denatured alcohol

Denatured alcohol is a drying type of alcohol that aggravates and weakens skin. Typically, if denatured alcohol is listed as the fifth ingredient or higher, it is of considerable risk for sensitizing skin.

References for this information:
BBA Biomembranes, May 2012, pages 1410-1419
Alcohol, April 2002, pages 131-202

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