A member asked:

Can alcohol burn on pimples? redness on my nose and it burns when i put hand sanitizer on it

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Dr. Tanya Russo answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Hand sanitizer has an exceptionally high alcohol content, especially irritating when applied to the face (not to mention the debates regarding it's role in resistant organism development). Take care of your acne and delicate facial skin with a hypoallergenic wash and moisturizer (Cetaphil is a great one). When inflammation subsides, an OTC acne product can be used instead.

Answered Sep 16, 2018

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Dr. Marvin Ott answered

Specializes in Emergency Medicine

Any area of skin irritation or breakdown (pimples included) exposes nerve endings, which can sting when alcohol is applied. Hope this helps!

Answered Sep 4, 2014

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