Friday, 10 April 2015

The Top 10: Acid Toners



I imagine most of you lovely readers will fully expect what products are in my Top choices so before I carry on - I couldn't stop at 5, hence there are 10. And I've linked the below to previous reviews from either here on the blog or YouTube. Do please give me a shout if there are any blatant omissions - these are in no particular order.

  1. P50 - preferably 1970 formula - the original and still one of the best, in all its variants. Reviewed in more detail earlier this week on here. Good for all skins, especially older.
  2. Dennis Gross MD Alpha Beta Pads - these, it has to be said, are my absolute first choice for travel. Due to the disposable packaging they can be purchased in and the quick two-step process, they are perfect for using on the go - and brilliant too. Another one that is technically good for all skin types but will show best results on older skins.
  3. Pixi Glow Tonic - the best affordable option, along with First Aid Beauty and one for all skins. A great starter option for younger skins and AM tone for older skins.
  4. First Aid Beauty Radiance Pads - I use these most in the mornings, usually if I'm doing the school run because they are so easy to use. Also one of the more affordable options at around £20.00.
  5. Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Pads - Again for older skins, these are great for using in the evenings before a particularly active serum.
  6. Zelens PHA Pads - Glycolic-free for those with problems using that particular acid, don't be fooled by the lack of glycolic. These pack a punch with PHA acids and make it easier for the skin to stay hydrated after use.
  7. Kate Somerville Clinic To Go - a peel in a pad. Lush, travel well, work brilliantly, would be in my top 2 for travel except they are harder to get hold of in the UK so I have to use them really sparingly. 
  8. Clearasil Daily Clear Superfruits Refreshing Pads - the real budget choice. A few pounds and a fine job for your money. If you are a teen and have a real budget, start with these.
  9. Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion - salicylic acid only here, so again, if you suffer with a few spots, or simply cannot use other acids, this is perfect - it's also alcohol-free for those of you with issues with that.
  10. Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Brightening Toner - Still lush and in my arsenal, this is better used a few times a week than twice a day.
That, by the way, is still my advice. Try and buy 2, preferably 3 acid products. A strong one for evenings, a lighter one for days and one more to mix it up. Acid toners are literally like taking your face to the gym. Different strengths and different acids do different things.

Lactic (AHA) - resurfacing, great for dehydrated and dry skin.
Glycolic (AHA) - stimulating for better collagen production, resurfacing.
Malic (AHA) - resurfacing, good for boosting collagen production
Salicylic (BHA) - best for spots/acne. Surprisingly gentle.
PHA's (Poly hydroxy acids) - best for those in need of hydration and deep penetration of product afterwards.



Before I am asked: Liquid Gold by Alpha-H is not a toner - it will be in nighttime treatment lists!







135 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for this list! I am so pleased, as I'm faithful to Pixi Glow Tonic, PTR Unwrinkle, FAB pads, and the Dennis Gross Alpha-Beta pads. (I also have the Colbert MD and Cane & Austin on standby for travel.) I have to say that the one that grows on me with every use is the Pixi Glow Tonic - it's just so refreshing and lovely. Sometimes I worry it's too mild for my skin, so I'm reassured to see this rank so highly!

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    1. PTR unwrinkle vs. Dennis Gross?? thoughts?

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  2. Thank you! I'm 19 and currently using pixi glow tonic and FAB pads, alternating between both. On my last FAB pad and thought I would try out clearasil pads as the budget option. Found them yesterday in home bargains for £1 so I bought 5 tubs! Excited to try them!

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    1. 5 tubs :'D

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    2. The Clearasil ones have been discontinued which is why you can find them in the bargain shops, so it is probably a good thing you got quite a few of them

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  3. Hi Caroline, thanks a lot for that, a quick question - Denis Gross pads- you use extra strength or normal?
    Moreover, recently I used dermalogica saliclilc acid clearing gel on a pimple and it made a whitish stain on my cheek bleaching my freckles around it. Is there anyway to deal with it or I will need to wait until my freckles come back on that part or until the rest of my face gets back to its pale winter colour?
    Thanks a million,
    Kind regards
    Joanna

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    1. I'd be interested to know too-have been using acid toners for a little while and was blaming lack of sun to the lack of colour in my freckles but now I wonder is it the acid toner. I like my freckles so don't want to be putting a product on my face that's bleaching them x

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  4. I can't use the Clarins toner, have been trying it once a week but it brings me out in a horrible red spotty rash on my nostrils overnight. So painful for a couple of days after. I love the First Aid pads and have just got some Pixi to try.

    I've also been using the Ren toner recommended by Sali Hughes; I might try Clinique next.

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    1. REN have changed their formula since we first wrote about it.

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    2. What is your opinion on ren now Caroline?

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    3. Yes I can see it's not in your top 10. I was hoping for more information on your opinion - e.g. Is it still "ok" even though it's not top 10? Is it really bad? Meh? Etc. sorry if it was a stupid question :(

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    4. Hi Anon! No don't be silly! My fault - I should've added a cheeky wink ;) afterwards!
      I don't use it anymore. Xx

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  5. I'm curious as to why you never mention REN clarifying toning lotion along with your suggestions for affordable exfoliating toners, knowing you've raved about it before! What am I missing?!

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    1. Hi Sofia. They've changed the formulation. The lactic acid was removed and replaced with pineapple extract.

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    2. I bought one last week to replace the empty one I had and it still said lactic on the ingredients?

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    3. It must be an old one. Also. Their website says its 'alcohol free' but there's alcohol in the ingredient list. Mentalists.

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    4. Bugger. I liked it too. Why change a good thing : (

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    5. Good to know I was about to buy it again.

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  6. I have learnt more useful information from you in the past 12 months since coming across you blog and youtube then I did I'm the 18 years of my education. You are a life changer and have given me the confidence to be happy wit
    H my face from learning what
    Products work and seeing brilliant results. A massive thank you. You are an absolute goddess.

    Sophie xx
    www.sophieblunt.com

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  7. What do you think of the ren Resurfacing AHA Concentrate and the nip and fab pads?

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  8. Hi. What is your opinion on using apple cider vinegar as an acid toner? Thanks. x

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  9. Weirdly I had the most terrible reaction to Cliniques mild clarifying lotion, my whole face was red and swollen then covered in little blisters?! I've never considered myself to have super sensitive skin, have had one or two reactions before but nothing like that! Now using some soothing la Roche posay Skincare to try and get it back to normal! :( so maybe it's not so mild after all!

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    1. You could literally be allergic to salicylic

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    2. Lady Hirons, my skin is too sensitive for salicylic. So, when it's a gentle one, are the other ones to strong at all for skin like mine? - sensitive dehydrated combination skin, in the summer too much sebum, in the winter more dry, 34 years. Greets and thanks from germany, Bianca

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    3. Yes maybe, I'd used some benzoyl peroxide too so maybe the combination was a bit over kill! I get breakouts so that sucks! Will streer clear of the Salicylic acid.. Thanks for your reply!

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    4. I had a reaction to the Clinique mild clarifying lotion as well. I tolerate salicylic in other products, and use lots of the other acid toners listed above. It may be one of the other ingredients in the clinique product as well. I only used it twice and took it back.

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    5. I had a reaction to the Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion as well! I got skin coloured bumps on my face and neck which were very itchy. I used it for a week and then brought it back to the store. It's really weird because, just like Maureen Perry, my skin tolerates salicylic in other products.

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    6. I only started using it around a week ago, but my skin is incredibly bumpy now which it wasn't before - I have no idea if it is the salicylic acid or something else - however I used to use their Clarifying Lotion 3 without any problem (don't use it now, I know better!!!).

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  11. Hi Lady Hirons, I am sorry to ask this question on this post since I know this is not so relevant for this topic, nor is this the clinic (but I'm trying anyway :)
    A couple of weeks ago I purchased PC clinical 1 retinol treatment that you reviewed not long ago. I am not used to using retinol products so have started out using every third day.My skin is combination with oily T-zone and normal to dry cheeks. Not really sensitive. I do use pixi glow AM/PM. I am22 years old. My skin has reacted to the retinol with red, dry and flaky patches in the cheek area. Very rough texture, looks like teeny tiny "dots" all over and even water sting. Very sore :/ I normally ude Pai balancing day cream, cleanse with Body Shop Chamomille oil and aloe calming cleansing cream. Anything I can do to help my skin normalize again - product recommendations, tips, do's/dont's? Sorry for the very long question, but my God I am frustrated. Not used to this kind of skin reactions at all. Will also start using PC treatments only once a week btw.

    P.S. Have looked a bit into La Roche-Posay Toleriane moisturizer to use until my skin is okay again. Yes/no?
    PPS am using spf 30 very religiously especially now when my skin is very much "exposed" (ahem...?) to the sun with the sensitivity. Thank you xxxooo

    Sincerely,
    Very much sad little Asian lady

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    1. When my skin reacts to something I use Darphin anti redness serum, intensive heal gel and a layer of Toleraine ontop. I find the Toleraine doesn't make my skin sting and calms the redness of a reaction like that personally. Love it.

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    2. I agree with Helen - when I've reacted to something, Toleriane is the ONLY moisturiser I will use for the next while, until my skin calms down again. The Body Shop aloe cleansing cream is lovely and also what I use post-reaction.

      Where you are 22, I wonder if the retinol might just be overkill on your young skin. Maybe just once a week like you said, and possibly skipping your cheeks altogether as the dryer skin there seems to be what doesn't like it.

      ~El

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    3. Thank you so much, ladies! I've nought the Toleriane moisturizer today and also the Cicaplast gel. I'm not using the PC treatment before my skin has calmed down again, and then only once a week. Even mixed with my moisturizer to "dilute" it.

      El -
      Yes, love the aloe cleanser. It's so lovely, it's so soft and gentle to use!

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    4. i've heared that you should be careful when mixing retinol products with acid...

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  12. What's better a higher precent of acids at a higher PH (i.e. FAB pads) or a lower percent at a lower PH (i.e. Clinique Mild?) Not that I'm specifying those because there in my bathroom right now or anything...

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    1. Lower pH means it is more acidic. Don't know how to answer your question tho. Just depends on what you're trying to achieve.

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  13. Brilliant post! And I score 6 out of 10 in my cabinet...

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  14. I've been using the Bravura toners and they're an amazing budget alternative x

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    1. I've also been using these, love them and so inexpensive!

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    2. Reviva labs also has a phenomenal glycolic toner, I use it religiously. Just purchased nip+fab acid toning pads and are hoping they're as good!

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  15. Is the merumaya exfoliating toner that you trialled any good? I don't know whether to hold out for it's release or restock up on my pixi glow tonic

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    1. I managed to get on the toner trial and it appeared to be deceptively mild (not even a mild tingle) but the results were amazing! Clearer skin, fine lines reduced and brighter glowy skin!
      Hope this helps

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    2. I was on the trial too, and I found it very sticky. Even after I'd added serum and moisturiser over the top it was really sticky :( I won't be buying it in its present format.

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  16. Right now I'm using the FAB pads in the morning alone and at night paired with Good Genes....which ones of these would be too strong to pair with GG? I just finished a Glow Tonic and I'm thinking of adding the Clarins to my regimen.

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  17. Oohh - I use the Bravura London Hyaluronic serum but would also be curious on Caroline's opinion on their chemical exfoliators...

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    1. Weird - I thought I'd attached this to the one above regarding Bravura.
      It sounds a bit weird out of context...

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    2. I've just done a quick Google search and Pixi Glow appears to have changed its ingredients since the middle of 2013. There is an ingredient comparison by PamperedPrince in 2013 comparing Pixi Glow to the Bravura London Revitalising Ginseng Toner and showing they were similar with only slight ingredient differences.
      However now when I go to the Pixi site the ingredients are identical to the Bravura London.
      Guess that makes them excellent dupes of each other ;-)

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    3. Just asking but have you tried the Revitalizing ginseng Toner? If you have, how was it? Thanks :)

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    4. I've used both Pixi and Bravura. I can't tell the difference but that might be because their ingredients are identical ;-)

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    5. Oh that's nice! Bought 2 bottles of it and the calendula one, looking forward to trying them out :D

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  18. Caroline any chance you could quickly update the post to say which acids are in which? Would be most helpful, especially with the explanation about the different acids at the end. Thanks!

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  19. Hi Caroline! Just curious, would Sunday Riley's Good Gene's be in the same boat as Liquid Gold or did it just simply not make the list? Sorry if that's a silly question. Thank you!

    Kate

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    1. SR Good Genes is a TREATMENT. This is a post about ACID TONERS.

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  20. Omg used the clarins for the first time and burnt the sh*t out of my face over the Easter break! I feel so sad for my nose.

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  21. Thanks to your blog I discovered acid toners, which back home in Greece are not a household name.
    The first one I used was by Clarins and as you suggest, the lady at Clarins' stand told me to use it twice a week. Didn't make a difference though!
    Now, 2 month ago I got Pixi Glow Tonic and went on to wear it AM and PM. The change was subtle (always looking to get rid of those hormonal acne scars and a few psoriasis patches), but my skin looked better. Now, I've toned it down to using it only at PM and works better for me!

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  22. Caroline, are toners mainly worth it if you use something after? at times I use them and not put anything else on it as my skin feels sufficiently moisturised... (I know, I know you always talk about serums and moisturisers and night treatments after toning...)

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  23. My skin broke out in tiny little spots all over my face after using pixi glow. I was also using effeclar k at the same time, could this be a reason? Has this happened to anyone here? As soon as I stopped using it and switched to efeclar duo twice a day the rush let go..

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    1. I got these tiny spots aswell, suspect it's the witch hazel...

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    3. That happened to me too at first loads of tiny spots around my mouth and on my forehead then it stopped after a while, not sure why, would like to know the answer to this too!

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  24. Glad to see some of my faves Pixi Glow and FAB Pads but not the Radical Skincare Pads. Any reason for this or you just don't deem them as good as the rest? They are actually my most loved out of the bunch!

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  25. Hi Caroline! When you mention to use 2-3 acid products, do you mean to use that in addition to acid based treatments? I use Sunday Riley's good genes. Should I still acid tone before using this?

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    1. Yes. In addition. Acid toning is not acid treatment.

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  26. I am loving these posts Caroline :) I have the FAB pads, Clarins Exfoliating Toner and Pixi Glow Tonic in rotation. Are there any other products that contain PHA acid that you recommend? The Zelens ones are a tad pricey... Thank you :)

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  27. Hi Caroline!

    Should someone with hyperpigmentation/melasma stay away from glycolic acid during summer? Or even from acid toning in general? I´m using an SPF 30 religiously.

    Thank you so very much!
    Annie

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  28. I love exfoliating acids. It's all because of you. Thank you Caroline!

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  29. Hi Caroline! I'm 26, if I use an acid toner everyday is it still ok to use a nighttime treatment like liquid gold?

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  30. Hi caroline,
    how does la posey roche exfoliating toner and soothing toners fair?
    thanks
    sarah

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  31. Avon have exfoliating pads and a liquid as well, what do you think of those.

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  32. I've found an other acid that I quite like but I'm unsure how strong it is and how often I should use it? http://tvalskincare.co.uk/en/raspberry-exfoliating-toner-240ml.html
    It has 5% glycolic an 2% salicylic at pH around 3-3,5. I'm guessing alcohol under 2% from the order in the ingredients list..

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  33. I was just pondering which one to repurchase, now I am left with a bunch of new products to try. Thanks once again!

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  34. Hi Caroline!
    I recently purchased the First Aid Beauty Radiance Pads and am loving them! I still have a bottle of Clarins Gentle Brightening Exfoliating Toner somewhere in my stash, and now that it's gotten your approval I'll be rotating it back into my routine! Thanks so much for this list of products. I've written some blog posts on a foundation and a BB cream for those days when my skin just won't cooperate, haha. If you'd like to take a look it's at michellewearsmakeup.com :-) x Cheers and happy Friday night!

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  35. Since I have the dreaded rosacea, I cannot use any of these or those acids. I got bright red and itch like mad!!!! Its all very boring for me.

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    1. It might be worth trying the gentler ones still. I have rosacea and the Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion is one of my few holy grail products - it actually feels soothing to apply.

      ~El

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  36. Hi Caroline, what are the benefits of using more than one exfoliating toner? Samantha x

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  37. Thank you for another really helpful post :-) Please could you do a post on vitamin a/retinol products? I love your blog x

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  38. Dear Caroline, This is unrelated but I can't figure out how else to submit a question. Could you do a post about lip care? I never know what ingredients to look for in lip products and I have always assumed that usual face care products shouldn't go on lips, but I don't know what should. Thanks!

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  39. Good to hear I'm not a nutter having several different acids in my bathroom...
    Acid toning has been probably the biggest thing for my eczema prone dehydrated and dry skin, if I could go back and give acid toner to my 20 year old self (when my yearly explosions started) it would save me a decade of hating my skin and I had given up until I came across your blog.

    Now even my mum, dad, husband and brother acid tone!

    (Btw I bought the bravura after your video on acids do you no longer recommend?)

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    1. Same here! Bought the Bravura Calendula toner after Caroline recommended it. Hope it's still a good one in her books.

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  40. Caroline, would you be so kind in recommending another Biologique Recherche products that is also there star product besides the P50? I am currently using the P50 and find it fabulous and works wonders. Was intrigued to try other BR products that works as effective as the P50.

    Thank you and a good top 10 list you made.

    Have a nice day.

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    1. You need to be recommended products by the BR advisors. They have tons of different serums and creams. Tons!!!

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    2. Hi Anonymous, I've seen Caroline answer a similar question on Instagram recently, her reply was that for her P50 is the star of the BR line and she is not utterly impressed by anything else in the line. I've never seen her use any other BR products either...

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  41. I recently saw the Clearasil Superfruits pads in a pound shop and bought 4 lots. I'm not a teen (40) but these are amazing. I really look after my skin anyway, but these have made such a difference to the appearance of pores and my skin is super-smooth and everything else goes on so much better over the top. Only downside is they are very fragranced (a nice smell but potent) and they are SOAKED in product. Thumbs up to the cheap buy from me.

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  42. hi an excellent post as usual. after you use these, you spray tone don't you before serum and then moisturiser. can you do a top 10 of spray toners please. many thanks x

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  43. Hi Caroline! No love for Paula's Choice products? I'm pretty happy with her 2% liquid BHA, but then it's my first toner (at 29 :/ but then I'm a new reader ;)), so have nothing to compare to.

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    1. The 2%bha seriously saved my skin. I'm also 29 and think it is a great alternative to the clinique toner

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  44. Hi, from America! Just recently found your site and I love it, being a skin freak myself. I use the Colbert pads, but only if I am not using liquid gold that night or a prescription Retin A. Woukd like to purchase done of the other acid toners you suggest, just not sure if you can use Liquid Gold, Good Genes, or a prescription Retin A afterwards? Please advise. My skin is normal to dry and aging!! Thanks so much!!

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  45. Great to have it all in one place, ta! I think people are missing that this is your personal top 10, so it won't include products you haven't tried, nor even all of the products in your cupboard.

    Speaking of acid toners you may not have tried, I came across one from the USA that I took a chance on when they had a sale on shipping, and I love it. It's called The Magic Pads and has just recently got a UK distributor (http://www.themagicpads.uk/ - for the US one, it's .com). It's £13.95 for a jar of 50 pads, which is really affordable. It's your standard mildly textured pad in a jar, but with a grand total of five ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Organic Salix Alba (Willow Bark) Extract, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Tocopherol (E). It's a 2% glycolic solution. Beautifully simple and doesn't aggravate my sensitive, allergic, rosacea skin at all! It sounded like a product you might enjoy. :-)

    ~El

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  46. Still can't get hold of P50 anywhere *sobs into pile of flannels* I think that you should start stocking the stuff Caroline! You should launch your own Beauty Mouth shop where we can get hold of all of these goodies. You KNOW it makes sense.... You're welcome...Don't forget me when you hit the rich list... ;)

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  47. Yes!!!! This is exactly what I needed! Thank you Caroline!

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  48. The REN and the Pixi Glow Tonic exacerbated my issues & I've deduced that my skin doesn't tolerate salicylic. I'm using the Clarins nightly but would love to know of any other readily available AHA only which I could add in.
    MTIA! Lindsay

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  49. Dear Caroline! first of all thank you very much for this web site! That is like a bible in Skincare. I have a question about acids toners: I will definitely get some of those on your list, but I live in Belarus and it is very hard to get some of those: it takes ordering online and waiting for 2 month at least for the order to arrive. So far I've been using toners from our local brands, and I was wondering whether these are ok for now, this is the ingredients list: AQUA, GLYCERIN, LACTIC ACID, MANNITOL, SODIUM GLUCONATE, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM CITRATE, WALTERIA INDICATE LEAF EXTRACT, DEXTRIN, FERULIC ACID, ARCTOSTAPHYLOS UVA-URSI ( BEARBERRY) LEAF EXTRACT, PEG 40 (HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL), SODIUM HYDROXIDE, ALLANTOIN, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), BENZYL ALCOHOL, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIASOLINONE, 2-BROMO-2-NITROPROPANE -1, 3-DIOL, BUTYLPHENYLMETHYLPROPIONAL, LIMONENE, GERANIOL, HEXYLCINNAMAL, LINALOOL.

    And the other toner I've been using as a "spray hydrate step" ( that us what this product is actually designed for):

    AQUA, GLYCERIN, BETAINE,PEG 40 (HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL), SORBITOL, PANTHENOL, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, ALLANTOIN, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), LAMINARIA DIGITATA EXTRACT, GLYCINE, FUCUS VECICULOSUS EXTRACT, LACTIC ACID, 2-BROMO-2-NITROPROPANE -1, BENZYL ALCOHOL, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIASOLINONE, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIASOLINONE, MENTHOL, POLARISED WATER, LECITHIN, XANTHAN GUM, OLEIC ACID,CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SALICORNIA HERBACEA EXTRACT, BUTYLPHENYLMETHYLPROPIONAL, CITRONNELOL, D-LIMONENE, IRON OXIDE.

    What concerns me is that they both contain alcohol, but those are the types of alcohol you said were ok in your post about alcohol. Are they still bad in these toners? And another thing that bothers me is how can I make sure the ph of a toner is ok to consider it an acid toner?

    Thank you very much in advance! Olga

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  50. Thank you Caroline. This is extremely useful especially the explanation on which products are better for older/ younger skins. Please carry on with theses top 10 lists. I am finally able to put a sensible shopping list together based on my age group :-)

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  51. Caroline re the refreshing fruit pads from Clearasil. I went to buy these a few weeks back but they appear to have changed all their packaging and I couldn't find these in Boots. I've since switched to glycolic pads anyway but I'm wondering if you know whether these have been discontinued or changed up. The ingredients in the ones they did have were different. I'm now cutting my remaining pot in half and using them purely when I get the odd spot. It's something I would still like to have on hand though for when I run out and get spots so I'd like to know for reference.

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  52. Hi Caroline

    I think the Clearasil Superfruits pads have been discontinued. They are not available on their website; same with Boots and Superdrugs.
    They only seem to be available from discount stores (Semichem et all)

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  53. REN's new toner formula does contact Lactic Acid, according to their website:
    •Salicilin from Willow Bark gently exfoliates, purifies congested skin, reduces pore size, and is antibacterial
    •Glycolic Acid from Pineapple Extract, Lactic Acid from Passion Fruit, Citric Acid from Lemon Extract and Tartaric Acid from Grape Extract exfoliate, decongest and remove dead skin cells to renew skin surface
    •Flavonoids from Mayblossom Extract have antibacterial properties, tone the skin and help to reduce sebum production and minimize pore size

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  54. Hi Caroline,

    Just a heads up, Clearasil seem to have discontinued the superfruit pads and replaced them with "rapid action pads". I can't find the ingredients anywhere online :(

    Frankie xx

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  55. I love PTR, I only use it 2x a week because they are strong. I used to use, and will buy again, something called the Magic Pads, which are great for daily exfoliating. They have nothing bad in them... they have like 4 ingredients and they are only 2% glycolic. I found them not quite strong enough for winter which is why I switched to the PTR. I've been contemplating Pixi but I hear Ren has a new toner out! I might have to grab that instead!

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  56. Hi caroline, am I too young for starting with glycolic acid and retinol? I'll be 25 soon. X

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  57. Hi Caroline - I found the Clearasil pads in a 'home bargains/pound stretcher' type shop today for £1.30. I bought a pot to try after reading your recommendation (I couldn't not at that price). I'm thinking perhaps Clearasil aren't selling this product in the UK anymore? The only place I can find it online is Sainsbury's.

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  58. I couldn't find the clearisil pads you recommended here in the states. However, we do have a version called "hydrablast" that I figured would be good! I cut the pads in half since they are so heavily saturated!

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  59. I'm new to acid toners and have been using the Aveda one which has been good, but i'd like to try the Pixi Glow next. However i'm now worried about over exfoliation after reading a comment on MakeupAlly today. It said how over exfoliating with chemical toners can cause premature ageing as there is a limit to how many times our skin can renew it self in a lifetime (the hay flick limit??). Anyone care to comment on this? Is daily use too much?

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      I'm not CH (obvs) but if you're new to Acid toning then use it only at night to build up resistance, Its best to use a hydrating toner as well since that sort of calms and prepares the skin for the next step.

      There was this Youtube video which Caroline did with the boss of Liquid Gold and he had a customer complain about how it made her skin feel, turns out she was using it twice a day every day for about 3 months. Youre only supposed to use it every 2/3 days.

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  60. Hi Caroline, I am 25 years old and have little lines on my forehead would a Glycolic toner help with this? I have combination/sensitive skin. what toner would you recommend for me? x

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  61. Hi Caroline

    I watched your Youtube videos on Acid Toners yesterday and ordered the Purifying Calendula Toner 13% AHA 100ml and the Detoxifying Eucalyptus Astringent Toner 15% AHA/BHA 100ml for my sister who has very oil skin and a lot of acne scarring. I'm a little worried now as I've noticed they haven't been mentioned in your list :-/


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  62. I'm starting to think I'm intolerant to all acids. I have these red marks on my cheeks that look like spots but aren't. I can't tell if they're burst blood vessels or thread veins or what but I've had them for years (at least ten) and when I use acids they flare up and go bumpy - I think it's the acids anyway. I've asked doctors and facialists and no one has any good advice! help!!!

    www.missviennamarie.com

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  63. Radical Exfoliation PAds???
    A 54 year old with , recenty , a combination skin, IM using liaquid Gold 2 a week, and EGF serum nightly. The oily T zone was a bit of a surprise, but this seems to be working . What do you think ?
    You are the undoubted guru on this!!

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  64. I can find lotion P50 anywhere! Help where can I buy in the US or UK. Please help :)

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  65. Hi Caroline!
    If you find the time (I know!) would you possible be able to rank these in terms of "tingle" factor? I know that BR and PTR tingle much more than Pixie amd FAB pads. Also, I am so interested in making a trip to London/Paris and picking up orders of things we can't get in the US while bringing you all some things from here if anyone is interested. Not sure if this is even possible, but I'd sure be willing to find out, Thanks for everything!!

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  66. Hello, I am hoping to get a bit of advice as I've not been able to find an answer to this online and very much value your opinion. I've just been prescribed Vaniqa for excess facial hair, and on the directions it states apply after cleansing, then wait 5 minutes before applying anything else. I tend to use the cleanse, acid tone, serum, moisturiser routine - would you recommend I use the Vaniqa before or after the acid tone? Thanks.

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  67. Hi Caroline, what do you think of the Cane & Austin acid toners (Miracle Pads or Retexturising Pads) containing glycolic acid. I think they're good - the Miracle Pads are 15% glycolic - I've noticed you never mention them when talking about acids. Any particular reason - haven't tried them or tried them and didn't like them? Just interested to hear your opinion on these. Thanks Caroline or anyone else who wants to chip in!

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  68. Hi caroline. I know you have suggested in a previous post the aveda botanical kinetics exfoliant. What is your opinion on this one?

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  69. Hi Caroiline, would you view the Clarins Gentle exfoliating toner as a milder toner or one with 'oomph'. It would be great to know just so I can understand if it is best to alternate with the PTR unwrinkle pads or FAB radiance pads. Thanks in advance.

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  70. So far I have used Pixi and FAB pads with no probs and now trying clinique toner, I am finding that after i cleanse and apply moisturiser (REN evercalm) my foundation has started looking all blotchy/flaky when it sets. My skin doesnt feel dry in the when I wake up (use oil at night), would you reccommend reducing use of clinique toner or getting a new moisturiser? Scared of new moisturisers as my skin is quite blemish prone/sensitive but it may be time! Kate Somerville come to UK :'''-(

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  71. i was jut going to order some Clearasil pads but noticed Alcohol is number 2 ingredient there! Is that still ok? Please help, i am confused!

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  72. Love this list! I'm also a fan of the Power Glow Peel Pads from M-61 by Blue Mercury. Are you familiar with them, Caroline?

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  73. Hi Caroline - do you know of any toners that have a higher concentration of salicylic acid in them? (If they were reasonably priced also that would be a massive help!) I've been using the clinique mild clarifying lotion but feel I could step it up a notch or two. Xx

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    1. paula's choice makes salicylic acid toners!

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  75. I'm with kiddie26 here - bought the Clinique lotion nr1, and it has alcohol denat. as second ingredient. Smelled like it too. Did I buy an old formulation, or is it one of those 'good' alcohols I get confused about?

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  76. Zelens vs. Peter Thomas Roth vs. Dr. Dennis vs. Kate Somerville?!?!?!?! ANYONE?!

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  77. Dear Caroline,

    Can you tell me what you think about this product ? I am 42 and my skin tone is not even (some traces of acne), I need some glow...and if I can delay the appearance of wrinkles, it would be perfect ! I have been using it for a couple of days and I think it's great.I can apply it every night without any disconfort. What do you think of the composition (wich seems to be a very good combination of acids) and how would you use it ? http://www.lierac.com/int/index.php/lierac-prescription/needs/adult-skin-prone-to-imperfections/keratolytic-solution.html

    Thanks a lot for your work, your generosity and your humour !

    Kiss from France !

    PS:.....and sorry for my poor english....;)

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  78. Hi,
    Have you tried the asdm beverly hills products? (http://www.asdmbeverlyhills.com/products/salicylic-acid-toner) They look very promising.Thanks in advance for your opinion!

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  79. Hi Caroline,

    thank you thank you thank you, i find your posts so helpful.

    Please could advise whether it's safe to use any acid (cleanser, toner or treatment) if i use sunbeds 1-2 twice a week?

    I have dark skin, haven't burned since i was a child. i use sunbeds to treat my psoriasis and acne with great success.

    Thank you x

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  80. Good evening,

    Has Clarins toner been discontinued? I have tried to find it in several countries but with no success. If so, is there any similar product (the same strength, because Clinique is indeed rather mild) that you could suggest? Sadly, none of the other brands mentioned in the Top 10 are available in my country and also I can not buy them in the airports (mainly Frankfurt).

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  81. Hi caroline! I am an avid reader and follower in youtube. If you dont mind was just wondering what do you think of the korean counterpart (glycolic pads) Neogen thanks and looking forward to your reply.

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  82. Hi Caroline, I have just spent a weekend binge watching your videos and reading your blog. Thank you so much, i have realised i haven't been using so many of these products to their full potential or had the order wrong! I'm off now to do a clean up of my beauty cupboard and an online shop of a few products that I think I need to try. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge, wisdom (and humour!) Zara

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  83. Just discovered Clinique do a mild CL! So happy about this as I need an acid toner but something sensitive, so this is perfect! I used to use Clinique CL but not the mild one and found it to smell so strong and dry my skin out due to the alcohol content! So happy this one doesn't have alcohol

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