How to choose the right pore refining toner for acne-prone and oily skin

How to choose the right pore refining toner for acne-prone and oily skin

If you have acne-prone or oily skin, the quest for products that actually work can be all-consuming. A solution to the problem of breakouts, large pores, clogged pores and texture skin that many sufferers find effective is the regular use of a quality pore refining toner (also referred to as pore refining essence). When applied in combination with the right cleanser and moisturiser, this can go a long way to create a clearer complexion. 

However, not all pore refining toners are created equal. If the one you have tried didn’t make a difference, it may be because it contains synthetic ingredients. 

Take a look at why a quality pore refiner works, the ‘secret’ ingredient for a quality product; White Willow Bark and why synthetic products may make things worse. 


The Importance of a Quality Pore Refining Toner for Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

Before we explore the benefits of White Willow Bark, it's important to understand how a pore refining toner can reduce acne, help oily skin and minimise the appearance of larger pores and texture-related issues. 

This product sits between cleansing and moisturising in your beauty routine. The right pore refiner can help control outbreaks by minimising the appearance of large pores. It also acts to control sebum production and stimulate cell turnover, preventing the build-up of dead skin cells. When used in conjunction with an acne-specific facial cleanser, the result is reduced shine and a smooth, natural-looking matte finish.

Often, a pore refining toner will contain an ingredient called ‘salicylic acid’. This acts as an exfoliant. It is oil-soluble and can penetrate into the pores of the skin. Once inside, salicylic acid works to dissolve the type of skin debris that leads to clogged pores and acne—specifically, it helps break down dead skin cells and excess oil. 

Salicylic acid also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective in reducing redness and swelling associated with acne. Its ability to soothe skin and unclog pores makes it a key ingredient in quality pore refining essences.

There are plenty of options on the market for a pore refining toner that contains salicylic acid. However, you need to look closely to confirm the one you choose contains this ingredient in its correct form. 


What is White Willow Bark?

white willow bark (natural salicylic acid)

White Willow Bark, derived from the bark of the Salix alba tree, has been a staple in traditional medicine for centuries. This natural ingredient is rich in salicin, a compound that closely resembles salicylic acid and acts in the same way. 

A study published by Active Concepts reviewed the efficacy of White Willow Bark extract power in skincare. Results indicated the product is capable of increasing cellular renewal by 27 per cent when compared to the untreated biological control.


What is Synthetic Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic acid molecule

On the other side of the spectrum is Synthetic Salicylic Acid, a lab-created version of the natural salicin found in White Willow Bark. This synthetic variant is a common ingredient in many commercial skincare products. 


White Willow Bark vs. Synthetic Salicylic Acid

When comparing natural salicin and Synthetic Salicylic Acid, you need to consider the overall impact on skin health. While the synthetic variety may offer quick results, it reportedly comes with the risk of irritation, dryness and peeling. White Willow Bark is a natural source, so it tends to be gentler on the skin.

White Willow Bark boasts benefits beyond gentle and effective acne and oil reduction. Its natural composition includes anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, making it an ideal choice for calming redness and preventing future breakouts. 


Why choose a pore refining toner with natural ingredients?

Natural ingredients address the symptoms of oily and acne prone skin and also nurture the skin so ongoing management is easier. The risk of adverse reactions is minimised, making it an excellent choice for anyone with sensitive, acne-prone or reactive skin.


Discover Botani’s Rescue Pore Refiner Essence

Rescue Pore Refiner Essence

Rescue Pore Refiner Essence is ideal for acne-prone skin or for anyone who experiences oily skin, blackheads or whiteheads. You can also use it if you have ‘normal’ skin that you want to keep looking healthy and refreshed. 

This soothing essence is a plant-based, vegan-certified, super-hydrating skin elixir. Formulated to exfoliate gently, it helps minimise the appearance of large pores and reduce shine. 

This pore refiner has the properties of a facial mist/toner and the benefits of a super lightweight serum. It is meticulously formulated with natural salicylic acid derived from White Willow Bark, Niacinamide B3, Australian Quandong Extract and Lemon Myrtle Extract. 

If you have acne-prone skin, apply your Rescue Pore Refiner Essence after cleansing with Botani’s Rescue Acne Foaming Cleanser, and follow with Rescue Acne Cream, and experience the difference of quality, all-natural skincare ingredients.

For oily skin or skin that is prone to large pores, clogged pores and texture issues, apply your Rescue Pore Refiner Essence after using a quality cleanser and follow with a moisturiser from Botani.