Can you please explain why isopropyl alcohol is harmful to the skin?

The alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol contains just that, alcohol. Alcohol is extremely drying and kills germs on your hands by disolving their membranes. Your skin cells have membranes too.

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Why does prolonged skin contact with isopropyl alcohol cause eczema and sensitivity?

The alcohol. Isopropyl alcohol contains just that, alcohol. Alcohol is extremely drying and kills germs on your hands by disolving their membranes. Your cells have membranes too. Read more...

Is it okay to rub isopropyl alcohol on head for razor bumps? Will it be able to dry out the razor bumps?

Not effective. Best to use non alcohol containing facial moisturizer. Also shaving with, not against the direction of hair growth can reduce irritation from shaving as well. Softening hair with warm, moist towel prior to shaving or shaving in shower also helpful. . Read more...

Is it possible to get a bac level of. 219 from rubbing isopropyl alcohol on skin. If so how much alcohol and for how long?

Blood alcohol. There us no way rubbing alcohol on your skin can lead to a blood alcohol level that is three tines the legal limit and nearly high enough to cause death. Read more...

How do I soothe isopropyl alcohol-irritated skin? What will get rid of the discoloration fast? I used it to try to get rid of pimples.

Topical therapy . Isopropyl alcohol is a drying agent. The skin will need moisturizing and sun protection. Sometimes a mild corticosteroid cream will decrease the inflammation. If the discoloration is pigment you my need to see your dermatologist for topical care and sun screens. Read more...
Stop the alcohol... Rubbing alcohol is very drying to the skin and so if irritation has developed, stop using it. If mild, keep areas moisturize with a good skin lotion and it will likey improve in few days to a wk or two. If more if more significant, some topical cortisone may help. Consult doc for your acne trouble and I am sure you will be treated/advised accordingly. Good luck. Read more...

Isopropyl alcohol irritated my sensitive skin. I used an acne treatment that had 91% in it and made my two pimples look like big discolored bug bites!?

Irritant reaaction. Although isopropyl alcohol is an excellent agent as an antibacterial, it is very drying because of its high alchol content. Care must be taken in its use on skin. Read more...