One of the first things novice skincare junkies learn is that alcohols are bad for your skin. Alcohols have been added to skincare to prevent growth of bad bacteria, spoilage and stability, and to help the product penetrate deeper into the skin. Although with the wrong alcohols the downside has been dryness, irritation, and breakouts. Even for oily skin types, harsh alcohols deteriorate and strip skin of good oils and bacteria, leading to more oil production and heavier breakouts. So in pursuit of better skincare healthy alcohols have been found. These “fatty” alcohols have a much different makeup than the harsh ones, due to their wax-like structure they are able to add hydration instead of dry and irritate. Keep an eye on a products ingredients list for bad alcohols, they can be the ruin of a great skincare regimen.
GOOD ALCOHOLS: butylene glycol, c12-16, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, glycol, lauryl alcohol, myristyl alcohol, propanediol, stearyl.
BAD ALCOHOLS: alcohol, alcohol denatured, benzyl alcohol, denature alcohol, ethanol alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, methanol, sd alcohol, sd alcohol 40.