What is Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl)?
You will probably be surprised about some of the facts about Hypochlorous Acid. But first things first. Hypochlorous acid - what is it, what is it used for, and what are the benefits of this substance? Well, in a nutshell, it's one if not the oldest disinfectant in the world. It's a substance that all of us are producing in our bodies - thanks to those amazing white blood cells.
Hypochlorous acid plays a crucial role in the anti-microbial fight against infections and diseases, and due to its simple chemistry, it is well understood and documented. Did you know that it gives bleach its magic powers as a disinfectant? But hold on - let's not think that we are dealing with a bleach-like substance. Hypochlorous acid is a weak acid yet powerful disinfectant which - outside of our bodies - has found its way into many applications in medicine, health, and anywhere that requires sanitation and disinfection. While HOCl is popular as a disinfectant and sanitizer, it also plays an important role in wound care1 and the treatment of various infections in humans and pets.
The FDA has approved HOCl as a preservative for saline solutions and it is used as an ingredient in some contact lens cleaning solutions and eye drops. As a spray solution, it can be applied to wipes and pads in our daily routine cleaning our eyelids from make-up, mascara, and other beauty products. HOCl was classified by the EPA as a non-hazardous substance and clinical tests have shown that it is gentle to our eyes and skin.
For use at home, it is important to note that HOCl has a fairly short shelf-life and needs to be stored away from direct sunlight and heat. So ideally in dark glass bottles in a cool and dark spot.
1 Hypochlorous Acid as a Potential Wound Care Agent
by: Wang L, Bassiri M, Najafi R, Najafi K, Yang J, Khosrovi B, Hwong W, Barati E, Belisle B, Celeri C, Robson MC
published in: Journal of Burns and Wounds - 2007-04-11
2 A Viral Conjunctivitis Treatment Study Using 0.01% Hypochlorous Acid
by: Novabay Pharmaceuticals
U.S. National Library of Medicine - November 2018
Results to be expected in 2021
3 In vitro demodicidal activity of commercial lid hygiene products
by: Alan G Kabat
Published: Online August 2019