May 17, 2015

Good vs bad alcohols

These are all of the alcohols I talked about in my recent Good vs. Bad Alcohols video, for quick reference.

Good alcohols (emollients, best tolerated by normal-dry skins):
- Cetyl Alcohol
- Cetearyl Alcohol
- Stearyl Alcohol
- Arachidyl Alcohol 
- Lanolin and Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol

These emollient alcohols are about 3/5 on the comedogenicity scale. See my comedogenic oils video for more about comedogenicity:

Bad alcohols:
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Drinking Alcohol (Vodka, spirits, wine, etc.)
- SD Alcohol (specially denatured alcohol)
- Denatured Alcohol
- Alcohol denat.
- Ethanol, Methanol
- Ethyl and Methyl Alcohol
- Polyvinyl Alcohol
- Just "Alcohol"
- Benzyl Alcohol (only when high on ingredients list)

Other Alcohols (safe):
- Behenyl Alcohol 
- Batyl Alcohol
- Decyl Alcohol
- Lauryl Alcohol


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