August 03, 2021
What is Hypochlorous Acid? And Why Should You Use it?
A tough-sounding acid that’s a superhero in the fight against COVID-19 and gentle enough to use on your face to treat acne? It might sound like the stuff of comic book legend, but it’s real and ready for your medicine cabinet.
The buzz surrounding hypochlorous acid (HOCl) grew by leaps and bounds over the past year given its verified power as a disinfectant against COVID-19. The hard-core cleaner, however, is also gaining marquee status as an über-sensitive skin care product.
How hypochlorous acid benefits your skin: Skin is incredibly tough and durable – a necessity given its role as an outer barrier protecting your inner workings. That front-line role, however, leaves your skin vulnerable to cuts, scrapes and all the bad stuff it’s working to keep out.
Dr. Khetarpal says that HOCl offers your besieged skin a little backup by working to:
- Fight bacteria that causes clogged pores and acne.
- Speed up wound healing and repair damage.
- Combat inflammation and conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.
The best part, though? HOCl is nontoxic and handles this hard work while being incredibly mild on your skin. That gentleness is a byproduct of it being naturally produced by your body’s immune system. “It’s great for sensitive skin,” notes Dr. Khetarpal. “It’s not going to give you the dryness, burning or irritation of other products [such as alcohol].”