Witch Hazel: Can It Put a Spell on Your Acne Breakouts for Good?
One natural way to fight acne may be in a simple herbal extract known as witch hazel.
When breakouts erupt, it’s never convenient. For those that regularly battle the fight against acne, what you use on your skin makes all the difference in taming redness and pimples. That’s why your skincare arsenal should have what it takes to banish those breakouts.
Witch hazel might just be the next simple and natural thing you need to help you reign over your skin and win with a clearer complexion. Keep reading to learn more about it!
So, What is Witch Hazel Anyway?
First of all, let’s clear up the mystery behind witch hazel. It has nothing to do with witches or sorcery, but the benefits may make you think your skin has indeed undergone a spell of improvement.
Witch hazel is an extract that comes from a shrub called Hamamelis virginiana. Native Americans have been using it for centuries to relieve skin irritation and inflammation. Luckily, you can easily get the benefits of this shrub by simply grabbing a container of this plant in liquid extract form.
It is made from the leaves, bark, and twigs and distilled. Often, it is combined with other ingredients, usually purified water and alcohol though less-drying formulas are made with aloe and rosewater.
As for the name ‘witch hazel,’ it is derived from ‘wych’ which means ‘flexible,’ named so for the branches of the plant while the ‘hazel’ is a nod to its similarities to hazelnuts.
What Can Witch Hazel Do for Skin?
While witch hazel has been used orally for other ailments, there isn’t much evidence that it can be beneficial in that regard. Additionally, it contains tannins that may upset the digestive tract. But applying it directly to the skin has different benefits that can reduce inflammation and irritation. That’s why it can be beneficial to acne-prone skin.
Turning back to those tannins which may upset your digestive system, on the skin, it’s a whole different story. Tannins are astringent molecules, and when topically used on the skin, they can help calm it down, fight bacteria, and even help repair broken skin. In addition to those tannins, it contains gallic acid and antioxidants which stop inflammation and free radicals.
Witch hazel tends to come in containers that are easily mistaken for rubbing alcohol, though you can find it as an ingredient in lotions and creams. Even with a 10% content of witch hazel, studies found it to be nonirritating, nonstinging, and noncomedogenic.
What About Witch Hazel and Acne?
Getting back to that acne problem, witch hazel might be beneficial for you if you use it as a toner or in lotions because of its bacteria-fighting properties. It can help the more extreme varieties of inflammatory acne like pustules and cysts as well as noninflammatory forms like blackheads and whiteheads.
As an astringent, it dries out the blemishes and releases plant-based compounds into the skin to break the vicious breakout cycle. It also tightens up pores and calms skin so with each use of witch hazel, your skin will look less agitated.
Know the Potential Side Effects of Topical Witch Hazel
Of course, everything has a downside and with witch hazel, it can be very effective for some but for others, not so much. A key example is eczema. It can reduce the inflammation but it doesn’t relieve the itch.
While witch hazel seems to get rave reviews for use on acne, there are many who find it to dry out the skin too much. That can be problematic since when skin becomes dry, the sebaceous glands begin to churn out more sebum to condition the skin. The dead, flaking skin cells then get trapped in that sebum and lodged into pores where they create further breakouts.
Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide still top the American Academy of Dermatology’s list for recommended acne treatments, though the studies mentioned earlier do prove this natural ingredient can benefit acne-prone skin. One of the most important factors for how it may affect your skin is to look for a pure formulation of witch hazel. If it contains alcohol or fragrance, chances are that it will irritate your skin and lead to irritation.
Witch hazel is deemed safe for use on skin but if you’ve never used it before, you can test it out on the inside of your arm. Look for redness, dry skin, or a rash. If nothing materializes after several days, it should be safe to use on your face.
If you have rosacea, sensitive skin, or extreme skin dryness, be sure to check with your dermatologist first to prevent causing further irritation and setbacks for your complexion.
Anti-pollution skincare & why you need it!
Did you know pollution can be silently and progressively deteriorating your complexion? Exposure to environmental stressors such as free radicals, UV/UVB exposure, different fumes and emissions could be wrecking your skin. Heck, even emissions from paint and carpeting inside your own home are potentially damaging your skin, causing inflammation, fine lines, dull skin and premature aging. More and more research shows that environmental factors could be stronger determinants of our overall health than our very own genes. And unless you’re moving to a secluded forest with cleaner air, maybe you should start considering anti-pollution skincare! Dr. Loretta took all these factors into account when creating her own line of skincare, so all of her products claim to protect skin from oxygen AND nitrogen free radical damage. Dullness and dehydration are possibly my major skin concerns, I’ve struggled with dehydrated skin for years, and if I’m not diligent with my skincare I know for sure my skin will be looking dull and crusty in just a few hours. 🧴 Dr Loretta - Intense Replenishing Serum Living in a super dry city I need to have a serum to keep me hydrated, but isn’t too heavy that will make my combo skin feel oily or break me out. This serum has a very interesting consistency, it’s light but feels like a serum/oil hybrid. Besides from protecting skin against free radicals it’s also made with vitamin F to maintain a healthy skin barrier and prevent water loss. 🧴 Dr. Loretta - Tightening Eye Gel I have a hard time finding eye cream that works well for me, most eye creams I’ve tried gave me milia which is so annoying. Having an eye gel has been amazing for me, being a gel I know for sure it won’t give me milia but I’m still treating my under eyes. I haven’t been using that long to speak on long-term effects but I’m liking it so far. It works great to depuff! At $60 for 20 ml it’s a pricey one, but you really only need like half a pump and that’s enough for both eyes. 🧴 Dr. Loretta - Urban Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF 40 This is such a nice SPF in my opinion. Not only does it offer UVA/UVB protection, it also protects against HEV light emitted from the sun and electronic devices and of course, pollution. It has a slight peachy tint so it looks good on its own, and gives off a nice satin finish, not too dewy or too matte. One thing I have to note on this product is I have to take a few extra minutes for application, it’s best to pat it in rather than aggressively rubbing it on, which I wouldn’t recommend either way 😜 normally I wouldn’t bother but I love how it looks on me, and it was $50 so I will make it work lol Have you tried any anti-pollution formulas? Would you give these a try? ☺️ #CheriePartner
Get rid of dry patches instantly -Peeling gels
Do you get large or small dry flakey patches because of either colder weather or retinoids or acne treatments? I do get these dry flakey patches all the time with my retinoid use and sometimes when the air gets dry around me. But that isn't the main concern for me, these dry patches come in my way of getting a good flawless foundation routine. When I have an event or meeting to attend and if I have these dry patches it's hard for me to moisturize them and keep them moisturized and look good under my makeup. There was only one solution to such dry fkakey skin, that is Exfoliation!! I figured the quick exfoliating masks and solutions (chemical exfoliation) work but they did not get rid of those dry patches completely. So I tried these peeling gels before my morning shower and vola!! They instantly removed my dry patches and made my skin super soft and smooth for a flawless makeup application!! 😍❤️ I love using these both, @wishful Yo Glow enzyme scrub HUDA BEAUTY - Yo Glow Facial Enzyme Scrub @saturdayskin Rub-A-Dub Refining peel gel SATURDAY SKIN - Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel ✨ These both are refining physical exfoliators that work by creating white balled up action and pills when you rub it gently on your skin. They generally have chemical exfoliants as well like Papaya and pineapple enzymes as well as physical exfoliators. The lightweight, milky texture gently buffs away dead skin cells and impurities for immediate results that also makes the perfect canvas for seamless makeup application. You start off with a watery gel like this, which you spread over your face then you see the product balling up on your face creating this weird peeled skin texture. ✨But have you Wondered what is it exactly?? Is it your skin falling off or peeling that way? Is it just the product that's balling up and not exfoliate skin well? or is it just a gimmick?? The Answer is: peeling gels are actually a very gentle physical scrub – the scrubbing bits are the soft, bunched up fibres, which are usually made of bunched up acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer* (sometimes listed as “carbomer” in the ingredients list). Some gels also contain a lot of cellulose, which adds to the bunching effect (this is usually in the opaque ones) ☑️😍Conclusion: Peeling gels aren’t chemical exfoliants – they’re gentle physical exfoliants (scrubs). The fibres form from ingredients that are in the gel to begin with, balling up from the rubbing motion with some help from oils on your skin. There will be a small amount of dead skin in there too. I am a fan of Peeling gels, they definitely help me a lot with instant exfoliation without being crazy abrasive on my skin. This is the evidence I like physical exfoliants as much as I love chemical ones. 😊❤️ Have you used Peeling gels? Do you like them? Share your thoughts ❤️
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Skincare Trend - Superfoods 🥬
Skincare trends! Do you follow, skip, or wait for others to give you their honest opinion? Well if you said the latter then I am here to tell you all about this superfood skincare trend and more specifically the kale, green tea, and spinach superfood trend 🥬🥬🥬! The way I found out about this trend was by searching on Instagram and seeing what my fellow beauty bloggers were sharing! For reference, I have oily combo skin with subtle dry patches during the winter season! At the moment my skin is relatively clear with large pores as my main concern. First off is the YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser ($10.00 - 2 oz). This cleanser is cold-pressed with antioxidants to remove makeup and prevents build up in the pores, while keeping skin’s pH balanced. It’s meant for most skin types (dry, normal, combo, and oily). You can use it in the morning and evening, however I mainly use it in the evening to truly clear my makeup from the day! Unlike other makeup cleansers, you should dampen face and use two pumps of the superfood cleanser. Then add water gradually to get all makeup off from the face! P.S this product comes in a glass bottle making it great for the environment and recycling! Next superfood spotlight features the YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE - Superfood Air-Whip Moisture Cream with kale, spinach, and hyaluronic acid ($48.00 - 2 fl oz). This thick yet lightweight cream is perfect for oily combination skin! It’s full of antioxidants, rich superfoods, and hyaluronic acid! It targets the following concerns: fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, and loss of fitness. The kale is full of vitamins C, E, ana K! The green tea is packed with antioxidants, and HA is a natural hydrator! I like this moisturizer is perfect for my current issues! Like I mentioned before I have oily combination skin and dry spots with the changing weather on the east coast! I’ve been using Youth to the People for a few months and I am excited to share I am a big fan of the products, but they do run on the more expensive side 😕. This is a vegan, cruelty free, and gluten free skincare line! And as far as the skincare trend featuring superfoods, well I am 100% a fan and encourage all to hop on this bandwagon because you will not regret it! Superfoods bring so many benefits to our skin and it would be a shame to not spread the word around for all to hear! #CheriePartner
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