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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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Purchased this toner and waited a month before writing the review. At first I thought, eh, no difference. THEN I ran out...and realized this stuff was making my skin great. It helped with break outs, imperfections, fine lines and pores. It is subtle, but keeps my skin glowing and perfect. It is light, no sting, no grease, easy to use and a lot of product for the price.

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not what i was hoping for

after using this product for about a month, it's not what i was hoping for in my purchase. after using this toner my skin is actually greasier than before. AND it caused my face to break out. :( will not purchase again.

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Good toner, does nothing for my pores though

I love this toner. It is gentle and removes every last trace of my make up. I don't think it doesn't anything to reduce my pores though.

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Nice and Calming

After reading other reviews, I ordered this toner and am glad I did. I've only used it for a few days now but I can already see the improvement in my skin - less redness, definitely smoother, and it doesn't sting like other toners do.

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I can't say enough about Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Toner. This product saved my face! I have combination skin, with a very oily T-zone and sensitive dry cheeks. I had been breaking out and started using an intense acne product, but it was stripping my face and causing me to get patchy dry blotches on my cheeks. I ordered the full size of this toner on a whim (and out of desperation), and I absolutely lucked out. I will definitely purchase the facial cleanser and other products from Paula's Choice. Though I haven't noticed a significant difference in my pores, the overall quality of my skin I feel has improved dramatically. My combination skin has definitely evened out. My T-zone is less oily, and the rest of my face feels soft and hydrated. Thank you Paula's Choice!

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Simply amazing product!

I can't tell you how many different pore minimizers I have tried, I would say over 10 different products and this is the only only one that has worked for me. There is a huge difference in the size of my pores. It just goes to show that the more expensive a product is does not always mean it's better. Not only have my pores become less noticeable but my over complexion has improved. My skin feels tighter and less oily throughout the day. Also, it does not burn and dry out your skin. This toner is a miracle in a bottle and I would highly recommend it!!

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So glad I purchased...

I am picky and hesitant to buy toners, because a lot of them out there are really harsh on the skin and can burn. That's not the case for this one at all....it leaves my skin feeling refreshed and extra clean. I've noticed my redness disappear, as well as some of my pores!!

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No Alcohol!

This is the greatest toner I have ever used. There are NO irritating ingredients (like alcohol), fragrances, or dyes! Plus, no animal testing! My skin is both dry/flaky from acne treatments and also very oily. This toner is perfect for my skin. It does not feel too tight or greasy after using it. Highly recommend for those with oily/combo skin!

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Haven't seem a huge improvement

I was hoping to see a huge improvement over the past two weeks and I have not. I will continue to use it until empty with hopes that my pores are reduced.

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Great prep step

I love this toner! It contains mostly skin strengthening and conditioning ingredients (I love how the purpose of each ingredient is listed next to the ingredient name). Now, I have very oily skin and though in the past I've been tempted to reach for a more exfoliating type toner, I switched direction when I picked this one up and have been very happy with the results. Because I use mattifying products in the daytime and an exfoliant at night, this middle step just seems to provide the right combination of ingredients to sooth and ready my skin without irritation.

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