SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner
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SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner
A daily facial toner that balances oily skin, minimizes enlarged pores and provides light hydration.
  • Refreshes and nourishes skin
  • Lightweight fluid formula
  • Use twice daily after cleansing skin

SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner

Based on 410 reviews

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A daily facial toner that balances oily skin, minimizes enlarged pores and provides light hydration.
  • Refreshes and nourishes skin
  • Lightweight fluid formula
  • Use twice daily after cleansing skin
Skin Types:
Combination Skin, Oily Skin
Concerns:
Enlarged Pores

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Why is it different?
SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner helps balance skin with antioxidants and hydrating ceramides, making oily areas less noticeable and skin more even, smooth, moisturized, and protected. It is an essential step in any skincare routine to renew skin after cleansing. Can also help remove the last traces of makeup.

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What does it do?
Antioxidants, soothing plant extracts and niacinamide help tone down oily skin and minimize pore size. Its exceptionally lightweight liquid formula feels weightless on skin but still provides high-quality hydration to diminish dry flaky areas of skin.
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How to use

After cleansing, apply toner to a cotton pad and gently stroke over face and neck. Do not rinse. Follow with the rest of your morning or evening skincare routine. For daytime, finish with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

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Research

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, December 2006, volume 28, issue 6, pages 447-51

Molecular Medicine Reports, November 2010, issue 6, pages 895–901

Inflammopharmacology, October 2011, issue 5, pages 245-54

Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, December 2008, issue 4, pages 281-9

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, issue 2, pages 107-29

Indian Journal of Dermatology, May-June 2016, issue 1, 3 pages 279-287

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, February 2000, issue 1, pages 21-52

Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia, December 2013, issue 6, pages 687-91

Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, January 2006, issue 2, pages 96-101

Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, January-March 2013, issue 1, pages 4–11

Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, April 2004, issue 2, pages 88-93

Journal of Cosmetic Science, July-August 2011, issue 4, pages 361-70

The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, March 2014, 7, issue 3, pages 18–26

Dermato-Endocrinology, July 2012, issue 3, pages 253-8

Indian Dermatology Online Journal, April-June 2013, issue 2, pages 143-146

Ingredients
Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Polysorbate 20, Adenosine, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Sodium PCA, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Oleth-10, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.

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Paula's Choice SkincareSKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner - 6.4 oz
 
4.1

(based on 410 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (260)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (33)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Gentle (51)
  • Leaves clean feel (49)
  • Balances skin (48)
  • Not greasy (42)
  • Improves skin texture (40)

Cons

  • Irritates skin (13)
  • Doesn't work (6)
  • Greasy (5)
  • Heavy (3)
  • Not effective (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (44)
  • Combination skin (39)
  • Sensitive skin (33)
  • Acne-prone skin (31)
  • Oily skin (30)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (31), Budget shopper (20), Beauty conscious (10)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (10), Oily (3)

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Balances Skin But...

By MosSA

from Edmonton, AB

About Me Brand Buyer

Pros

  • Balances Skin
  • Gentle

Cons

  • Leaves Skin Dull

Best Uses

    Comments about SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner - 6.4 oz:

    This product worked really well for managing oil and felt really great on my skin. The con is that when I was using it I couldnt figure out why my skin was older and older looking, very dull and aging. I didn't believe it was anything I was using until I experimented and stopped using this toner to see what would happen. After a few days my skin got its radiant glow back and I looked younger again! I will keep looking for something else to manage my oil control.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Not for my sensitive skin

    By Purple Hazel

    from Florida

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Leaves Clean Feel

    Cons

    • Irritates Skin

    Best Uses

      Comments about SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner - 6.4 oz:

      This product line irritated my sensitive skin. The first two days were great, but the third day was a nightmare. I returned this product and switched back to the skin recovery line.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It really does balance my skin

      By Lisa

      from Canada

      About Me Budget Buyer

      Pros

      • Balances Skin
      • Gentle
      • Improves Skin Texture
      • Leaves Clean Feel
      • Moisturizing
      • Not Greasy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Acne-Prone Skin
        • Oily Skin

        Comments about SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner - 6.4 oz:

        I'm 35 and have oily break out prone skin. Within a couple hours of arriving to work in the morning my face would be super oily. I'd have to blot at least 3 times during an 8 hour work day and have always been very conscious of it, boo! But..not anymore! I've been using the skin balancing toner for about a month now and the results were immediate. My skin texture changed very noticeably. The larger pores on my face have shrunken and the oiliness has been significantly reduced! I don't even think about it anymore! I only blot once a day. It's worth mentioning that I started using Paula's Choice skin balancing spf at the same time. These 2 products work really well to keep my skin in check during the day under my makeup. (I also use Clear extra strength bha to prevent acne, another must have). I've been using PC products for years and I feel like I finally found the combination that's perfect for my skin. And the right makeup thanks to her awesome reviews. Hope this is helpful!

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It Actually Made My Pores Appear Smaller!

        By For The Love Of Skin

        from Toronto, Canada

        About Me Budget Buyer

        Pros

        • Gentle
        • Improves Skin Texture
        • Leaves Clean Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Acne-Prone Skin
          • Combination Skin
          • Daily Use
          • Oily Skin

          Comments about SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner - 6.4 oz:

          This is my second time using this toner. The first time was when Hydralight toner was discontinued and I needed an alternative. I wasn't impressed the first time, so I moved on to the Resist lightweight toner and didn't like that one, my pores were huge. I came back to Skin Balancing and within 3 uses, my pores are looking about 50% smaller. Mind you, I am also using C15 Booster with Vitamin C, E and Ferulic Acid, Resist AHA 10% Weekly Treatment, 2% BHA Liquid, and Clinical 1% Retinol...I'm sure those help as well. However, I was already using those other products before starting back on Skin Balancing toner.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Delivery could be faster to Canada. But the products always arrive in good condition.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Finally a Toner for my Skin

          By Katie Z.

          from Portland, OR

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Balances Skin
          • Gentle
          • Improves Skin Texture
          • Leaves Clean Feel
          • Not Greasy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Acne-Prone Skin
            • Combination Skin
            • Daily Use
            • Oily Skin
            • Sensitive Skin

            Comments about SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner - 6.4 oz:

            I had tried several toners, including PC's hydralight and Resist but this skin balancing is just the right one for my skin. I shouldn't say the rest are not good, it's just that it's formulated for different skin types and conditions. Everyone's skin is different and oil control has always been an issue for me. I started off with the Resist line and it was way too much for my skin though I do love the anti-aging properties within despite the price tag. Hydralight toner works well for me but it had a smell plus it does stinks a bit. 'Cos of it's discontinuation, I made a decision to try this and it's sooooooo much better. Cleans well, scent free and most importantly it serves a good base for exfoliation. Oiliness is in much better control and I rarely had breakouts now compared to last time.

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My Skin Needs This Toner for Clear & Happy Skin

            By Anonymous001A

            from USA

            About Me Brand Buyer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Balances Skin
            • Gentle
            • Helps prescription acne med caused dryness
            • Improves Skin Texture
            • Leaves Clean Feel
            • Moisturizing

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Acne-Prone Skin
              • Combination Skin
              • Daily Use
              • Sensitive Skin

              Comments about SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner - 6.4 oz:

              I have combination-sensitive acne prone skin which requires prescription acne medication to help maintain clear skin. However, prescription medications dry my skin out considerably. Reducing the usage frequency of the medication may reduce the dryness but doesn't control the acne. Adding moisture to the dryness helps the dryness but only worsens the acne. If I again increase the prescription usage frequency to control the moisturizer-caused acne then once again the dryness worsens. I get caught in a vicious cycle. This is true irregardless of what type/brand cleanser, toner, moisturizer or OTC or prescription acne medication combination I use. This was until I found this Toner and Drunk Elephant "B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel" (Review of DE Gel also here if it may be a product of help to you).

              What I like about this Toner:
              -This toner is a very light weight, clear, unscented, gentle toner that effectively removes residual oil, bacteria, makeup, cleanser, etc. which helps prevent new acne and helps my prescription do the job it is designed to do.
              -It also has Niacinamide which helped me prevent new acne blemishes and healed old acne scars
              -It has antioxidants which are essential to help skin heal and which many peer-reviewed research studies have determined are critical to help sunscreens better protect skin from sun damage.
              -It has balanced my skin and skin tone color.
              -It has had an mild anti-aging effect on my skin
              -Most importantly it has a very lightweight moisturizing effect on the skin. Thanks to this toner & DE's Gel I am no longer trapped in a vicious cycle because I can use the prescription as prescribed so my acne is clear BUT not dry from the prescription! For some this may be all the moisture you need.
              -NOTE: Some are irritated by Niacinamide you you may want to try a sample before purchase.
              Also, it only had mild effect on reducing my pore size.
              PLEASE NEVER DISCONTINUE THIS TONER!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              One of a kind toner!

              By annmahnken

              from South Hadley, MA

              About Me Brand Buyer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Balances Skin
              • Gentle
              • Improves Skin Texture
              • Leaves Clean Feel
              • Moisturizing
              • Not Greasy
              • Smells Great

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Combination Skin
                • Daily Use
                • Oily Skin

                Comments about SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner - 6.4 oz:

                It's so hard to find a toner without fragrance that removes leftover makeup and excess oil without drying skin. This is it! Perfect for touch ups when needed. Hydrates while removing excess oil at same time. Love this toner!

                Service and delivery comments:

                Prompt delivery. Arrived in good condition.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Not for me

                By EW

                from Louisiana

                About Me Brand Buyer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Balances Skin
                • Leaves Clean Feel
                • Not Greasy

                Cons

                • Ineffective
                • Irritates Skin

                Best Uses

                • Acne-Prone Skin
                • Combination Skin
                • Sensitive Skin

                Comments about SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner - 6.4 oz:

                This did not work for me unfortunately. I also feel like the pore minimizing claims may be untrue but I will never know because I only used this for a week before I had to stop. It caused my face to breakout all over with small red acne-like bumps. If it were an exfoliate I would expect this at first because I do have large clogged pores in my T zone, but it's not so I'm returning it. My skin is more on the sensitive side but not overly sensitive, oily/combination, and acne prone. It did balance my skin and make it feel slightly more hydrated on my winter dry patches which was nice, and aside from the breakout it didn't feel physically irritating in any way. I recommend trying a sample of this if you are unsure because you have slight-very sensitive skin. The only reason I didn't give it 2 stars is because I do feel that this is a very balancing product as it claims and it removed any makeup my face wash missed (which is minimal if any).

                Service and delivery comments:

                Shipping was as expected!

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                My Favorite Toner from my Favorite Collection

                By Jen the Sensitive

                from St. Louis, MO

                About Me Brand Buyer

                Pros

                • Balances Skin
                • Gentle
                • Moisturizing
                • Not Greasy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Acne-Prone Skin
                  • Combination Skin
                  • Daily Use
                  • Oily Skin
                  • Sensitive Skin

                  Comments about SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner - 6.4 oz:

                  I have tried just about every toner and this remains my favorite. I am in my mid-40s with combination (tends toward oily), acne prone and extremely sensitive skin and this does exactly as advertises and doesn't irritate at all! Highly recommend this and the skin balancing collection!

                   
                  2.0

                  Wouldn't Recommend for Oily Skin

                  By Sidy

                  from US

                  Pros

                  • Moisturizing

                  Cons

                  • Greasy
                  • Ineffective
                  • Sticky

                  Best Uses

                  • Dry Skin
                  • Normal Skin

                  Comments about SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner - 6.4 oz:

                  I have oily skin and was hoping this skin balancing line would help to balance it out slightly. I'm going to keep trying the cleanser, but I've stopped using the toner after a week. It wouldn't absorb into my skin at all and left my face super sticky feeling, my makeup would get oily way faster than normal and my face would still feel sticky to the touch even after setting makeup with powder. Also increased breakouts. I could see someone with normal to dry skin liking this though, it feels very soothing and hydrating on application.

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