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How Do I Choose the Best Antiseptic Cleanser?

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When buying an antiseptic cleanser, choose a product that is effective at killing germs, yet safe for sensitive skin types. Types of antiseptics may vary and include those made for adults and children. You should choose an antiseptic cleanser that does not have an unpleasant odor or strong smell. Avoid antiseptic cleansers that are alcohol based, especially if you have dry skin. If you are using the antiseptic as a hand wash, choose one that lathers well.

To save money, consider buying a store brand or generic brand, rather than a name brand, as these can be less expensive while just as effective as name-brand products. You should, however, read the label carefully, to be sure it has the same effective ingredients. If you are uncertain, ask a pharmacist for advice.

Some antiseptics may be harsh to the skin, especially with repeated use. For this reason, it's also a good idea to choose an antiseptic cleanser that contains moisturizing ingredients. Look for an antiseptic made with aloe, to soothe the skin as it kills germs. Shea and cocoa butter are also good for hydrating overly dry skin, and vitamin E can condition and heal rough skin as well.

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For treating acne, you should choose an antiseptic cleanser that is dermatologist tested and recommended. An antimicrobial skin cleanser will reduce bacteria on the skin and may also prevent future flare ups. You might want to consult with your physician before using antimicrobial cleansers for treating acne.

Antiseptic cleansers for kids may be available in a foam. The foam is not drippy or as messy as sprays and most are non-stinging. This is an ideal choice for preventing infection of minor cuts and scrapes. Look for a formula that dries quickly and may be covered with a sterile bandage.

You may also want to choose an antiseptic cleanser that is non staining. If the product does not specifically state it is non-staining, your towels and washcloths could become permanently stained. In addition, a non-staining formula will not discolor your skin.

If you prefer, choose an antiseptic cleanser in a gel form rather than a spray, foam or liquid wash. A gel applies neater than most sprays, and is a good choice for treating minor wounds. It may also save you money, as you only need to apply a small dab.

For cleaning minor sores or abrasions inside your mouth, you may choose an antiseptic oral rinse and cleanser. These cleansers are also good for denture sores. Again, choose an alcohol-free product to avoid dry mouth. A formula containing hydrogen peroxide is typically a good choice to promote healing. Keep in mind, however, that hydrogen peroxide may cause tooth sensitivity in some people.

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