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Our database includes 2541 products that contain Alcohol.

You should know

What it is



Dry Skin
Oily Skin


Alcohol comes in many different forms. Different types of alcohol will have different effects on skin. This ingredient is usually an astringent alcohol.

These alcohols are drying on the skin. They may strip away your skin's natural oils and even damage your skin barrier. Astringent alcohols may also irritate skin.

Other types of astringent alcohols include:

According to the National Rosacea Society based in the US, you should be mindful of products with these alcohols in the top half of ingredients.

Any type of sanitizing product will have high amounts of alcohol to help kill bacteria and viruses.

Fatty alcohols come from plant oils such as coconut oil. These can help hydrate the skin and are non-irritating. Some fatty alcohols include cetyl and stearyl alcohol.

People also like: Parfum, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid

People also dislike: Parfum, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid

Alcohol is a somewhat common cosmetic ingredient, with about 6.2% of the products in our database containing it.

Community Stats

17771 people from our community have liked or disliked this ingredient.

Users who like it 💖

Often have the following skin types:

Sensitive Oily

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Oiliness • Sensitivity • Hormonal Acne • Acne

Users who dislike it 💔

Often have the following skin types:

Sensitive Combination

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Seborrheic Dermatitis • Sensitivity • Fungal Acne • Redness

Where it's used

Alcohol is most often found as ingredient number 14 within an ingredient list.

Of the 10 products in our database that have a known concentration of Alcohol, we've seen concentrations from 0.1% to 95% specified within their ingredient lists.

These are the categories of products that use Alcohol the most:

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.