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How Acne Products with Alcohol Make Skin Worse

It isn’t unusual for teens with acne to find that many of the acne products on the market really don’t work. Those that contain salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide may provide short-term relief, but others contain ingredients that can make acne worse and cause other problems. One of these is alcohol.
To many people, alcohol is thought of as a natural ingredient that is perfectly safe. Its natural properties make it drying, causing it to remove the oil from skin. For this reason, it has long been used as the base ingredient for cleansers, toners, astringents, and lotions that are designed to treat acne. Over-production of oil is the cause of acne, making it seem reasonable that an ingredient that strips oil from the skin would be the ideal way to bring acne to a halt. There are a number of reasons, however, that this is not the case.

  • The root cause of acne is not just too much oil, but the excess DHT in the skin that causes the production of the oil to start with.
  • The excess oil, debris, and bacteria that cause acne are in the pores of the skin, not at the surface where products can reach.
  • Alcohol removes oil from the surface of the skin, causing it to become over-dry and irritated. Some skin can also become more sensitive, causing it to become irritated from using regular skincare products.
  • A multi-product acne solution may have alcohol in two or three products, resulting in even more of the harsh ingredient when the entire system is used.

The toner from the Clearogen product line is the only one that contains alcohol, and this is in a small amount. Clearogen relies on the balance of natural hormone-fighting ingredients and other proven ingredients to treat and prevent acne without irritating skin. To learn more about the gentle yet effective properties of Clearogen, call 877-30-CLEAR.