If you're following any beauty bloggers or influencers, or perhaps you're fortunate enough to have that friend who always knows about the best new skincare products, you might have recently come across a skincare ingredient called hypochlorous acid (HOCl). Hypochlorous acid uses an extremely gentle antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory ingredient that is highly effective and non-toxic. It finds applications in various areas where you need an efficient antimicrobial that is also gentle when directly applied to the skin – think of veterinary care, eye care, and wound healing products. Just like when hyaluronic acid and glycolic acid made a splash in the skincare industry, hypochlorous acid is currently having its moment. Here's what you should understand about hypochlorous acid and its utilization in skincare products.
1. Even For Sensitive Skin, Hypochlorous Acid Proves To Be Exceptionally Gentle
Hypochlorous acid is produced from a simple mixture of salt and water, utilizing electricity to disassemble and reassemble the molecules into this newly formed compound known as hypochlorous acid (HOCl). Notably, it lacks any skin allergens or irritants commonly found in typical skincare ingredients, such as fragrances and preservatives. An intriguing fact to note is that our immune systems naturally generate hypochlorous acid as a means to combat infections and facilitate the healing process. Whether you're grappling with the flu, have a minor cut, or experience skin inflammation, your immune system secretes hypochlorous acid to combat both infection and inflammation. This inherent gentleness is precisely why HOCl finds extensive use in ophthalmic products, particularly due to the delicate nature of eye tissue.
2. It Demonstrates A High Level Of Effectiveness In Eliminating Microbes
When it comes to eradicating bacteria and viruses, hypochlorous acid has demonstrated its high effectiveness through numerous studies. Remarkably, it surpasses bleach in its antimicrobial properties, as it possesses superior capability to infiltrate the cell walls of pathogens, rendering them inactive. While the degree of effectiveness varies depending on the specific microbe, overall, it proves to be significantly more efficient than bleach, meaning you require much less to eliminate the same germ. This explains why bleach (sodium hypochlorite) needs to be used at such high and potentially toxic concentrations to achieve effectiveness. Now, considering its impact on your skin, let's take acne for instance. Hypochlorous acid actively combats the bacteria responsible for pore congestion, potentially preventing acne breakouts.
3. Hypochlorous Acid Finds Application In Dermatology For A Wide Spectrum Of Skin Conditions
In dermatology, hypochlorous acid sprays are being employed to address various inflammatory conditions such as eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis.
Hypochlorous acid sprays are emerging in skincare products like facial mists and toners as well. Their purpose is to alleviate redness, irritation, acne, and facilitate the healing process for damaged skin.
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