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Old 06-02-2003, 11:42 PM   #1
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I went to see a naturopathic doctor today about my acne and he gave me all these hippie pills and he told me to use only rubbibg alcohol to clean my face...is this crazy? he assured me that it was ok and that it wouldnt ruin my face...anyone know anything about this?

 
Old 06-03-2003, 06:43 AM   #2
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hmmmm... i used rubbing alcohol as a toner back in the day...about 8 years ago. At that time i was using 10% BP, and just generally not being kind to my skin.

i don't think rubbing alcohol could directly break you out, however, it might be irritating and drying, and that might indirectly break you out. See how it feels when you use it- if you don't like it, just don't use it. It does sound like an odd piece of advice though.

 
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I wouldn't consider this good advice. Rubbing alcohol is a strong skin irritant and you'll probably notice you're red, blotchy, and getting very sensitive skin from this. There are far better topicals to use than this one!

 
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i really don't think its a good idea... much too harsh and drying

 
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Rubbing alcohol will, yes, get rid of skin oil.. but it does so SO effectively that your skin will go into overdrive and produce more oil... creating a never-ending cycle. Some oil is good, our skin has a natural sebum layer that protects and nourishes... it is when it is excessive that there is a problem. One things you could try is Witch Hazel. It is a natural product, I think on the bottle it says it contains natural alcohol.. it is very soothing and is an antiseptic, but not as harsh as rubbing alcohol. You can pretty much buy it everywhere in my experience, in most drug stores, etc. It is also a good product to use for hemhorroids, as it reduces swelling. The only drawback? It has a strange smell, it reminds me of wet cardboard. But it is a great product, I would recommend it. Or buying any non-alcohol toner out there, herbal essences makes a great smelling one.

 
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thanks for the replies

 
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