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How do I use HIBICLENS®?

Generally speaking, use HIBICLENS® as you would use other liquid soaps with a few minor changes.

For general skin cleansing: thoroughly rinse the area to be cleansed with water. Apply the minimum amount of HIBICLENS® necessary to cover the skin or wound area and wash gently. Rinse thoroughly. Be sure to keep out of eyes, ears, and mouth, and do not use in the genital area. Please refer to our Drug Facts page for full information, and pay attention to any special instructions if instructed by your healthcare provider.

Is it safe for my kids?

HIBICLENS® is a pharmaceutical antiseptic skin cleanser. It is safe for a child to use, though parents should practice discretion and always supervise use. Keep out of the reach of children, as the product can cause damage to the eyes and ears if used improperly. Finally, use with caution in premature infants and infants less than 2 months of age, as chlorhexidine products may cause chemical burns in these populations.

My child has sensitive skin; will it irritate her?

HIBICLENS® has shown through dermatological testing to be very mild on user skin – nearly as mild as water!1 However, sensitivities and allergies do exist. If irritation does occur, please stop using HIBICLENS® immediately. Stop use and ask a doctor if irritation, sensitization, or allergic reaction occurs and lasts for 72 hours, as these may be signs of a serious condition.

Should I replace my hand soap in all my bathrooms or use as needed?

HIBICLENS® is an antimicrobial skin cleanser that helps reduce bacteria that potentially can cause disease. It is safe for everyday use, so use the product to fit your specific needs, or as directed by your healthcare professional.

Can I wash my face with HIBICLENS®?

HIBICLENS® should not be used as a patient preoperative preparation of the head or face. When using HIBICLENS®, be sure to keep out of the eyes, ears, and mouth. Please refer to the Drug Facts box for full directions for use and warnings.

How can it protect for up to 24 hours?

The active ingredient in HIBICLENS® binds safely to the skin2, providing a germ-killing field that can last for up to 24 hours.3 The unique properties of this ingredient are why healthcare professionals have used HIBICLENS® for over 30 years and continue to use it today!

A child on my son’s football team has a staph infection, should my son start using HIBICLENS® before practice or games?

HIBICLENS® prevents skin infections, thereby reducing the risk of cross-infection. It helps reduce bacteria that potentially can cause disease. Skin infections are common in contact sports, and HIBICLENS® has been used by athletes for many years to help prevent these infections.

How can I get this in my son's locker room for the whole team to use?

HIBICLENS® is available to athletic trainers everywhere through various distribution outlets. Make your son’s coach aware of the product, and spread the word with his teammates’ parents. HIBICLENS® is also available in retail outlets, such as Wal-Mart, Target, and Walgreens, so even if the facility will not provide the product, the individuals on the team can still get HIBICLENS® in order to protect themselves. If you like HIBICLENS®, the best complement you can give us is a recommendation to your friends!

Why is it pink?

HIBICLENS® has been used in the hospital for many years, and its color calls back to its acute care history. It is pink for identification purposes to prevent mistakes in the operating room.

I accidentally got some of the product on my towel. How do I get a stain out?

If HIBICLENS® gets onto cloth, do not bleach it! Bleach will fasten the color of HIBICLENS® into the cloth in the form of a brown stain. If this has happened, please refer to the detailed laundering instructions or the printable laundry chart PDF download.

Where can I purchase HIBICLENS®?

HIBICLENS® can be purchased at many major retail outlets and drug stores. You can find it at Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS, Rite-Aid, etc. Please see our comprehensive list of retailers here on the where to buy page.

How much does it cost?

HIBICLENS® is a small price to pay for peace of mind. Our 4oz bottles can be found in Wal-Mart and Target, and the MSRP is $8.99. Our 8oz bottles are available at drugs stores everywhere, and the MSRP is $11.99. Compare this to other antiseptic products that may run as high as $19.99. Try it out with this money-saving coupon - and let us know what you think here.

Can HIBICLENS® be used as a topical treatment of skin infections?

HIBICLENS® is not indicated as a treatment for skin infections. It has an antiseptic activity and a persistent effect against a wide range of microorganisms, and should be used as a skin cleanser to help reduce bacteria that potentially can cause disease. HIBICLENS® prevents skin infections, thereby reducing the risk of cross-infection.

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Benjamin Franklin

Can I use HIBICLENS® if I am pregnant?

Yes. You do not need to discontinue use of HIBICLENS® if you are pregnant. Simply be sure to use as directed.

Do I need a prescription to buy HIBICLENS®?

No, HIBICLENS® is available over the counter at drug stores, as well as major retailers such as Target and Wal-Mart. Your healthcare professional may recommend you use HIBICLENS® for various reasons, but a prescription is not required for use.

Is it safe to use HIBICLENS® while taking other medications?

It is safe to use HIBICLENS® while taking other medications; however, some topical products, such as lotions, shampoos, and deodorants, may interfere with the binding of HIBICLENS® to the skin.4 If you have concerns, please check with your healthcare professional to determine if a topical medication is compatible with HIBICLENS®.