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Old 07-09-2004, 08:10 PM   #1
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Is rubbing alcohol bad to put on acne?

I used to always put rubbing alchohol on acne.

Is that bad?

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Old 07-09-2004, 08:16 PM   #2
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Re: Is rubbing alcohol bad to put on acne?

I think most people find that it is generally not a very good idea to apply anything with a high alcohol content to your face. Rubbing Alcohol is typically used to fight infection and will almost certainly do more harm than good for acne.

Old 07-09-2004, 09:43 PM   #3
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Re: Is rubbing alcohol bad to put on acne?

no, its not good at all. ask any doctor or dermatologist. It'll dry out your skin bigtime, which in turn leads to an imbalance in the skin, which then leads to overproduction of oil...
gentle cleansing for acne is picking or popping or my opinion. Ive had acne for about 10 years...

Old 07-10-2004, 07:54 AM   #4
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Re: Is rubbing alcohol bad to put on acne?

Use an acne cream.

Old 07-10-2004, 09:14 AM   #5
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Re: Is rubbing alcohol bad to put on acne?

Are you using alcohol to get rid of the oil?

If so, you ought to try glycolic acid instead, not only does it break down oil on surface of skin but unglues all those dead skin cells that just sit and mix with the oil to produce pimples

I use a brand (well, have used for years) called Alpha Hydrox, AHA Enhanced Cream. You can find it in any drug store Duane Reade etc its in red packaging and is only $8.

BTW: Alcohol will just dry you skin and then your skin will kick up oil production to counteract the dryness and you'll end up with skin that is both greasy to the touch, but taut to the feel.

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