Witch Hazel: The Alternative To Rubbing Alcohol After Treatment

Posted by Nashua Electrolysis on December 25, 2020


If you’ve ever experienced hair removal in Tyngsboro, MA, you know that post-electrolysis care is crucial. For two to three days following treatment, the area needs to be cleansed thoroughly to avoid infection. Typically, cleaning refers to the use of any antiseptic to sanitize the area and keep it clean. At Nashua Electrolysis, we often recommend the use of 70% alcohol. However, depending on the area of treatment and levels of sensitivity, some may benefit from using the alternative – witch hazel.

Rubbing Alcohol

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, rubbing alcohol, also known as isopropyl alcohol, was synthesized in 1926. The product is considered the first commercial medical product still today. While ancient civilizations figured out how to make herbal antiseptics, future generations used alcohol mean for consumption rather than the various medicinal antiseptics previously formulated. Obviously, adjustments were needed. Today, the majority of rubbing alcohol available at local drug stores is the 70% version that we recommend as a cleansing option. However, rubbing alcohol also comes in a 90% solution that is too strong for most skin types.


Witch Hazel

For many reasons, our staff often recommends the alternative to rubbing alcohol, which is witch hazel. Witch hazel is a plant native to North America and has multiple medicinal uses. In fact, the history of witch hazel use dates back to Native American cultures, where witch hazel use was common for its various benefits. The bark, twigs, and leaves of the plant are used to make a completely natural antiseptic. It can be either ingested or applied to the skin, depending on the ailment.


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The many benefits

When you ingest witch hazel, you are typically treating diarrhea, colds, fevers, colitis. Further, some even believe that witch hazel can help treat cancer, although there is no scientific evidence to currently support this belief. The most common form of treatment for witch hazel today, however, is as a topical solution. Although witch hazel is primarily an antiseptic, it can also help with itching, swelling, bruises, insect bites, and minor burns.

Witch hazel doubles as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and is extremely useful after your electrolysis hair removal in Tyngsboro, MA. As a natural remedy, witch hazel is ideal for sensitive skin, and pain intolerances as rubbing alcohol tends to burn. Without the strong fragrance, the natural benefits prove effective for swelling, soreness and eliminates the concern of reaction.


If you’ve ever considered hair removal in Tyngsboro, MA, or surrounding towns, call Nashua Electrolysis. With decades of industry experience and knowledge, our professional staff is here to ensure your experience is exemplary. For more information, contact our office today by calling (603)-888-3803.