Hibiclens – skin protection
for before and after surgery


Hibiclens can be found in the First Aid section at major drug, grocery and mass retailers nationwide.

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Hibiclens has been trusted by hospitals for over 40 years as a pre/post-operative antiseptic skin cleanser.

Protect yourself before and after surgery

When facing a surgery or procedure, there are many things you might be worried about; however, using Hibiclens can help give you one less worry. Hibiclens has been trusted by hospitals for more than 40 years, with patients frequently instructed to wash with Hibiclens antiseptic skin cleanser before surgery or other procedures to reduce the risk of infection.

Cleaning the skin with a CHG solution such as Hibiclens before surgery is considered one of the keys to preventing surgical site infections (SSIs)and has been shown to be more effective than other skin cleansing options like washing with plain soap and water.2 Here’s why:

  • Fast-acting – begins killing germs on contact3
  • Proven to significantly reduce C. difficile,4 MRSA and other infections5
  • Long-lasting – binds to the skin, leaving a layer of protection that continues to kill germs for up to 24 hours after application6
  • Gentle on your skin, and as simple and easy to use as any liquid soap7
  • The more often you use Hibiclens, the better it works, with the antibacterial protection growing greater with repeated use8

Learn more:
Preparing for surgery
Recovering from surgery

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  7. Mölnlycke Health Care, Data on File. Study # R05-0225.
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