If clogged pores causes acne (amongst other things) then why do we not simply just use pore minimizing cleanser, toner, and moisturizer to rid ourselves of this once and for all?
'Pore size' is genetic - like the colour of your eyes. The only way toner might appear to reduce pores is because most toners contain alcohol and/or other drying agents which dry the skin out and superficially tighten it - this isnt a good thing, and once your skin adjusts to the harshness it loses that effect.
Toners dont really have any positive contributions - some say they remove excess makeup that your cleanser didnt pick up - i say get a new cleanser because clearly it isnt doing its job.
I'm on the acne org regimen and for it it improves my skin from all corners - the cleanser removes excess oil and makeup, the treatment reduces acne causing bacteria ultimately clearing your skin, and the AHA lotion reduces scarring and hyperpigmentation, and improves overall skin tone. There is no place for a toner in my regimen, i dont need one.
I feel like toners are just a beauty industry thing, they tell us to "Cleanse, Tone and Moisturize!!!" but its just a pointless extra step to squeeze money out of us.
I have used BP 2.5% from the acne.org website for the last 5 years. I've tried the regimen. I liked it. But it doesn't work for me. The cleanser doesn't remove all of my makeup in 8-10s and I do look for a toner to do the rest. After getting laser treatment on my skin, I can no longer use BP 2.5%. It's too harsh. I use a toner with a tea tree oil and my skin looks better today than it ever has. I appreciate your insight though. Thank you for your comment I didn't know that pore size was genetic. I guess all that "pore minimizing" stuff is a joke. I was just curious so that's good to know