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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Witch Hazel (Definition)

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What's witch hazel extract for?

Variety of things: Witch hazel is a well used home remedy (when i was a kid, a bottle of distilled was in every medicine cabinet). The herb is astringent and anti-inflammatory, and is used topically for a variety of skin problems (acne, itchy or oily skin) on wounds and bruises, and more. It constricts capillaries beneath the skin, so many people swear by it for puffy eyes. ...Read more

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Anything I must know about witch hazel before using it?

Yes: Only to be used externally and frequent use can lead to a skin reaction or dermatitis. I do not recommend witch hazel at all. ...Read more

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Does a hot wetcloth and witch hazel clear up your skin?

Does a hot wetcloth and witch hazel clear up your skin?

Witch Hazel: No. A hot wt cloth and witch hazel will have no beneficial effects on your skin. ...Read more

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Where can I find witch hazel extract? Is it good for the skin?

Where can I find witch hazel extract?  Is it good for the skin?

Pharmacy: Very harsh and extremely drying on the skin. It is actually used for hemorrhoids. ...Read more

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Can you use witch hazel if epileptic?

Can you use witch hazel if epileptic?

Yes: I am curious as to why you ask. I did a literature search and see comment associating witch hazel with epilepsy only on chat sites. No scientific proof. ...Read more

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What are side effects of witch hazel?

What are side effects of witch hazel?

Allergic reaction: In the form of a dermatitis if used regularly in 60 -70 % of people. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use epiduo and witch hazel together?

Possibly.: Both are drying to the skin and can be irritating. So, although there is no absolute contraindication to using them together, you would need to be very cautious. If there is any sign of redness or irritation, I would stop them and consult your dermatologist/doctor who is prescribing the Epiduo. Also, it is probably not necessary to use the witch hazel if you are using the Epiduo. ...Read more