Let’s talk a bit more about toners and what toners should contain if you are going to use toner against blackheads.
What are toners and why are they useful?
Historically toners have had somewhat of a bad rep. Toners used to contain a whole bunch of ingredients of severely poor quality. They had bad formulations and snake-oil salesmen were bringing them to the masses. They were accompanied promises that could never be fulfilled.
Today however toners can change the way you look and feel completely. Toners are great for reducing the size of enlarged pores and restoring the skins natural pH levels.
Tightening the pores will make it much more difficult for blackheads to form as there is a reduced chance of any sebum sneaking in and clogging up a pore.
It is not possible to completely shrink up a pore. However toners do contain a component called astringents, which is used to close pores up.
What your toner against blackheads shouldn’t contain.
Toners loaded with alcohol or menthol are too aggressive for your skin. If you apply a toner that is too aggressive then the skin cannot revitalize itself properly. As a result your skin will suffer and will more than likely be in an imbalance, bringing blackheads with it. Usually this imbalance comes to be due to the fact that the toner tends to strip your skin of the natural oils that are already present.
Products like Clean and Clear simply make sure no oil is left behind after a few wipes.
Toners to look out for when buying toner against blackheads are toners that are laced with alcohol or menthol, these are the worst in stripping your skin of its natural oils.
Toners for different skintypes
Especially toners geared for people with an oily or combination skin type are loaded with the above mentioned ingredients. Toner against blackheads for dry skin types aren’t any better and will still contain these ingredients, albeit to a lesser degree.
For oily skin, I would recommend a very gentle toner like Cetaphil (or a generic brand), or Dr. Bronner’s Baby soap, or an organic castil or olive oil soap. These are all creamy and lotion like and will not over strip your skin, which in the case of oily skin, simply causes more oil production.
Alternatively, if you wish to take a more natural approach, lemon juice may also be used to tighten up the pores. However, lemon juice may have the effect of lightening the skin tone during summer so be careful not to ruin your complexion.
Toner is a must have item for anyone with oily or combination skin types as leaving your pores wide and open is a recipe for disaster. I recommend Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner for oily skin. This toner works wonders for reducing the size of pores and keeping skin feeling fresh and healthy.
Toner against blackheads can be used everyday, twice a day, along side gentle cleansing of the face and moisturizing.
Natural toner against blackheads: Witch Hazel:
Probably one of the most common uses for witch hazel is in toner form. If you check your already existing toner bottles at home, chances are it has witch hazel already in it.
Witch hazel is a natural product that contains a lot of tannins. That’s an excellent astringent. Astringents are products or chemicals that have a pore-tightening effect on the skin. Not only that, it also cleanses some of the excess oil of the skin. What more could we ask for right?!
So health-wise, those who oppose the use of strong chemicals in toner against blackheads, witch hazel could be a good option for you.
Witch hazel may also be used to treat blemishes or skin irritations that are already present on the skin. Just apply some witch hazel on a cotton pad. Then dab it in and around the irritation that is present. It will help reduce acne, blackheads and even bruises or speed up the healing process!
Natural toner against blackheads: Apple Cider Vinegar:
Using organic apple cider vinager you can make an excellent natural and home based toner that doesn’t require you to break bank.
Apple cider vinegar toners have been shown to help balance and restore the skin’s natural pH levels. It has also been shown to improve overall complexion.
It can help even out skin tones due to the acidic contents of the apple cider vinegar. Also it lightens out sun and age spots.
Due to the acidity of the toner it can help dissolve dead skin cells. This makes it a great toner against blackheads as we all know a buildup of dead skin cells and oil in the pores is what leads to blackheads, breakouts and blemishes.
All you need to do to make this toner is mix about 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar with 4 tablespoons of distilled water. Mix it in a bottle and shake well before use.
The mixture can be stored at room temperature.
Also note that the mixing ratio for this excellent toner against blackheads is simply a starting ratio. If you want some stronger stuff, simply mix in more Apple Cider Vinegar. But be careful if you have sensitive skin! Be gentle on yourself :).