In Ohio, we have been told that our clients should wash their skin with soap and water prior to electrolysis. In addition, we use an antiseptic prior to starting a treatment.
Witch hazel that has alcohol added to it, becomes an antiseptic, in addition to the astringent properties. Thayers has anywhere from 14% - 20% alcohol added to some of their witch hazels. They do offer products that have no alcohol, so you need to read the label.
Dee Fahey, R.N., C.T.
Licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio for Nursing license and Cosmetic Therapy/Electrolysis license
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