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When your face becomes oily, shiny and filled with blackheads, consider applying a refining toner. There are several types of refining toners on the market, including some that are sold on their own and others that come as part of a three-step kit. However, just because you want to get rid of your oily skin fast doesn't mean you should overdo it on the toner. By moderately applying toner, you'll successfully control your oily skin.

Frequency of Toner Application

As a general rule, follow the instructions on the back of your toner bottle to determine how often you should apply toner. These directions are generic, however, and usually take only the skin types of the general public into account, not your individual skin type. For instance, if you have excessively oily skin in your T-zone, but dry or fair skin on your cheeks, don't apply toner everywhere twice a day even if the bottle tells you to do so in the step-by-step directions. Often the toner will list a disclaimer or warning suggesting that you apply smaller amounts of toner less frequently in areas that tend to become dry or reddish.

Most toners can be applied with a cotton ball, thin cotton round or other bath tissue. Some toners come in liquid form, and others come in lotion form. You can use your fingers to apply toner lotions, but always use some type of soft disposable cotton to apply liquid toner, which is usually as runny as water.

Some toners, such as Proactive Revitalizing Toner, recommend applying toner after a thorough cleansing wash both morning and night. However, Proactive recommends discontinuing use and consulting a doctor in the event that your face gets irritated or breaks out. This is the standard protocol for most toners. So as a general rule, apply toner twice daily, but only after cleansing your face and removing makeup.

Frequency of Use with Certain Ingredients

According to Linda St. Cyr of, toners should help you control excessive oil on your face and tighten wrinkles. However, some toners contain harsh astringents, such as alcohol or large quantities of water, both of which can strip necessary oil from your face and actually induce a greater frequency of acne. Always look at the ingredients and try to avoid products with alcohol in them. Witch hazel is typically a good alternative, because many toners are formulated using this ingredient instead of alcohol.

Keep in mind that the harsher the toner, the less often you should use it. If you decide to use a toner with alcohol, start by using it only once a day instead of the recommended twice daily routine. Consider pairing it with a gentle cleansing solution and oil-free moisturizer to calm the effects of any harsh astringents.

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Rochelle Connery

Rochelle Connery is a professional freelance author and has been writing skin care, travel, music and technology how-to articles since 2006. She has played piano for over 15 years, is a professional songwriter and holds her B.A. in communications from Louisiana Baptist University.