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Is alcohol damaging to my skin?

Is alcohol damaging to my skin?

Where alcohol is the main ingredient in skin care, yes it can be harmful.  However, when it is present in small amounts it can act as a preservative and not be harmful.

When you see these names of alcohol listed among the first six ingredients on an ingredient label, they could well cause skin sensitivity:

SD alcohol,

denatured alcohol,

isopropyl alcohol.

Effects may  include dryness, erosion of the surface of skin (that’s really bad for skin), and a strain on how skin replenishes, renews, and rejuvenates itself. Alcohol just weakens everything about skin.

However, there are ‘good alchols’ ,  known as fatty alcohols, which are absolutely non-irritating and can be exceptionally beneficial for skin. Examples you’ll see on ingredient labels include cetyl, stearyl, and cetearyl alcohol. All of these are good ingredients for dry skin, and in small amounts fine for any skin type as they give a pleasing texture and help keep ingredients stable in products. It’s important to discern these skin-friendly forms of alcohol from the problematic types of alcohol.

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