We put the Perricone MD Intensive Pore Minimizing Toner to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.
While pores are a natural occurrence and cannot be completely removed, there are ways to minimize their appearance if you find yourself to be self-conscious or wanting to notice them less. Sometimes oil and dirt can accentuate pores making them look larger, which is why using toners to target these issues can be an incredibly helpful step in your skincare routine. Ahead, we tested out Perricone MD Intensive Pore Minimizing Toner to see if it would shrink our pores and refresh our skin.
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About My Skin: I have small to medium-sized pores
My skin is combination and also sensitive, and I definitely have pores. The majority of my pores are on either side of my nose around the cheek area, and some days they look larger than others. I also get blackheads often, so I tend to use chemical exfoliants and products that target the look of pores and blackheads, too, while controlling any excess oil. I have a routine skincare regimen for AM/PM and stick to it nearly every day (I’ll admit, I’m not perfect) and some brands I reach for often are Biologique Recherche, La Roche Posay, and Skinceuticals.
How To Apply: Saturate a cotton pad and smooth on face
Applying this leave-on toner is pretty straightforward. After cleansing, saturate a cotton pad with the toner and apply it all over the face in an upward, sweeping motion, making sure everything’s covered. You will need to wait a few minutes until the toner has fully dried before moving onto your next skincare steps, and you can use this toner in both your AM and PM skincare routine.
The Results: Clean, matte skin
The first few things I noticed upon using this toner was that it had a slightly different smell to it than other toners I’ve used. As it was drying on my skin, it almost had a slight fishy smell which I noticed each time I used the product. Another thing that got my attention was the excess oil, dirt, and makeup it removed after I had cleansed my skin at night. I will say that it got a lot of extra stuff off I thought had been removed during cleansing, proving the point that toner can really help prepare the skin for serums and treatment creams.
This toner is not going to leave your skin feeling or looking radiant, it dries matte and helps control oil and shine. The toner did not interfere with any of my other skincare products, yet I was careful in how much I applied to not irritate my sensitive skin with the salicylic acid.
The Value: Worth the investment
While $45 is a higher price point and not considered budget-friendly, this toner is worth investing in if you have oily skin that tends to break out and the look of your pores is exaggerated. It will deliver results in helping to minimize the look of pores and control the oil, in return keeping your skin clean and looking fresh.
Similar Products: Affordable options
Farmacy Beauty Deep Sweep 2% BHA Pore Cleaning Toner With Moringa and Papaya ($28): This toner is alcohol-free and helps to exfoliate the skin while giving it a deep clean, and addressing concerns like the over-production of oil and breakouts. Best for combination, oily, or acne-prone skin.
Skinceuticals LHA Toner ($40): A priming toner that combines active ingredients to help refine skin’s appearance and texture, lipo hydroxy acid, and glycolic acid help to unclog congested pores while minimizing their appearance and smoothing the skin.
La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Solution Acne Toner With Salicylic Acid ($15): Use this toner up to two times a day to help clear breakouts and prevent new ones from forming. Salicylic acid helps to treat current breakouts and AHA acids aid in resurfacing the skin for a brighter, clearer complexion.