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Old 10-24-2002, 07:45 AM   #1
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Witch Hazel facial cleanser question

Good morning gang! Since I have only been washing my face with water, I feel like every once in a while I should use something with a little kick to it to wipe my face after rinsing. I decided I wanted to try witch hazel, since it's something that is highly recommended, doesn't dry as bad as some washes/toners, and I used it before when I lived home (many years ago) with my parents. Also read on here a few days ago a post from someone who had great luck using plain water and witch hazel.

So I went to the store, and looked for plain witch hazel. I couldn't find any, but I did find something by Dickinson's (they have been involved in witch hazel for FOREVER). It is called Nothing But Clean, and it's considered a facial cleaner. It is supposed to be used after washing face by applying to a cotton ball and wiping face.

It is all natural, the ingredient list is impressive (to me anyway...there was nothing in the list that I couldn't pronounce, which is RARE nowadays). Has witch hazel, chamomile, rose, lavender, etc. I looked up all the contents, and all are considered to be great for the skin.

I used it last night after washing with only water, and it felt great. Not overdrying so far. Just moistened a cotton pad with it, and wiped it over my face.

Anyone here ever use it, or hear of it? Not much info on the web...even Dickinson's website doesn't have anything on it.

Kevin

 
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Old 10-24-2002, 07:52 AM   #2
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Re: Witch Hazel facial cleanser question

I haven't tried that brand of Witch Hazel. I have had great success with just plain old Witch Hazel. The only ingredients that are on the bottle are Witchhazel extract, 14% alcohol, and purified water. After I apply the witch hazel to my face, I splash my skin with some cool water. So far, I have had great success and I can only hope and pray that it will last. The witch hazel you found sounds like it would be very gentle on your skin with chamomile, lavender, etc. It's worth a shot...but if for some reason that combination doesn't work for you, I would def. recommend just plain old witch hazel. Good luck to you!

 
Old 10-24-2002, 08:35 AM   #3
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Re: Witch Hazel facial cleanser question

Hey JMC, it was your post that inspired me to look for witch hazel again. I couldn't find plain witch hazel, but I didn't try too many stores yet.

So you actually wipe your face with the witch hazel FIRST, then rince with water? Interesting. I like this idea, since I don't like leaving 'other' stuff on my face. Maybe I will try this tactic.

Do you use the witch hazel once a day, at night? Or do you use it morning and night?

Thanks for the help,

Kev

 
Old 10-24-2002, 08:51 AM   #4
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Re: Witch Hazel facial cleanser question

Hi Kev,
I only use the Witch Hazel at night. I simply wash my face with water only, then I use the witch hazel, and then splash my face with cool water a few times afterwards. The reason I splash my face with water afterwards is because I think the alcohol may dry out my face. I wash my face in the morning with just cool water as well (no witch hazel). So far I have great luck with this routine. I have been going to derms for YEARS, and all their medicine just made my face dry, irritated and RED! My skin is so sensitve, and I think all those topicals were too harsh, and just made matters worse.
I found my witch hazel at a local pharmacy. Right next to the Hydrogen Peroxide and the alcohol (it comes in a similar bottle). I don't know where to find *plain* witch hazel either. However, I have had great luck with the astringent. I hope you will too... <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

 
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Re: Witch Hazel facial cleanser question

Thanks for the tips JMC. Actually, I think I might use the witch hazel in the middle also...like you said, something about leaving the alcohol on the skin, I think it will be too drying in the long run.

I will look for witch hazel next time I hit the store. What I meant by "plain" witch hazel is exactly what you are using, witch hazel extract with a little pure alcohol (14% is what is in the Dickinson cleanser also).

How long have you been on this routine? Obviously I just started, so it's too early to tell. How long til I should notice permanent results, and how much do you break out now? (in other words, how often do you get pimples?) Also, do you use any BP on pimples that do show up, or just leave them be? Seems like since I started using BP the pimples leave marks all the time. Pimples I got years ago before I ever bought BP never left longterm marks!

Kev

 
Old 10-24-2002, 09:57 AM   #6
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Re: Witch Hazel facial cleanser question

Kev,
I have been using this routine for about a month now. I still break out a little, but NOTHING like before. My skin tone is normal and very even. It no longer looks dried out and irritated. I can acutally where make up now, and it goes on smoothly. When I was on all those topicals, I couldn't even wear make up because my skin was so dry and flaky. Since I have been using this routine, I haven't even had to use moistureizer. I think by using all those harsh topicals, I was stripping my skin of it's natural oils. I started seeing results after the first week. My old breakouts seemed to dry up, and my dry irritated skin seemed to go back to normal. It felt weird the first few days not using SOAP, and NOT having that tight clean feeling you get after washing your face, but I now realize that the soap just dried my face out and stripped me of my natural oils. I honestly think that this may help a lot of people out there. I think maybe some of us put too much crap on our face... and if it's not clogging our pores, its leaving our skin dried out and irritated. I hope this helps. Keep me posted!

 
Old 10-24-2002, 10:35 AM   #7
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Re: Witch Hazel facial cleanser question

Wow, only a month...pretty impressive! Since I am a 29 year old guy, I don't wear makeup... :P, so I don't need the benefits of that. Hehe.

But, my face definitely is not as red/irritated as it was. I tried using a little Purpose soap just ONCE a day, and my face was SO dry when I would use it. Can't get much more gentle soap than that.

I have a few dry patchy areas on my face now, and they are all areas that I was applying BP to small pimples that broke out after I tried using soap again. :/ I need to throw all my BP products in the trash...they don't really help at all for me.

I remember a few months back I tried the "apply 2.5% BP to whole face" method that is infamous from another website. About a week into it, my face was PAINFULLY dry. I went to the beach with the wife, and tried to go in the ocean...OUCH! My face was on FIRE!!! That's when I knew that applying BP to my face every day was not the solution for me. Someone must have REALLY REALLY oily skin to attempt this.

I am taking B5 now, day 64 today. But I am hoping once I get things in check, I can ease the B5 out and stick to water/witch hazel. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

Keep me updated on your progress.

Kev

 
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