SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner
Based on 743 reviews
A daily facial toner that balances oily skin, minimises enlarged pores and provides light hydration.

SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner

Based on 743 reviews
A daily facial toner that balances oily skin, minimises enlarged pores and provides light hydration.
  • Refreshes and nourishes skin
  • Lightweight fluid formula
  • Use twice daily after cleansing skin
Skin Types:
Combination Skin, Oily Skin
Large Pores


    190 ml
Why is it different?
SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner helps balance skin with antioxidants and hydrating ceramides, making oily areas less noticeable and skin more even, smooth, moisturised, and protected. It is an essential step in any skincare routine to renew skin after cleansing. Can also help remove the last traces of makeup.
What does it do?
Antioxidants, soothing plant extracts and niacinamide help tone down oily skin and minimise pore size. Its exceptionally lightweight liquid formula feels weightless on skin but still provides high-quality hydration to diminish dry flaky areas of skin.
How to use
After cleansing, apply toner to a cotton pad and gently stroke over face and neck. Do not rinse. Follow with the rest of your morning or evening skincare routine. For daytime, finish with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater.
Show details

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Molecular Medicine Reports, November 2010, issue 6, pages 895–901

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The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, March 2014, 7, issue 3, pages 18–26

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Indian Dermatology Online Journal, April-June 2013, issue 2, pages 143-146

Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Polysorbate 20, Adenosine, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Sodium PCA, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Oleth-10, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.

Ratings & Reviews

Fantastic for All Skin Types


When I first found out about Paula's Choice, I started with the Skin Balancing line. This toner was the first ever toner I tried, and I was amazed at the immediate results. I have acne prone, combination/oily skin, and this took care of that! My face would be a little flakey after using the Skin Balancing Pore Reducing Cleanser, but after I put on this toner it got rid of my flakey spots AND my oily spots (stupid combination skin). It also aided in minimizing my canyon-sized pores!

No-Make-Up Jenna

Warren, Michigan


Will order again!!!!


I can actually see a difference after using this toner only for a short time!!! And, leaves my skin feeling so smooth!!!!! A must have!!!


Bridgeton, NJ


Must have for retinoid and acid users


I have a hydration-heavy routine so I can't say either way if this toner is a great hydrator or not, but it is exceptional at soothing skin. I use BHAs and retinol a few times a week and, since using this toner, have never had to worry about skin irritation or redness lasting more than overnight - a few layers of this toner at the start of my evening routine leaves my skin soothed and even in the morning. My skin is more resilient and feels a lot healthier which tells me the ceramides and cholesterol in here are doing their job. Great formulation and great results.




Excellent Toner For Oily, Sensitive Skin


I have oily, breakout prone, super sensitive skin and Skin Balancing toner has worked wonders. My skin is smoother, pore size on my nose has been reduced, plus it's as light as water and absorbs within seconds. I use mild (.025%) tretinoin cream at night so only use toner in the morning and this product does not cause breakouts or irritate my sensitive skin at all. It took about four weeks to see a significant change in my skin. I've been using it for over two months now and continue to see improvement. As with any skin care product, give it time to work. Don't believe the crazy false hype you hear in TV commercials about products that claim to work in a week. Repairing and improving skin takes time and this product has delivered amazing results!


Asheville, NC




Fantastic toner for all skin types. My skin can get quite dry, but it also prone to breakouts. This is the best toner I have found. It leaves skin clean and soft. No tightness, no smell, no sting, no stickiness. Please don't ever discontinue this!




Must Have for Large Pores and Oily Skin


This toner is a must-have in my routine and I have tried dozens and dozens over my lifetime. I have oily skin and enlarged pores, but also some anti-aging concerns as well. This toner is gentle and hydrating while also leaving me feeling oil-free and refreshed. I tried stopping it and using another toner and within a week my face was out-of-control oily by mid-day and my pores were more noticeable. I highly recommend!




Game changer!


Wow has this toner been a game changer for my skincare routine! It's just what I was needing to minimize the large pores on my cheeks and nose, and it gives that extra clean feeling after application. Thank you PC!


East Lansing, MI


Great for dry skin, "summer oily" T Zone area


I have dry skin, especially in Canada's winter months, but in summer humid heat, my face tends to get oily in my T zone. I love that this helps to stop acne in my nose and chin area. After cleaning with Resist, I use this toner and get a "squeaky clean" canvas for my foundation and cover up, knowing it won't slide off. Depending on the weather, I have Skin Recovery for dry heat, and in winter months, I switch up between Resist toner and skin recovery. Awesome product!


Bolton, north of Toronto, Canada


Will repurchase forever--have been for 4 years


I will repurchase this forever. Please never stop making it. I started struggling with clogged pores when I was 24 and eventually stopped having the problem within a week of starting to use this product. I think it is important to use a toner like this on a cotton pad to make sure every last trace of your cleanser, makeup, sunscreen, etc. is washed off (especially behind the ears, around the hairline, and other harder-to-rinse areas) and your face is totally clean before bed.


Atlanta, GA


It really does balance my skin


I'm 35 and have oily break out prone skin. Within a couple hours of arriving to work in the morning my face would be super oily. I'd have to blot at least 3 times during an 8 hour work day and have always been very conscious of it, boo! But..not anymore! I've been using the skin balancing toner for about a month now and the results were immediate. My skin texture changed very noticeably. The larger pores on my face have shrunken and the oiliness has been significantly reduced! I don't even think about it anymore! I only blot once a day. It's worth mentioning that I started using Paula's Choice skin balancing spf at the same time. These 2 products work really well to keep my skin in check during the day under my makeup. (I also use Clear extra strength bha to prevent acne, another must have). I've been using PC products for years and I feel like I finally found the combination that's perfect for my skin. And the right makeup thanks to her awesome reviews. Hope this is helpful!




SKIN BALANCING Pore-Reducing Toner

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