I’ve had acne on and off throughout my life. I can go months at a time where my skin is clear and I don’t have any acne, then I have months where I can’t seem to go a week without a breakout. For the past few months, my skin has been breaking out again, so I decided to try Witch Hazel for acne.
Witch Hazel for Acne
There are a lot of products on the market that claim they help reduce acne. I am skeptical of these products. Most of them are made with synthetic chemicals, fragrances, preservatives, and other additives that have no business being on anyone’s skin. They are also costly; some exorbitantly so.
I am a big believer in using natural products to battle our problems. A few years ago, I started washing my face with olive oil or coconut oil. I make homemade facial scrubs using salts, sugars, natural oils and sometimes fruits and veggies. And I even make homemade makeup. In the process, I have saved a lot of money making my own homemade beauty products, and there are less chemicals in my home and body because of it.
When my face began to break out again, I decided to look for a natural product that helps fight acne, and found Witch Hazel.
Witch Hazel is produced from the bark and leaves of the Witch-hazel shrub. It has many naturally occurring qualities that make it a perfect astringent for the skin.
Witch Hazel has tannins, which have natural astringent properties that are used to treat acne (source). Witch Hazel on face side effects are minimal; it is considered “very safe” for topical use when used two to three times per day.
Reduces Redness and Irritation
Witch Hazel has naturally occurring procyanadins, resin and flavonoids, which give it anti-inflammatory properties. It’s been shown to relieve mild skin irritation (source).
Reduces Natural Oils on the Skin
Witch Hazel may help prevent excessive production of facial oils. It also may reduce bacteria growth on the skin, which will help reduce acne breakouts.
Witch Hazel Facial Mist
Witch Hazel can be poured directly onto a cotton ball and dabbed on the face. You can also combine it with essential oils to create a witch hazel facial mist.
My preference is to have it as a mist, because it is easy to apply and convenient. Plus, I can get some added value of essential oils. I add tea tree oil to the witch hazel facial mist because tea tree oil has also been shown to reduce acne with very low risk of adverse effects (source). Lavender essential oil is another favorite that I use in many of my homemade beauty recipes.
- 1/4 cup witch hazel
- 10 drops tea tree or lavender essential oil
- Spray mist bottle
- Combine Witch Hazel and essential oil in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use.
- After washing your face, spray Witch Hazel Facial Mist directly onto the skin, avoiding the eyes and mouth. Repeat 2 - 3 times per day.
Where to Get the Ingredients
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You can pick up Witch Hazel for around $1 a bottle at most grocery stores that have a pharmacy, or you can grab it on Amazon, but it’s quite a bit more expensive.
I love Simply Earth essential oils because they are high-quality, 100% pure, and suuuper affordable. There is no reason to pay $100 a bottle for essential oils, so if you’re in the market, definitely check out Simply Earth.
When I pick up witch hazel at the pharmacy and Simply Earth essential oils, I can make a batch of this witch hazel facial mist for less than $1 per month!
My preference is to use a glass spray mister because the glass containers last forever (or, at least, a really long time) are environmentally-friendly, and easier to clean.
I also find that drinking lots of water and taking a high-quality whole food vitamin makes a huge improvement in my skin. It helps reduce acne and gives me healthier looking skin.
Other Homemade Products using Witch Hazel
Check out my other homemade products using witch hazel!