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Question: Can one use rubbing alcohol in a tincture instead of vodka or other alcoholic liquids? I'm going to make an anti acne tincture but I'm not sure on the rubbing alcohol, also please if you have home remedies or tinctures concerning acne please let me know. thanks in advance everyone

Answer: Rubbing Alcohol can REALLY irritate skin. Rubbing alcohol is EXTREMELY drying to the skin, which will confuse your skin and cause it to react crazy (it will think its dry and produce twice as much oil). Gently Cleanse Acne-prone Skin * Limit washing to twice a day – and after perspiring. Once in the morning and once at night as well as after perspiring heavily should be the limit. Perspiration, especially when wearing a hat or helmet, can make acne worse, so the skin should be gently cleansed as quickly as possible after perspiring. * Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser. Wash the face and other acne-prone areas with a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser that does not contain alcohol. * Use your fingertips. Apply the cleanser and wash with your fingertips. This reduces skin irritation. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge, or anything else can irritate the skin and lead to breakouts. * Never scrub the skin. Scrubbing the skin clean does not clear acne. In fact, scrubbing irritates the skin and can make acne worse. * Rinse with lukewarm water. Be sure to thoroughly rinse away the cleanser with lukewarm, not hot, water. * Shampoo regularly. If you have oily hair, shampoo daily. Avoid Acne Skin Care Taboos Astringents, rubbing alcohol, and tanning do not help clear acne nor keep acne-prone skin free from blemishes. Dermatologists recommend that their patients with acne and acne-prone skin avoid the following: * Astringents, exfoliators, masks, and toners. These products do not help clear acne. In fact, these can aggravate the skin and make acne worse. These products also may make it more difficult to tolerate prescription acne medications, so it is best not to use these when treating acne. * Greasy hair-care products. Oily hair-care products, such as oil-containing gels and pomades, can drip onto the skin and clog pores. This can cause acne. * Picking, popping, and squeezing pimples. People pick and pop pimples to get rid of them quickly. The truth is this prolongs healing time and increases the risk of scarring. * Rubbing alcohol. Some people apply rubbing alcohol in order to dry out the oily skin. This will not help clear acne nor prevent breakouts. It can irritate the skin and cause breakouts. * Tanning. Some people claim that their acne clears with sun exposure. The truth is that tanning does not clear acne. Tanning, however, does increase one’s risk of developing melanoma and other skin cancers. -------- When I was in massage school and learning about natural remedies, applying oatmeal and water was a good mask, and honey was good for skin as a natural and gentle moisturizing cleanser (can be put in your bathwater). Our teacher said, "If you can ingest it (fruit, veggies, grain), then you can apply it to your skin." Because there are different degrees of acne (some more severe than others), it is best to seek a dermatologist or an esthetician's advice before doing anything to your skin that you may regret later.

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