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Choosing a toner for oily skin is a matter of identifying the needs of your skin type. Oily skin is the result of the overproduction of oil. The skin’s sebaceous glands, which are found in the dermis, naturally produce sebum to moisturize the skin. However, sometimes genetics, humidity, and lifestyle factors such as diet and skincare can make these glands overactive, producing more oil than they should. 

Why Do You Need a Toner?

Toners these days offer a lot of benefits, such as hydration and tightening of pores

When your skin is oily, your face tends to get shiny or greasy, mostly on the T-zone, where your pores are also visibly larger. You are also prone to developing blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and other forms of acne. So the first order of business when addressing oily skin is eliminating excess oil and regulating production. A simple, regular regimen that consists of cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and protecting the skin with SPF can help improve the skin and curb oil.

Toning is a necessary step in this process because it can help keep oil at bay without drying the skin. Gone are the days of toners formulated as second cleansing agents. According to a study published in the Molecular Diversity Preservation International Journal, toners today are more diverse and created for various skin types. The best toners provide an array of benefits, such as hydration, balancing skin pH, tightening the pores, and calming irritation.

Ingredients to Look For

Know what ingredients to look for when buying a toner.

You want ingredients that eliminate excess oil as well as gently exfoliate the skin without drying it. For example, salicylic acid, niacinamide, and lactic acid — or a combination of these, can help minimize sebum, minimize the appearance of pores, and fade acne scars.

Battle breakouts and regulate oil with salicylic acid.

Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid that is oil-soluble and lipophilic, which can penetrate deep into the pores to dissolve excess oil and debris. It also mildly exfoliates dead skin cells that can clog pores and cause breakouts. By removing excess sebum, debris, bacteria, and dead skin cells, salicylic acid improves the appearance and health of oily skin.

POND’S Acne Clear Pore Conditioning Toner is a toner for acne, enriched with salicylic acid and tea tree oil. It deeply cleans and unclogs pores, helping to reduce pimples. Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can help reduce the number of acne and calm acne swelling. It’s also formulated with Pore Tightening Essence, which refines pores. Use it with POND’S Acne Clear Facial Foam, which fights pimple-causing bacteria to eliminate acne at the root.

Slow down sebum production and brighten skin with niacinamide.

Niacinamide targets the root of oily skin by controlling how much sebum is produced in the dermis. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help with inflammations such as acne. Apart from addressing oily skin and acne, niacinamide minimizes the appearance of pores, rebuilds sun-damaged skin cells, and lightens hyperpigmentation. 

Refine pores, minimize oil, and treat inflammation with POND’S Bright Beauty Pore Conditioning Toner. It is formulated with niacinamide that brightens the skin and conditions the pores for smooth, refined skin. It also has lactic acid, which helps improve skin texture and fade acne scarring by gently exfoliating the skin.

Use micellar cleansers as mild toners.

Micellar cleanser can also double as a toner for oily skin. Use POND’S Vitamin Micellar Water Detoxifying Charcoal, which contains activated charcoal and bamboo charcoal to remove dirt, impurities, and leftover product on the skin. It also has five essential vitamins that nourish skin while purifying it.

For a gentle mattifying effect, use Eskinol Naturals Micellar Water Clear with Natural Lemon Extracts formulated for oily skin. It removes excess oil without drying the skin and leaves it fresh, clean, and soft.

When choosing a toner for oily skin, look for ingredients that don’t just remove oil but go deep into the dermis to reduce sebum production and clear acne and inflammation!