I use this toner in the morning and at night, after washing my face. Having oily skin, this product helps control that, I do not see a difference in my pores though. I've been using this product religiously for a while and have not seen a difference in my hyperpigmentation or acne, but I will continue to use it. I just like the fact that it helps control oil and will remove makeup and dirt, even after I thought my cleanser did the job. It's also very cheap and lasts forever.
For reference I have oily, acne-prone, sensitive skin
I have been using this for about 2 months now morning and night. I've hardly put a dent in the bottle, this stuff lasts foreverrrr, definitely worth the $3 (on sale) I paid for it. It has made my skin a lot smoother and has eliminated my old acne and prevented almost all new acne other than an occasional pimple here and there. It did not dry my skin either. Just as good if not better than the Clinique #3 toner. Will definitely buy again!
I'm amazed that there are so many that put this on their face. During my derm. rotation in med school this was a big no-no since witch hazel has approx. 14-20% alcohol due to it's distillation process. It's an OK disinfectant. Definitely can cause skin to become even more oily due to the rebound effect. Here's some more info. and w/ some research to back it up: Commonly used plant extract that can have potent antioxidant properties (Sources: Phytotherapy Research, June 2006, pages 364–367; and Journal of Dermatological Science, July 1995, pages 25–34) and some anti-irritant properties (Source: Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, March-April 2002, pages 125–132). However, witch hazel’s high tannin content (and tannin is a potent antioxidant), can also be irritating when used repeatedly on skin because it constricts blood flow. The bark of the witch hazel plant has higher tannin content than the leaves. Steam distillation for producing witch hazel water removes the tannins, but the plant’s astringent qualities are what most believe give it benefit. Alcohol is added during the distillation process, the amount typically being 14–20%. Witch hazel water is distilled from all parts of the plant, so in that sense you never know what you’re getting, though the alcohol content remains (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com; www.drugs.com). Depending on the form of witch hazel, you’re either exposing skin to an irritating amount of alcohol (which causes free radical damage and collagen breakdown), tannins, or both. Moreover, witch hazel contains the fragrance chemical eugenol, which is another source of irritation
must have! witchazel is great as a toner and for cuts and scrapes.
I love this stuff! When I started using it, I immediately noticed that my skin tone was more even, my pores looked smaller, and my acne was calming. I know people are afraid of toner because it can be drying, but witch hazel really isn't. Also, I pair it with a gentle cleanser (Cetaphil), so it's not too much. Yes, the smell bothered me a for a few days. Now I don't even notice it. Absolutely worth it.
i haven't even tried this yet but i don't think i can either, the smell is unbelieveable, like seriously i didn't think anything could smell like that. i would tolerate really bad chemical smelling stuff, but this is lik bad chemical smell PLUS bad natural smell that lingers in my nose even after i close the bottle.
edit: haha holding my breathe i still use this, no diff in skin cept that it is smoother right after it dries on teh face but the smell is a little more tolerable now.
I've lost count of how many times I've bought this product. My mother actually introduced me to it, and it's my little beauty secret.
I have normal/dry skin that gets bit oily in the T Zone, overall thanks to good genes and a skin routine I've developed for myself I'm happy with my skin. I owe a lot to TN Dickinson's Witch Hazel, which I use every morning after cleansing (with Revlon's Absolute C cleansing milk) and just before my tinted moisturiser and makeup or moisturiser. I then use it at night after cleansing with Pond's Cold Cream and before Pond's Dry Skin Cream.
It's great value, about AUD $6/7 for a bottle where you only need a few little squirts on a baby or makeup wipe at a time, so it lasts a few months.
I picked it up after years of not using toner as it dried my dry skin out and I didn't like the fact that I was wiping a lot of chemicals on my face. The witch hazel toner is pretty natural and it's good for helping you wipe off makeup and freshening up your face.
I also gave a bit to a skeptical relative who was having problems with pimples--she dabbed on a bit and the next morning it had dried out and cleared up a little!
So it's safe for acne, oily skin, dry skin (as long as you moisturise afterwards), it's cheap and fresh. Definitely recommend it to everyone. Ditch your normal toner (which probably has "witch hazel extract" and other such nonsense) for the real thing and don't look back.
Been using this for about 2 weeks now. It's really helping my acne. The redness has gone down alot. I also see them pimples going away and it may also be helping with a couple small acne scars I have. It also makes my skin supersmooth. I've been using it 2-3 times a day. I've tried everything and so far this is working the best. I've just started going without powder/foundation/concealer, which I used to put on evertime I left the house.
Try it if you have acne or just as a toner. It's super cheap so you can't go wrong.
I have been using Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel, the newest version in the yellow bottle for 2 months now and i really like it. It's helped my acne and I have less whiteheads/blackheads since using it. It does a great job cleansing my face and taking off the excess oil/dirt without making my skin dry. I also love that it's an all-natural product so I don't really have to worry about the ingredients irritating my skin or affecting my health.
A great product. In the last couple of years, hormones, stress, moving and seasons have caused more blemishes to break out on my skin. I wanted to try Thayer's, but Dickinson's is even cheaper and in a big bottle. The smell is a small price to pay for such a versatile and good product.
I use this more as a cleanser at night. I have a specific cotton washcloth for it and massage on my problem areas. I use a toner after and then moisturise.
After one week: Less redness, whiteheads small blemishes and oil. Smoother skin but it didn't really tackle the bigger pimples or their scars very well.
After a month: Still doing an excellent job of eliminating the small stuff right away and my skin is smoother. I would say I am about 1/5th through the bottle now.
Other uses: cuts, bruises, itchy skin, insect bites, after shaving and massaging into oily roots/scalp.