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Don’t Leave the Toner Behind

Published October 15, 2013 1:07 PM by Mina Grasso
Most patients prefer simplicity in their skin care routine. Unless the benefits of toners are explained to the patient, toners are usually the first product in a skin care system to be cut out. 

Patients new to skin care associate toners with over-the-counter acne astringents that are stripping and drying. Various ingredients are used for specific skin conditions. The following are just of the few benefits of using a toner.

  1. Additional cleansing: Soap or certain cleansers as well as the water used to rinse after cleansing can leave a residue on the face. This residue can clog pores and cause breakouts.
  2. Reduce surface oil or shine: Toners are formulated for different skin types. Acne prone patients or those with oily skin can benefit from a toner containing salicylic acid. Some patients feel their pores seem tighter using this type of toner.
  3. Antibacterial properties: Some products have various ingredients that are known to reduce bacteria on the surface of the skin.
  4. Hydrating properties: Humectants can add hydration and suppleness to the skin. Some hydrating ingredients can be found in acne toners as well.
  5. UVA/UVB protection: Vitamin C and E are ingredients that help reduce unwanted skin pigmentation and damage related to sun exposure.
  6. Anti-Aging properties: Products such as Retinol Palmitate (a form of Vitamin A) can be converted to retinoic acid, can be found in some toners and can stimulate new cell tissue and can be moisturizing.
  7. Anti-Inflammatory: Vitamin C, Ginseng Root and Chamomile Extract are just a few ingredients found in some toners that have anti-inflammatory properties. 

Once patients experience the benefits of a toner suited to their skin condition, the toner is usually the product they miss the most when they run out.

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