FAN MAIL FRIDAYS: 10 Best Toners for Oily and Troubled Skin

Well, January's almost over. Can you believe that? How was your first month of the year I hope it was awesome for everyone.

I digress. Time for a little toning today! Over the years, I have come to appreciate---no, make that LOVE toner because I have seen and felt what it really does and that is to make sure that no dirt is left on your skin. If facial foam is the broom, toner is the vacuum cleaner-you use the latter to be 100% sure that you're going to sleep on a really clean face. This is the reason why I'm excited for today's FMF courtesy of Evey!

Hi Martha,
Happy New Year.
I know you’ve tried several toners for acne prone skin at different price ranges. Would you be kind enough to share affordable toners for acne prone skin?
Thank you very much.

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Hey Evey!

Happy New Year too! I love your question!

To be honest, I haven't tried a lot of affordable toners because personally, the ones I love using come at a premium price and when I love something, I do not go astray. I purchase toners (and skin care products in general) based on efficacy and, well, a little consideration for the price, but I'm not the type who will skimp on great skin care even if they come at a great price (Insert hashtag #WorkHard). I'm not bragging though-this is just my philosophy!

That said, I am listing down my top ten favorite toners for oily and troubled skin instead, ranging from affordable, mid-priced, and premium. Click READ MORE for the list!


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1. Pond's Acne Solution Toner

- Best for troubled skin, this cooling toner covers your skin with Salicylic Acid yet without the sting and burn to rid your pores of acne- causing bacteria.

- Another great toner for troubled skin, but this time, it uses Bee Venom in lieu of Salicylic Acid. It's gentle and yields minimal to no sting to the skin. Just make sure you're not allergic to Bee- derived products before trying it out!

- Oily- skinned people oftentimes have large pores, which contributes to an even oilier skin and this pore minimizing toner from Snoe tightens pores, making skin appear soft, fresh, and less oilier.


- One of my favorite toners to date! Not only does it work great as a toner, it's an effective makeup remover as well. I prefer using it as a toner though, especially the Sébium variant. This product has helped keep breakouts at bay!

5. Tony Moly Floria Nutra- Energy Toner

- Recent studies have shown that pimples are not only caused by dirt and oil, but dehydration as well. Using alcohol- based toners is okay, but without proper moisturization, it can turn against you by dehydrating your skin and allowing breakouts to happen. Similarly, excessive oil production is another manifestation of dehydrated skin! Oily and acne- prone gals can use a little help from moisturizing toners and my recent favorite is Tony Moly Floria Nutra-Energy Toner-it's a hydrating toner that contains Argan Oil, a lovely skin conditioner.

- Cucumber is a great antibacterial ingredient and it imparts a nice, refreshing sensation to the skin as well. My favorite is Mario Badescu's Special Cucumber Lotion because it's gentle, gives me that preferred matte look, and my pores just feel really clean after using this product.


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- One of the first products that turned me into a Toner Zealot. This tried and tested toner brand helps acne- ridden skin recover faster!

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- When there's an outbreak on my face, I turn to this extra strength toner and it doesn't disappoint!

- This product from Shiseido's modern line for girls in their 20's reawakens dull skin, making it look and feel softer, smoother, and healthier once more.

- This mist is great for those who want to re-awaken their glow and banish discolorations caused by Acne. It's a very nutritious toner that fortifies skin with lots of minerals, resulting to skin that is bright, clearer, and healthy.

I saw this question coming: Which are your top five favorites? Here you go:

1. Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3
2. Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion
3. Bioderma Micellar Water Sébium
4. Snoe Awesome Poresome Minimizing and Clarifying Tonic
5. Belo Essentials AcnePro Toner

Let's make it top three:

1. Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion
2. Snoe Awesome Poresome Minimizing and Clarifying Tonic
3. Bioderma Micellar Water Sébium

How about just one?


To view the prices and detailed reviews of these products, just click on the names of the products.

Hope you found this post helpful! Share with me your favorite toners in the comments section!

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5 Lovely Thoughts

  1. For me, it's Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2, even if the scent and strength takes some getting used to. Super effective, though. Been using it since my teens, but not daily. It's strong, so I like to give my skin a rest.

    For drugstore, Eskinol will suffice. I don't use it daily, either.

  2. Wow. Thank you so much Martha! You have no idea how excited I was when I read the title.

    I agree with you, I also splurge for products my skin loves. However, I just discovered the wonders of toners 2 years ago. Talk about late bloomer huh! Haha

    I tried several drug store toners but I ended up using them for a week or less. For some, I had allergic reactions or I'll have zits, etc... Hence, I got hesitant in buying expensive ones.

    Really thank you so much for these recommendations. I really appreciate it. Now, I have great choices!



  3. Super helpful! I wanted to try Mario Badescu badly, but unfortunately, my money wouldn't allow. Haha. I've seen Bioderma na in some SM Beauty Sections but it seems so overpriced. :/ I'm using the Snoe and I'm compatible with it. I've used Belo before and it is really effective, not to say, very affordable as well. Will definitely buy the premium ones when I get some bonus. Haha

  4. yay! i have tried different brands (the affordable ones) and still searching for the right one for my skin

    when i was in my highschool (im a cosmetology student so i was early introduced to beautifying haha) my first toner was Ponds (the pink one)

    i tried belo too (but ended giving it to my sister)

    before i was confused between a toner and a facial cleanser and im thankful that i now know the difference (ehem batang eskinol din kasi ako ms m)

    i even tried Celeteque, Pure Beauty (hubs finished it off -- the vain husband) and Nivea (i love the green one, discovered it tru my younger sister)

    i also got the chance to try Mary Kay (but it was bit expensive for a mom-in a budget me)

    my skin still suffer from dryness so im looking for a toner that wont dry my tzone and suffer from redness too

    i read a lot of great rave about bioderma sensibio and glad that they reached our counters now. (i want garnier too! but i know theyren't yet available in our country -- i heard that it was the new competitor for bioderma)

    i read about your review on MB Skincare, Kiehl's and Clinique brand and most of all your review on Shiseido Ibuki one!

    thank you for sharing this ms m! Happy Love Month!

  5. Wow. Awesome article. Please do more articles like this in the future. Very informational and knowledgeable. I will expect more from you in the future. For now i will just bookmark your page and surely I'm gonna come back later to read more. Thank you to the writer!



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