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Nelsons Pure and Clear Balancing Toner


Updated June 19, 2014

Nelsons Pure and Clear Balancing Toner:

An over-the-counter toner/astringent made especially for acne-prone skin. This toner can be used individually or as part of the Nelsons Pure and Clear 4-step acne skin care system.

Active Ingredients:

Arnica, calendula, hypericum perforatum (AKA St. John’s wort)

Other Ingredients:

Witch hazel extract, aloe vera extract, tea tree oil, lavender oil, grapefruit peel oil, petitgrain oil


About $11 for 4.2 fl. oz.

Where You Can Buy:

Whole Foods Markets and other retailers, and online at Nelson's Natural World (manufacturer's website)


  • Non-drying
  • Feels refreshing
  • Leaves skin feeling clean


  • Stings open pimples
  • You can smell the alcohol when it's applied
  • May not be astringent enough for super oily skin

Pure & Clear Balancing Toner Guide Review:

Here's a confession -- I don't especially like toner and I don't use it regularly. (It may sound like skin care blasphemy, but toner really isn't an absolute necessity.)

Still, I do like to use a toner every now and again. Nelsons Pure and Clear Balancing Toner did a good job, leaving my skin feeling fresh and clean.

Surprisingly, it isn't drying. Even more surprising because this toner does contain alcohol (so if you're looking for an alcohol-free option, it isn't for you.)

It may not be astringent enough for super oily skin types, though. It didn't do a fabulous job cutting through the oil on my skin.

The ingredients did appeal to me, especially because it contains my favorite, witch hazel. I've been using plain witch hazel extract since my teen years. This is like my old witch hazel toner all fancied up.

I liked the way it left my skin feeling cool and tingly. I also liked what it didn't leave behind -- no sticky residue that some toners leave on the skin.

If you have an open pimple, though, watch out. It stings. I also wonder if it may sting more sensitive skin types as well.

For those in the market for a non-drying toner, this is a good fit. But if you're looking for something to really cut through oil, you'll probably be happier with a more potent astringent.

Balancing Toner is step two in Nelson's Pure and Clear 4-step acne care system.

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.

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