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The Best Drugstore Salicylic Acid Toners

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Nov 30, 2020
The Best Drugstore Salicylic Acid Toners

Say goodbye to acne and more with these drugstore salicylic acid toners

Balance is the key to everything in life - including your skin care routine. And what better way to achieve a balanced, beautiful, and blemish-free complexion than with a salicylic acid toner? Many don’t truly understand the beauty of toner, as this water-based solution is way more effective than it gets credit for. Typically applied after cleansing, a toner is designed to remove the last traces of dirt and oil that your face wash may have missed - replenishing and nourishing the skin while balancing out the natural pH level.

This maintains a healthy natural moisture barrier while keeping skin looking firm and fresh - the ideal second step in your skin care routine. Oh, and the best part? Many toners infuse your face with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to solve a variety of skin issues - like, oh we don’t know… acne? Salicylic acid is a  Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) that penetrates deep into the skin to shed dead cells - reducing inflammation and acne to clear up your complexion. And that’s only the beginning of what a salicylic acid toner can do. Find our drugstore favorites below!

BLK/OPL SKN™ EVEN TRUE Pore Refining Toner by Black Opal, $8

BLK/OPL SKN™ EVEN TRUE Pore Refining Toner by Black Opal
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Black Opal is an inclusive beauty brand that carries the most gorgeous makeup for men and women of color. Seriously, just try the TRUE COLOR® Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation. But even the best face makeup isn’t complete without the proper canvas, and your skin will be instantly refreshed with the EVEN TRUE Pore Refining Toner. This oil-reducing toner contains all the best acne-fighting ingredients to cleanse and balance - Salicylic Acid to exfoliate and remove impurities like blemishes and blackheads, Witch Hazel for even more pimple-fighting power, and natural antioxidants to protect against environmental stress and restore balance to the skin. Hydration, smaller pores, and a refreshed and radiant complexion come easy with this $8 toner… and create the ideal canvas for your Black Opal makeup looks!

Witch Hazel Pore Clarifying Toner by Bioré, $8

Witch Hazel Pore Clarifying Toner by Bioré
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Ah, Witch Hazel - the ingredient with the Halloween-esque name and scarily good results when trying to beat blemishes. And it works even better alongside your favorite acne-fighting BHA, Salicylic Acid! This drugstore Salicylic Acid toner by Bioré treats existing acne and prevents future breakouts - unclogging and minimizing the pores for a balanced complexion. The oil-free formula is designed for even the most acne-prone or oily skin, as it feels refreshing and lightweight while still working its magic on your zits. Bye, Felicia. Bioré is known for its ultra-exfoliating ingredients (seriously, try the Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser,) and your pores will be clean and serene with this drugstore Salicylic Acid toner.

Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Triple-Action Toner by Neutrogena, $7

Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Triple-Action Toner by Neutrogena
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“I love this product! Every time I have a problem with my acne, it is cleared up in days!” Our MIRA guest Emma loves this drugstore salicylic acid toner for her combination skin, and you will too. Come on, when has Neutrogena ever done you wrong? The brand’s MicroClear® Technology “boosts the delivery of salicylic acid to the source of breakouts with powerful oil-dissolving agents.” In simpler terms, it really pushes the acne medicine deep into your pores to zap even the most stubborn zits. This toner also eliminates the annoying shine that often comes with oily or combination skin, and soothes redness and irritation with green tea and cucumber extracts. Our community agrees that Oil-Free Acne Stress Control is good for acne and pore minimizing - giving you the most glowing, acne-free complexion at just $7.

Natural Acne Solutions Clarifying Toner by Burt’s Bees, $9

Natural Acne Solutions Clarifying Toner by Burt’s Bees
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You shouldn’t have to spend a crazy amount of money for clean, natural skincare products that don’t make you break out even further. And that’s where Burt’s Bees comes in. The brand always puts your skin first, and you’ll be blemish-free and looking beautiful with this drugstore salicylic acid toner. Natural Acne Solutions contains SA naturally derived from Willow Bark, featuring natural BHA’s to exfoliate and unclog pores, resulting in a clear complexion. You’ll clarify the skin even further with Lemongrass and Witch Hazel - because if there's anything you’ve learned from this list…it’s that there’s no better duo for acne-prone skin than Salicylic Acid and Witch Hazel. If you thought you loved the Burt’s Bees cleanser and chapstick, just wait until you try this drugstore toner for your most clear and healthy skin.

Hydra Fresh Toner by L’Oreal, $6

Hydra Fresh Toner by L’Oreal
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While many anti-acne products can be harsh or drying on the skin, this drugstore toner by L’Oreal keeps the zits away and the moisture very much intact. Salicylic Acid does what it does best - exfoliate and sweep away dead skin cells to stop breakouts before they even begin. Hydra Fresh also contains Glycerin and Cabbage Rose Water for a boost of hydration that helps to rid your skin of impurities, without stripping away natural oils or damaging the moisture barrier. What more could you ask for in a skincare product? Even if you’re not usually a toner person, you’ll be transformed with this $6 product - which our MIRA guests agree is hydrating, gentle, and smooth on the skin.

Rapid Clear 2-In-1 Fight & Fade Toner For Acne & Marks by Neutrogena, $10

Rapid Clear 2-In-1 Fight & Fade Toner For Acne & Marks by Neutrogena
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There are tons of toners that promise to reduce skin issues within days, weeks, or months… but what about hours? Only with Neutrogena’s Rapid Clear line. Salicylic Acid works alongside another powerful BHA, Glycolic Acid, to deeply exfoliate and refine the skin. And we don’t just mean a pimple or two, but the entire ordeal. MicroClear® Technology delivers maximum strength salicylic acid directly into the pores to reduce the appearance of blemishes in under eight hours, while the accelerated exfoliation of the skin helps to fade the appearance of dark spots and acne scars. Short-term and long-term benefits in one $10 drugstore toner? All while leaving you with a refreshed look that’s completely free of dirt, oil, and impurities? Only from Neutrogena.

Effaclar Clarifying Solution Acne Toner by La Roche-Posay, $15

Effaclar Clarifying Solution Acne Toner by La Roche-Posay
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The French name makes it sound fancy, and it is… but this drugstore salicylic acid toner does everything that you need it to at under $20. With 0.5% SA, this ingredient reaches deep into your pores to eliminate the blackheads and whiteheads that appear seemingly overnight - along with Glycolic Acid to further exfoliate and improve the skin's texture. And don’t be fooled by the low number there, as it simply means that Effaclar Clarifying Solution Acne Toner is effective and safe to use on all skin types - from oily and combination to dry sensitive skin. You deserve the clear and glowing complexion of your French girl dreams, and you’ll go full Emily in Paris with this drugstore toner by La Roche-Posay.

Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent by Neutrogena, $5

Clear Pore Oil-Eliminating Astringent by Neutrogena
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“I used this astringent as a facial toner when I had acne issues a few years ago. It was so effective in keeping my skin clear. This toner kept my skin having an even color, radiant look, and most importantly clean.” Now that is a MIRA review. We’re back with another drugstore salicylic acid toner from Neutrogena, as the brand truly understands the struggles of acne. It contains two of your favorite blemish-fighting ingredients, Witch Hazel and Salicylic Acid, to deeply penetrate the pores and remove every last bit of dirt and oil. And blackheads. And dead skin. And as much as you love the way these toners get under your skin, literally, they take care of you on the surface too. Eliminate the shiny T-Zone you’ve been dealing with for years, and watch as your complexion becomes glowy (not greasy!) with this ultra-exfoliating toner.

Essential Deep Cleaning Toner For Sensitive Skin by Clean & Clear, $5

Essential Deep Cleaning Toner For Sensitive Skin by Clean & Clear
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“If you use it with a moisturizer, it works wonders. Great with preventing breakouts. Definitely recommend it.” This drugstore product is the perfect toner for beginners, or those who still aren’t entirely convinced that they need one in their beauty routine (hint: you do.) At only $5, you’ll get a refreshing toner that’s formulated with salicylic acid to fight existing and future blemishes - in addition to eliminating any leftover dirt and oil that’s been left behind after cleansing. While many beauty enthusiasts on the more sensitive side have worried about salicylic acid making their skin freak out even further, that won’t be an issue with this toner - as it’s specially designed for sensitive skin to zap zits and leave behind refreshing, radiant vibes.

Clear Genius Toner + Serum by Bliss, $18

Clear Genius Toner + Serum by Bliss
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Have you ever gotten out of bed in the morning, looked in the mirror, and said “I woke up like this?” And not in the cool, Beyonce way…but referring to the cluster of zits that were definitely not there when you went to sleep. Not cool. As annoying as it is, you can beat these blemishes with the Clear Genius Toner + Serum by Bliss. It has all the benefits of a drugstore toner, featuring Salicylic Acid and Witch Hazel to clear pores and reduce the appearance of acne… but it’s also not your typical toner. It also contains Niacinamide to brighten and minimize pores, Zinc PCA to control oil, and Cica to calm down and de-stress the skin. You won’t just reduce acne and inflammation, you’ll also even out skin tone, purify your pores, and more with this game-changing treatment.

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