Witch hazel is a plant native to North America and parts of Asia. It is known for its astringent properties, which make it a popular ingredient in skincare products. The leaves, bark, and twigs of the plant are used to make an extract that is commonly used in toners, cleansers, and other skin care products. The extract is also used in some over-the-counter hemorrhoid treatments.
Witch hazel is believed to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help to soothe the skin, reduce inflammation, and minimize the appearance of pores. It is also thought to help with acne, eczema, and other skin conditions. It is also used as a natural remedy for minor skin irritations, insect bites, and other minor skin conditions.
Witch hazel is considered safe for most people when used as directed. However, it can cause some skin irritation in some individuals and should be used with caution. It is also not recommended for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. It is important to speak with a healthcare provider before using witch hazel, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking any medications.
A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2005 found that witch hazel had a significant anti-inflammatory effect when applied topically to the skin.
Another study, published in the Journal of Dermatological Science in 2006, found that witch hazel extract had a significant effect on reducing inflammation and redness in patients with atopic dermatitis.
A study published in the Journal of Inflammation in 2009, found that witch hazel extract was able to inhibit the production of pro-inflammatory compounds in human skin cells, indicating its potential anti-inflammatory effects.
A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in 2010 found that witch hazel extract had a significant antioxidant effect and was able to scavenge free radicals in human skin cells.
A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2013 found that witch hazel had a significant effect on reducing skin erythema, scaling, and pruritus in patients with atopic dermatitis.
It is important to note that while these studies suggest potential benefits of witch hazel, more research is needed to confirm its effectiveness and safety for various uses. It is always important to consult with a healthcare professional before using any new treatment or supplement.