Don’t Leave the Toner Behind
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.
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.
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
properties: Some products have various ingredients that are known to reduce
bacteria on the surface of the skin.
- Hydrating properties: Humectants can add hydration
and suppleness to the skin. Some hydrating ingredients can be found in acne
toners as well.
protection: Vitamin C and E are ingredients that help reduce unwanted skin
pigmentation and damage related to sun exposure.
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.
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.