What Do Toners and Astringents Do

Episode #186 / Apr 26, 2010
Is it okay if your toner or astringent has alcohol in it? What do toners even do? Are astringents the same thing?
Mike Cortiz on April 27, 2010 at 3:38am

For acne prone skin i usually apply a salicylic acid based cleanser and then have been putting an astringent on my face by wiping it with a cotton pad and leaving it on to dry, would you suggest rinsing the astringent off as well?

Neal Schultz, M.D. on June 1, 2010 at 12:33am

@Mike: It's usually not necessary to clean an astringent off because of their volatile vehicle which evaporates.