The first time I ever saw a bottle of Witch Hazel was at my aunt and uncle’s house as a kid. At the time, I considered them hippies so I thought nothing of it until my dermatologist suggested I stop using alcohol on my face and switch to Witch Hazel. He said it was a natural disinfectant and astringent…Ummm Okay!
I left out of his office thinking that Witch Hazel was better than alcohol but I didn’t really know why. Now as a mature, “holistically woke” individual, I know exactly what Witch Hazel is and why it’s necessary for clean skin. If you’re not really sure what Witch Hazel is, outside of being an awesome astringent, here’s a quick rundown.
Witch Hazel, by name, is actually a plant and is used as a natural remedy for many ailments thanks to chemicals called tannins. These chemicals help fight bacteria, reduce swelling, and repair dry, broken skin. Thankfully for us, we benefit from tannins when Witch Hazel water is extracted by steam distilling its bark, twigs, and dried leaves.
When applied directly to the skin, Witch Hazel is good for:
- Insect bites
- Minor burns
- Varicose veins
- And more!
I, personally, started using Witch Hazel to combat acne because when applied to your face (for any skin type), Witch Hazel can:
- Decreases the size of pores
- Decreases pimple development
- Reduce redness
- Reduce Inflammation
- Reduce bacteria
- Speed up healing times
- Stop excessive oil production
As a pimple spot treatment, combine Witch Hazel and Tea Tree Oil then dab a Q-Tip on the inflamed area once a day.
I am forever grateful for this inexpensive skin solution and I hope you are too!