Formic alcohol is a weak alcoholic solution of methane (formic) acid, a colorless caustic liquid with the chemical formula HCOOH. It is used medicinally as a local pain reliever and anti-inflammatory agent, as well as in cosmetology to treat acne.
When and how to use formic alcohol for medicinal purposes
A remedy such as formic alcohol helps with neuralgia, joint and muscle pain, arthritis and polyarthritis. Its therapeutic effect is based on the fact that formic acid has a pronounced irritant effect, therefore it promotes blood flow to the place to which it is applied, alleviating pain and inflammation. But since it is a very caustic, burning agent, it is used in the form of very weak solutions. The content of formic acid in the preparation is only 1, 4%. The rest is 70% ethanol.
A small amount of formic alcohol is applied to the painful area of the body and rubbed thoroughly. After treatment, it is recommended to immediately apply a cotton-gauze or cloth bandage for a greater warming effect. This procedure is performed several times a day until a noticeable improvement in well-being occurs.
Do not apply formic alcohol to inflamed or damaged skin or mucous membranes, as you can burn an already injured skin area.
Generally, formic alcohol is well tolerated by people with oily and normal skin. But people with dry skin are advised to consult a dermatologist before using this remedy.
Formic alcohol is a good acne remedy
To get rid of acne, you need to moisten a cotton swab or swab with formic alcohol and apply the drug to the problem area of the skin with gentle circular movements. After the alcohol is completely dry, lubricate the same area with moisturizer. Repeat this procedure daily. In most cases, acne disappears after 2-4 weeks.
You should not cleanse the skin before processing, as this will dry it out too much.
Since formic alcohol is a powerful remedy, an allergy test should be done before using it. Apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol to the skin (best where the problem areas are) and wait 24 hours. If during this time itching, burning, redness of the skin does not appear, you can use this drug.
Formic alcohol should not be used by those people who have dilated capillaries. Also, this remedy is contraindicated in hypersensitivity. If it becomes necessary to use it during pregnancy, you must first consult your doctor.