To understand exactly what witch hazel is and how it helps your skin, let’s go back to the story of ancient beauty treatments with astringent.

What is Astringent?

Astringent is an astringent that contains alcohol ingredients such as benzoin tinturem, sage tincture, camphor, and borax.

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In the 1970s, when people still used soap to wash their faces, astringent was used to remove the fatty acid layer of soap.

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Origin of witch hazel

Witch hazel is a plant, specifically a shrub called Hamamelis virginiana.

What is witch hazel and should acne-prone skin use witch hazel?

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This extract is then mixed with alcohol and purified water or combined with other skin care ingredients such as aloe vera and flower distillate to create creams, ointments, and skin toners.

The therapeutic benefits of witch hazel

Oral witch hazel is useful for people with diarrhea, mucous colitis, vomiting blood, coughing up blood, tuberculosis, colds, fevers… However, witch hazel also contains tannin – an ingredient that can cause irritation.

What is witch hazel and should acne-prone skin use witch hazel?

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Witch hazel used directly on the skin can help relieve pain, itching, swelling, bruising, insect bites, skin damage, minor burns, acne, eye inflammation, mucous membrane inflammation, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, skin

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What can witch hazel do for acne-prone skin?

Witch hazel extract from leaves, bark and witch hazel water is used as an astringent to help firm the skin.

What is witch hazel and should acne-prone skin use witch hazel?

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Note when using witch hazel

If your skin is severely inflamed or irritated, applying any medication can cause a negative reaction.

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Additionally, because it is an alcohol-based astringent, you should not use witch hazel if you have very dry and very sensitive skin.

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Some suggested witch hazel products: Murad Clarifying Toner, Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Tone, Thayers Alcohol-free Rose Petal Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera, First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Blemish Patrol Pads.

Some suggested witch hazel products

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