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Octenidine HCL or better known as Octenidine dihydrochloride is an active surfactant that is cationic in nature. It has a Gemini surfactant structure and is a derivative from pyridine. The best part about Octendine HCL is its active nature against gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria.
Since the year 1987, the compound has been used in the manufacturing of antiseptic and anti-bacterial products. It gained a lot of ground in terms of popularity especially in all over Europe next to neonates.
It is a great substitute for chlorhexidine, especially when used in a concentrated form of 0.1 to 2.0%. Another aspect of this compound that makes it all the more appealing to the mass production industry is its economic factor. In other words, Octendine HCL preparations are cheap to manufacture, design and store.
In controlled tests, especially suspension tests of in-vitro nature over a period of 5 minutes have shown that Octenidine HCL in small amounts is perfectly capable of killing disease-causing bacteria/microbial life like:
Back in 2014, a controlled study was carried out that consisted of 17 patients who were subjected to ICU units in different hospitals in Berlin. The compound was applied on the skins of each of these patients with the goal of observing whether the compound is capable of decreasing nosocomial infection rates.
Another survey that was carried out in the neonatal ICUs of leading German hospitals proved that when Octenidine HCL is administered to the patients, symptoms of skin conditions like blistering, scarring and necrosis watered down.
All in all, due to its many benefits as an antibacterial and antimicrobial compound, Octendine HCL finds extensive use in the manufacturing sector associated with cosmetics and personal care products.