Today, witch hazel is used in almost all the cosmetic products. This is because the shrub has excellent astringent properties and keeps the skin healthy and supple. Witch hazel is used in the treatment of acne and acne scars due to the healing effect it has on the inflamed skin. It soothes the irritated and swollen skin and reduces the occurrence of skin rashes to a considerable extent. In this article we will look at two different ways in which the shrub witch hazel can help treat acne of the face.
1. Witch Hazel As Anti-Acne Cream
To prepare the witch hazel acne ointment you will require:
• 250gms of dried witch hazel
• 5 ounces distilled water
• One teaspoon wax and
• 1 teaspoon cold cream
Method Of Preparation:
Boil the dried leaves of witch hazel in five ounces of distilled water for 7-10 minutes. Strain the mixture and put it in a double boiler. Place the boiler over medium flame. Now add wax and cold cream in the boiler. Stir the mixture continuously so that it doesn’t burn. Let the wax and cream melt completely.
Remove the boiler from flame and transfer the contents into a small pot with lid. Let the mixture cool down. Your witch hazel based anti-acne cream is ready for use. The cream can be applied all over the face because it does not dry the skin unlike the commercially available anti-acne creams and gels. Do not use this batch of witch hazel cream for more than 10 days. Prepare fresh cream for use.
2. Witch Hazel Astringent For Acne And Oily Skin
• 375gms of fresh witch hazel (use 450grams if using dried form of witch hazel)
• One liter distilled water
• Rose hip essential oil
Method Of Preparation:
Place the distilled water over high flame and boil it. Once the water starts boiling, add witch hazel to the water and boil for 15 minutes.
The water will reduce to half of its original quantity. Turn off the flame after 15 minutes. Cover the pan with a lid and allow witch hazel to steep in the hot water until the water cools down.
Now strain the water-witch hazel solution and collect it in a clean and dry bottle. Add six drops of rosehip essential oil in the bottle and shake it well. Witch hazel astringent is ready for use.
The astringent should be applied every day after washing face. Cleansing agents have drying properties which can be easily tackled by use of astringent. Apply astringent over clean and dry face. Witch hazel astringent will take care of over-secretion of sebum which is the main cause of acne. Regular use of the astringent will prevent the face from turning shiny and oily.
Rosehip oil in combination with witch hazel will fasten the healing of the broken and damaged skin tissues.