Witch hazel is a shrub with fragrant yellow flowers. As a natural treatment for acne, witch hazel is a home remedy that that’s been used for centuries. Holistic health experts and ancient herbalists have used witch hazel for centuries. It’s also a very powerful natural treatment for inflamed eyes, bruises, cuts, itchy/dry skin, bleeding and of course acne. However, witch hazel is becoming one of the most preferred natural treatments for acne among people due to its healing and anti-allergic properties.
If you are an “experienced” acne sufferer, you might have some doubts about this and that’s obvious. There are lots of products in the market with huge claims about giving you relief from acne, but most of them are empty promises. There’s also an infinite list of ‘things-to-do’ and ‘things-to-avoid’ that’s available online, and reading some of them can leave your confused. And although research is the best thing you can do and find out Why and How something works, most of the claims around witch hazel as an acne treatment are from normal people not scientists. These are genuine reviews and experiences of people who have had a first-hand experience using witch hazel which makes it an easy first choice when exploring home acne remedies.
Why You Should Consider Giving Witch Hazel A Try
The best reason for using witch hazel as a natural acne treatment is that it’s natural and does not interfere with the pH balance of your skin. It consists of anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-whatever benefits. Witch hazel acne treatments are very cheap and accessible; and on top of that, easy to use. All you have to do is soak a cotton ball with the witch hazel solution/astringent and apply it on the affected area just as you apply a normal astringent/toner. After a few minutes rinse it away, you can pat-dry your skin and clean it normally.
If your acne is really severe and you have acne on various spots of your body, do a trial by applying it on your body acne (for instance, on the acne on your back, neck, or the chest area). If you feel itchy or uncomfortable, stop using it. But if all is well, try using it on your facial acne. Generally, use witch hazel no more than twice a day.
Witch hazel is usually best suited to those with normal to oily skin. People with tolerant and stronger skin types may find it too mild and for those with a dry-sensitive skin, witch hazel might be too harsh. That is the reason some people do not respond well to witch hazel, and how well it clears the skin and cures acne is largely individual to the person.
Finally, using witch hazel to treat your acne is an excellent idea. But one must not forget that there are some underlying causes of acne such as being a teenager, hormones, nutrition, genes, and PCOD (in women). While you are trying out options to cure your acne, also pay attention to maintaining good overall hygiene levels, eating nutritious food, avoiding oily spicy food and exercising every day.