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Toners usually contain water and alcohol or plant extract such as the witch hazel (from the Hamamelis plant) plus some moisturizing ingredients.

The purpose of skin toners is to remove surface oil, or sebum, from the skin. If you have very oily skin, a toning product can help clear your face of the grease that can clog pores and make them look longer. It can also minimize shine and produce a tight refreshed feeling when they evaporate. Toners can only tighten pores temporarily not close them permanently.

Many toners and astringents contain strong ingredients such as alcohol, which can aggravate sensitive, hyper pigmenting, or acne-prone skin, so choose the product carefully. (Witch hazel, though milder than alcohol, should also be avoided.) To get rid of excessive oil safely, look for alcohol free toners or astringents.

The goal is not use a toner that leaves your face taut, but one that will remove excess oil and leave the skin feeling smooth and silky. Once you’ve found the right toner, apply a with a clean cotton ball, stroking the face gently to get a clean and completely dried face. People with dry skin do not need a toner. If they want, they can use an alcohol-free toner.

Fresheners and clarifying lotions are basically toners, the difference being in the amount of alcohol. Clarifying lotions contain more alcohol. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) such as glycolic acid and betahydroxy acids (BHAs) such as salicylic acid are sometimes added to toners for more exfoliation.

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