This anti-acne toner contains many natural ingredients, some good ones and some bad ones. Chief among the bad ingredients is alcohol. Alcohol shows up in many anti-acne products, and it’s never welcome because it causes a host of problems that keeps reddened, inflamed, breakout-prone skin from healing. In fact, the irritation alcohol causes can stimulate more oil production at the base of pore, making oily skin and blemishes worse.
Although this toner is medicated with anti-acne superstar salicylic acid, the pH of the product is too high for it to function as an exfoliant. Even if the pH were within the proper range, the amount of alcohol remains a problem, as does the needlessly high amount of fragrance. Please see More Info for further details on why irritation from fragrance is a problem.
- Contains anti-irritant willow bark.
- Alcohol is one of the main ingredients, and it is known to cause irritation that makes redness and breakouts worse.
- High amount of fragrance puts skin at further risk of irritation while providing no skin-care benefits.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).