Pharmaceutical Applications


Witch Hazel is an FDA approved Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) for Skin Protectant and Anorectal Drug Products for Over-the-Counter (OTC) human use.


Witch Hazel has a long history of use for medicinal applications dating back to the Native Americans. After centuries of process and product refinement, this timeless natural astringent continues to power many of the world’s leading personal care products both as a natural active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) or base. In either role it is ideal for the treatment of minor skin irritations, minor cuts, scrapes and anorectal treatment products.


Further, Witch Hazel also offers great value as part of formulations for personal hygiene products where skin sensitization and dryness are of primary concern. Unlike other ingredients such as surfactants and detergents which may cause irritation when used to remove dirt, oil and impurities, Witch Hazel is able to gently cleanse and purify delicate, damaged or irritated skin while continuing to soothe and refresh.

Pharmaceutical Claims



  • Skin Protectant – astringent, anti-irritant

  • Treats– irritation and discomfort due to minor cuts, scrapes and insect bites

  • Heals – damaged, irritated skin

  • Relieves – burning, itching and discomfort of hemorrhoids

  • Protects – irritated and or inflamed anorectal tissues

FDA Approved Uses



  • 21 CFR Part 347; Skin Protectant Drug Products for over-the-counter human use; Final Monograph; Final Rule

  • 21 CFR Part 346; Anorectal Drug Product for over-the-counter human use; Final Monograph; Final Rule

Pharmaceutical Product Applications



  • Hemorrhoidal Products

  • Acne Care Products

  • Antiperspirant Sprays & Creams

  • Analgesic Creams, Lotions & Gels

  • Psoriasis Creams

  • Insect Bite Relief Products

  • Topical Antibacterial Products

  • Pads/Suppositories/Ointments

  • Antiperspirant Foot Sprays

  • Sun-Blocks (Sun-Screens)

  • Germicidal Skin Cleansers

  • Skin Protectant Products

  • Personal Cleansing Pads