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[Review] Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner

February 26, 2014

shoppingSo I’ve been looking for a good toner for a long time now. I was especially looking for one that would help my pores, since they tend to be rather large on my cheeks, no matter how much I try to take care of them! I picked up the Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner expecting it to help cleanse my pores more deeply and make them smaller. This product contains salicylic acid, which may or may not be beneficial to your skin (all depends on your skin type and whether you react better to salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). Both ingredients are meant to cleanse the pores deeply and treat/prevent acne breakouts. After using half or more of this product, I can finally give it an honest review.

I do not like this toner at all. The most offending factor about it is the horrible smell. It’s a VERY strong smell, and it smells like chemicals or alcohol, I’m not sure which, but it’s not pretty in the least! In my opinion, it’s not even tolerable. I can only imagine that something that smells so harsh MUST be harsh on the skin. I didn’t break out from using this product, and my skin didn’t get irritated either, so I’m really surprised. I always pore a bit onto a cotton pad or a cotton ball and swipe it over my whole face quickly, but even doing it as quickly as I can causes the fumes from it to go up my nose and get into my mouth. I try as hard as I possibly can not to breathe it, but inevitably it ends up going up my nose. It actually makes me cough in an attempt to clear the fumes from my air passages. I also often end up having to spit out the fumes in the sink! I’m sorry, that was probably TMI, but that’s just honestly how bad it is!! I can’t stand the smell.

Besides the horrible smell, as I mentioned, the toner doesn’t break me out or mess up my skin, so that’s good. But that’s really the only pros I can think of. Honestly, I don’t think it really did much for my pores. I saw little to no change in the state and size or my pores! I’m so bummed that it didn’t work, especially after having to inhale all of the fumes! After I used the product a couple of times, I figured it wasn’t really working, but I wanted to use it some more before making up my mind and writing a review. It did clean the remaining dirt and makeup off of my skin, which I expected it to do. I just don’t think it worked very well at what it claimed to do, aka minimize pores!

So, my final opinion on the product is that it isn’t worth purchasing. The smell is not worth it, even if it did work! I am very much looking forward to quickly finishing this bottle and moving on to my next bottle of toner, the Wonder Pore Freshner by Etude House! I can’t wait to try that one out and write a review. I am 100% positive it will be better than this one.

Pros: cleans skin well, doesn’t break me out, doesn’t irritate skin
Cons: horrible chemical smell, doesn’t minimize pores
Verdict: Don’t buy!

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