Hibiclens Antiseptic Skin Cleanser is Good for Chronic Skin Infections, Allergies

Hibiclens Antiseptic Skin Cleanser is Good for Chronic Skin Infections, Allergies

Hibiclens may be the best anti-microbial shampoo that I’ve recommended over the years.

I wonder if that’s because it hasn’t got perfumes and it’s made to human, medical-grade specs. You can BET that research hs gone into this far beyond what they do for almost any other skin cleanser.

It’s 4% chlorhexidine which is both anti-bacterial AND anti-fungus. (Think ringworm) and sometimes I wonder if a few of our chronic skin cases are “extra-complicated” by yeast and fungi we don’t recognize.

Who cares, really. Some dogs were actually CURED of chronic pyoderma / allergies by weekly use of this cleaner and so I’m recommending it.

What else (over the counter) works “quite well but maybe not quite as well?”

  • Neutrogena T-Gel
  • Neutrogena T-Sal
  • Denorex or Head and Shoulders for Dry Scalp
  • Universal Medicated Shampoo (Veterinary RX)

Once a week is helping dogs. Remove crusts as much as possible. A soft-bristle brush may help with that. (Buying this brush)

Why Not Buy the Pink Bottle Hibiclens?

You probably could, and it’s probably (practically) the same thing except in a clear bottle? I don’t know. What I *DO* know is that the lady who brought her dog back in *CURED* of it’s chronic skin infections 8 months and running had the ‘blue bottle’ in hand!

So even if they’re the same (which I think one’s the “soap” (pink) and the other is just “cleanser” with no reference to “soap” (blue) –  I’d just stick with the blue bottle until or unless someone explains what’s the difference.

(I think they’re the same thing.)


Author: Dr. Erik Johnson
Dr. Erik Johnson is the author of several texts on companion animal and fish health. Johnson Veterinary Services has been operating in Marietta, GA since 1996. Dr Johnson graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Dr Johnson has lived in Marietta Georgia since 1976.