction the brand takes towards skincare is one that has its audience.

For more information about Eau Thermale Avene, call (866) 412-8363 or visit www.aveneusa.com.

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