If you’ve been on the prowl for ways to fine-tune your skin care routine—say, by adding more natural ingredients to your repertoire—you may have noticed that witch hazel is starting to make a comeback.
Best known for shrinking pores and easing inflammation, witch hazel is already a key player in a variety of beauty products. “Its unique properties offer medicinal anti-inflammatory and anti-viral qualities that are often used as a topical botanical in skin care,” says Joel Schlessinger, MD, Omaha-based board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon.
But is witch hazel worth the hype—and more importantly, should you create a spot for it in your medicine cabinet? Here’s everything you need to know about the potential skin benefits of witch hazel.