This has TRANSFORMED my skin. I have oily, uneven and acne-prone skin, and using this has eliminated all acne from my face. It's incredible. I now get compliments on my skin... the other day a coworker asked how I get my face to glow!
I don't use witch hazel straight from the bottle. Instead, I combine this with crushed aspirin, a few drops of tea tree oil and either green tea or water. I keep the mixture in an empty amber glass bottle (used to have vanilla extract in it) and shake it up before I pour it on a cotton pad and apply to my face. I use it twice a day, and follow with either aloe vera gel in the morning or jojoba oil at night. My skin is the healthiest it's ever been.
EDIT: I am sad to say this, but I'm a fan anymore. After about 2 months of using this, my face is a mess. Its rough and red and I'm still having breakouts. I think the alcohol content might still be too high. I am in need of something that soothes my skin rather than aggravates it.
So I wasn't satisfied with my Dermalogica Multi-Active toner that I decided to switch to something new. As I was browsing through MUA I found Dickinson's Witch Hazel, which is not only a best seller at my pharmacy but also my first toner back in high school. Now I couldn't exactly remember why I stopped using it back then but I thought, "Hey, it's cheap and its there, why not?". The first few nights I tried it I was in love! My pores felt tigher, my skin felt smoother, and my rosehip oil treatment and La Mer moisturizer were working better than before! Or so I thought... After one week of use I started noticing some dry patches on my face and it suddenly hit me just why I dropped the product in high school! It's incredibly drying (14% alcohol...duh) even for combination skin like mine. I'm not too sure what to do with this product because I really do believe it did my skin some good at the start. I might just use it once daily or every other day to see how this goes. If that doesn't help then I'm going back to MUA to look for more toners.
Ugh I wish I read the bad reviews more than the good when I purchased this product! I have very sensitive skin, and I had a problem with closed comedone acne on my cheeks and I was FINALLY starting to get rid of them because I was doing microdermabrasions and hydrafacials every 2 weeks. Then, read the good reviews for this toner and thought that it's all natural and it won't bother me and boy was I wrong! Two weeks into using this toner I noticed strange tiny bumps on my chin, didn't think anything of it and thought maybe it'll just go away, then couple of days ago noticed more and more tiny bumps forming on my cheeks! Now it's all over my cheeks like a full blown rash, a little tingly and itchy at times. All of my progress was for nothing because I just got pushed a million steps back and my hubby comes home soon from Afghanistan :(
I like using this for all kinds of things...it's an all purpose skin product. I only use on breakouts because I'm very dry, but once in a great while I will use all over my face...kind of like a purge. For those that can't deal with the smell, essential oils (IF YOU ARE NOT SENSITIVE TO THEM) can help. Just add a few drops. Rose is good for the skin, lavender, etc. Just don't use too much. You should barely be able to smell them. You can then customize your witch hazel for your specific skin type.
This product smells like what I would think warm, fermented, urine would smell like, but that's really the only con.
The smell goes away after a couple minutes anyway.
The packaging is straight forward and easy to use. My bottle cost $5 at the Walmart for a large amount.
Just in a couple hours of my first use, my skin was already healing. My acne spots from a massive hormonal breakout had turned flesh colored and looked flatter and less noticeable
The inflammation had been soothed.
I also used this on my sunburn and it helped take the burning sensation away.
I really recommend this product for it's healing abilities and because the results are almost instant.
Also this is great for dry skin. I have normal-dry skin and I don't need a moisturizer at all when I use this. It's very gentle.
The smell is horrible! That and the alcohol content almost had me give up before I put it on my skin. But it definitely helped with clearing out my clogged pores and for that, I'll go back again and again. However, it doesn't do a good job of closing the pores up, just cleaning them. Surprisingly, it didn't cause any problems for my sensitive skin.
Used for sun spots, witch hazel and lemon juice. I read about mixing these for sun spots a week ago and already my spots are fading. I have been using Obagi but this works much quicker and is def cheaper!! Witch hazel does make a great toner also.
Prettttttty sure this stuff gave me lots of little itchy bumps. I used it off and on over the past few months, and I remember back in late December after not using it for some time, I began to use it again (with a couple drops of tea tree oil) on my forehead, and I began to get little bumps. After noticing a few days of this, I stopped using it completely for about two to three weeks. I was breaking out BADLY during this whole time, so it was hard to tell what was and was not working, and so I tried this again, thinking it couldn't be witch hazel because I have used things with witch hazel in them before. So I started again, this time applying it to my whole face for around two months (mid January until mid March). My face eventually was pretty itchy very often, and I attributed this to the Johnson and Johnson Baby Wash that I had been using, since I had never used it before. Well, I quit that, used Dr. Bronner's which gave me even more bumps, but still I was using the witch hazel. I finally switched to Cetaphil and a diluted tea tree oil as toner, because I've used this combo in the past with no itchy weirdness, and two weeks later, my itchiness and little bumps subsided to an extent. I decided to use the witch hazel again, just on my forehead this time, and three days later, forehead was again covered in very small itchy bumps. So yeah, I'm surprised because like I said, I have used products containing witch hazel before, but seems this stuff just didn't work well with my skin for whatever reason. I never minded the smell, though.
This is pure genius. The smell was not pleasant at all but I found a way out. I use this with a cotton round and then I had some rosewater lying around so, I do a second round with that. amazing product. Next time I might buy the thayer's one with the rose petal.
This was just too drying for me to the point where my skin began flaking and I have oily skin. I just stopped using it, so I can't determine if it helped with my acne or not since it wasn't long enough.