We made hypochlorous acid the star ingredient of our bestselling face mist Easy on the Eyes because of its ability to powerfully and effectively kill germs without causing any irritation. The gentle ingredient is native to our bodies — hypochlorous acid is the same substance produced by our white blood cells to defend against invaders — and is so mild that it can be safely used by babies. In addition to being used by ophthalmologists as a treatment for eye infections, hypochlorous acid is used by surgeons to cleanse wounds, and is even found in some surface cleaners, making Easy on the Eyes a fantastic substitute for hand sanitizer in a pinch.
But what you may not know about hypochlorous acid is that it has incredible anti-inflammatory properties, making it a must-have staple for any bathroom cabinet, nightstand, purse, or diaper bag. Here’s why: Most skin reactions, from acne and styes to bug bites and sunburn, become red, swollen, and irritated because those infections or injuries have triggered your body’s inflammatory response. That’s a good thing — it means your immune system is hard at work fighting the infection or healing the damage — but that’s not to say the inflammation is comfortable! Hypochlorous acid helps soothe and calm your skin as it expedites wound healing and (as you know) fights off bacteria, comprehensively treating your skin with a single spritz.
Now that you better understand the skincare benefits of hypochlorous acid, keep reading. We’re sharing a few of our favorite ways to incorporate the all-star ingredient into our daily routines to get you inspired.
- Sunburn — we especially love using it on sunburned scalps as it’s a non-sticky alternative to aloe
- Eye irritation caused by seasonal allergies
- Rosacea, including ocular rosacea
- Eczema and psoriasis
- Small scrapes, cuts, and burns
- Breakouts, including bacne and maskne
- Bug bites
- Professional-strength skin procedure recovery