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    Old 05-17-2005, 08:47 AM   #1
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    Is alcohol really too drying??

    The other day a coworker told me what cleared up her acne. She told me she had large cystic acne so bad that a nephew of hers nicknamed her "mountain face". She told me all she used was alcohol and an mild exfoliant. I thought this was interesting b/c if you think about it alcohol is meant to kill germs & stop the spread of bacteria. Acne is basically bacteria so why is it that derms say that alcohol is too harsh and drying for our skin but then turn around and prescribe accutane?

    I have a prescription for accutane (60mg/day) waiting for me at the pharmacy but am scared to death to take it b/c of all the side effects. When I went to get it filled the pharmacists asked me if I had ever taken it before, and then she said..."you've heard about this drug, haven't you?"

    I guess my question is what is the difference b/w taking accutane and using topical alcohol to clear skin?

     
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    Old 05-17-2005, 10:57 AM   #2
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    Re: Is alcohol really too drying??

    ^^^^^^^^^^

     
    Old 05-17-2005, 11:07 AM   #3
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    Re: Is alcohol really too drying??

    It depends on a person's skin. When I was young, I used alcohol to help clear acne. I now use Neutrogenia Facial Lotion that does not clog pores to help with face moisture after cleansing face.

     
    Old 05-17-2005, 11:20 AM   #4
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    Re: Is alcohol really too drying??

    I used Cetaphil moisturizer after using the alcohol so my skin won't dry out.

     
    Old 05-17-2005, 12:22 PM   #5
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    Re: Is alcohol really too drying??

    YES! Alcohol ruined my skin for a year. I used to drown myself in it, and it made me have other skin issues. It's horrible. The worst thing to put on your face ever. I don't care if it seems to work or not, it's bad news. Don't use it.

     
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