Witch hazel? I have irritated hair follicles or herpes but I have been using witch hazel to dry up the sores but they never stay dry is that normal?

Yes if herpes. Herpes will have persistent intensely itchy/painful sores that start as blisters, then form ulcers(=sores), which typically last about 10 days or so, then fade away, only to reappear again in same place sometime later. Folliculitis is should disappear with topical astringents (eg. Witch hazel ) and local cleanliness, but may also need antibiotics to eradicate. Not shaving helps too!