The second biggest highlight of my life in 2019 was to finally have clear skin. I had forgotten the feel of a smooth, non-bumpy skin even after burning dollars in beauty and chemist shops. But finally, just one product cleared my acne like magic. 😀
This is not a sponsored post. The post is based on my experience and what worked for me.
I had been struggling with acne for 4 years, even more maybe. The constant struggle to hide the scars, the new breakouts even after leading a fairly healthy lifestyle, using expensive products in hope that finally, something would click – I know many of you can feel the pain and frustration.
At one point I also tried to remove dairy from my diet, got rid of foundations (which is the only makeup item I used) and applied an ointment prescribed by a doctor. The ointment was effective in drying up the acne, but still, I would often get acne on my forehead and occasionally on the inner cheeks. Due to which I had to again use foundations to hide the marks left by acne.
Pregnancy wasn’t too kind on my skin too. And since I was pregnant, I stopped using the prescribed ointment and all makeup products, even lipsticks. I would just cleanse my face and apply a moisturizer with SPF. By the end of my pregnancy, my forehead had turned into a disaster zone. For 4 years, I was either trying to get rid of a pimple or trying to hide the mark left by a pimple.
Then, last year in April, a few weeks after the delivery of my baby, I came across Witch Hazel while looking for solutions to heal episiotomy stitches. Yeah I know, it’s completely unrelated. But while researching about Witch Hazel, I learned about its anti-inflammatory properties and how it helped many consumers to get rid of their acne as well.
I bought the below Witch Hazel Toner from Chemist Warehouse and started using it regularly. Initially, I didn’t see any difference. The scars and acne were still there, stubborn as ever. And then, after about a month, my husband complimented that my skin looked better. I thought he was just trying to make me feel better. 2 months later, I realized that I hadn’t had any new acne on my face. And the old ones were gone too. I continued using it once a day. After another month, the old dark spots on my forehead had started fading too. I know this because I always used a filter to take my selfies. By 4th month my skin was so clear that I no longer needed any filter to hide dark spots.
This is how my skin looks today, no makeup – just a moisturizer. Ignore the dark circles. I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in 9 months. 🙂
How to apply Witch Hazel Toner
- Cleanse – I use my homemade melt-and-pour soap to wash my face.
- Dab a little Witch Hazel Toner on cotton and apply it across your face. I don’t use cotton all the time. Since my hands are clean after washing my face, I directly pour it into my hand and lightly dab it on my face.
- Let it dry.
- Apply moisturizer.
- If you want to include a face mask in your routine, then use it after cleansing and before applying the toner.
Now that my skin is fairly blemish-free, I don’t use the toner everyday. I have reduced the usage to 2-3 times a week.
I don’t like to have an elaborate skincare routine. I do not even use makeup. I have a combination and sensitive skin type that tends to get extremely dry in winters. For the past few years, I have been using Olay moisturizer with SPF for sensitive skin. Recently, I added Neutrogena Hydro Boost Night Concentrate to my nighttime routine.
Love both these products. I don’t get enough time to apply face masks these days, but if I do then they are prepared from natural items available in the kitchen like Chickpea flour, turmeric powder, milk, honey, and lemon.
Apart from that, I drink a lot of water, maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly and never let the sweat dry on my skin.
Note that while trying out Witch Hazel, I didn’t use any other anti-acne products. Also, I was subjected to very low to no air pollution as I was on maternity leave.
I have already suggested this product to my friend and sister as well. My friend told me that it works fine in dry weather, but she still gets acne when humidity is high.
If you want to know more about the ointment that dried up my acne – read this post about how I tried to find the reason behind my acne.
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