The use of an acne toner is definately a personal choice. Some swear by using a toner, while others disagree saying it further irritates skin and makes acne worse.
It really all depends on which skin type you have and the severity of your acne. If you suffer from acne and battle dry skin at the same time, a toner may not be a good idea for you. By further stripping your skin of oil you can start a viscious cycle that will only make your acne worse.
If on the other hand you have oily skin this could be the answer to your prayers. A gentle acne toner can balance out your skin, even your skin tone and help heal and prevent more acne from appearing.
What exactly is a toner and what does it do for your skin?
An acne toner commonly will have tea tree oil, witch hazel or another ingredient that balance your skin's natural oils and ph balance and can help even out skin tone.
A toner is applied after you cleanse your skin and before you apply moisturizer. Using a cotton ball it is wiped over the face removing any left over makeup residue, excess oil and dirt left behind from your cleanser.
Still don't know whether to try an acne toner or not?
If you still are not certain if a toner is good choice for you or not, try the following. Purchase or make a gentle toner (small bottle of course in case you can't use it) but do not apply to entire face. Choose a small area on your face that has acne and apply toner only to that spot. If no irritation occurs right away do the same for the next couple of days. (still only one small area on your face) After a few days you will know for sure whether you can use a toner or not. This is actually a good idea to do with any new skin products you use.
Another option is to use a toner only on the problemed areas of your face ensuring you do not needlessly dry your skin. A small cotton ball or cotton swab works great.
How to choose an acne toner
If you decide to give an acne toner a shot the first thing to do is find which natural ingredients are best suited for acne prone skin and which are not. If you are going to make your own, you obviously will know exactly what is in your toner, but for those of you purchasing a toner, it is very, very important that you read the ingredients label carefully.
A rule of thumb is usually the shorter the ingredient list the better. You want gentle, cleansing natural ingredients that will not dry or irritate your skin. Look for the following ingredients when choosing your toner.
Natural ingredients to look for in your toner
Common ingredients found in toners that you should steer clear of.
There are many more synthetic ingredients found in facial toners but there really is no need to list them all. These are the ones that you will find closer to the top of the labels so you will know fairly quickly which products will be bad for your skin. Like I said earlier if the ingredients list is as long as your arm you pretty much know right away to put it down.
Follow these guidelines and be one step closer to having beautiful, naturally clear skin!