Applying Hand Sanitizer on Face? Here Are Some Reasons Why You Should Not!

by Amit Vyas on Apr 21, 2022

Applying Hand Sanitizer on Face? Here Are Some Reasons Why You Should Not!

The Covid-19 pandemic has compelled us to adapt to the ”new normal”. Like many things, hand sanitizers have made it to our list of everyday essentials.

However, the question that lingers in the minds of many is whether one can apply hand sanitizer on the face, and the answer is a simple no. Hand sanitizers cleanse and sanitize hands primarily, and should not be used elsewhere.


Besides that, if the product doesn’t mention the word ”face” in the name or description, do not use it on the face and let the product serve its original purpose.

Hand Sanitizers are the ultimate choice for cleaning your hands on-the-go. But using a hand sanitizer on your face would not be beneficial – rather, it will cause side effects and harm the face.

Let us understand in detail why it is not advisable to apply hand sanitizer on the face.

Dries and dehydrates the skin

Hand sanitizers are made to protect hands that are exposed to multiple things throughout the day, are the carrier of numerous germs, have thicker skin as compared to the face and require strong formulation. Thus, all hand sanitizers available in the market contain a minimum of 60% alcohol content. Alcohol helps in killing germs, viruses and bacteria by breaking the lipids & fats in their bodies. When it comes to the face, the skin is thin, delicate and less exposed to germs, so the sanitizer ends up absorbing the moisture leaving it dry and dehydrated.

 Can be too harsh on your skin

Along with higher alcohol content, hand sanitizers also contain several potent ingredients that can also be detrimental to the face. When hand sanitizer is applied on the face frequently; it can show several side effects in the form of rashes, redness, itching, burning, blackheads and clogged pores. So, whether it’s an alcohol-based or alcohol-free hand sanitizer, both could end up being a little more powerful for the delicate skin of your face.

Hand sanitizers kill the good bacteria on your face

Your skin comprises both good bacteria, also known as microbes and bad bacteria. Now, if you apply an alcohol-based hand sanitizer on the face, it kills both the good and the bad bacteria. The skin requires good bacteria for moisturization and protection against toxins. Apart from that, when the face lacks good bacteria, the immune response becomes low and make skin more prone to infections and breakouts. So, ensure good health and avoid applying hand sanitizer on the face to protect the good bacteria.

Applying Hand Sanitizer on Face Can Cause Eye Irritation

Many a times, dust particles get into your eyes and make them feel irritated and scorched; similarly, when you apply alcohol-based hand sanitizer on the face, odds are it can go into your eyes and irritate them. Alcohol in the sanitizer can also lead to severe eye infections. Ethanol has the potential to kill the cells of cornea and cause open sores. Thus, not applying hand sanitizer on the face would be a safer bet for eye protection.

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Why Choose Facitize by RxSAFE?

  • Facitize is certified by NABL Accredited Lab for providing protection against 99.9% Germs, Viruses and Bacteria and Mucor mycosis (The Black Fungus).
  • You can get instant and long-lasting protection up to 6 hours along with moisturized skin and sun protection.  Made with the goodness of essential oils, Facitize not just sanitizes your face but moisturizes it too.
  • Facitize Junior contains a special formulation designed for kids of age 3-13 years old so that they stay safe and moisturized all the time.

How to Apply:

Made with natural ingredients and no alcohol formula, Facitize is also pretty easy to use. Just pour some face shield gel on your palms, rub on both palms evenly and apply it gently on your face and neck.

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