Hexachlorophene review

Hexachlorophene is a topical anti-bacterial and anti-infective agent that could appear in toothpastes, soaps and creams. This is used for cleansing, most commonly the skin but it can be used for other conditions. The main purpose of this drug is to cleanse wherever it is applied on and prevent the growth of certain bacteria. When this drug was first introduced, it was commercialized to be something for acne treatment in the form of soaps and a body wash but since it had been suspected of numerous side effects, this has been banned from usage.

Hexachlorophene is an agent that is so strong that it can cause peeling when significant or wrong amounts are used by an individual, this characteristic of it also shows how much the germ killing capacity of the drug is. Since the product has been banned long ago in several countries, some have come up with several substitutes however, none of those have matched to germ controlling capacities of hexachlorophene.

Hexachlorophene is a very strong anti-bacterial agent and since it is so, it has brought about a lot of controversies regarding it particularly with it having numerous side effects. While that is so, some people still use this. In Australia, this drug is readily available anywhere and anyone could easily get it without a prescription.

The main use of hexachlorophene is to control bacterial infection on the skin, most commonly acne but since this is banned in some countries, not everyone will be able to get this. This can be used basically on any bacterial infection and is for external usage only.

This drug can be effective for some people however; one has to be extra careful in administering it. People who are allergic to the substance or anything similar should never use this drug. This drug should never be applied on broken or irritated skin or on the eyes, nose mouth and vagina. While this drug can be used once in a while for bathing so that infection would be prevented, this should never be done routinely. Since this is a very strong agent, this should only be applied minimally or as little as possible. Using more of this drug does not mean faster or more desirable effects.

One would only need around 1 teaspoon or 5 milligrams of hexachlorophene or smaller in order to prevent the spread of bacteria and to kill certain types of bacteria available on the area that it would be applied onto.

To apply this onto desired area, wet hands first with water and apply desired dosage on the palm of the hand. After that, lather this into the desired area as directed according to the instructions given by the doctor. After applying it, make sure to wash it off with water as not washing this off can cause serious problems.

In most cases, this can be found in powder form but in countries that allow hexachlorophene; this can still be found in soaps, topical agents, creams and toothpastes.

Some of the rather common and mild side effects of hexachlorophene are redness in the area where it is applied, scaling, swelling, and sensitivity to light. While these are quite common, these are not normal.

If the case is bad some severe side effects would be difficulty in breathing, severe allergic reactions, swelling in various areas of the bodies and seizures. If any of these would appear, make sure to seek medical help immediately

Using soaps or other products that contain alcohol may decrease the germ killing capacity of hexachlorophene.

Since this is a strong agent, it should only be applied externally and never on areas with mucus membranes thus, this can only be applied on normal skin. Swallowing it can get an individual poisoned. It should also never be used on infants and breastfeeding mothers.

Hexachlorophene has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of hexachlorophene

• Molecular formula of hexachlorophene is C13H6Cl6O2
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 3,4,6-trichloro-2-[(2,3,5-trichloro-6-hydroxy-phenyl)methyl]phenol
• Molecular weight is 406.902 g/mol

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