This seems to help. At first. But it ruins your skins barrier function & ends up causing more breakouts.
I tried to stop this a few times & kept going back. Thinking it kept me from breaking out. After a month of sticking with no toner, my skin looked soo much healthier. It took about 5 years for me to notice the damage it was doing. Look on beautypedia about the damage witch hazel or alcohol does to your skin!
If you want something similar, that’s not as damaging. Try using apple cider vinegar.
Right now I just use my cleaner & moisturizer, with persagel & vitamin c on spots. Works great & have almost no breakouts. It was witch hazel that started the horrible cycle of breakouts in my 30’s that I couldn’t get rid of!
i've struggled with moderate/severe acne for most of my life, and as a result i have a ton of leftover redness and scarring. i finally saw a dermatologist for the acne itself, and the prescriptions (doxycycline and birth control) helped with the physical pimples, whiteheads, etc. but the redness never really faded, probably partially because of how pale i am. i'd heard of witch hazel as a remedy before, but i didn't know we had it at my house until about two weeks ago. i figured "why not?" and have been applying it every night since, after i remove any makeup i may have been wearing, and my skin already looks so much better! i was skeptical at first, and now i wonder why because this stuff is like magic. granted, i still have a fair amount of redness with the occasional pimple or two on my chin (my biggest problem area), but there really has been a huge improvement from what i've noticed. obviously i can't vouch for everybody else, but if you're someone like me whose skin has mostly cleared up but are still left with redness and scarring, i seriously recommend giving witch hazel a try! (also, the brand i've been using is t.n. dickinson's!)
I've spent the last two years trying to find a toner that smooths my skin, reduces redness and doesn't irritate my skin. I've previously tried apple coder viniger but it had no effect on my skin. Witch hazel saved my life!!! My skin has never been smoother
I have had acne for about two years now and it's gotten better and worse and been quite a rollercoaster. I was on several acne medications, including oral medications and topical ointments, gels, creams, whatever- my acne never went away. i recently tried a new skin routine and i bought an oil free pink grapefruit acne wash by neutrogena along with the moisturizer & saw the witch hazel for $5 or whatever and decided to try it. let. me. tell you... my skin has been clearer than ever since. i use exfoliating pads with the facewash and then use a cotton ball to apply the witch hazel as a toner, and i let it dry and finish with the moisturizer. i never sleep in makeup, i apply witch hazel 5-6/7 days of the week and my skin is clearer than it's ever been since i've had acne. it's even taking scars away, and making my skin less oily on top of it. it may not work for all skin types, but it's doing justice to my skin!
My mom told me witch hazel is good for break outs, so I decided to try it instead of a rose water toner. During the first week of using it, I didn't see my skin getting any better or worse. During the second week, I started breaking out in places I have rarely before, like the sides of my cheeks, my hair line, and my temples. The pimples were on the smaller size and were some were more red than others, but none of them were whiteheads,nor turned into them. I was completely horrified. I stop wearing makeup in the summer (bedsides mascara), so going back to wearing fountain and powder in the 80 degree humid Connecticut weather (and where I worked had NO AC was a bit of struggle. I stopped using witch hazel and switched back to the Mario Badescu rose water toner and formula 10.0.6 Best Face Forward daily cleanser and their mattifying daily moisturizer, and things started to look better. I also use honey and brown sugar on my face, in the shower, two or three times a week and let it sit for five minute (works wonders on lips too!) because the sugar naturally exfoliates skin and get rid of those little pesky forehead pimples, and the Aztec Clay Mask almost every other night with apple cider vinegar. I have struggled with acne for years and at one point my face was just on big literal pimple. Getting back to basics with natural simple product is really whats best for you face. Even though Witch hazel is a natural astringent it ins't right for everybody, and don't keep using it hoping it will get better! find another natural skin-care product that instantly soothes and compliments you skin. Keep it natural! Other good natural skin-care lines I would recommend is LUSH, and Dr. Bronners.
If I could only have one skin care product this would be it.
I never write reviews but am writing one in hopes that I may help someone out.
About 2 months ago I had decided that I wanted to try a completely natural approach to combating my oily skin/acne. I purchased Apple Cider Vinegar, a Bentonite Clay Mask, Thayers Witch Hazel with Aloe and JoJoba oil.
I began toning with witch hazel morning And night, using the mask (mixed with acv) and applying JoJoba oil at night.
This was helping a lot, but I was still feeling oily and having to use the mask every day. So instead of leaving the jojoba oil on my face, I began using it more like a face wash with cold water. I also switched all of my makeup to natural oil-free makeup. This is my skincare regimen now-
Wash with organic natural facewash
Tone with Witch Hazel (using cotton ball)
Clean makeup brush with alcohol and papertowel
Once dry, apply my makeup.
Wash again at night (with hot water)
Tone with Witch Hazel
Rinse with cold water and jojoba oil
If I'm feeling oily sometimes I skip the jojoba oil wash and just put a little on my undereyes and any dry areas before bed.
Sorry that wasn't so long, I'm just excited because for the first time in my life I can be comfortable in front of people without skin makeup on!
Used 3 days breaking out bad but it get worst before better
Ok so to start of two years i was pregnant my skin was the best I ever it had ever been i never could go with out wearing makeup due to my scars but being pregnant I actually could go with out it was a great feeling, also my eating habits definitely change to be more healthy . After having my child my skin started to go back to having acne but it was manageable, once I got on b.c my skin definitely didn't adjust to the changes an it seems to be getting worst. I Google natural ways to heal and prevent acne and first thing popped up was witch hazel went out and got it that night and was so excited to try it. I also purchased hair skin and nail vitamins along with zinc. I've been taking the vitamins twice a day and using witch hazel once in the morning after I wash my face, once before I put my makeup on as a toner and two times at night. I believe my skin is purging because both my cheeks and chin is filled with white heads and painful pimples under the skin. I also am detoxing my body with lemon water and after this container of ice cream is gone I will be going on a no sugar (sweets ) diet to shock my body into being healthy again. I have notice many pimples that haven't come to a head before me using witch hazel are having a head and other ones are forming certain parts of my face and in some areas it hurts. On my of off days Sunday through Wednesday I will be going with out makeup completely. I have my notice my skin softer and smooth as of right now my skin is going through that awkward stage of healing I seen oils also help such a tea tree oil which tonight I'm buy for scaring also along with vitamin e helps when you bust open the gel to move scaring and eucalyptus to open the pores to help remove the infection from the acne and lavender to calm the skin will be my next purchase I am hoping in a few weeks my skin will bounce back I may also get prenantals just to help with my skin and why not lol. I also think I'm ask my doctor for another birth control to help with the extra levels of estrogen never got a refill from the one I was prescribe before but it did clear my skin up a bit last time I used it. I think drinking more soda then water and always having a sweet tooth has definitely took a toll on my body and your body(skin mostly face) will tell you when it needs sonething or to stop something. Hopefully in a few weeks I can give another review or edit this one, to help anyone that may have the same skin symptoms i do. Acne sucks makes anyone who has it badly feel insecure I hate being around my fiance without makeup he tells me he loves me with out makeup but it's hard to believe him when majority of your face is filled with little pores filled with dirt, puss and infection. I tell him all the time that as long as he finds me attractive and beautiful who cares even though I really do. Good luck to you all I though when you got older it got better lol
When I first got acne and it wasn't as bad, I used this to wash my face with Witch Hazel every morning and night, and it seemed to do the trick. Of course it didn't get rid of my acne, but it definitely slowed things down. I don't use it now, because now my treatment works. (Coffee mask midday, and urine in the morning.) but all i know is that this stuff is GREAT for mosquito bites alongside with rubbing alcohol. Really gets rid of the itch.
I use witch hazel every day, in the morning and at night, and I absolutely love it. I have been using it as a toner/moisturizer for the past few months and it has given my skin a natural glow and moisturizes my skin very well. I have had acne since I was a teenager and although it doesn't remove my terrible, stubborn acne it does keep my skin clean and helps prevent further breakouts outside my "acne zones".
I would definitely recommend this product, it also works as a great makeup remover that's gentle on the skin and it smells wonderful.
I like this. I use it instead of a toner to help with my oily skin and let tell you ever since ive been using it not only is my skin less oily. It also is wonderful to have as a first aid ingredient for small irritations and insect bites etc. as it can help with inflammation and itching.A great product to have around.
I used T.N Dickinson's witch hazel for just over a week, I'd say 6 months ago. This witch hazel actually made my face break out quite moderately. But I don't think it felt too harsh on my skin when I applied it. I'm not entirely sure, but it may have activated the moderate-severe acne that I have right now (but I don't think it was the real reason why). This witch hazel only contains 100% Distilled Witch Hazel and 14% Alcohol. I am actually suspecting the alcohol made me break out more so than the witch hazel, because I recently tried a new cleansing gel and cream that had alcohol in the ingredients and it also made me break out, after my skin was already doing so well! At least now I know what I should stay away from. Probably would have been better if I used an organic/natural witch hazel, alcohol-free. Nonetheless, witch hazel might still work for you. Remember to be observant about what your skin likes and does not like, good luck!
I got the Dickinson's witch hazel bottle the other day from my local Walgreens. I have to admit, it makes an amazing toner make sure to put it on a couple of times a day, and it will definitely clear your pores and get rid of excess oil! It's not a miracle product of course, but it really improves the quality of your skin :))