All you need to know about the bad — and the good — of alcohol in skincare
What exactly is the role of alcohol in skincare?
And with them being high up the ingredients list means they are used in high concentrations, which ain’t great.
While these “quick-drying” alcohol may give your results you want in the short run (matte skin, oil-free), they are actually very detrimental to your skin in the long run. A 2003 study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection reported that doctors who used alcohol-based cleansers to clean their hands found these products to be drying — the cleansers were stripping away the “barrier lipids” (healthy fats in the skin), causing the skin to lose both oils, and water.
It’s what leads to dull, unhealthy-looking skin, as the skin will start to be less effective in absorbing moisture and nutrients.
Alcohol has a tendency to slow down the skin’s regenerative function. They also cause your skin to have enlarged pores, too.
And, the biggest irony of using products with high concentrations of alcohol: They’ll dry your skin out so much, that your skin will actually start to produce even more oil to compensate for the lack of.