There is evidence that shows that alcohol in skincare can be bad. However, some companies and brands tend to disclaim it and say that alcohol is not really bad with the right application. Skincare formulas with alcohol as the main ingredient should be used with caution, or not at all. Despite their quick-drying finish, the pleasing results cannot even out the disadvantages caused by alcohol to skin tissues directly. Let’s look at the facts:
Is alcohol in skincare really helpful?
There are two known reasons why alcohol is continually used in skincare, despite its bad reputation. First, it reduces the heavy feel given by thick skincare products. It has a pleasant, weightless feeling that many people find agreeable. Second, it breaks down skin barriers so the absorption of vitamin C and retinol will go flawlessly. Skin-protective substances won’t be able to stop them, which can be good or bad for the skin.
How damaging can this ingredient be?
Alcohol can damage the skin even after it evaporated. It starts a chain reaction of skin damage because it already drained the protective barrier that keeps dirt and other harmful germs away. In fact, continual use of alcohol-based products will lead to a bigger damage when the skin already allows complete penetration from cleansing and other water-based agents.
Even the fact that alcohol can clean wounds is not helpful enough to debunk the damage it causes. Studies show that cleaning wounds with alcohol even delay healing and harm skin tissues in the process. In fact, there is a connection between alcohol exposure and skin cell damage.
Are there good types of alcohol?
There is a type of alcohol that is the least harmful to the skin, but still causes damage in some way. Recognized as fatty alcohols, these include stearyl alcohol and cetyl alcohol. These are commonly used as thickeners and emollients in skin care, so they are not irritating the skin. In fact, they are great to use on dry skin.
What is its connection to acne and oily skin?
Despite its bad reputation, alcohol makes a good impression on people with acne and oily skin. It kills acne-causing bacteria on the skin’s surface and de-greases the skin. However, it also has a higher chance to irritate the skin. The bacteria might have been killed, but the redness of the acne will increase. Furthermore, de-greasing the oil will trigger the skin to produce more. You really can’t have good results without dealing with the bad side.