Cleansing & Pore Tightening Toner

Light Controlling Lotion

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Our very first toner ever made, this cult-favorite has remained an essential part of a skin cleansing routine thanks to its gentle but effective exfoliation powers, leaving pores looking tighter.

Light Controlling Lotion is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 183.
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6.8 oz
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We are committed to formulating without ingredients that do not meet the Erno Laszlo clean standards.

What It's Formulated Without
Phthalates, Parabens, Petrolatum, Colorants, Sulfates and Mineral Oil

Water (Aqua/Eau), Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Polysorbate 80, Parfum (Fragrance), Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Evernia Furfuracea (Treemoss) Extract, Limonene.
Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product package you receive for the most up to date list of ingredients.

Light Controlling Lotion



By sweeping away oil and bacteria while binding moisture to the skin, this toner leaves your face soothed, pH-balanced and perfectly prepped for what comes next. Features a cast of refining ingredients.


Cosmetic Grade Alcohol

Lightly exfoliates dead skin cells and clears the way for newer, younger ones.


A natural moisture magnet to attract and hold hydration for a glowing complexion.
How it work


How to use it

How to use it

  1. Immediately after cleansing, sweep over skin with a cotton pad.
  2. Avoiding the eyes.
  3. Use during your day and night ritual to balance your skins pH.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never thought it would work I have had "troubled" skin since early childhood, at times, very severe with cystic acne. I expect the oils in my face are actually too dry and cannot release normally, and food sensitivities definitely make it worse. Toners have never seemed to do much except remove a little more oil. This one has made my pores less visible and vanished the blackheads--a minor miracle in my book. I use the pre-cleansing oil as well. The soaps, thus far, have not been as good as the one I already use. I also like the Transphuse eye cream. My eye wrinkles appear when I smile (beyond normal crow's feet, which would be fine) and the cream may be helping.
Date published: 2016-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Toner Hero!! I love this toner. I like the simple, but effective ingredients. It makes my skin brighter and works to make pores smaller. I think that alcohol gets bad press. It has cleaning properties. It just does. My skin seems to handle it quite well. Let me not forget another thing that I love about this toner. It smells great and so familiar. I forgot about the Lazlo line for a while. I started it again because I love the ritual and my daughter has been having skin problems. I had her stop all the nonsense that she was using and started her on Lazlo. I wish I had helped her sooner and Light Controlling Lotion is vital to that effort. Thank you.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old School I've been a Laszlo fanatic since 1984 and am so thankful the company has at least kept the Sea Mud Soap and the toner! I really miss the rest of the regime with the two different Shake-Its and the really good Oil Controlling Powder that you could actually FEEL working throughout the day when you pressed it into your oily areas! Best stuff on the market, and I've been preaching about it for three decades! Sure, it takes a true commitment, but the end results are SO worth it! Tried everything that comes out, and I always end up back to the Laszlo basics... Got my daughter hooked, too, and she started when she was young - I just made it available to her, taught her the regime, and let her make up her own mind. When I go visit, we're at adjoining sinks with the Sea Mud - LOL.
Date published: 2016-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best toner, easy to tolerate, great results! I used to not be able to use an acid toner because they were all too harsh for my skin. Erno Laszlo's Light Controlling Lotion turned my world around. It's the first acid toner my skin has been able to tolerate in years. I love how it shrinks my pores, picks up any last residue my double cleanse left behind and leaves my skin soft and balanced, ready for my next serum application. The tiny red breakouts I used to experience so annoyingly have also ended. I've seen the light and it's Erno Laszlo's Light Controlling Lotion...the value size, of course!
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ahhhh I can start my day now..... I have used Erno Laszlo Light Controlling Lotion for many many years. If I get nothing else done to my face, I get it washed with sea mud soap, and apply the Light Controlling Lotion, and then as I run out apply the Antioxidant Moisture Complex SPF 15 and I am set for the day. It is rare I miss this ritual, but when I do, my day is just not the same! I have tried a few other toners through the years. Most of them have made my skin scaly. The ELLCL tones without any type of reaction at all.
Date published: 2012-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Toner to the Stars Every time I walk through the skin care department at Saks or Neiman Marcus and they have a new skin care line they always try to get me to give up on Erno. They tell me i should never use a toner with \"alcohol.\" The first thing i ask them is how old they think i am, every time they guess 10 years and more under my real age. Then i just laugh and tell them i am sticking with the tried and true Dr. Laszlo! Can\'t live without it.
Date published: 2013-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful stuff! I've been using Erno Laszlo since 1974. First, I used Conditioning Prep, for oily skin, and I've been using Light Controlling Lotion for at least thirty years. It is a most effective toner. I'm sorry that some beloved products are no longer offered, such as the Regular Normalizer Shake-its, and I'm sorry that the products are no longer sold locally, but, I am loyal to the brand and continue to purchase many of the products
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The holy grail of toners First off: I'm new to EL. My skin is still adjusting. That said, I love this toner. I was surprised since it has a high alcohol content and is pretty fragrant but I think I have found a holy grail toner. I only realized how well the sea mud soap was doing in cleaning when my cotton round (after using this toner) still looked clean. Appears to help with acne and balancing out the face. Marked a star off for value simply because I find I go through it quicker than the other products.
Date published: 2015-06-21
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Do you use a moisturizer after the light controlling lotion?

Asked by: Traci143
Yes, you should use a moisturizer. The Light Controlling Lotion is a toner, which is step 2, after cleansing, and before a serum and moisturizer. It would be very drying as a final step.
Answered by: EL Advisor
Date published: 2020-09-08

Is this oil free?

Asked by: Leslievolk
Yes, this product is oil free. It is an astringent, and is the only product of ours to contain alcohol in the formula.
Answered by: EL Advisor
Date published: 2019-02-25

Does the light controlling lotion come in a larger size?

Asked by: Sadie
Sometimes it does...I think they're out of stock now...last time I checked.
Answered by: Sujay
Date published: 2019-03-20

Do I need to use both light controlling lotion and the Firmarine Essence Lift lotion after I cleanser? Or is one or the other?

Asked by: Nannie
I have recently returned using Lazlo because of hormonal acne (awful). I like the light controlling lotion because it controls the oiliness of my skin during the day. I only just began the Firmarine line but thinking out does control the oiliness and the other LIFTS (I can only hope) so I am using BOTH but it is too soon to know for sure.
Answered by: Sharon508
Date published: 2019-03-20

I'm 78. Normal 78 year old skin. Used to use Lazlo in the 70s and 80s. What products would I use now? What would my routine be now? Still need toner? Would I use 2 different soaps one for am and one for pm?

Asked by: Tangi
Please contact us at [email protected], and we would be happy to help you figure out the best products to use.
Answered by: EL Advisor
Date published: 2019-11-19

I used this control lotion at my age of 26. Not sure if it is the same product with the pinkish powder ? My skin still oily now at 55. Does it still suit my skin type. What is a good matching day moisturizer? 

Asked by: Samsam23
The Light Controlling Lotion is a clear, liquid toner for oily and acne prone skin. You may be thinking of the Shake-It (if used in the daytime), or the Heavy Controlling Lotion (if used in the evening). We no longer carry either of those products, so if you have oily skin, this would be the most beneficial.
Answered by: EL Advisor
Date published: 2019-03-20

Need telephone number to call re pending order 

Asked by: Niko
Hello Niko, You can reach the customer service department by calling 212-373-4700, ext 303.
Answered by: EL Advisor
Date published: 2019-03-20

Does this have SPF in it?

Asked by: Hannah18
No, the Light Controlling Lotion is a refining toner. There are two day creams that contain SPF..... one is the Phelityl Day Lotion with SPF 15 and the other is the Firmarine Day Cream with SPF 30. Both are great options. 
Answered by: Gucciguy
Date published: 2019-03-20
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