No matter what else I use on my face, this product is the most important part of my skincare regimen. I don't think it has any effect on the size of your pores, but it is an incredible exfoliater. Nothing else I've ever used for exfoliation purposes comes close to this stuff! I generally have dry/slightly sensitive skin and I've never had a problem with irritation. I use moisturizer after the toner and my skin looks wonderful and feels completely smooth.
This is actually is a bottle of alcohol. It smells so strong! At first, I don't like it and i left the whole bottle sitting in the bathroom. When I got some mosquito bites over the legs. I put it on. It stops swelling and itch!!! It makes me surprised! Now, whenever I got a pimple swollen or after picking at my face, I put it on with aloe. It stops swelling and the spread of bacteria. It's very good for theraputic use like this. I have been using half bottle so far!! Amazing product for that use huh! But I don't recommand it for someone with normal or dry skin.
According to the ingredients list, this stuff should be way too harsh to use. However, when I used it my skin was quite clear. I had some drying and flakiness at first, but nothing that couldn't be fixed with a dab of moisturizer, and it did wonders for my acne. I stopped using it because I was afraid of what the alcohol would do to my skin (I had just gotten a copy of paula begoun's book) and my skin stayed clear for a while, but I'm considering going back to it because it did such wonders for my acne. It's also hard to find a product with significant amounts of both BHAs and AHAs without paying a lot but this product fits the bill, is quite inexpensive, and I prefer the toner formulation to a cream or gel as it feels cleaner on my skin. This is definitely not for the sensitive or dry, and if you've been picking at your face it will burn like hell, but it's great for acne on oily, less-sensitive skin. However, it won't shrink your pores at all; buy it if you want a chemical exfoliant or acne-fighter.
Haven't used a toner in a while. Decided to try something for these large pours on and around my nose. I like the product ok, like the way my face feels using it, but have not noticed even a smidgen of pour size reduction. I could keep it in my routine or leave it, pretty indifferent to the product.
After three days of using this (once a day after cleansing at night), my skin looks like the life has been sucked out of it. The apples of my cheeks look red and irritated and my skin is stripped and dry. It smells like nail polish remover and has the effect I imagine NPR would have if I put it on my face. This is going straight down the drain. Yuck.
I have clear, normal T-zone-esque skin and generally love Neutrogena products. I just do not see what's so great about this toner, though. I rarely get zits, but did get a nice massive one that lasted for over a week after bringing this product into my cleaning regimen (maybe there isn't a direct correlation but it certainly didn't improve my impression). No impact to pore appearence and the toner actually felt cloying, not refreshing or anything that can be seen as a plus. Sticking to the pore refining *cleanser* (which IS fantastic, my HG) and dropping this one.
oh, yes. this is love. i personally believe thick, orange-peel skin such as mine can handle a pretty hefty alcohol content, which this product definitely has. and, as usual, i actually like the pretty strong scent. it doesn't linger, after all. after using this 2x daily for over a week, my pores haven't gotten any smaller, but really, who actually believes that's possible? however, my skin does look more even and i have far fewer texture complaints. what more can i ask for $5?
I Love this toner! especially along side the cleanser, i think this is extremely effective and really absorbs oil, which was my biggest problem. it doesnt dry me out, but honestly, if you have sensitive to dry skin, i wouldnt recommend this, b/c me having extremely oil even dried up a bit. none the less i will continue buying it, it has replaced my neostrata toner.
this stuff deserves a noble prize. i have large pores and i get cystic acne and black heads. NO more! i used this every day once a day nothing else works i know how smooth supple skin i use the wash that goes with this and the multivitimn lotion. its part of a 3 stp. i love it. :)
i tell everyone about it but they wont listen.
I have combo skin, a little oily on the t zone and dry everywhere else. This toner dried my skin out something fierce, and actually made my nose and forehead produce more oil in a vain attempt to lubricate its parched self! Nothing happened to the large pores on my cheeks. Maybe this works for people with all-over oily skin, I dunno. If you have combo skin though, stay away.