Witch hazel comes from a flowering plant that produces golden-yellow flowers. The leaves and bark are used to make an astringent, a substance that causes body tissues to contract or tighten. Witch hazel contains natural chemicals that help to reduce inflammation or swelling. Because of its anti-inflammatory and skin tightening effects, it is sometimes used as a soothing home remedy for hemorrhoids. Most commonly witch hazel is used as an astringent after cleansing to tone and tighten pores. Some dermatologists recommend witch hazel to patients that suffer from breakouts or have oily skin. Witch hazel may also have the ability to relieve inflammation associated with some skin conditions like eczema and acne. Witch hazel is an active ingredient in skin toners and astringents. It's also available in the form of witch hazel pads. These pads have witch hazel as the primary ingredient and are formulated for daily use. In addition, witch hazel is an ingredient in some topical medications used to calm insect bites and skin irritation.
Are Witch Hazel Pads Safe?
Witch hazel can be found in a variety of formulations from different brands. Witch hazel pads are popular for their convenience. These pads make it quick and easy to apply witch hazel. Some are made for your face while others are designed to ease the discomfort of hemorrhoids. Some people use witch hazel pads as compresses to soothe irritated or inflamed tissue or cleanse and refresh the vaginal area. You can carry them with you to cleanse and refresh your skin when you aren't able to wash. When used as a toner, which hazel can help to balance the complexion and prepare the skin for the next step of a skin care regimen such as a moisturizer, treatment product or sunscreen. Although witch hazel is safe to use topically (on your skin), it should not be taken by mouth. Some people can experience mild irritation or a rash when they use it. If you experience a health concern such as rash, peeling, redness or irritation, stop using witch hazel and consult your dermatologist.
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