Hibiclens is an antibacterial cleanser that kills germs on contact and continues working for up to 24 hours. Hibiclens contains 4% chlorhexidine gluconate solution. It is sometimes referred to as Hibiclens soap or chlorhexidine wash.
Hibiclens acts as both a skin cleanser and antiseptic, and it has many uses. Hibiclens is gentle enough for everyday use at home, school, or the gym as a hand wash to help protect against germs and viruses like the flu and staph infections like MRSA. It can also be used as a preoperative wash or to disinfect a superficial wound. In some cases, Hibiclens can be used as a surgical soap or preoperative skin preparation. It is important not to use Hibiclens on the head or face, in the genital area, or on wounds that involve more than superficial layers of skin. Do not allow the product to get into your eyes, ears, or mouth, as it could cause serious injury. If contact occurs, rinse with cold water immediately and call a medical professional.
To use Hibiclens for general skin cleansing or to cleanse a wound, first rinse the area thoroughly with water. Then, apply the minimum amount of Hibiclens needed to cover the area, wash gently, and rinse. To use Hibiclens as a hand wash, first wet your hands with water, then dispense about 5 ml of Hibiclens chlorhexidine wash into cupped hands and rub them together vigorously for 15 seconds before rinsing and drying. To use Hibiclens as a preoperative skin preparation, apply Hibiclens liberally to the site and swab for at least 2 minutes. Dry the area with a sterile towel and repeat the process a second time. If you have questions or concerns about the proper way to use Hibiclens for your needs, do not hesitate to ask your doctor, pharmacist, or another medical professional.
Hibiclens is available at most local CVS stores and online. You do not need a prescription to purchase Hibiclens.