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Thread: Can witch hazel help with whiteheads?

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    Default Can witch hazel help with whiteheads?

    Just curious. I am thinking about taking the witch hazel plunge, but I would like to know if it might help prevent whitehead breakouts, which seem to be the result of shaving. I seem to get clusters of whiteheads in my "moustache area", and at times, along my chin. They appear like clockwork the morning after I shave. I shaved yesterday around 2 pm, and was fine all day. Then I woke up this morning, to discover these tiny whiteheads above my top lip. If I don't shave, I don't get them, and I don't normally have a problem with acne in other areas or at "non-shaving" times. So, might applying witch hazel as part of my post-shave routine help prevent these "morning after" whiteheads, or am I grasping at straws here?

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    i believe yes. try a thayers sample pack, so you can try 0%, 10% and 20% alcohol as well as different fragrances. i use a spritzer top caues i am smart enough to not to spray my eyes of the time
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    thanks noraajagger, I appreciate it. Love your avatar. I have just decided to start applying witch hazel as part of my post shave routine, so I figured I would ask for some advice, since I am a newbie. Hopefully a few other blokes will weigh in. :)

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    I don't see how it could hurt to try. I've noticed my skin is much healthier in general since I started using it. You've really got not much to lose by trying, it's cheap. You don't need to buy the expensive stuff, I use the generic $2 stuff and add a dozen drops of a scented essential oil. Since your having skin problems, I would not add any essential oils at first to keep your variables to a minimum.
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    I have the occasional Whitehead after shaving as well. For the last 4 days I have been using Thayers and noticed my overall complexion is better and not any issues.

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    Just an off the wall question... Have you been putting anything on that area at all? Maybe a preparation you're putting on at night?

    If so, maybe that was causing the problem?

    Maybe try sterilizing the razor before use? Wash the face real good too? I think whiteheads are caused by skin infection. They have to be coming from somewhere.

    Just things for you to consider.

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    I am not a doctor, but here some info:
    Whitehead: When the trapped sebum and bacteria stay below the skin surface, a whitehead is formed. Whiteheads may show up as tiny white spots, or they may be so small that they are invisible to the naked eye.

    Witch hazel should help, I would try it, quite an inexpensive choice. Good luck

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    You're probably getting whiteheads from whatever aftershave or post-shave product you apply to your face afterwards. I doubt it that the whiteheads are a result of the act of shaving itself.
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