Benzalkonium chloride (also known as BZK or BKC) is an alcohol-free antimicrobial compound that has been widely used in the healthcare industry for more than 60 years. Used in formulas for preservatives, surface cleaners, sterilizing agents, and leave-on, FDA Monograph anti-bacterial skin treatment products. The chemical properties of benzalkonium chloride make it a good candidate for persistent antimicrobial activity in mammalian tissue.
Benzalkonium chloride-based leave-on hand Sanitisers have demonstrated efficacy in real-world environments. When evaluated in junior school environments where the importance of proper hygiene practices including hand washing is taught and emphasised; the use of non-alcohol benzalkonium chloride-based leave-on instant hand sanitisers reduced illness absenteeism 30-40% in double-blind, placebo-controlled studies versus hand washing alone.
So what does this all mean?
At Sychem, our Sychem Protect Foam Hand Sanitiser is based on the active ingredient Benzalkonium chloride. A unique formulation featuring exceptional skin feel, conditioning and moisturising properties. The efficacy of our product has been confirmed to reduce S. aureus 99.9999% in as little as 15 seconds.
Sychem Protect Foam Hand Sanitizer is in compliance with the FDA Final Tentative Monograph for OTC Hand Sanitizer preparations (leave-on sanitizers not requiring a rinse). Sychem Protect produces a fast-drying, non-sticky foam that contains unique non-drying, conditioning and moisturising ingredients- leaving the skin with a soft, refreshing and silky after-feel, and does not contain polymer thickeners or silicones.