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Is Hypochlorous Acid Safe For Your Skin?
If you’ve been following us for a while, you may have heard of hypochlorous acid (HOCl). Hypochlorous acid has received a lot of attention recently for being an inexpensive, available, toxic-free and practical antimicrobial that is useful in a broad range of applications. Some of these applications include veterinary care and eye products. Another use you might have read about is in wound healing products, so you might be wondering – Is hypochlorous acid safe to use on skin in skincare products? The short answer is: YES! Here’s what you need to know about the effects of hypochlorous acid on your skin in skincare products.
Top 5 Things You Need to Know About Using Hypochlorous Acid On Skin
1. It’s the same substance created by your own immune system.
Our bodies create hypochlorous acid to fight infection and promote healing. As our white blood cells respond to pathogens, our immune systems generate HOCl to kill microorganisms and neutralize toxins and inflammation. HOCl is used in veterinary medicine, ophthalmology, and wound care. How cool is that?
2. It’s used in dermatology
Hypochlorous acid’s antimicrobial superpowers are being harnessed by dermatologists for fighting acne and skin infections. They are also using it to soothe and repair skin damaged by chronic skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis.
3. It is designated 100% Top Allergen-Free
The Mayo Clinic designed their SkinSafe ratings to help consumers avoid common allergy-causing ingredients across all types of products, from personal care to laundry. Their “SkinSafe” designation is reserved for products that exclude the top most common allergens and those that are best for sensitive skin. Force of Nature earns their top rating in the household cleaning category.
Hypochlorous acid is created with specific concentrations of simple, household ingredients: salt, vinegar and water, which are then electrolyzed (ie an electrical current is used to change the chemical composition of them). Conventional cleaning products commonly contain harsh irritants, like bleach and ammonia, and ingredients that can trigger allergies and asthma, like fragrances.
4. It’s being used in skincare products to help with “maskne” (face mask acne)
As a gentle antimicrobial, hypochlorous acid has gained popularity during the coronavirus pandemic for helping to reduce skin conditions that are exacerbated by mask-wearing. This type of acne (acne mechanica) is found when we have to wear equipment like athletes who wear helmets. To combat what’s been termed “maskne,” dermatologists are using HOCl concentrations to help reduce bacteria that builds upon the skin as a result of trapped sweat and makeup “like a hand sanitizer for your face.”
5. It’s an extra, on-the-go protective measure.
While nothing can replace effective handwashing, hypochlorous acid at the concentration used in our product, Force of Nature, is gentle enough to cleanse your hands. In a pinch or on-the-go, if you don’t have access to soap and water, a spray bottle of Force of Nature’s hypochlorous acid solution is a great solution for cleaning your hands.
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At Force of Nature, we are dedicated to helping families and businesses find products that are better for them and the environment, whether it’s cosmetics, deodorant, or pet gear. Our goal is to arm you with the information you need to make more informed product choices, since in a lot of categories, manufacturers don’t have to be 100% transparent about the ingredients they use.
When it comes to household surface cleaning, we’ve created our powerful, effective all-in-one cleaner, deodorizer and disinfectant that has no harmful fumes and residues. We’re proud to offer a product that is effective enough to not only clean and disinfect your home or workplace, but is also gentle enough to use without gloves or rinsing and around children, pets, and those with health concerns. It kills 99.9% of viruses, bacteria, and germs and is an EPA-registered disinfectant included on the federal EPA’s List N, the disinfectants approved for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of Covid-19. Learn more about our revolutionary cleaning system.