Hibiclens is an antiseptic/antimicrobial skin cleanser designed for use in hospital and at-home settings. Used for four decades as a pre- and post-operative antiseptic skin cleanser, it kills germs on contact and continues to do so for 24 hours after application. However, the solution is gentle enough for hand washing without drying out or irritating the skin.
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Just as on surfaces, Hibiclens continues to disinfect once applied to the skin. To do this, the solution creates a coating on the skin that attacks microorganisms for 24 hours, even after hand-washing.
How Hibiclens Cleanser Works
To do this, 4% chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) is the active ingredient in Hibiclens. CHG guards against several types of bacteria, including salmonella, E. coli, staph, strep, C. difficile and MRSA.
While CHG feels like liquid soap and bonds to the skin, it never leaves a sticky or harsh residue after being washed off and its antibacterial protection increases with each application.
Uses for Hibiclens
While Hibiclens applies to a wide range of situations, it’s especially helpful for:
- Cleaning the skin before surgery to reduce infection at the surgical incision site.
- Post-operative usage further helps prevent surgical site infection.
- Caregivers looking to protect themselves and their patients against exposure to germs.
- Families looking to lessen exposure to common germs.
- Athletes wanting a solution to guard against staph infection.