by Philipp Roth

Alcohol harmful in cosmetics and beauty products? The big misunderstanding

First of all: alcohol is good for the skin if it is not alcohol. So...
Alkohol schädlich in Kosmetik und Beautyprodukten? Das große Missverständnis

First of all: alcohol is good for the skin if it is not alcohol. Sounds confusing It just gets better! We distinguish good from bad alcohol and say that products are alcohol-free even though they contain alcohol. Uff. Time for pure wine.n Wein.

Alcohol is good for your skin and your cosmetics if it is good alcohol!)  

We know alcohol more precisely from beer, wine and one or the other schnapps: ethanol or ethyl alcohol. We also know from a few beers, wines, and schnapps that alcohol has some nice properties. But before the bad ones become noticeable. There is no such thing as a good high without physical consequences..

It is similar in cosmetics, at least if we look at the alcohol and not the good alcohol: first it makes a great impression, then it makes us look old.ehen.

But one by one:

Thanks to their chemical properties, good and bad alcohols have a number of important functions in cosmetics!n!


  • dissolves fats,
  • extracts active ingredients from herbal components,
  • kills bacteria is antibacterial,),
  • as a very light substance supports the application properties of creams significantly,
  • de-oil the skin and mattify it,
  • preserved creams and
  • is a penetration enhancer, which means that it penetrates the skin well and can transport active ingredients such as vitamins C and E well. By the way, we saved ourselves the punctuation about the penetration enhancer at this point. You are welcome.en.)

So far so good. But:

Alcohol is bad for your skin when it is bad alcoholt)

For cosmetics, bad alcohol corresponds to the usual drinking alcohol that we know from spirits. This alcohol is often denatured with phthalates in cosmetics, which means that it is made inedible. Why is it not drinkable, it does not have to be taxed. That makes bad alcohol even cheaper. And even worse for your health, because: denn:

Phthalates are chemical emollients that enter your bloodstream through your skin. Not only can they damage the skin, they can also cause diabetes and are suspected of being hormonally effective - they can make you sterile! But that's almost just a side story of the bad alcohols.le.

Bad alcohols 

  • harm your skin barrier: As an irritant substance, it attacks thethe skin's own protective sebum layer on. This not only promotes dry skin, but also makes it a target for bacteria and inflammation such as Pimples and acne.
  • irritate the skin! This has to do with the degreasing and mattifying effect: the skin is immediately freed of fats, but the sebum glands want to replenish it all the more. This is counterproductive and supports the formation ofPimples and acne even more!
  • promotes skin aging: Young, healthy skin is closely related to good hydration. However, alcohol dries out the skin. That makes him your contract killerAnti aging program.
  • support free radicalsby contributing to their production. This damages the collagen structure of your skin and causes sagging, sagging skin.
  • contribute to skin diseases: You have skin problems anyway. Then stay away from bad alcohol even more! Whether atopic dermatitis, acne or other inflammatory reactions, alcohol actually fuels them.u.

What is good and what is bad alcoholohol?

Good alcohols:

Here we also speak of fatty alcohols or wax alcohols. They are alcohols with long molecular chains. They are made from fatty acids found in plants.

Unlike bad alcohols, fatty or wax alcohols have a nourishing effect: They make the skin soft and supple, and at the same time have a moisturizing effect. All in all, the good alcohols can soothe and prevent skin irritations!n!

You can recognize the good in the INCI information by the following names:Behenyl alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Lanolin AlcoholandStearyl alcohol.

Somewhat strange:If fatty or wax alcohols are contained in cosmetics, these may be described as alcohol-free. Why The message behind alcohol-free is: This product is good for your skin and does not contain harmful alcohol. For the sake of simplicity, the cosmetics industry may ignore the fact that good alcohols are also alcohols. It is not chemically correct, but it is helpful for us consumers.freich.

Bad alcohols:

This is denatured drinking alcohol. We keep our hands off this when it comes to cosmetics when it comes to beer, wine and liquor Alcohol isn't good for your skin either!

We recognize bad alcohols as an ingredient under the names:Alcohol denat., Benzyl Alcohol, Ethyl alcohol, Ethanol, Isopropyl alcohol, MethanolandSD Alcohol.

Good cosmetics have to be sober and do without bad alcoholmmen

The following applies to our care products: alcohol comes in, but only good. We want to support you in doing something good for your skin. Both in terms of care and cleaning. Oure Face cream, ourcleanser and ourAfter shave asall other care products are therefore free from alcohol, i.e. without bad alcohols that are harmful to the skin As always, we only use caring, sustainable and effective ingredients!ffe!

After all, they say #staysober for a reason


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