In the oh-so confusing skincare world, one question has long remained: Are face toners BS?! Listen up, peeps, the drying, irritating, alcohol-based toners of yesteryear that got a bad rep are GONE. Today’s pH-balanced face toners are expertly crafted to reduce redness, smooth texture, gently exfoliate, clear acne-prone skin, and even give you a lil’ glow, making them the ultimate product for pimple-free skin.
But don’t fear that these modern toners for acne will leave your skin feeling stripped. In fact, most formulas contain hydrating and calming ingredients in addition to chemical exfoliants, which means that they’ll kick acne’s ass and leave skin hydrated AF. So in honor of the new and improved facial toners of today, I bring you the 15 best toners for acne-prone skin and everything you should know about them, courtesy of the derms.
Meet the experts:
- Rachel Maiman: Maiman is a board-certified dermatologist at Marmur Medical in New York City. In addition to general dermatology, she is an expert in fillers, laser surgery, microneedling, and other cosmetic procedures.
- Annie Chiu: Chiu is a board-certified dermatologist and founder of The Derm Institute in Manhattan Beach. She specializes in non-invasive cosmetic dermatology and aesthetics.
Are toners good for acne?
First off, let’s clarify what a toner is to help make sense of why and how it can be helpful for acne. Chiu explains that a toner is a liquid that penetrates the skin quickly and hydrates and removes dead skin cells. “Toner formulations nowadays have been improved to target an array of skin concerns, such as skin inelasticity and excess oil that can lead to breakouts, depending on their ingredient profile,” adds Maiman.
More specifically, “toners are a great way to clean acne-prone skin of any lingering residue after cleansing, and prior to carrying forth with one’s skincare routine,” says Maiman. They can reduce pore-clogging dirt, debris, and makeup that a typical cleanser often leaves behind. Not only…