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Before you tone, cleanse oily skin with the brand’s gentle Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser.

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Toner gets a bad rap for being the expendable part of our skincare regimens—but not now. In a pinch, we’re more likely to skip the moisturizer step than we are to bypass this Pore-Reducing Toner from Paula’s Choice. Not only does it make our enlarged pores look normal-sized, but it calms redness and provides a high dose of skin-repairing antioxidants. We’re sorry we ever doubted you, toner.

How it Works

In the dog days of summer, this skin-balancing formula is enough to render our moisturizer redundant. It sops up excess oil (and lingering makeup) while ceramides heal dry skin, too. Vitamin C defends against free radicals and helps skin repair itself naturally. Bonus: It’s fragrance-free.

How to Use

Morning and night, soak a cotton pad in toner and sweep over clean, dry skin.

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).

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Pores? What pores?
Purchased

I love this toner. My skin feels supple and youthful every time that I use it! My pores are significantly smaller than they were before I began using this and the rest of the Paula's choice line.

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Fantastic

After washing in the morning, I use this toner. It leaves my face cleaner by getting off dead skin cells and leftover makeup. My skin feels refreshed after each use!

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Very happy with how much skin looks

I use this product every morning before I apply my makeup and it really does help reduce the appearance of my pores. I also use it at night, after washing my face to remove any existing makeup. Overall, my skin looks more even toned and my pores have shrunk! I would recommend this product.

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My go to toner

I love this toner! After a week of use, I definitely noticed an improvement to my skin tone, even with my outdoor exposure to harsh winter weather. The blackheads on my nose really started to fade. Even my husband liked the results so much he wanted to try it for himself. He needs to get his own!

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Not Right for My Skin Type

I have very sensitive, fair, acne prone skin and purchased this product because it sounded like the perfect fit for my skin type. However, I believe this toner is too strong for my skin as it has caused it to break out even more than normal, rosecea type discoloration, and excess oil production. Overall I would not recommend this product to people with overly sensitive skin like myself.

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Fresh & Clean!

I like this product, gives me a fresh clean feeling with no burning or dryness! only have been using for a few days so far but i am liking it!!! This was a bigger bottle then i expected which is nice!!! With my last toner it would burn my face a little and kinda give me a stiff masking feeling and this product doesnt do that!! just a nice clean feeling!

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Gentle

I love this toner, I removes the last traces of my make-up and leaves that totally clean feeling without making my skin tight or dried out. I don't notice any reduction of pores with this product but maybe it happens over time and I'm only about 1/3 through the bottles. I will definitely order again.

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Best toner for combination/oily skin

I have frustratingly extreme dry/oily combination skin, I've tried different toners for years. This is the best I've ever come across for soothing and balancing my skin. I am so glad I ordered this on a whim, and I will keep doing so when my current bottle runs out.

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wonderful toner!

I have oily skin and sometimes still deal with breakouts as an adult. This toner has been a great addition to my routine! I really believe I see a difference already in the size of my pores!

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Very Good! Not Drying at all

I like this toner. It isn't drying or harsh in any way. Its very soothing, and it cleanses even after I've used my cleanser/Clarisonic. I felt like my pores were bigger than ever, and I have definitely noticed a difference and have been even skipping the pore filling primer lately!

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