The tricky thing about alcohol as a beauty ingredient is that there are different kinds of alcohols that affect the skin in different ways. There’s good alcohol, and there’s bad alcohol. Fatty alcohols like cetyl, stearyl, and cetearyl alcohol can be good for you. If kept in small amounts, fatty alcohol can be used by all skin types as this helps to stabilize ingredients in your skincare.
However, there are also bad types of alcohol. Ethanol or ethyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, methanol, SD alcohol, and benzyl alcohol are drying types of alcohol. These alcohols are what help products to have a quick-drying finish and give that lightweight feel on the skin. With continued use, your skin may experience dryness, and may even produce more oil. With long-term usage, these alcohols may slowly tear down the skin barrier, and eventually weaken your skin.
There are many skin-friendly ingredients available so you can avoid the bad alcohols. We always recommend to read the ingredients list so you can keep your skin healthy and happy!