Can You Use Witch Hazel on Swollen Eyelids?

by Anita

Does witch hazel reduce puffy eyes?

Does witch hazel reduce puffy eyes?

I'm confused. Is witch hazel is good to reduce puffy eyes or not?

Some articles say it can reduce inflammation and puffiness. But other articles like Paula's Choice say you shouldn't use witch hazel on your face or eyes because it's bad for your skin and can cause skin aging.

Can you give me a clear answer?


Thanks for your question about using witch hazel and under eye bags.

Let's break this down into two parts:

First. Can witch hazel reduce swollen eyes?

According to recent studies, witch hazel has anti-inflammatory properties on the skin.

This study that looked at an extract from the plant Hamamelis virginiana L., which is known as witch hazel.

The study found that this extract has the potential to reduce inflammation on the skin caused acne.

When it talks about "anti-inflammatory effects," it means that the witch hazel extract can help to calm down redness, swelling, and irritation in the skin.

This is exactly what happens with swollen skin, like puffy eyes – the inflammation causes the puffiness, and something anti-inflammatory, like witch hazel, could potentially help to reduce it.

The study suggests that because this extract showed good results in reducing inflammation in skin cells, it might also be useful for other skin conditions that involve inflammation.

So, yes, according to this study, witch hazel could potentially help with reducing swollen skin, like puffy eyes, by calming down the inflammation causing the puffiness.

Second. Is witch hazel safe for the skin for long term use?

From what I understand, using witch hazel daily for puffy eyes or anywhere on the skin could potentially lead to skin irritation or dryness, especially for those with sensitive skin.

While witch hazel has natural astringent properties that can be helpful for reducing inflammation and puffiness, using it too frequently or without proper dilution could have negative effects.

Here are a few things for you to consider before you start using witch hazel for swollen eyelids:

- Drying Effect: Witch hazel can be drying, especially when used too often or on sensitive areas like the skin around the eyes. Using it daily might strip the skin of its natural oils and moisture, causing dryness and potential irritation.

- Skin Sensitivity: The skin around the eyes is thin and delicate, making it more prone to irritation. Even natural ingredients like witch hazel can cause irritation.

- Overuse: Using witch hazel excessively can disrupt the skin's natural pH balance and cause problems. It might even age the under skin faster.

Everyone is Different: Everyone's skin is different. Some people might tolerate daily use of witch hazel without issues, while others might experience irritation quickly.

If you're looking for a daily solution for puffy eyes, consider alternatives like cold compresses, chilled cucumber slices, or specially formulated eye serums.

Here is a list of popular serums for eye bags and crepey under eye skin. I've tested several of them and show you (with before and after pictures) which ones worked the best.

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