SD Alcohol



No known benefits

SD Alcohol at a glance

  • Is a volatile alcohol, also known as specially denatured alcohol
  • Can cause skin dryness and potential barrier disruption
  • Most commonly functions as a solvent in cosmetic formulas
  • Also has anti-foaming and astringent properties

SD Alcohol description

SD alcohol is a type of denatured alcohol used as a solvent. It can be drying and sensitising to skin when one of the main ingredients in the formula.

SD Alcohol references

  • Food and Drug Administration, Accessed February 2024, Webpage
  • Dermatitis, October 2020, pages 328-332
  • International Journal of Toxicology, 2008, pages S1-S43

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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Not rated

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