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Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel

Generic name: witch hazel topicalWITCH-Ha-zel-TOP-ik-al ]
Brand names: Hygenic Cleansing Pad, Medi-Pad, Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel, Preparation H Medicated Wipes, Sayman Soap with Witch Hazel, Tucks
Drug class: Topical astringents

Medically reviewed by on Jan 5, 2023. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel?

Witch hazel is a plant also known as Avellano de Bruja, Café du Diable, Hamamelis, Hamamélis, Hamamélis de Virginie, Hamamelis virginiana, Hazel, Noisetier des Sorcières, Snapping Tobacco Wood, Spotted Elder, Virginian Witch Hazel, Winter Bloom, and other names. Witch hazel is a liquid distilled from dried leaves, bark, and twigs of this plant.

Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel (for the skin) has been used in alternative medicine as a possibly effective aid in treating hemorrhoids, minor bleeding, and skin irritation.

Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel has also been used to treat eczema. However, research has shown that this medicine may not be effective in treating this condition.

Other uses not proven with research have included treating bruises or varicose veins.

It is not certain whether Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel is effective in treating any medical condition. Medicinal use of this product has not been approved by the FDA. This product should not be used in place of medication prescribed for you by your doctor.

Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel may also be used for purposes not listed in this product guide.


Follow all directions on the product label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Before taking this medicine

Before using Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel, talk to your healthcare provider. You may not be able to use this product if you have certain medical conditions.

Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel is thought to be possibly safe when used on a child's skin. Ask a healthcare provider about using Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel on a child.

Ask a doctor before using this product if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

How should I use Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel?

When considering the use of an alternative medicine, seek the advice of your doctor. You may also consider consulting a practitioner who is trained in the use of natural medicines.

If you choose to use Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider. Do not use more of this product than is recommended on the label.

Do not take by mouth. Topical medicine is for use only on the skin. Witch hazel may cause stomach upset or liver problems when taken by mouth.

Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel is available in different forms, such as liquid, gel, soap, or topical pad.

Call your doctor if the condition you are treating with Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel does not improve, or if it gets worse while using this product.

Store Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel as directed on the label.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. Skip any missed dose if it's almost time for your next dose.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of witch hazel topical is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

What should I avoid while using Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel?

Follow your healthcare provider's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Although not all side effects are known, Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel is thought to be likely safe for most people when used as directed.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel?

Witch hazel used on the skin is not likely to be affected by other drugs you use. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

More about Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel (witch hazel topical)

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Other brands

Tucks, Hygenic Cleansing Pad, Medi-Pad, Preparation H Medicated Wipes, Sayman Soap with Witch Hazel

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Further information

  • Consult with a licensed healthcare professional before using any alternative medicine. Whether you are treated by a medical doctor or a practitioner trained in the use of natural medicines/supplements, make sure all your healthcare providers know about all of your medical conditions and treatments.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.