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Benefits of Using a Toner: How Does it Actually Help Skin?

Medically reviewed by Angeli Eloise E. Torres, MD, DPDS · Dermatology · Makati Medical Center

Written by Kip Soliva · Updated Jun 16, 2021

Benefits of Using a Toner: How Does it Actually Help Skin?

Beauty routines have become a little more complicated in recent years, with some including over 15 steps and products. From the many types of skincare, one of the most popular products – which is also one of the most misunderstood –  is the toner. What are the actual benefits of using a toner? Find out here

What are Toners?

Toners are used to cleanse and moisturize the skin, while preventing skin damage. In addition, toners help balance the pH of the skin. As facial toners have evolved over years, they have become an essential skincare product suitable for different types of skin. 

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Benefits of Using a Toner

The benefits of using a toner are numerous, and they are safe for most types of skin. But those who have dry and acne-prone skin benefit the most from using a toner. For those who are still confused about what toners and what they can do for your skin, here are some of their benefits:

  • Minimizes pores. Toner can help minimize pores. This is good for your skin health as larger pores allow more dirt and toxins to enter the skin. 
  • Moisturizes skin. A toner hydrates and smoothens the skin. This can make your skin look more youthful. In fact, some toners contain vitamins that help reduce the signs of skin aging. 
  • Tightens skin. Using a toner can make your skin look firmer and tighter. For best results, it’s recommended that you use toner twice a day.  
  • Balances facial skin pH level. Your facial skin is naturally acidic, and using a toner can quickly bring down the pH level of your skin.
  • Detoxifies skin. Your skin is exposed to different toxins such as chemicals, bacteria, and germs every day. Using a toner cleanses your face and removes toxins. 
  • Reduces acne. Acne or pimples are usually painful and leave scars on your face. Acne is also one of the reasons for having oily and dull skin. A toner helps remove the dirt and oils, and helps to lighten the scars on your face. By removing the oil, toners als protect your skin from future breakouts.

Common Ingredients in a Facial Toner

Facial toners came in a variety of formulas, with some infused with skin-loving ingredients. Try out different products to see which one best suits your skin. For concerns, especially if you suffer from acne and the life, you may consult your dermatologist.

Here are some common ingredients found in toner.

  • Aloe vera. This well-known gel helps to hydrate and moisturize the skin.
  • Green tea. Even though green tea is a beverage, it can also be an ingredient for a toner. Its role as an antioxidant helps to restore the healthy appearance of your skin.
  • Rose water oil. This is made by soaking rose petals in purified water to extract the skin-loving ingredients. Rose water is known for removing impurities from the skin and reducing the signs of skin aging.
  • Tea tree oil. Originally, tea tree oil was used as a pore minimizer. It contributes to the smoothness of the face and the tightening of the pores.
  • Witch hazel. This plant is a popular ingredient in skincare products. It helps to even out skin tone, balance facial oils, and minimize pores.

benefits of using a toner

Ingredients to Avoid in Toner

However, there are toners that are harmful to the skin. The following are the ingredients of toners that must be avoided:

  • Alcohol. This ingredient is harmful to your skin as it tends to burn the surface of your skin and can cause too much dryness.
  • Salicylic acid. This acid is usually found in acne-clear kinds of toners. Having the same effect as alcohol, it can also cause redness or burning of the skin and dryness. It is considered a harsh product for the face.
  • Benzoyl peroxide. Similar to alcohol and salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide is also a harmful ingredient. This ingredient may irritate the skin, especially those with sensitive skin.
  • Artificial fragrances. Artificial fragrances are made up of different chemicals that may be harmful to the skin.
  • Phthalates and paraben. These chemicals are low-cost preservatives that are considered toxins that can damage the skin.

Key Takeaways

Facial toners are essential products for your skincare routine. These cleanse the dirt from your face and protect your skin. Not all toners are good for you though, so it’s important to always check the toner’s ingredients before use. Consult your dermatologist. 

Learn more about Skin Care & Cleansing here.


Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Medically reviewed by

Angeli Eloise E. Torres, MD, DPDS

Dermatology · Makati Medical Center

Written by Kip Soliva · Updated Jun 16, 2021

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