Get to know alcohol

Talking about the cosmetic industry, many people tend to avoid products containing alcohol with the understanding that alcohol causes skin allergies, irritation, and dry, tight skin. But how many people know that the alcohol they see on the label isn’t always harms the skin.

First of all, let’s get to know how many kinds of alcohol used in cosmetics?


  • Fatty alcohol is often used as an emulsifier to combine water and oil in formulas to give the product a creamy texture. It is not harmful to the skin.

  • Glycol is often found in almost every type of cosmetic product because it has the ability to moisturize the skin well (humectant).

  • Alcohol used for disinfection: In cosmetics, alcohol is also used for disinfection. What we often see is ethanol, which is only 1 type of alcohol approved by the FDA. It is allowed to be used as a disinfectant in alcohol gel or disinfectant products without washing off. The amount must be more than 70% to be able to disinfect. With such a large amount, it tends to make the skin dry and easily irritated.

At the same time, there are many other types of cosmetics. For example, toners or facial cleansing gels commonly contain alcohol (ethanol), but there is usually not much quantity in the formula. Those are not harmful to the skin and are used to remove and control oil on the face or tighten pores. Because alcohol has the ability to break down oil in the pores, it’s suitable for people with oily faces and have a lot of clogged pores. Therefore, it is often used in acne treatment products. But it is not suitable for people with dry and sensitive skin because it will make the moisture on the face disappear even more than before.

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