Is Rubbing Alcohol an Effective Treatment for Acne?

All hell breaks loose if an acne threatens to show up? Acne is a common skin problem that targets everybody irrespective of gender and skin type. In such times, herbal remedies, visits to a dermatologist, natural remedies and even wishful thinking are prospective solutions to the problem, but the acne still pers Many even try to op the zits on their own, but they are only adding to their miseries and making it worse. Popping the zits open will cause acne scars on your beautiful skin. So is there no effective treatment for acne after most of them are tried, tested and failed? There is one possible and effective treatment for acne – rubbing alcohol.

Rubbing alcohol or chemically known as isopropyl alcohol is a popular antiseptic used in the manufacturing of astringents, face scrubs, toners and facial masks. It is made from combining coal gas or propene and water. In Europe, the only ingredients used are coal gas and water, but in United States little quantities of sulphuric acid are also used. Rubbing alcohol is commonly used to remove glue, paint and grease off dirty surfaces, which is how the name has been derived. It dissolves fats, even DNA from tissue samples and therefore, used in testing laboratories for genetic analysis. Rubbing alcohol was used on the skin and was one of the key ingredients in skincare products because it could dissolve the fats and residue from makeup application, cold creams and soaps. Eventually, this chemical became an effective remedy for treating acne as well.

Rubbing alcohol gained popularity because –

•    it had astringent properties that could shrink the pores, inhibit excess production of oil and prevent newer outbreaks;

•    it had antibacterial properties that could eliminate the bacteria responsible for causing the breakouts;

•    it dries up the skin faster, resulting in clean and clear skin.

But experts debated on the use of rubbing alcohol to treat acne stating that it could actually be causing more harm than healing. Rubbing alcohol is a skin irritant and hence should be applied carefully, especially away from the eyes as it is harmful. Secondly, it dries out the skin which is even more painful. Thirdly, though it shrinks the pores and kills bacteria, it tends to clog skin pores with dead skin cells, which is harmful for the health of the skin. Last but not the least, applying rubbing alcohol on affected areas does not soothe the skin, but burns, and therefore not considered an ideal way to treat skin problems.

So using rubbing alcohol to treat acne comes with a heavy price, it certainly cannot be classified in the section of ‘safe’ medication for treating acne, or in the section of effective treatment for acne. And rubbing alcohol cannot be considered ideal for people with sensitive skin. It can be safely deduced that rubbing alcohol might be a blessing for some people while for some it does not work as the effectiveness of this chemical solely depends on the skin type of the individual.

Partho Ghosh (have 65 posts in total)

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