It turns out that alcohol in skincare is not dangerous, how come?

Hollisteristic.comSurely there are those of you who always avoid alcohol every time you choose skincare and cosmetics products because of the stigma that alcohol can negatively affect our skin. Alcohol itself is already known as a "dangerous" ingredient which can cause dry skin, irritation and even carcinogenicity.

It turns out that alcohol in skincare is not dangerous
It turns out that alcohol in skincare is not dangerous
Who is trying that is not afraid to hear from the use of alcohol like that. But you need to know that this dangerous alcohol stigma is a big one. If you think logically, if the alcohol content turns out to be dangerous, it is impossible for skincare products and cosmetics that contain alcohol to remain widely circulated because it is certainly not going to get permission from BPOM. But in fact there are still many skincare and cosmetic brands using alcohol in their products and still prove safe to use.

Liah Yoo, a beauty blogger from South Korea explained through a video on Youtube Channel about whether alcohol in skincare products is safe for the skin. Based on the research he had done, instead of talking about the dangers of alcohol, Liah Yoo said that alcohol was a skin-safe product and explained about the 5 uses of alcohol in a skincare and cosmetic product. The uses of alcohol include:

1. Preservatives
Preservatives
Preservatives
It turns out that alcohol has an important role as a preservative in a product. The aim is to prevent product formulas from being contaminated by bacteria, fungi and germs.

That way the form of the product formula will not change and can work optimally when applied to the skin and the level of hygiene of the product is also maintained. Alcohol content can also extend the expiration date of the product.

2. Relieve product texture

Relieve product texture
Relieve product texture
The presence of alcohol content in skincare products and cosmetics can lighten the texture of the product formula so that when applied to the skin will give a mild impression. Usually we can find alcohol content on moisturizer gel, serum and sunscreen. If we observe, the gel content usually feels heavier and has a sticky impression.

Likewise with sunscreen, you must have felt heavy, sticky and drained when using certain sunscreens. But you also must have used sunscreen which even when applied to the skin feels light like nothing. This is where the function of the alcohol content is located which is to lighten the formula of the product so that when applied will feel lighter and quickly absorb into the skin so that it does not leave a sticky or oily appearance on the skin.

3. Improve the penetration process on the skin

Improve the penetration process on the skin
Improve the penetration process on the skin
The penetration process in the skin in question is to help the absorption penetration process from the active ingredients in the product in the skin layer. For example, when you use serum vitamin C, what you want is that the serum works well on your skin to the lowest layer of the skin (dermis layer).

This is where the dermis layer of vitamin C can work well for the process of lightening the skin. Whereas for the product formula to penetrate the dermis is difficult. With the presence of this alcohol helps to penetrate the content into the dermis.

However, there is a negative side to this alcohol which is alcohol cannot select any content that will be penetrated into the skin layer so that the required content can also enter the skin layer. So you need to be careful if you have allergies to certain ingredients you should not use the product.

4. Solvent
Solvent
Solvent
One of the properties of a compound is as a solvent. Alcohol is a good solvent for other ingredients in the product. So that the content in a skincare product can be formulated well and works optimally on the skin.

5. Reducing oil content in the skin

Reducing oil content in the skin
Reducing oil content in the skin
This effect is useful for people who have oily skin types because using products that contain alcohol will help reduce more oil in the skin. However, the process is only temporary and the alcohol content will not interfere with or significantly alter the production process of oil on your skin.

So for example, you who initially have oily skin because of the frequent use of products containing alcohol does not necessarily change the condition of your skin becomes dry and the production of oil on your skin changes. If it does change, it is usually caused by other factors, namely changes in age, hormones, temperature, weather, place of residence and lifestyle (eating and exercise).

Many assumptions about products containing alcohol can cause irritation. But apparently there is no scientific data that can show about it. (Note: Not used in people who have serious problems and skin). This irritation process can be explained due to the nature of alcohol which can increase the penetration process in the skin.

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If you have sensitive or sensitive skin, the possibility of error lies not in the alcohol content but in the penetration process itself which carries the active ingredient to the dermis layer which makes the skin irritated or sensitive.

The conclusion is that it doesn't matter if the product you use contains alcohol in it if in the end the result can still hydrate the skin. Different if the product gives a very dry impression, you should stop using it. So, are you still afraid of alcohol content in skincare products?