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Witch Hazel Is The Age-Old Secret That Can Really Improve Your Skin

After just a few weeks of regular use, I'm never not using witch hazel toner again.

Beyond cleanser, moisturizer, and SPF, it’s rare for a new product to enter into my daily skin care routine. Partially because I’m lazy, but also because my skin generally in good shape if I'm consistent about things.

For the last few years I’ve used (and loved) Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser and Moisturizer (switching to the Ultra Facial Cream during the winter to help with extra dry skin), plus the Super Fluid Sunscreen during the day. My job allows me to try new skin care products constantly, but usually after a try or two, they sit in my bathroom cabinet counting down the days to their own expiration dates.
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For the last few years I’ve used (and loved) Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser and Moisturizer (switching to the Ultra Facial Cream during the winter to help with extra dry skin), plus the Super Fluid Sunscreen during the day. My job allows me to try new skin care products constantly, but usually after a try or two, they sit in my bathroom cabinet counting down the days to their own expiration dates.

Recently, though, I’ve been on the receiving end of some ~adult acne~ in the form of cystic acne on my chin and an oilier-than-usual forehead.

this adult acne doesn’t match my outfit

I’d tried a few products meant to treat acne, but nothing seemed to make a difference.

After receiving the Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Toner at work, which boasted to “cleanse and condition pores to maintain clear, smooth and balanced skin without over-drying,” a bell went off in my head. If this $5 toner could do all the things I was hoping for, I’d be willing to give it a try.

Get it from Walmart for $4.68.
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Get it from Walmart for $4.68.

For the last three weeks, the witch hazel toner has been in my routine consistently — morning and night. After cleansing, I squirt some on to a cotton round and wipe over my face, followed by moisturizer.

At first, it seemed silly to spend more time on my skin care routine with something that *essentially* looked like water. But then I started seeing a difference.
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At first, it seemed silly to spend more time on my skin care routine with something that *essentially* looked like water. But then I started seeing a difference.

First, I noticed that the cystic acne I had on my chin was beginning to retreat, and no new pimples were showing up. Then, I noticed how smooth my skin was feeling, with the bumpy texture I’d come to think of as normal starting to smooth out.

The only factor I feel “meh” about is the smell of the product. It doesn’t really bother me, but if you’re super sensitive to smells, you may have to hold your breath while applying the witch hazel.
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The only factor I feel “meh” about is the smell of the product. It doesn’t really bother me, but if you’re super sensitive to smells, you may have to hold your breath while applying the witch hazel.

In the first week of using the toner, a friend at work said, (unprompted!) "Your skin is glowing! More than usual!" That pretty much sealed the deal for me.

The biggest change has been in the regulation of oil production. As someone with combination skin, it can be tough to find a product that works for both the over-dry and oily parts of my face. But on my chin where I had been seeing dryness, my skin was balanced. On my forehead where I’m usually oily, it was the same texture as my chin: the Goldilocks equivalent of skin moisture.
Augusta Falletta / Via BuzzFeed

The biggest change has been in the regulation of oil production. As someone with combination skin, it can be tough to find a product that works for both the over-dry and oily parts of my face. But on my chin where I had been seeing dryness, my skin was balanced. On my forehead where I’m usually oily, it was the same texture as my chin: the Goldilocks equivalent of skin moisture.

Beyond just working well, the witch hazel toner bottle is MASSIVE — after three weeks it barely looks as if I’ve used anything — and costs less than $5.

This picture is to show scale to my hand. They also make wipes so you can pack the toner while you travel, and individually wrapped wipes for workouts, travel, or whatever! Get the wipes from Walmart for $10.08 and the individually wrapped wipes for $5.84.
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This picture is to show scale to my hand. They also make wipes so you can pack the toner while you travel, and individually wrapped wipes for workouts, travel, or whatever!

Get the wipes from Walmart for $10.08 and the individually wrapped wipes for $5.84.

So many other folks love this product, and judging by the reviews online, it’s not just a hit with me.

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Promising Review: This is my first time ever reviewing something on Amazon and I'm only doing it for fellow acne strugglers. This is a HOLY GRAIL product. I have been going to the dermatologist for over ten years for cystic acne around my cheeks and jaw line. I have tried everything: oral antibiotics, benzaclin, proactive, retin A, spironolactone... I've used it all. NOTHING has worked like this toner! I added this toner (by putting a small amount on a cotton pad and wiping my face with it) to my current skin care regimen, which is retin A 1% at night, benzaclin during the day, 50 mg spironolactone at night, wash with mild cleanser 2x per day. I went from having 5-6 huge, painful cysts per month to having 1 or 2 small pimples per month! My skin is less oily, my pores definitely appear smaller, and I don't have as many pronounced black heads on my nose. I cannot believe that something like this changed my skin so much after a decade of struggles. AND it's so affordable!" — Amazon User Meghan Skrynecki

10/10 we would suggest.

If y’all are having acne problems I suggest Dickinson’s original witch hazel pore perfect toner 10/10 Thank me later☺️

It's...a miracle product? For $5? Yes.

the Dickinson’s witch hazel toner has helped my skin so much with discoloration it’s unreal

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