Hypochlorous Acid:  the safe and gentle Eye Care solution.

Hypochlorous Acid: the safe and gentle Eye Care solution.

Q:  What do irritated eyelids, crusty eyelashes, and puffy eyes have in common?

A:  All of these skin irritations can be linked to a common culprit: bacteria buildup on the eyelid. Hypochlorous Acid offers a safe and gentle solution!

If you suffer from chronic eyelid irritation, you are not alone. Over 25 million Americans suffer from some form of eyelid affliction.  Ophthalmologists often cite several specific conditions related to eyelid trouble:

  1. Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelids, and is characterized by symptoms such as redness, irritation, itching, and a gritty sensation in the eyes. Specifically, Staph Blepharitis is caused by an overgrowth of Staphylococcus aureus. Bacteria is always on our skin and is a normal part of the eyelid’s microbiome. However, when one strain (usually staph) grows out of control, the result is colonization.  This leads to infection, inflammation, puffiness, and soreness.
  1. Eyelid Dermatitis is also known as eyelid eczema. While chronic eczema is always challenging, eyelid eczema can be especially distressing due to the extremely thin and sensitive skin around the eyes. Eyelid dermatitis may be characterized by chronic itch, scaly patches, and redness.
  1. Demodex-related irritation refers to microscopic mites that live at the base of our eyelashes. As unappealing as that sounds, demodex mites are also a normal part of the skin’s microbiome (we all have them!) However, it is the overgrowth of these invisible critters that cause problems. Demodex mites live at the base of our eyelash follicles, where they feed off oil and sebum.  The key to rebalancing the microbiome, and therefore the key to healing, is eliminating the problem microbes.

Since bacterial imbalance is the common culprit to these common eye irritations, eye care professionals recommend a gentle wash to remove stubborn bacteria, without further irritating delicate, inflamed skin.  Recently, ophthalmologists have begun to recommend Hypochlorous Acid not as a healing solution, but also as daily spray for lid and lash hygiene. 

The benefits of Hypochlorous for eye care have been well studied and well-documented (see links at the end of the article.)  Here is a summary of just a few:

  • Antimicrobial Properties: The powerful antimicrobial properties of Hypochlorous acid facilitate the gentle removal of bacteria and other pathogens from delicate eyelids and skin around eyes. Removing problem bacteria and rebalancing the bacteria load on eyelids is critical to healing.
  • Anti-inflammatory Benefits: Recent studies indicate that Hypochlorous acid may also possess anti-inflammatory properties. Reducing inflammation is key to symptom relief many eyelid irritations, including conjunctivitis and blepharitis.
  • Non-Toxic and non-irritating: Unlike harsh ingredients found in traditional antiseptics and sanitizers, Hypochlorous acid is gentle around eyes, making it ideal for delicate skin.
  • Safe for all ages. Hypochlorous Acid technology has been cleared by the FDA for use on all ages and all skin—even babies 1 month and older.

As Hypochlorous Acid emerged as a go-to solution for eyelid care, it was often available as prescription only, and not affordable for most consumers ($50 for 2 oz!)

However, due to overwhelming demand and a need for consumer friendly eye hygiene, consumers can now get pure, FDA-regulated Hypochlorous Acid solution for an affordable price, without a prescription.