Updated May 28th, 2024 at 23:08 IST

Hypochlorous Acid Spray: Effective Skincare or Just Hype?

Naturally produced by the body’s white blood cells, Hypochlorous acid combats bacteria and harmful organisms.

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If you've recently browsed SkinTok, you might have noticed an emerging trend: people spritzing their faces with a reddish-orange bottle after workouts or while on airplanes. This bottle contains Tower 28 SOS Daily Rescue Facial Spray, which features hypochlorous acid (HOCl). But is this viral skincare sensation truly beneficial for your skin?

What is Hypochlorous Acid?

Hypochlorous acid is gaining a loyal following due to its gentle yet effective cleansing and antimicrobial properties. Naturally produced by the body’s white blood cells, it combats bacteria and harmful organisms. Commercially, HOCl is stabilized in a water-based solution, often with added salts and stabilizers for shelf life.

Benefits for the Skin

HOCl’s antimicrobial properties make it effective in reducing acne-causing bacteria and soothing conditions like eczema. It helps manage eczema flare-ups by disinfecting affected areas and reducing inflammation and irritation. It is also used for atopic dermatitis and post-surgical care to lower infection risks and treat minor skin irritations and burns.

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Image credit: Unsplash

Versatility Across Skin Types

Hypochlorous spray is safe for almost all body parts, including sensitive areas like the eyes and mouth, due to its non-toxic nature. It’s recognized for its compatibility with various skin types, largely because it doesn't contain typical irritants like fragrances or preservatives.

Combatting airplane acne

Airplane acne, a common issue for travelers, can manifest as pimples, whiteheads, or blackheads due to the low humidity and recycled air on flights. This environment can cause both dry and oily skin to overproduce oil, leading to breakouts.

Dermatologists recommend focusing on hydration and avoiding alcohol consumption during flights. For a quick refresh, consider facial wipes instead of hypochlorous sprays. Proper skin cleansing, using a lightweight moisturizer, and having blotting papers on hand can help manage excess oil production and prevent airplane acne.

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In conclusion, while hypochlorous acid spray has its merits, maintaining hydration and a consistent skincare routine are key for healthy skin, especially when traveling.

 

 

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Published May 28th, 2024 at 23:08 IST