Witch Hazel for Acne
Perhaps you have heard of witch hazel or perhaps you have not. It's been a staple in my skincare routine for years. I use it on my face, back, chest and even my underarms because it has so many amazing benefits!
Aside from using Witch Hazel to refresh my underarms in the morning, I use it mainly for toning/clearing acne.
Witch hazel ( Hamamelis Virginiana) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Hamamelidaceae, with four species in North America, and one each in Japan and China.
Witch Hazel is commonly used to remove excess oil from the skin, so it can be especially helpful when it comes to acne, but note that it can be drying to the skin if it's overused! It also contains tannins, which are astringent molecules that can minimize pore size by tightening the skin. Witch Hazel is effective when it comes to fighting blackheads and whiteheads that form because of excess sebum. I think it's done wonders for my skin! Also, I've found it to be soothing: witch hazel has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and calming properties.
How did I start? I started by using Witch Hazel every other day just to ensure my skin could tolerate it well and then gradually increased my usage! Definitely test it on a small patch of skin first! Personally, I prefer Witch Hazel products that are added fragrance-free and alcohol-free, because I want to avoid over-drying my skin. Out of all the brands, Thayer's is my favorite, specifically, the rose water and aloe one.