Have you ever used witch hazel to soothe an itchy mosquito bite? If so, you’ve already experienced some of the benefits of this natural remedy—but have you ever considered incorporating it into your daily skincare routine? Witch hazel has become a popular ingredient in many skincare products, and it’s actually proving to be quite effective.
Witch hazel extract comes from the leaf, bark, and twigs of the witch hazel shrub. The liquid is first extracted and then distilled, and in the past, it was usually mixed with alcohol and purified water to create different skincare products. Traditionally, it was also taken orally to treat various ailments, but there is little evidence that it’s an effective treatment for any internal issues, so this is no longer recommended. But improved formulations for skin care products that replace drying alcohol with soothing ingredients like aloe vera and rose water can definitely give you a nice glow.
Why does witch hazel actually help acne prone skin? It’s because it’s an astringent: it tightens up the skin and reduces swelling, and it also has antibacterial properties. Overall, this means that it can fight inflammation, and acne is an inflammatory condition.
Is there anyone who should avoid using witch hazel? Yes. If your skin is already irritated—for example, if you’ve had a bad break out and you’ve tried to pop any zits—it could be too harsh and painful for your sensitive skin, and it might be best to hold off on trying it.
So, which witch hazel products are the best on the market? If you’re looking to splurge on something a little more high end, you may want to try out the Murad Clarifying Toner. If you’re looking for a product that you can easily travel with to keep your skin looking great even after you step off a long-haul flight, check out the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Blemish Patrol Pads. A popular favorite that also happens to be quite budget-friendly is the Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera. The aloe and rose water give this formula a moisturizing boost.
Have you ever used witch hazel toner to treat acne? Let us know in the comments!