[REVIEW] Isntree Clear Skin BHA Toner

Isntree Clear Skin BHA Toner was purchased by Cosmeperks.

As soon as I read the name of this product… I wanted to buy it. I love bha and more specifically… I love salicylic acid, guess what this toner contains… nope, sadly it’s not salcylic acid however, it’s something very similar! It contains betaine Salicylate which is used as an alternative to salicylic acid!

Almost everything I’ve bought so far with salicylic acid was amazing so the chances I like this product are high. In case you’re not familiar with it, it is a gentle exfoliant that works well against certain types of acne (not mine but it seems to work nicely on my skin so I don’t really know what to believe).


Well well, this toner is supposed to remove keratin and sebum to make the skin smoother. Until now I had no idea we had keratin in our skin but apparently it’s a protein in the epidermis, that adheres cells to each other and forms the skins protective layer. Definitely good to know!

To be specific, Isntree says that “the toner softly melts the surface of the skin and the keratin inside pores without needing to be washed off”.

The betaine salicylate in it also makes the skin smoother, as it remover unnecessary wastes and blackheads. Furthermore, it improves dark skin tone evenly aka it evens out the skin tone and has some whitening abilities.

On the product page it says that the toner “makes irritated sensitive skin comfortable”, which can be translated in many ways. In this case, it means that it can soothe the skin that has become sensitive after keratin use and make it comfortable.

All this happens thanks to its content of salix alba bark, portulaca oleracea, cantella asiatica and glycyrrhiza (I believe this is liquorice), extracts.


Purified Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, Betaine Salicylate, Hizikia Fusirme Extract, Codiumfragile Extract, Sea Trumpet Extract, Gelidium Cartilagineum Extract, Salix Alba Bark Extract, Cantella Asiatica Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Soy Isoflavones, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Glycyrrhiza Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice Powder, Allatoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Panthenol, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum.

Isntree Clear Skin Bha Toner Review

Notable Ingredients:

Seaweed Complex: More specifically, Hijiki (contains iodine, vitamin A, iron and calcium which supply moisture), Sea Staghorn (contains vitamin C and various minerals so it supplies nutrients to the skin and increases elasticity), Sea Trumpet (contains fucoidan and phlorotannin which protect the skin from external irritants and promote healthy skin) and Agar (absorbs harmful substances, wastes and keratin so it helps the pores stay clean).

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Betaine Salicylate: helps with oily skin and sebum production of troubled skin. Black & White head management.

Salix Alba Bark Extract: soothes troubled skin.

Portulaca Oleracea extract: prevents dryness and makes the skin healthier.

Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract: soothes sensitive skin and controls excessive sebum secretion.

How to use:

Just like any other toner, use right after cleansing. Both in the PM and AM routine.

Volume: 200ml

My skin type: acne prone, with PIE and oily.

Isntree Clear Skin BHA Toner Review:

After viewing the details of its ingredient list, my expectations skyrocketed. Sadly, as you will read further down it was all blah blah.


Isntree Clear Skin Bha Toner Review

This toner comes in a plastic bottle that can be bent; the material is like a fancy water bottle. It has a dispenser that forces you to turn upside down the whole bottle and I absolutely hate it for that and other reasons. The dispenser is seriously, very badly designed.

Because the hole is too small, when you put a cotton pad on it to soak, no liquid gets out. To fix that, you leave some space between the pad and the dispenser which ends up being just as bad because the product gets everywhere and you also get too much (I will elaborate more on why that’s bad in the texture section). You can take that out but then you get WAY WAY WAY too much product out and you’ll be out of toner in a week.


It has no smell which can only be a good thing for the company’s side, since you can’t please everyone with the way a product smells. It also kind of proves that the product’s ingredients are indeed natural. It’s also nice for when you mix it with other products like I do with serum and turn it into a mask.


Isntree Clear Skin Bha Toner Review

Toners are supposed to hydrate the skin, even a little bit. At least, the skin is supposed to absorb them and “re bounce” after cleansing. With this toner, this isn’t the case at all. Whenever I apply it on my face, no matter the amount, it just sits on top of the skin. My skin hardly absorbs it, even when I use it as a mask (that thing where you dip cotton pads into toner).

Once it evaporates the skin really feels like nothing’s there but my skin doesn’t feel moisturized or even normal. I always have a feeling that it needs something more. May be that it lacks freshness; I am used to toners giving a cooling/ refreshing feel and this one doesn’t- even though it claims it does.

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My skin’s condition changes super fast. One day it could be as smooth as baby skin and the other day it’s like I had a cat scratching my face for years. For the whole month I tried this, my skin’s smoothness was minus 10. My acne was elevated and my skin tone.. weird. The only good thing that I got out of this was that it cleared all the blackheads from my nose! Disclaimer: I had very few but none is better right?

I believe I made it clear that this isn’t really my favorite product. Nor did I like it. It failed to properly do its job as a toner and live up to its claims. I did not get any bad reactions or hate it; I will continue using it but I definitely won’t be repurchasing.

A product with very similar effects (but working properly) to this is The Ordinary’s Glycolic Toning Solution and honestly, I strongly recommend it to everyone.

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