Skin Care Routine for acne, acne-prone skin | Are Toners Necessary

What’s your skin care routine like?

How many of you have so many steps in your skin care routine that you take so much time applying products on your face? Do you know that the basics of a skin care routine is just 3 steps? The picture below shows the basic skin care routine that anyone who takes care of their skin would observe.

Where’s the Toner?

I am not a believer of Toner, thus I do not sell it in my brand.

I quote Rona Berg from the author of Beauty, the New Basics : “For many women, toners are the logical next step in a skincare regimen, but I don’t buy it. Literally. Whether they are called balancers, clarifying lotions, skin purifiers, or astringents (the strongest ones), toners are a pricey broth of water, color, preservatives, witch hazel, alcohol — and not much else. In fact, for most women, toners are a redundant product: toners are supposed to remove every last trace of oil, sweat, and makeup from your face — but so will a good cleanser. A toner will make your pores look smaller by swelling the tissue around the pore, but a moisturizer will do the same thing — and more.”

However, if you still love your toner and believe that there’s some benefit to your skin, go ahead and continue to use it.

For me, I just believe in saving the time and money on toners. Cleanse, Hydrate/Moisturise and Protect with Sunscreen is the basic. It’s also good to start anti-aging young as prevention is always better than cure. If you have oily, combination or acne skin, add on other treatments.

Double cleansing might be more beneficial than using toners. 

For those of us who have acne and acne-prone skin, double cleanse would probably yield better results than using a toner. Switch the toner to a micellar cleansing water. You can read more on how I discovered that double cleansing actually helped to reduce my clogs / headless bumps / white comedones, which I’m very prone to get.



About the Author : Jasmine Kang

Founder of Skinlycious – a one stop skin care solution for acne and acne-prone skin. A science geek, who has struggled with acne for 14 long years. Armed with decades of acne-fighting experience and bioscience / pharmaceutical knowledge, she seeks to find solution for her own acne-prone skin. She also takes immense joy in helping people regain confidence by solving their acne woes. Her secret ambition is to rid the world of irritating acne.