Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner

Smaller pores start here. This lightly hydrating toner restores skin’s balance and minimizes pores. Helps control oily and combination skin, too.
Item #: 135
  • Anti-Aging, Blackheads, Enlarged Pores, Wrinkles
  • Combination, Oily Skin
  • Reduces redness and eliminates flakey dry skin
  • Eliminates flaky, dehydrated skin

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Customer Ratings:

82 out of 100
(Based on 297 Reviews)
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  1. DEBORAH L.
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 18, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The "Bomb"
    • I am 57 years old and work as a cosmetic consultant for a well known company. This toner has been part of my routine now for quite a while, along with other PC products. I really can't say enough good things about it.!! My skin is combination oily/ sensitive. This is the only moisturizer I use and clients along with all of the other professionals I work with routinely ask me what I use on my face. They also guess my age to be early 40's!!!

  2. Lixing Z.
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 11, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    A bit rich
    • This toner really helped me with inflammatory acne, and has the ability to repair the skin barrier. But it was a bit rich for me to use it in the summer months, especially in the humid Florida weather. The texture is somewhat sticky. But this toner is perfect for oily skins who live in the north, or to be used during winter months.

  3. Hannah D.
    Reviewed on Sunday, October 05, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Awesome!
    • I love this toner I can't say its done much for my pores but I love it all the same. My only thing is the packaging I wish the bottle had flip top and not a screw top it would just make it easier, not that will stop me from using it. I would say overall this is a great product!

  4. Marc R.
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 02, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Confused!!
    • I am from Sigapore and it is very humid here. Is it really possible this toner doubles as my daily moisturizer too? The back says may be the only "moisturizer" you need during the summer months or in humid climates. My regular moisturizer when I do my weekly exfoliation though has aloe Vera, glycerin ad provitamin b5. Anyone know please :)

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, October 02, 2014

    I really depends on how much moisture you like, and how oily your skin might be - but this absolutely can serve as a moisturizer in some cases!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  5. Jennifer I.
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 28, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Ouch!
    • I had been using the Resist toner with no issue, but thought I would try the Skin-Balancing toner to see if it could help with the pores on my nose and T-zone oil. Ouch, this stuff burned! I was left with red, stinging, flushed skin that took over two days to return to normal. I apparently am sensitive to the niacinamide. This is going back and I am trying the Skin Recovery toner instead.

  6. Melynda
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Finally! A product that shrinks pores!
    • I have oily skin and have tried many products to shrink my pores... nothing ever worked! I am thrilled to have found such an amazing and inexpensive product that works like it says it will. I use this along with Paula's BHA Exfoliant Liquid each day and my pores are smaller, my skin is smooth and even, and my skin has a nice glow to it. Paula's Choice products are inexpensive with high end results... at last!

  7. S.W.
    Reviewed on Monday, September 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Ideal
    • One of my main problems with my skin are the extremely large, clogged pores on & around my nose. I'm not foolish enough to think any product can permanently change their size, but I've noticed when I use this toner consistently my pores stay clearer & are less noticeable overall. That being said, it DOES sometimes make my face feel hot, especially if I apply it with a cotton pad instead of just patting it on with fingers, but I haven't noticed any real irritation. About to order my third bottle!

  8. Chelsea E.
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 13, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Helps moisturize but stings a bit
    • I'm not totally satisfied, but I would buy it again until I find something better. It works to remove leftover excess makeup, and I use it when my facial cleanser dries out my skin a bit. I just pat it over the drier areas, and it does a nice job of adding moisture to those areas before I apply moisturizer overall. It can sting a bit.

  9. Troy
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Fell short.
    • I was hoping this toner would be the winner out of the many that I have tried over the years. I did try the sample before buying and when I used it then it seemed to work fine. After purchasing and regular use I noticed that my face was slightly tacky/sticky and almost greasy. I experimented and skipped this step and found this to by the culprit. Sad to say this did not work out for me. On to more toner-testing I guess.

  10. Isabel A.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 09, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Awesome
    • I always thought toners would dry out my skin, but I added this to try to help battle my acne. I can see the dirt and even the occasional blackhead come off on the pad, even after washing, and my face feels awesome, fresh and clean, not at all dry or tight or oily. Even after only a week, I can see a huge difference. My skin feels amazing and is really starting to look amazing, also.

  11. lydia F.
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    delighted
    • I found PC thru Wayne Goss. Those who know of him must agree he is the most delicious man on youtube! Trustworthy. I can't thank him enough for this recommendation. I have never really had success with products. Flying blind as I was. PC has the most extensive reviews of nearly all the products. I now see the error of my ways. I put together a skin care regime that is working. Overnight my skin looks so much better. It is pink and that's ok w/ me. It has a sheen, but not oily, it is dry

  12. Naomi
    Reviewed on Friday, September 05, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Bitterly Disappointed
    • I was a little hesitant to try this after reading the reviews saying it caused irritation/discomfort to some, but I decided I would probably not have a similar experience because I don't have sensitive skin. Unfortunately, I had this exact experience. After using this toner my skin feels sensitive and I experience a burning/tingling sensation. It also causes reddness around my nose and on my cheeks. On top of the discomfort I feel every time I use it, the toner has a very off-putting smell.

  13. ASHLEY M.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 03, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Maybe not for sensitive skin
    • I have very sensitive, rosacea-prone skin, and while there are many PC products that work great for me, this isn't one of them. I broke out in an itchy rash within a few days of using it, and it took a week for my rosacea flare-up to calm down. It seems like a good toner, and is well-reviewed, but might not be right for those with very sensitive skin.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, September 03, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We're sorry this didn't work well for you. Please contact us to discuss a refund or exchange. We want to ensure you're always happy with your Paula's Choice products!

    —Admin
  14. Chelsea P.
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Successfully repaired my skin!
    • A few months ago I was suffering from seriously dehydrated skin which turned out to be because the "all-natural" cleanser I was using at the time was highly alkaline. I switched to the Paula's Choice Earth Sourced cleanser, which is now my all-time favorite cleanser, but my skin still had a lot of problems. I ordered the sample of this toner on a whim and immediately bought the full size after I saw positive results in DAYS! My skin is now less red, and less prone to breakouts. I'm in love!

  15. Kirsten P.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    So THIS is why people use toner!
    • I have oily, acne-prone skin with enlarged pores and I use this in conjunction with the BHA 2%. Both have done wonders for my skin: refining my pores, smoothing my skin, clearing up stubborn blackheads, and controlling oiliness. I love that this toner is hydrating and works to normalize the shape of my pores. It is a little tacky after it dries but I find that that is a non-issue by the time I've applied the BHA, toner, and moisturizer. I highly recommend this product!

  16. Kara S.
    Reviewed on Monday, August 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Soft, smooth complexion after several weeks!
    • I very rarely write product reviews however this toner is worth it! I was looking for a product to balance and clear up my skin, especially on my cheeks, chin and nose. I haven't used a toner in years and am so happy I found this product. I use 2x a day and the difference is amazing! Fewer blackheads, smaller pores, dewey look. Makes my forehead a bit oily do I will start using only at night on forehead. LOVE THIS PRODUCT!

  17. Katy C.
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 23, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Didn't do very much
    • A friend of mine who is in the skin care industry told me how important toners are. I've never used them in the past, as they tend to aggravate my skin. While this one felt like water going on my skin, as most of Paula's products do, it just didn't reduce my pore size or improve the quality of my skin at all.

  18. Van D.
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 17, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Better than $50+ toner
    • I never thought of using toners again, though having giant pores. Toners gave me impression of being useless if not worse, yet time and money consuming. Until I sample 2 PC toners and end up buying this full size. No toners ever do anything visibly good to my skin, hence this toner does meet my expectation, if not better. It does refine my coarse nose area, and make my giant pores look less visible. I am using it just for a short period of time so I can hope that things might get even better.

  19. Maria K.
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 14, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Simple Toner
    • I've been using this product faithfully every morning for a while now, and find it tends to slightly flair my skin up just after use. I also do not see any difference in my pore size.

  20. Heeyoung C.
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 14, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    using as a moisturizer
    • I am not a fan of lotion/cream type moisturizer, so I decided using it instead of moisturizer combined with PC antioxidant retinol serum. I feel like it actually made me a bit more greasy than before (then I was using Amore Pacific's booster). Also, the texture kind of sticky rather than being absorbed and leaving nothing but hydrated skin. It gives me neither skin irritation nor other problems, so I would finish the bottle. I am just not quite convinced to the point I reorder next time.

  21. willo L.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    No irritation & skin looks good
    • I waited 4 weeks to review. I'm 39 with good but oily/combination SENSITIVE skin. Sensitive skin products often are ultra-hydrating & break me out. Tried drugstore products recommended on Beautypedia & was pleased. Finally took the plunge and bought PC toner and BHA exfoliant. After 4 weeks, I've had zero breakouts/irritation reactions. I think this toner is enough "moisturizer" for my oily skin, but less certain of its value than my BHA. Wish a TSA-compliant 1 or 3 oz size was available.

  22. Jessica C.
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Never thought I needed a toner
    • I never used a toner before this one and I always thought it was just a scam to sell more face products to women. With an oily face I needed all the help I could get and decided to try a sample of this toner and I loved it. It feels like water, but best of all it doesn't feel sticky, especially here in Texas where humidity can turn your best face products into a sticky, shiny mess. It balances my skin and I notice I am less oily by the end of the day.

  23. Peiyu T.
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best toner till date!
    • I have tried many many toners in my life, and this is the first toner that i have seen results in a month! My oily combination skin has never looked better than this. Having struggled with acne, blackheads and coarse skin for these few years, all i can say that this product is my holy grail now. Will definitely repurchase again!

  24. Jake Z.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, August 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Toner!
    • This is a great toner! It feels silky and leaves my skin feeling smooth and prepared for the next products.

  25. Zahra S.
    Reviewed on Monday, August 04, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not for combination skin!
    • I'm really disappointed in this product, it completely dried out my skin to the point of it being exceedingly flaky. This product claimed it would moisturize dry patches, not create them!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, August 04, 2014

    Thanks for your review! Your experience with this toner is unusual, and may be due to an individual sensitivity to one of its more active ingredients. We offer several toner formulas, and are happy to help you find another optoin that will better suit your skin type and concerns.

    —Admin
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What makes this product unique?
Unlike most other toners on the market, Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner is famous for offering potent antioxidants, anti-irritants and cell-communicating ingredients which help restore normal function to damaged, misbehaving cells. When used after cleansing, it helps skin restore and repair itself. This truly state-of-the-art toner helps balance skin so its oily areas do not worsen. Redness is reduced while slightly dry, flaky areas are made smooth and soft. It also helps to remove last traces of makeup and may be the only "moisturizer" your normal to oily skin needs during summer months or in humid climates.

This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

Who is this product for?
This toner has been specially formulated for normal to oily/combination skin. It is also a good option for acne-prone skin. 

Sources to support the claims made for Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner

Clinics in Dermatology, November-December 2008, pages 614–626; Experimental  Biology and Medicine, November 2008, pages 1,469–1,477; Skin Therapy Letter, September 2008, pages 5–9;  International Journal of Molecular Medicine, August 2008, pages 229–236; Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, July 2008, pages S7–S12; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 322–329; Dermatologic Surgery, "The Antioxidant Network of the Stratum Corneum," July 2005, pages 814–817; The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, volume 124, issue 4, April 2005, pages 756–763; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, May 2004, pages 327–337; Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, March–April 2004, pages 90–96; Dermatologic Therapy, January 2004, pages 16–25; Exogenous Dermatology, June 2004, pages 154–160; and Toxicology Letters, December 2003, pages 65–73.

Key Ingredients: vitamin C, adenosine triphosphate, glycerin, Arctium lappa, niacinamide, sodium PCA, chamomile, sodium hyaluronate, cholesterol, ceramides

Product Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Butylene Glycol (water-binding agent), Niacinamide (vitamin B3/cell-communcating ingredient), Adenosine Triphosphate (cell-communicating ingredient/skin conditioning agent), Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract (anti-irritant), Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract (antioxidant), Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (skin conditioning agents), Sodium PCA, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-repairing ingredients), Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate (skin conditioning agent), Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 1, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol (lipid-based skin-repairing ingredients), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Oleth-10, DEA-Oleth-10 Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (emulsifiers), Polysorbate-20 (skin conditioning agent), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol (preservatives), Sodium Citrate (pH adjuster), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Trisodium EDTA (chelating agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

DIRECTIONS: Use morning and evening. After cleansing, apply to a cotton pad and gently stroke over face and neck. Do not rinse. Follow with your Paula’s Choice exfoliant, moisturizer, and/or treatment product. For daytime, follow with a product rated SPF 15 or greater.

Detailed instructions on how/when to apply your Paula's Choice products can be found in our How to Put Together Your Own Skincare Routine article.

What do toners “tone”? I thought Paula didn’t recommend toners!

Paula has always recommended toners that are well-formulated. Toners can be a great after-cleansing step to be sure you’ve removed all of your makeup. When properly formulated, they soothe skin and add hydrating ingredients to make skin softer, not to mention they’re another leave-on source for antioxidants and other ingredients that improve skin’s healthy functioning.

How do I know which toner is right for me? Besides skin type, what are the main differences between Paula's Choice toners?

All of our toners restore skin, help remove last traces of makeup, are alcohol- and fragrance-free, and contain no unnecessary irritants such as menthol, peppermint, and citrus oils. They are great as an adjunct to a more thorough cleansing routine, especially post-workout or in hot/humid climates. Even more significantly, they go beyond the basics by offering skin benefits you can see and feel.

Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner is a specialized formula designed to supply normal to dry aging skin with a broad range of ingredients it needs to produce healthy collagen while reducing wrinkles. It is a super-charged version of our popular Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner, with a specific emphasis on improving the signs of aging skin.

Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner is a specialized formula designed to supply normal to oily or breakout-prone aging skin with a broad range of targeted ingredients to help improve signs of aging plus reduce enlarged pores and reduce dry, flaky, uneven skin texture. It is ideal for those struggling with oily skin, wrinkles, and large pores.

Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner for normal to very dry skin is an excellent choice for those who need more help protecting their skin from environmental damage or dryness. Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner has a richer texture than any of our other toners and contains more plant oils and other emollients than our Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner. This is a great option for dry to very dry skin, extremely sun damaged skin, or those dealing with eczema or rosacea accompanied by dry skin.

Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner contains ingredients that help soothe and restore normal to dry skin, plus it includes a greater amount of glycerin, a key ingredient to make dry skin look and feel better. It also contains a broad range of ingredients that aid the barrier repair process so those with dry skin (or normal skin with occasional dry patches) will receive even more benefit from their Paula’s Choice moisturizer and/or specialty product. Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner feels lighter than our Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner, yet still provides an array of antioxidants, anti-irritants, and skin-protecting ingredients. To get the benefits of both toners for normal to dry skin, you can use Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner in the morning and Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner in the evening.

Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner for normal to oily/combination skin is excellent for protecting skin from environmental damage or dryness. In addition, its cell-communicating ingredients can, in theory, help balance skin so its oily areas do not worsen or lead to reddened or blemished skin. Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner uses a more complex formulation than our Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner, and helps restore normal cell function.

Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner is an excellent choice for normal to oily/combination skin. It provides a weightless finish, and although it feels very light, it supplies skin with potent antioxidants and anti-irritants. Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner is a great option for those who want more protection and a soothing, soft, feeling on their skin, particularly those with sensitive skin. To get the benefits of both toners for normal to oily/combination skin, you may want use Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner in the morning and Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner in the evening.

Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner is for all skin types. It has a distinctive, liquid-gel formula bursting with antioxidants proven to repair skin and stimulate collagen production. The formula uses proprietary technology that truly captures the best of nature and modern science.

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