Is Hypochlorous Acid Safe on Skin?

Hypochlorous acid an evolution of electrolysed water has many applications including as a hand sanitiser. Coler Medical PPE is asked frequently though if hypochlorous acid can be used more widely on other areas of the skin. Read on as we answer “is hypochlorous acid safe on skin?

Overview – a resounding “yes”

Without a doubt and with absolute confidence we can answer YES – hypochlorous acid is absolutely safe to use on skin. But you do not have to take our word for it! Hypochlorous acid (chemical name – HOCl, which we also use sometimes in this article) is approved by the FDA/EPA/CE for use on skin as well as with foods and on surfaces.

Hypochlorous acid can be freely applied to the arms, face, feet, legs, stomach, toes and across the entire body surface area. Use HOCl for treatment of acne, eczema, fungal infections (especially athletes’ feet), maskne and other skin complaints.

Does HOCl remove viruses and bacteria from the skin?

Yes. Hypochlorous acid, alcohol-based and other alcohol-free hand sanitisers cleanse the skin from many dangerous bacteria, viruses, and pathogens. Many high-quality sanitisers have destroyed COVID on skin and surfaces during the pandemic. HOCl also kills bugs such as C-DIF, E. coli, MRSA, Salmonella, and many others.

Generally, if you are looking for products that kill microorganisms on the skin, pretty much they all do! The difference though is kindness to the skin and skincare, which we go on to discuss.

Can hypochlorous acid be used for skin moisturising?

A primary objective of using hypochlorous acid is to kill bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. It achieves this, but unlike other sanitisers does not strip moisture (typically out of the hands). Coler’s hypochlorous acid is 99.99% water and is PH Neutral for the skin, but still manages to provide hydration and sanitisation.

So, our MIST-IFY instant sanitiser does moisturise, remember HOCl is a 100% naturally-occurring chemical produced by the human body. The use of our moisturiser is especially important when compared to alcohol-based hand sanitisers. These are designed to kill microorganisms but have no intention of moisturising. Infact, they dry skin due to the presence of chemicals such as Benzophenone-3, Propylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, etc.

Can damaged skin be treated?

Yes. HOCl is perfectly safe for treating broken or damaged skin. Soap and water are equally good, but we definitely would not recommend the use of alcohol-based sanitisers on open wounds. After treatment, damaged skin should be dressed in bandages, dressings, gloves, plasters, etc.

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Hypochlorous acid is helpful in the treatment of acne

Can Maskne be treated?

Yes, HOCl is effective at soothing the effects of maskne (mask acne). This has become a well-publicised issue during the COVID-19 pandemic. Long-term mask-wearing has caused a specific form of mask acne (known as Maskne). Use HOCl to moisten and soothe the affected areas of the skin. Repeated HOCl will enable skin regeneration and a move back to healthy facial skin.

Our hypochlorous acid skin care products

View our skincare product range at This includes:

  1. MIST-IFY MISTIK Atomiser – Black – 10ml (with Free 100ml Instant Sanitiser)
  2. MIST-IFY MISTIK Atomiser – Black – 20ml (with Free 100ml Instant Sanitiser)
  3. MIST-IFY MISTIK Atomiser – White – 10ml (with Free 100ml Instant Sanitiser) and
  4. MIST-IFY MISTIK Atomiser – White – 20ml (with Free 100ml Instant Sanitiser)

Also, buy our instant sanitiser in 500ml, 2.5L, and 5L, which can be dispensed through one of our MIST-IFY dispensers.

Contacting Coler Medical PPE

Contact Coler Medical PPE to buy premium-quality hypochlorous acid as well as dispensers. For clarifications and answers to questions about our hypochlorous acid skin care products call us on +44 (0) 1827 794 294 or send an email to Coler Medical PPE endeavours to reply to enquiries ASAP after receipt.

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