While many dermatologists and estheticians recommend not using face washes and body scrubs with alcohol in them, alcohol can actually be good for your skin. Alcohol is found in the majority of skin care products, being found in 12 out of 20 products. When someone specifies “alcohol free” in reference to skin, they are commonly talking about ethanol.
Ethanol is put into products to reduce the drying time and the tackiness of the product, but not all alcohols will dry out your skin. The alcohols that are good and moisturizing for your skin are referred to as “fatty alcohols” and are listed on the labels as cetyl alcohol, arachidyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol and many others.