Our reader Erica asked:

What is the best mid-priced toner that will help to reduce the size of pores and help to whiten skin?

Skin Conditions Such As Eczema And Rosacea

Let’s talk a little more about factors that cause these problems.

Pores that are clogged and congested appear on surface skin as white and black heads. Overtime, the congestion dilates the size of the pores causing them look unsightly and enlarged, especially when pores are not being thoroughly cleansed. The trick to combat this is to exfoliate skin on regular basis. By doing so, it helps to remove dead skin which, by the way, is also the cause of dull skin besides lifestyle stress.

People with oily and combination skin type will tend to have larger pores as compared to dry or normal skin type.

To improve both problems, the solution isn’t exactly just about the toner. While Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Refining Toner helps to control surface oil and refine the look of pores with its Amazonian clay ingredient, and the Dermatologist Solutions Clearly Corrective Clarity-Activating Toner will leave a thin layer of activated C to help brighten up the skin. But of course, nobody uses two toners at the same time. If someone is concerned with these enlarged pores and skin whitening, I would suggest that the person uses Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore-Refining Toner, together with Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution to address both concerns at the same time. According to your primary and secondary concerns, it is possible to mix and match products (from different ranges).

kiehl's regime for enlarged pores and whitening

A full regime that I’d suggest for someone with enlarged pores and is looking into whitening too:

Cleanser – Dermatologist Solutions Clearly Corrective Exfoliator (SGD52, great for a good cleansing at the end of the day to unclog pores)
Toner – Rare Earth Pore Refining Toner (SGD58 dual-phase toner with clay to help control oil and refine the look of pores)
Treatment – Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution (SGD90, helps in brightening up dull skin and correcting dark spots)
Moisturizer – Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion (SGD52 as the name says it, it helps to refine the look of pores)

The key is to ensure skin is well cleansed on daily basis supplemented together with weekly treatment products such as Dermatologist Solutions Micro-Dermabrasion, Rare Earth Clay Mask, Dermatologist Solutions Overnight Biological Peel.

The Expert

Janis Teo, Kiehl's Education Manager