What We Think
So I’m headed outside for a workout or groceries, how do I protect and clean my face after being around other people without touching my face?
This is why we’re so excited about BLDG Active Antimicrobial Hydrogel…
It’s a natural, non-toxic and desensitizing (meaning no sting) antimicrobial hydrogel spray that can be used on your face.
As a medical-grade solution that’s safe to use around your mouth, nose, ears, and eyes, it couldn’t have come at a better time…
Especially with us all starting to wear masks in public. The ideal time to spray Active all around your face and on your mask is before you touch it to take it off. We’re also using the spray to clean our masks as they get dirty from use and can easily pick up bacteria, viruses or fungi.
How does it work?
Originally formulated as a natural wound care spray for athletes to speed healing and reduce infection (which is used for in Hospitals around the country), what’s got us super stoked is its use as a doctor-recommended, face-safe antimicrobial spray.
The active ingredient is HOCI, a molecule naturally produced by our bodies to fight infection and promote healing. In 2016 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved products whose main active ingredient is hypochlorous acid for use in treating wounds and various infections in humans and pets, This is not only a clean but new technology as well (source)
In a recent study, a solution with pure hypochlorous acid was shown to reduce the bacterial load significantly without altering the diversity of bacterial species on the eyelids. After 20 minutes of treatment, there was >99% reduction (no one can claim 100%) of the Staphylococci bacteria. (source)
Where did it come from?
BLDG was started by a couple of action and outdoor enthusiast friends (you may have met them at events like Xterra, GoPro Man Games, or Ironman’s over the last 3 years) and was recently acquired by the new consumer division of their supplier who makes HOCl products for the medical industry, which are used by Hospital’s around the country for wound care.
How much is it?
While the price seems steep ($30 per bottle), you get 500 pumps from each bottle, which should last one person about 100 days. Keep in mind that you might initially be purchasing as a face spray, but it also functions the same way Neosporin, Peroxide, Betadine, Aloe, After Itch (insect bites) does for wound care and I’m confident it will become an essential part of your emergency kit.
How do I use it?
Mist it all over your face. I use 4 to 5 sprays on my face. You will be tempted to rub it around your face (a natural reflex from years of applying sunscreen), but don’t do that because you shouldn’t touch your face immediately after spraying.
What is an antimicrobial?
Antimicrobials are substances—natural or synthetic—that slow or kill the growth of any microorganism. Microorganisms include bacteria, viruses, protozoans, and fungi. HOCl is a known natural antimicrobial and functions as a preservative within Active hydrogel. The links to the research are below.
Does it work?
It’s a proven anti-microbial and antimicrobials are substances—natural or synthetic—that slow or kill the growth of any microorganism. Microorganisms include bacteria, viruses, protozoans, and fungi. The active ingredient in Active Spray is HOCl which is a well known and proven anti-microbial.
My perspective is right now I’m not using anything (as nothing else exists) to spray on my face, especially before taking off a mask. Active is by far my best option: it’s risk-free and it’s all the evidence and research shows that it is working to help keep me and my family safe.
1. Porras-Luque JI. Topical antimicrobial agents in dermatology. Actas Dermosifiliogr. 2007; 98: Suppl 1:29-39. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18093497
2. Antimicrobials: An Introduction. Michigan State University Antimicrobial Resistance Learning Site. amrls.cvm.msu.edu/pharmacology/antimicrobials/antimicrobials-an-introduction Published 2011. Accessed March 20, 2020.