Farmacy Deep Sweep 2% BHA Pore Cleaning Toner
Effective exfoliation you can feel working
Non-drying, alcohol-free formula
Results are visible in days
High price point for the amount of product
Farmacy Deep Sweep 2% BHA Pore Cleaning Toner
We put Farmacy’s Deep Sweep 2% BHA Pore Cleaning Toner to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.
The beauty of a good toner is that it provides a daily dose of exfoliating action in a formula that’s relatively easy on your skin. Or at least that’s what they’re supposed to do—many formulas feature alcohol as a top ingredient, which can be irritating for those with sensitive and combination skin. Even if you have oily skin, doubling up on products that are formulated to control oil—and often contain alcohol—can lead to stripped, dehydrated, and generally unhealthy skin.
That’s where the Farmacy Deep Sweep 2% BHA Pore Cleaning Toner comes in as a game-changer, because not only is it alcohol-free, it’s also loaded with natural extracts that effectively exfoliate skin without overdoing it. Don’t get me wrong—this stuff is heavy duty, containing both salicylic (BHA) and lactic (AHA) acids as well as papaya enzymes—but with an ingredients list that reads mostly like a salad recipe of natural extracts designed to nurture and balance skin, it’s a gentle giant that does its job quite well.
As a huge fan of plant-based skincare and no stranger to all things exfoliating, I couldn’t wait to put Farmacy's Deep Sweep Toner to the test.
Keep reading for my full review.
Best for: Combination to oily skin types.
Uses: A daily toner that provides gentle exfoliation, controls oil, reduces shine, and minimizes the look of pores for a fresh, glowing complexion.
Star Rating: 4.7
Potential allergens: Exfoliating acids
Active ingredients: Salicylic acid, lactic acid, papaya enzyme
Byrdie Clean? Yes
About the brand: Farmacy is on a mission to cultivate a conscious approach to beauty with a line of farm-to-face skincare containing responsibly sourced ingredients and produced with respect to reducing waste, fighting food insecurity, and promoting ethical manufacturing.
About My Skin: Combination to oily and a bit sensitive
Like I said, I’m no stranger to exfoliation, and I waver between AHAs/BHAs and a routine that relies on a combination of retinol and vitamin C to get the job done. Needless to say, I was on the former routine when I tried Farmacy's Deep Sweep Toner. My skin is mostly combination with a lean towards oily, especially in the summer. It’s on the sensitive side as well, so I need to be careful which exfoliation methods I use. I prefer liquid-based chemical exfoliants over scrubs, as the friction of scrub particles can leave my skin feeling raw, so trying Farmacy was right up my alley.
The Feel: Water-light and refreshing
The toner absorbed fairly quickly, with a slightly tacky after-feeling, which subsided as I applied the rest of my skincare. The first time I used it, it felt refreshing on my skin, but by the third time I felt a slight tingle, which the brand says is normal. I didn’t notice any redness or irritation, so it wasn’t a problem for me.
The Ingredients: Like a skincare salad
Like most Farmacy products, in addition to its central hero ingredients, the Deep Sweep Toner is loaded with skin-loving natural extracts galore.
Salicylic Acid: A true “hero” ingredient, salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) famous for being an anti-acne warrior that helps to slough away dead skin cells and excess oil from the skin’s surface. Since it’s oil-soluble, salicylic acid cuts through surface sebum and helps to dissolve the gunk that causes dead skin cells to clump together, thus smoothing the surface of the skin while helping to reduce the likelihood of clogged pores.
Lactic Acid: One of the most commonly-used alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) in skincare today, lactic acid is known for a myriad of benefits including killing acne-causing bacteria, boosting cell renewal, lessening the appearance of wrinkles, and even increasing skin’s moisture-retaining abilities. Lactic acid’s large molecular size keeps it from penetrating too deeply, making it more suitable for those with more sensitive skin.
Papaya Enzymes: Papaya fruit is loaded with natural AHAs, which, when used regularly, can help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and improve your skin’s overall tone.
Moringa Extract: Moringa is a skincare hard-hitter, helping to balance oily and congested skin while providing protection from pollution and environmental factors.
How to Apply: With hands or without
Farmacy's Deep Sweep Toner comes in a beautiful green glass bottle, and to get the product out requires a vigorous shake. It’s more or less clear and watery, and like most toners, you can apply it using either a cotton pad or your hands. As I’m never one to waste, I opted to apply with my hands. I shook out a nickel-sized amount onto my palm and gently patted it onto my face while it was still damp from cleansing.
The Results: Noticeably smoother skin
I first felt noticeable results after the third time I used the Farmacy Deep Sweep Toner. The first day I used it in the morning and at night, and the second day I used it only in the morning, but by that evening, I noticed my skin felt much smoother, especially around areas of concern like my temples, where mask-wearing has led to chronic pore-blockage. In my experience, the results were more tactile than visual, as I don’t have any dark spots to clear up, which would have taken a few weeks of constant usage. But after 10 days of mostly morning use, I'm quite happy with the results. My skin is bright and bouncy, and it definitely feels less oily throughout the day.
The Value: Definitely worth it
Farmacy's Deep Sweep Toner is $28 for four ounces, which is on par with options from many other prestige brands. Depending on what you usually spend, it may seem a bit pricey for a toner at first, but when you consider it contains both AHA and BHA action plus skin-protecting antioxidants, it ends up being so much more than just an exfoliant. It’s more akin to an essence or light serum, and definitely worth every penny in my book.
Similar Products: You have options
Versed Weekend Glow Daily Brightening Solution: This exfoliating daily toner by Versed ($18) ups the ante on the acids with a four-acid blend, plus a dash of vitamin C to target dull, lackluster skin. If you’re looking for something more intense, this may be a top shelf contender.
Rose Inc Skin Resolution Clean Exfoliating Acid Toner: If your skin is more on the dry side, this milky-textured toner by Rose Inc ($32) balances its acidic side, which contains both glycolic and lactic acids, with moisture-boosting squalane to keep skin smooth, glowing, and in check.
Summer Fridays Soft Reset AHA Exfoliating Solution: Think of this heavy-duty exfoliator by Summer Fridays ($56) as the ultimate pore-smoothing solution. Loaded with 16% alpha-hydroxy acids to clear off surface debris as well as niacinamide to help even out skin while minimizing pores, it’s not for the faint-skinned, but if your complexion could use its powerful effects, the results will blow you away.
I was genuinely surprised at how effective the Farmacy Deep Sweep Toner was at smoothing my skin and freshening up my overall look. A splash once a day makes a huge difference without irritating my skin, and it’s a perfect fit in my routine. Every product I use afterwards goes on perfectly—no pilling, no slipping, no shine—and I love how smooth my skin feels. Plus, the more I get to know about Farmacy as a company, the better I feel about using products with such a purpose.
- Product Name Deep Sweep 2% BHA Pore Cleaning Toner
- Product Brand Farmacy
- Price $28.00
- Weight 4 oz.
- Full Ingredient List Water/Aqua/Eau, Arginine, Salicylic Acid, Lactobacillus/Papaya Fruit Ferment Extract, Moringa Oleifera Leaf Water, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Water, Chlorella Ferment, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Lactic Acid, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Gluconolactone, Maltodextrin, Glucose, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.
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