I was excited to try Witch Hazel, because I had heard such good things. Unfortunately, it didn't work out so well on my skin. I'll admit that it can calm redness, and maybe spot treat and stop potential blemishes from coming through sometimes, but I would never apply this all over my face or use as a toner as some people suggested. Mainly, I think the alcohol in the specific version of this that I got was the culprit. It completely broke me out after using for a few days. I tried it again a few days ago to my chin to soothe some blemishes that were still left, thinking maybe it wasn't this product, but then a few days later I had new ones right where I had applied it! Alcohol is a known ingredient to stay away from from acne-prone skin though so maybe if there is version of this without alcohol it will work better for some.
I love this product! I use it religiously after cleansing in the morning and night. My skin feels so clean and actually glows! After suffering with moderate acne for 6 years I think I've finally found a routine that keeps me clear even though I never thought I'd see the day. I haven't had a pimple in three months since I started using this in conjunction with my regular benzaclin application... a new record for me! It might not work for everyone, but it's def worth a try since it's so cheap!
First off I must admit that this is the first witch hazel product I have purchased and used. So, I've been using it for a week now and I guess the function of it seems to be alright. However, the smell of this has been very off-putting and I've been willing to over look it hoping to get use to it. BUT... I hate to compare the smell to this, but it finally popped into my head tonight while using it what it reminds me of. I recently took an anatomy class in which we had to dissect animals. The fragrance of this product smells exactly like the chemical solution used to preserve the animal bodies (they don't use formaldehyde anymore). It is a very specific smell and this is a dupe for it IMO. I'll be looking for a different brand of witch hazel. So, this is just a heads up to those that may also share a similar sensitivity to smells. I just can't get past the smell. Next, I'm trying Avalon Organics Vitamin C balancing toner.
Dont like the smell, but it does the job without irritating my skin. removes all makeup my cleanse didnt get and is soothing. great for oily acne prone skin. plus one bottle lasts forever.
Love this little gem! I use it after cleansing with my Clarisonic and it smells lovely, bananas and vanillia...excellent for minor cuts. Definitely a staple...will not buy standard toner ever again.
LOVE it! I use this every night before bed and it works wonders. This is as close to a magic potion as you'll get. My skin is softer, clearer, and somewhat glowier. It has faded my acne scars and it dries up oil like no other. This is a must have for me!
Staple for me. Been using this for a couple years now... so I'm use to the horrible smell.I couldn't believe how nasty it smelt the first time i used it! But dont let that mislead you witch hazel is wonderful add to skin care regime.
I use as a toner at night after cleansing. Works great for balancing ph of your skin. Also i think is a contributing factor to my acne =)
I love witch hazel as a toner. It helps remove make-up, makes skin a little smoother and isn't too harsh. It doesn't work magic, but it does a solid job!
For some reason, I feel i prefer the scent of drugstore brand witch hazels over this (very subtle difference and neither smell great by any means). This works equally well for me and I use this following my oil cleanser instead of double cleansing. Feel this has helped keep my skin extra clean and I use it on a cotton ball and hold it on picked at pimples to reduce the inflamation. Will repurchase some form of witch hazel for sure. UPDATE: decided the smell of this is just strangely sweet compared to my normal plain old drugstore witch hazel and its just really doesnt agree with me...going back to the reg. stuff
I am a little unclear about the topic of toners and if they're necessary or how to apply then in what order of skincare routines, but I've found an amazing (to me) use for it.
I use it after cleansing and the occasional exfoliation, but before moisturizing, during the nighttime only. What I find is that my skin absorbs oils (I use combinations of oils as nighttime moisturizers) more easily. I have dry skin and sort of rough texture but on the nights that I exfoliate, I love having the witch hazel there to help absorb the oil and leave my skin feeling softer. I'm not sure why this happens, but I do like it. I don't break out from it and I think it helps some acne dry out a little, but it's not a replacement for acne treatmeants.