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Witch Hazel and Acne

by Christine GlasgowOctober 18, 2016

Acne is one of the most prevalent skin conditions in the world. According to a worldwide study that was conducted in 2013, acne affects more than 650 million people across the globe. It’s the 8th most common disease right now. Acne basically affects teenagers as they hit puberty and can continue for several years. Some people struggle with acne all of their lives, while others have to suffer for a few years only.


Acne is basically caused due to the overproduction of oil by the sebaceous glands. When supply exceeds demand, the excess oil has nowhere to go and it gets caught in the skin pores. This turns the pores in your skin into a hotbed of dead skin cells and bacteria. When exposed to air, the melanin in the skin cells oxidizes and creates minute black spots. If the pores are closed, it leads to the creation of whiteheads. If the problem escalates, it creates pimples and spots on the skin. People who suffer from acne do not have smooth skin. You will notice scars, pimples, discoloration, and various other spots on their skin. Let me go out on a limb and say this thing: the market for acne treatment products is worth billions of dollars, but may not be the best for you. In this article, we shall talk about a natural herb that has become a very popular astringent for treating acne and acne scars.


I am serious. Just go on a casual walk in the supermarket aisle for cosmetics. You will find hundreds of different products that claim to treat acne using a variety of different methods. Is it really necessary that you use different chemical concoctions for treating acne conditions? Most certainly not! In fact, for people who have read my blog before, you would already know that I am a strong believer in using natural herbs and medicine for treating acne outbreaks.


If you have the knowledge, you can just mix basic household ingredients to create a strong topical paste that can be applied to the affected region. However, if you want to try something different, I would like to recommend a new herb for treating acne infections: witch hazel. Despite the cool name that’s been given to this plant, I have to say that it’s one of the most effective natural herbs for treating acne outbreaks and infections.


Witch Hazel for Acne- What is it?

Witch hazel isn’t anything new. In fact, it has been used for centuries by people for treating infections and skin problems. The Native Americans used witch hazel long before people started practicing medicine on American soil. They would create a paste and apply it on their skin for treating infections, swelling, and sores. According to a particular study, witch hazel provides the most benefits to your skin. Amazingly, one study also shows that witch hazel can protect against skin cancer as well.


Unfortunately, most people haven’t ever heard of this amazing plant. The scientific name for witch hazel is Hamamelis Virginiana. The plant is mainly found in certain parts of North America as well as particular regions in Asia. Many people also call it winterbloom. The leaves and the bark from the plant are taken and an astringent is made for treating a variety of skin infections, insect bites, poison ivy, inflammation, and a lot more. If you use natural skin care products, just turn the box around and go through the ingredients. You might be surprised to know that hundreds of health and skin care products now use witch hazel.


Witch hazel is also used for treating hemorrhoids, for soothing wounds, and for reducing swelling. The early Puritan settlers that moved from New England actually adopted the treatment from the Native Americans. It wasn’t long before the benefits of witch hazel spread throughout the country and it was widely used in hospitals since then.


Due to the powerful antioxidant and astringent properties that witch hazel provides, it is most commonly used on the skin. Witch hazel can kill bacteria that gets trapped within the skin pores and can also significantly reduce the cellular damage caused by skin cancer.


Witch hazel works in a specific manner. The extracts from the witch hazel plant are called tannins and polyphenols. These are added to a mixture of alcohol and water and thoroughly distilled. After distillation, it can be applied topically to the skin. It can also be consumed directly, since it can combat problems such as diarrhea, coughing, and the flu.


How to Use Witch Hazel for Acne

Now that you know about the many benefits that witch hazel has to offer, it’s time to learn how you can use it for as a powerful and natural acne remedy. Keep in mind that some people don’t like the smell of witch hazel, so you might have to bear with it for a while when you apply it on your face or any other part of your skin. However, in the following few paragraphs, I will teach you how to create the perfect concoction so that it provides the maximum effects, while causing minimal discomfort.


  1. Create a Toner

You will need a little amount of witch hazel, water, lavender flowers, and lavender oil for creating an all-natural toner. The reason why I use lavender oil is because it contains a very pleasant smell, which can easily counteract the harsh smell of witch hazel.

  • Just mix a few drops of lavender oil with a tablespoon of dried lavender flowers.
  • Add a cup of witch hazel extract and close the jar tightly.
  • The mixture must be allowed to saturate for at least a week.
  • Shake it daily so that the flowers can be filtered.

It’s important to note that you can’t consume the mixture internally. It must be applied to the skin. Just shake the bottle thoroughly before you apply it. You can use a cotton swab for application as well. You should apply it to your skin just two to three times in a day for the best effects.


  1. Honey and Witch Hazel Face Mask

If you can’t get your hands on lavender flowers, no worries. You can use a simple household product like honey and witch hazel to create a mask as well.

  • Just mix two tablespoons of honey with witch hazel.
  • If you want to maximize the effects of the face mask,
  • you can also add a little bit of egg whites, mashed avocados, and a little tea tree oil.

Needless to say, the concoction might smell a little bit funky. If you want, you can add a bit of lavender oil to mitigate the smell of the witch hazel plant. Honey provides antibacterial properties to treat acne, and a series of other benefits to your skin.


  1. Simple Witch Hazel

Such are the benefits of witch hazel that you can just apply the witch hazel extract directly. You can apply the extract on the acne affected region directly for positive results. It’s important that you don’t apply witch hazel more than three times a day.


  1. Clay Powder and Witch Hazel

Bentonite Clay is a great ingredient for protecting the skin. It helps clean the skin and removes bacteria from the pores. You can mix a little bit of witch hazel with Bentonite Clay to create a face mask.  You can just mix these natural ingredients to apply gently to the skin. You can just use a mask made of Bentonite Clay and witch hazel and let it dry on your skin for at least ten minutes. You can then wash your face with warm water or use a damp cloth to clean your skin.


You can use these natural toners to clean the skin. I’ve already talked about the many benefits of witch hazel. Obviously, you won’t get to see any benefits of witch hazel if you just apply it once. Instead, you should create a consistent routine of applying the witch hazel at least twice in a day. The effects will become clear within a week.


Managing acne can be a serious problem. Many people who suffer from acne breakouts often find it difficult to control the reaction. Even simple makeup products can cause serious acne breakouts. Therefore, it’s important that you don’t apply makeup products that are insensitive or contain an oil base. Remember, one of the main reasons for acne is the overproduction of sebum oil in the skin. If you add more oil to your skin, it will just make the issue worse.


Witch hazel is by far one of the best remedies that you can use. It’s relatively affordable and is easily available in the local markets. You can just buy it from any herbal store. Now, I have detailed my experience with witch hazel. Have you used witch hazel before and, if yes, have you had any positive results? If you like to mix some other ingredients with witch hazel, do let me know in the comments!  I would love to know more about your experience with witch hazel!


Christine Glasgow
Canadian girl addicted to beauty and fashion. I'm a Blogger, Entrepreneur and web influencer 👑 I mostly talk about anything related to skin care and beauty. I created this site to share science-based information on skin conditions, treatments and skin care.

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