SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner
Based on 422 reviews


SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner
A daily facial toner that balances oily skin, minimizes enlarged pores and provides light hydration.

SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner

Based on 422 reviews


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
Enlarged Pores

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    6.4 oz

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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.

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.
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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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.

Ratings & Reviews

Love this Toner


I have used this product for years. I tried the Resist version and decided this toner worked best for me (less expensive and more of it). I have an oily T-zone. My skin will not let me forget this step: my skin feels dry if I don't use this toner after cleansing. When I was younger, it was my only moisturizer (besides Paula's sunscreen). I have never had problems with sensitivity or any kind of irritation using this product. It's been a staple in my skin care routine since Paula introduced it.

PC Fan for Years

Magnolia, Tx

Broken Out


I always struggle with how many stars to select for a review, so take my rating with a grain of salt! For reference I have oily, acne-prone sensitive skin. I don't think this product is bad; it just didn't work for me. After two days of use (once per day, at night) I developed lots of little pimples on my forehead, some larger ones on my cheeks, and a strange cluster of little red blisters on my jawline. I'm not sure which ingredient(s) I'm sensitive to, but I know it's this product that caused it because I tried it a year or two ago and experienced the same results. I also used it on my chest and back, which didn't go over well. I bought this awhile ago so unfortunately I can't return. I will try using it on just my nose as that area seemed to take it fine. Maybe I can use it on my legs? Not sure what it would do but I hate to waste it. Still, I think this product is worth trying - other customers have rated it highly and you never know what will work for you!


New England

Good toner


No complaints- Its a good toner for the cost. I wish they offered toners in travel size tho because if your traveling by plane and are not checking your bags you can't bring toner, which is frustrating.


Johnston, RI

Holy Grail and Desert Island product for me!


If I had to keep to only one Paula's Choice product, this one would be it. I have been using it for many years. My skin just does not feel "right" without it. I ran out of it on a long trip to Australia last summer and my skin just was never as glowy or comfortable as usual when using this toner. I would bathe in this stuff if I could.

Sue M

Vancouver, BC

Ruined My Skin


My skin has an oily T-zone and normal to dry (in the winter) everywhere else. Normally I have very mild rosacea and just a little bit of KP near my jawline. After 3 weeks of nightly use this toner made my rosacea burn and flare up, irritated my KP, made my skin feel rough overall by causing dry patches of skin. I stopped 2 nights ago, taking only this toner out of my skincare routine, and my skin improved immediately!!!


Seattle, WA


Surprisingly great!


I tried this toner on a whim -- I was using the Resist line toner for normal/dry skin and was happy with it, but this toner was on sale so I gave it a shot. I do have oily/combination skin, acne prone, large pores but I'm also conscious of wanting to diminish the development of fine lines and wrinkles as I age and usually have been using my toner as an extra base layer of moisture. First, I appreciated the larger bottle compared to the Resist line... for something I use twice a day, I don't like running out too quickly! Initially, I wasn't blown away... I kinda missed the extra moisture from the Resist toner. But I kept using it. I was going through some retinoid sensitivity and this toner felt soothing and was definitely non-irritating. About 2/3rds way through the bottle, I really could tell a difference in my skin balance (not overproducing oil, but not dry either) and pore size, and my skin looked more youthful, firm, and refined. I truly think my pores on my nose and cheeks look tighter. I am going to continue to use this formula for that reason alone!


Frisco TX


Excellent Toner For Oily, Sensitive Skin


I have oily, breakout prone, super sensitive skin and Skin Balancing toner has worked wonders. My skin is smoother, pore size on my nose has been reduced, plus it's as light as water and absorbs within seconds. I use mild (.025%) tretinoin cream at night so only use toner in the morning and this product does not cause breakouts or irritate my sensitive skin at all. It took about four weeks to see a significant change in my skin. I've been using it for over two months now and continue to see improvement. As with any skin care product, give it time to work. Don't believe the crazy false hype you hear in TV commercials about products that claim to work in a week. Repairing and improving skin takes time and this product has delivered amazing results!


Asheville, NC




Fantastic toner for all skin types. My skin can get quite dry, but it also prone to breakouts. This is the best toner I have found. It leaves skin clean and soft. No tightness, no smell, no sting, no stickiness. Please don't ever discontinue this!




Must Have for Large Pores and Oily Skin


This toner is a must-have in my routine and I have tried dozens and dozens over my lifetime. I have oily skin and enlarged pores, but also some anti-aging concerns as well. This toner is gentle and hydrating while also leaving me feeling oil-free and refreshed. I tried stopping it and using another toner and within a week my face was out-of-control oily by mid-day and my pores were more noticeable. I highly recommend!




Game changer!


Wow has this toner been a game changer for my skincare routine! It's just what I was needing to minimize the large pores on my cheeks and nose, and it gives that extra clean feeling after application. Thank you PC!


East Lansing, MI



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