Why you should avoid alcohol in your skincare products

I’m always on the lookout for products that will help improve my skin. And if you’re like me, you’re extremely careful with the kind of skincare products you buy and apply on your skin. No matter how positive the reviews on a product are, I make sure I read through all the ingredients to check if the product contains ingredients that would be harmful to my skin.


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One of the ingredients I watch out for is alcohol. Although there are negative views about cosmetics that contain alcohol, it has proven quite beneficial in some circumstances. For example, some of the ingredients some skincare products contain are not water-soluble and thus can only be dissolved in alcohol. Alcohol helps give our creams its creamy consistency but it has its downsides too. And depending on how you look at it, alcohol is an ingredient you should be wary about. Here are some of the reasons why.


  1. It dries the skin

Contrary to what many people think, not all types of alcohol are bad for your skin. Fatty alcohol like cetearyl, cetyl and stearyl alcohols actually help to improve the condition of your skin. However there are some types of alcohol that are harmful to your skin like denatured alcohol (Alcohol Denat.), SD alcohol and isopropyl alcohol that can irritate and dry out your skin. When your skin gets dry, it promotes the over production of sebum which makes your skin oily and lead to blemishes.


  1. Reduces the skin’s ability to retain moisture

If you want healthy and youthful skin, then you need to make sure your skin is constantly hydrated. What alcohol based products do to your skin is to degenerate your skin’s protective layer. This drastically reduces your skin’s ability to retain moisture. The protective layer of your skin helps to shield your skin from environmental damage like the harsh ultraviolet rays. This will cause your skin to go red or feel raw after applying a skincare product.


  1. Alcohol in skincare products leads to breakouts

We’ve all had our fair share of struggles with pimples and the blemishes they leave behind. Using alcohol based products can trigger acne breakouts. Breakouts come as a result of the pores on your skin getting clogged with sebum and those clogged pores get infected and inflamed.

Alcohol helps to kill acne-causing bacteria. It also helps to reduce the presence of oil. If used in moderation, alcohol based skincare products can help reduce the presence of acne. However excessive use of alcohol can strip your skin off its natural oils and this will lead to over production of oil which then leads to break outs.


  1. It kills the cells on your skin

Your skin is constantly renewing itself. The production of new skin cells helps you have healthy and youthful skin. The new skin cells will help protect the skin from environmental hazards. However, when you continuously apply alcohol on your skin, it not only removes the dead skin cells, it takes the new skin cells along with it thereby reducing the protective ability of the skin.


Do you look out for alcohol in skincare products?



21 responses

  1. I completely agree! alcohol in products always leaves my skin feeling tight (but not in a good way) I didn’t realise about break outs. Need to avoid this definitely

  2. Yeah I actually know that It’s just that if there’s no alcohol in my cleansing products, the dirt and grease doesn’t seem to come off.

    • There are some cleansers with no alcohol that work well. It is best to shop around to get the right one.

  3. Alcohol is in almost in everything. I’m so sensitive to skin products. Thanks for the information about how it kills the cells in your skin.

  4. I’ve never really thought alcohol was great for your skin, but this list really helps me see all the reasons. That’s good to know about breakouts. I suffer from breakouts, so I will have to look at the products I am using.

  5. Yeah sound good points here, I’ve used some products with alcohol in them in the winter and my skin didn’t stand a chance as far as retaining moisture was concerned. My skin was insanely dry.

  6. My skin was very dried until my dermatologist recommended to use alcohol free products. She was so right. Sometimes, I want to punch myself for not taking care of my skin but buying make up is so complicated nowadays.

    • Many of us spend more money on makeup and outfits than our skin. Good you got to see a dermatologist.

  7. Before this post, I hadn’t heard about alcohol in beauty products. I just pick up any lotion to apply on my face and have never been much into make-up. But, after this informative post, I would like to take care of the alcohol part, maybe that’s what causes my pimple at this age!

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