Witch Hazel - The Electrologists' Choice for Skin Care

February 11th, 2014
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Witch Hazel

Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) - By H. Zell (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Witch Hazel for Skin Care

What I know about skin care would fit into one of my admittedly large pores, so when I noticed that my zappers overwhelmingly prefer witch hazel for electrolysis after-care, I decided to find out why.

What is witch hazel?

Witch hazel is produced from the leaves and bark of the North American Witch-hazel shrub (Hamamelis virginiana). As it turns out, witch hazel contains a variety of chemicals that are very good for treating all sorts of skin conditions including acne, insect bites, poison ivy, swelling, bruises, psoriasis, and more.

There are only three FDA labeled astringents: Aluminum acetate, Aluminum sulfate (both AKA styptic - one powder, one a pencil) and witch hazel. Most other products that say "astringent" are simply toners and rarely contain the ingredients above. ~ Barbara Greathouse, LE, CPE

Why do electrologists like witch hazel?

It calms the skin and cools. The clients love it. ~ June Allen, RE, CPE

Witch hazel is preferred by electrologists because it is a natural product that is less drying and irritating to the skin. The alcohol-based preparations also provide an antiseptic action when cleaning skin prior to hair removal treatments. After your hair removal treatment, an application of witch hazel "pushes blood away" reducing redness and swelling while cooling and restoring the natural pH balance of your skin. The astringent effect of witch hazel tightens the skin, speeding post-treatment healing.

I use alcohol-free witch hazel toner as an aftercare because it is not drying. It soothes and cools the skin. Also, toners tend to bring the acid-alkaline balance of the skin back to normal faster and with that normal pH balance, skin will begin to heal more quickly. ~ Arlene Batz, CPE

OK, I'll give it a try!

The electrologists I spoke to were so positive about witch hazel that I had to try it out. I picked up a bottle at my local drugstore, grabbed a cosmetic pad, and applied some to my cheek. And, wow! My skin suddenly felt clean, cool, and smooth. I couldn't wait to do the rest of my face! This is definitely something I will never be without. Another great skin care tip from the electrolysis community!!!

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