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When I was in my late teens, I used wet wipes and Isopropyl rubbing alcohol on my face. You know those air-laid paper towelettes folded into pocket-sized packaging? I thought it would help clear up my acne! 😦
Naturally, I should have been using a good toner. I had extremely oily skin, and I just wanted to get the oily sebum off my face. Those with oily skin would understand.
At my age now, I have Acne Rosacea. Dry to sensitive skin and oily in the T-Zone. I have big pores too.
Even after using rubbing alcohol on my face, I developed cystic Acne. My doctor referred me to a skin specialist who suggested I take Accutane. At that time it was a fairly new acne treatment. It worked to diminish the pimples, but the scaring is still there. I was never told that rubbing alcohol damaged the skin, but I learned the hard way. I was a psychiatric in-patient on PTU- a patient treatment unit when I developed cystic acne, and I didn’t have anything else to use, not even vitamin E cream. At that time I never wore makeup, but I don’t think makeup wipes were invented either.
Living as an in-patient on the Psychiatric unit of Foothills Hospital in 1979 and again in 1982 is a story for another day.
If you are interested in knowing more about makeup and skincare subscribe to Elle Leary Artistry’s channel on youtube. She is a celebrity makeup artist and shares her knowledge and skills of the Beauty industry. Elle’s video is exactly what I needed to hear about the damaging effects of alcohol on the skin, and of course, I don’t use any product made with the lousy ingredient anymore, but I also didn’t know there was such a thing as right and beneficial alcohol ingredients.
Here is a list of “bad” alcohol. When using products with these ingredients, it can aggravate the skin, make your acne worse, lead to severe dryness, erode the surface of the skin and strain or inhibit it from renewing and regenerating itself. It weakens the surface of the skin. It will make anything you have like eczema, worse. I have found all this to be accurate from experience. It is exactly what happened to my skin, which is why I developed rosacea and extremely sensitive skin.
This is the list of names you should look for in skincare products within the first 6 ingredients and AVOID THEM. DO NOT USE. SEE VIDEO
»SD, Denatured, Ethanol, Ethyl, Methanol, Benzyl«
Here is an example:
L’oreal Paris Hydra-Total 5 Toner
aqua, alcohol denat., Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-60 hydrogenated castor oil, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, CI 19140/yellow 5, CI 42090/Blue 1, Parfum/Fragrance, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene…
Here is a list of the “good or beneficial” alcohols:
»Cetyl, Stearyl, Cetearyl Alcohol«
Here is an example of a “good” and suitable Toner. One that I am currently using:
Vichy Perfecting Toner
aqua, peg-8, glycerin, peg-60 hydrogenated castor oil, disodium EDTA, copper sulfate, myrtrimonium bromide, parfum,