There is lots of misleading information out there in regards to alcohol in skincare, it’s easy to see why some people believe it really isn’t all that bad for skin. However, alcohol as the main ingredient in any skincare product is a problem.
When we express concern about the presence of alcohol in skincare or makeup products, we’re referring to a drying type of alcohol that you’ll most often see listed on an ingredient label as SD alcohol, denatured alcohol, or, less often, isopropyl alcohol. These types of volatile alcohols give products a quick-drying finish, immediately degrease skin, and feel weightless on skin, so it’s easy to see their appeal, especially for those with oily skin.
When you see these names of alcohol listed among the first six ingredients on an ingredient label, without question they will aggravate your skin problems or instigate them, if you already don't have them. No way around that, it’s simply bad for all skin types. Consequences include dryness, erosion of the surface of skin, and a strain on how skin replenishes, renews, and rejuvenates itself. Alcohol just weakens everything about skin.
If your skin is oily, it can be tempting to use alcohol-based products because they provide an immediate matte finish. The irony of using alcohol-based products to control oily skin is that the damage from alcohol can lead to an increase in bumps and enlarged pores.
And get this: Alcohol can actually increase oiliness, so the immediate de-greasing effect is eventually counteracted, prompting your oily skin to look even more shiny. Talk about spinning your wheels!