What you should know about Witch Hazel.
Witch Hazel is made from a shrub, which grows in Canada and United States. The main benefits of this plant are due to the fact that it contains high levels of tannins (tannic acids), which give Witch Hazel its astringent properties. Due to its astringent features, extract from this plant leaves and bark was used by local people for medical purposes throughout many years. Currently Witch Hazel is a component of many healthcare products, topical products like lotions and toners. Some of the uses of this plant are for treating hemorrhoids, bites of insects and bruises. When it comes to skin conditions Witch Hazel is considered an effective remedy for condition like eczema, acne and psoriasis.
Does Witch Hazel work for Acne?
The main reason why Witch Hazel works well for acne is because it has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and astringent features. In addition to that it can provide your skin with additional antioxidants that can also help to reduce pimples. When it is applied on your skin it works by lessening excess sebum, minimizing inflammation of acne, closing up pores and protecting & drying the skin. All these features are beneficial for reducing acne and improving appearance of your skin. The only limitation of Witch Hazel is that it doesn’t actually reduce sebum production, which means that it will not prevent acne form returning in the future. The only reason why it might lower future breakouts is because it works as a disinfectant. This means that it is able to minimize bacteria in the pores and on the face, which in turn will lead to far less breakouts. Since everyone has a different type of skin it is possible that Witch Hazel might provide users with different results. Despite that products containing this extract are usually very cheap so it is definitely worthwhile to try at least a few brands of Witch Hazel for your skin.
How to use it for Acne?
There are different ways how you can use Witch Hazel for treatment of acne. First of all, there are quite a lot of toners available that contain Witch Hazel in formulation. So you can get all the benefits of this extract by using one of these toners. Best of all you can buy these kinds of toners for less than ~$10 and many users have great results in terms of acne by using them.
The second way how you can use it for your face is to make a mask. There are a couple of recipes available in order to make a mask of Witch Hazel; however one of the most popular one contains additional ingredients like Honey and Tea Tree Oil. So to make this mask you will need 2 teaspoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of Witch Hazel and Tea Tree Oil. Also some users add a few drops of Lavender Oil, which gives this mask additional healing and antiseptic properties. To make a mask stiffer, mash an egg white with either a banana or an avocado. When you have a mask ready apply it either to coat the whole skin of your face or only on the area that is affected by acne. Leave a mask for about 15 minutes and then rinse it off with water. It is also important to mention that before applying this mask on your skin it should be both clean and dry. The other thing to know is that it is only used topically by applying it on the skin (not orally).
What do consumer reviews say?
The reviews of different Witch Hazel products that you can find online are mostly positive. It seems that they are both effective for reducing acne problems and are suitable for even more sensitive skin types. Read a few actual user reviews of Witch Hazel toner bellow.
Review #1: I have been struggling with acne & white heads for a couple months (due to pregnancy) & this toner is the only product that cleared my face! I noticed a difference after the first night I used it!
Review #2: I have had problems with acne as long as I can remember. At 32 years old I am pretty tired of it. This product has helped tremendously! I will certainly continue using it.