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Everything you need to know about witch hazel, a magical remedy for acne

Published on:15 September 2020, 17:11pm IST
Have you heard about witch hazel? If not, then let us tell you that this shrub can prove to be a miracle when it comes to curing your acne.
Shreya Gupta
Here’s why witch hazel is a boon for acne-prone skin. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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We all have been through that phase where our face is riddled with stubborn zits and acne. And let us tell you, acne is one of the hardest things to get rid of after belly fat! If you are on the hunt for a magical ingredient or potion that can cure your acne then you should know about witch hazel. 

Often found in anti-acne toners and cleansers, witch hazel is an inexpensive ingredient that can help dry out your acne. Here’s why it is a boon for acne-prone skin: 

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1. It calms skin irritation
A study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology found that witch hazel is a botanical anti-inflammatory that has skin-soothing properties. And acne is a chronic inflammatory condition. So, witch hazel can work well on your acne by treating the inflammation and irritation.

2. It soaks up the excess oil
By now we all know that excess oil and sebum can clog your pores. Clogged pores can further get contaminated by bacteria causing severe acne and breakouts. Witch hazel has astringent properties that have a drying effect that prevents further breakout by absorbing the excess oil.

3. It has antioxidant properties
A study published in the Journal of Inflammation found that witch hazel has antioxidant properties. These antioxidant properties have a calming effect on skin inflammation. Furthermore, it can also have scar reducing benefits.

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All your dreams of an acne-free supple skin can slowly become a reality. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Can reduce acne-causing bacteria
Witch hazel contains a chemical called tannins that has antimicrobial properties. This property of witch hazel reduces the growth of bacteria on your skin and prevents further acne breakouts.

Also, read: Is rose water really the acne-curing miracle it’s made out to be? Let’s find out

Please note…
Just like any other natural ingredient, if you are trying witch hazel for the first time you should do a patch test before directly applying it on your face. Also, refrain from using too much because it has astringent properties and can dry out your skin.

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Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.