“Witch hazel can be used by all skin types, though it is important to remember that not all witch hazel is created equal, so those with dry skin should opt for witch hazel products that are formulated without alcohol,” Garshick notes.
Even alcohol-free formulas may irritate those with sensitive skin or allergies, so it’s always best to patch test before going all-in. Further, those with dry skin should proceed with caution when using any astringent, given it can dry out skin even more.
For those using witch hazel to help balance sebum production, take note that, “witch hazel won’t address the causes of acne, only the symptoms,” board-certified dermatologist Rebecca Marcus, M.D., FAAD tells mbg. So if you’re experiencing breakouts, witch hazel alone likely won’t clear your acne. You may need to test out some acne treatments in addition to your witch hazel step.