Our database has 331 products that contain Alcohol.

Ingredient Description

A drink, cleanser, and common ingredient in skincare products.

Alcohols are a group of organic compounds with many forms.

In many cases, ‘alcohol’ refers to ethanol in cosmetics.

Ethanol is commonly used as an astringent and is antimicrobial. However, it can be drying on the skin and can destroy your skin’s natural barrier with long-term use.

Alternate name: Ethanol

What it is:

form of

Ingredient Concerns:

can worsen

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Alcohol Stats

  • Alcohol is a somewhat common cosmetic ingredient.
  • 9% of products in our database contain it.
  • 6 users have disliked this ingredient

Ingredient Functions

Antimicrobial Capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms
Astringent Tending to draw together or constrict tissues; styptic. May unclog pores, remove excess oil, shrink appearance of pores, tighten skin, cleanse irritants from skin, reduce inflammation, reduce acne, provide anti-bacterial benefits
Masking obscuring or blocking
Solvent Capable of dissolving another substance.

CosIng Data

  • CosIng ID: 31401
  • INN Name: alcohol
  • EC #:  200-578-6
  • Ph. Eur. Name: alcoholum / ethanolum
  • All Functions: Antifoaming, Antimicrobial, Astringent, Masking, Solvent, Viscosity Controlling
What is CosIng?

CosIng is the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients.

SkinSort uses CosIng to source some of it's data on ingredient names and functions.