Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl), a mild acid and antimicrobial compound, is naturally produced by the immune immune system as the body’s primary line of defence against pathogens. Manufactured by our proprietary electrolysis system for applications in disinfectants, healthcare and petcare and skincare, it is often known as “electrolysed water” or “electrochemically activated water.”

In skincare products, the concentration of free available chlorine is a critical factor. Our HOCl is a 0.015% hypochlorous acid solution corresponding to a 150 ppm free available chlorine solution. Remarkably effective at just 150 ppm, hypochlorous acid outperforms bleach in germ elimination while being gentle enough for those with conditions like eczema and rosacea.

The Versatility of Hypochlorous Acid in Skincare

Hypochlorous Acid offers a range of benefits in skincare:

  • Antimicrobial Agent: Destroys bacterial cell membranes, effective against viruses and fungi, making it suitable for purifying and cleansing the skin.
  • Anti-inflammatory Properties: Reduces inflammation associated with conditions like eczema and acne by inhibiting proinflammatory mediators.
  • Wound Healing: Used as an FDA registered Class III medical device, it accelerates tissue repair, reduces pain, and aids in wound maintenance.

Optimal pH Range for Hypochlorous Acid in Skincare

Maintaining the optimal pH range is crucial for the efficacy and shelf life of hypochlorous acid in skincare. At pH 7.2, it exists predominantly as HOCl, offering potent benefits. Deviating from this level leads to the conversion to sodium hypochlorite or low chlorine gas production with the product losing efficacy and stability. At 150 ppm and pH 7.2 our hypochlorous acid remains stable for up to 18 months.

Benefits of Hypochlorous Acid in Skincare

In addition to being an effective antimicrobial, hypochlorous acid:

  • Reduces bacterial bioburden, addressing congestion and rosacea.
  • Aids in wound healing, minimising redness and inflammation.
  • Alleviates symptoms of eczema and seborrheic dermatitis.
  • Is safe for daily use, suitable for various skin types.

Recommended Usage and Compatibility

The recommended concentrations for skincare products range from 0.005% to 0.02% to ensure efficacy without causing irritation. Higher concentrations do not necessarily yield better results and may lead to adverse effects. Hypochlorous acid is compatible with soothing ingredients like niacinamide, beta-glucan, or colloidal oatmeal. However, care must be taken to let the hypochlorous acid product dry before applying other products, especially antioxidants like vitamin C.

Who Should use Hypochlorous Acid?

Hypochlorous acid is suitable for a broad audience, including those with normal, oily, or dry skin. Its gentle nature makes it a viable option for individuals with sensitive skin, offering benefits without the drawbacks of dryness or irritation often associated with other ingredients.

Who Should Avoid Hypochlorous Acid?

Individuals with known sensitivities or allergies to chlorine or hypochlorite should avoid using HOCl. Patch testing is advised, and anyone with chronic skin conditions should consult a doctor.

In Conclusion

Hypochlorous acid, with its remarkable antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, is a game-changer in skincare. Used wisely, it can cleanse, purify, and promote healthier-looking skin without the side effects associated with many other skincare ingredients.

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