The Claim: Dabbing a bit of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer onto a zit can dry up the pimple and calm redness.
Oz Says: It may make things worse, not better. "Your skin can produce even more oil to make up for the super-drying effect of the alcohol," says Kavita Mariwalla, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Stony Brook University. Plus, hand sani irritates the delicate skin on your face. The result: more breakouts and redness.
The Verdict: SKIP IT
Try This Instead: Use a product that's made for breakouts. Beauty Director Brian Underwood recommends one with benzoyl peroxide, like Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment ($7, drugstores).
This story originally appeared in the March 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.
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