Witch Hazel is an Old-School Acne-Fighting Ingredient With Real Benefits
If you’re anything like us, when you think of witch hazel, you flashback to your pre-pubescent days and first forays into skincare. Perhaps images of a certain blue toner come to mind, and the tight, stripped skin feeling that came along with dousing your face in it. Witch hazel is most definitely not a new skincare ingredient; it’s been around as a skincare staple forever. But it’s fair to say that it’s a bit misunderstood, often getting a bad rap for being harsh and drying, and falling much further down the totem pole of effective acne-fighters than the beloved salicylic acids and benzoyl peroxides of the world.
But here’s the thing: Witch hazel really can be an effective blemish buster, particularly when it comes to addressing blackheads and whiteheads. (And no, it’s not going to make your skin feel tight and stingy.) Ahead, New York City dermatologist Marnie Nussbaum, MD, Rachel Nazarian, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City, and Deanne Robinson, MD, a dermatologist in Westport, CT, explain why you might want to consider incorporating this classic ingredient into your complexion clearing protocol.
Source: Byrdie – Witch Hazel is an Old-School Acne-Fighting Ingredient With Real Benefits By, Melanie Rud