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7 AHA Toners to Keep Clogged Pores at Bay

Got oily skin and/or clogged pores? An AHA toner is a must for your skin care routine.
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What the heck is an AHA toner, you ask? Well, AHA, which stands for "alpha hydroxy acid", is a gentle chemical exfoliant that works above the skin (versus a BHA or beta hydroxy acid that chemically exfoliates below the surface of your skin).

AHAs are a beauty maven favorite as they tend to work wonders on clogged pores (which means less blackheads and breakouts). They're also typically more gentle than a harsh physical exfoliator or a spa-level face peel.

All in all, we're a huge fan of AHAs — especially when they're in easy-to-use toners that can be applied daily after your cleanser to help keep your skin in tip-top shape. Click ahead to see some of our favorites.

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The powerful toner is chock-full of AHAs like glycolic and lactic acid to help reduce the look of pesky dark spots just about instantly (yes, we're serious!). You can also thank witch hazel water, lemon extract, licorice root, and chamomile for this product's brightening, refining, soothing and conditioning properties.

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Glossier Solution, $24
Everyone's favorite 'gram-worthy beauty brand, Glossier, created this chemical exfoliator that is unlike other physical scrubs as it uses a potent blend of AHAs, BHAs, and PHAs to help improve the look of blemishes, redness, enlarged pores, and dark spots. Plus, it's cruelty-free!

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After cleansing, douse your complexion with this AHA-rich toner for a mild resurfacing to help with dullness, dark spots, and large pores. With ingredients such as glycolic acid, grapefruit extract, and aloe vera, you'll get all the benefits of an AHA, along with hydrating and soothing benefits.

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Yup, kombucha is good or more than just drinking, people! It also works as a prebiotic to support the skin's natural microbiome (in other words, it helps keep your skin balanced and healthy). Also included in this YTTP AHA exfoliating toner, is lactic and glycolic acid, as well as pichia lysate ferment, which helps to firm the look of skin.

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