Acetylated lanolin alcohol

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Acetylated lanolin alcohol (sometimes known as sheep alcohol, lanolin alcohol, or wool alcohol) is a non-drying organic compound produced from lanolin, the fat of wool shearings, which has been reacted with acetic acid and a small amount of lye. There are synthetic variants available; however, the animal-derived product has more anti-allergenic tendencies. Acetylated lanolin alcohol is used as an emollient, to soften skin, but is mildly comedogenic, with a rating of 0-2 out of 5.[1] For this reason, those who are prone to whiteheads and blackheads should patch test before using on a large scale. Acetylated lanolin alcohol can also be inflammatory to those with wool or lanolin allergies,[2] and should be avoided in such cases.


  1. ^ "The Bad List: Comedogenic Ingredients And Products". Community. Retrieved 2016-12-12.
  2. ^ "Allergy to wool alcohols | DermNet New Zealand". Retrieved 2016-12-12.

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