What’s Sodium Hypochlorite? A Review of CLn Acne Cleanser


CLn is a skin cleanser product company founded by Dr. Azam Anwar, a cardiologist who developed MRSA (a strain of bacteria resistant to penicillin-based antibiotics) cellulitis (a skin infection) on his leg.

As part of his treatment for the infection, he was instructed to cleanse the area daily using chlorhexidine (a powerful clinical skin disinfectant used to clean skin prior to surgery).

He was unable to tolerate the frequent use of chlorhexidine, so he was instructed to bathe using a dilute solution of sodium hypochlorite (commonly known as bleach); the infection soon resolved in part due to the sodium hypochlorite baths.

Sodium Hypochlorite
Chemical Formula

Through his collaboration with dermatologists and other medical professionals, a cleanser that was safe, potent, affordable and easy to use was developed and was thereafter known as CLn Body Wash.

Since that time, CLn has expanded its repertoire to include a variety of gel-based skin cleansers harnessing the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of sodium hypochlorite.

CLn Skin Clarifying Acne Cleanser is such a cleanser that contains both sodium hypochlorite and a dilute formulation of salicylic acid to help treat and prevent acne breakouts.CLn-Acne-Cleanser


Type: Cleanser

Texture: Gel

Color: Transparent/colorless

Scent: Clinical; mild bleach-like scent

Finish: Clean; non-soapy

Price: $11.20/ounce (inexpensive)

Rating: 4/5 (Very Good)

Retailer: www.amazon.com

Product Overview

This product is packaged in a white plastic bottle with the CLn label; it has a press-open cap that allows the product to be dispensed onto your hands by squeezing the bottle.

This product may be used on any skin affected with acne; for me, it’s most convenient to wash my face while in the shower, which results in less of a mess.

It is a colorless gel and smells mildly of household bleach, although the scent is pleasant and not overly pungent.

I apply the product to my face using my hands and massage it over the skin for approximately 30 seconds; this product does not produce much (if any) lather and easily rinses clean with water.


  • Cleanse twice daily (or as directed by your physician)
  • Wet skin with warm water (I always find it easiest to wash my face in the shower)
  • Massage the affected area gently for 3 seconds (working to create a lather–if possible)
  • Rinse the area thoroughly with water
  • If skin becomes overly dry, reduce use to once daily or every other day.


  • Contains a dilute formulation of salicylic acid that is gentle but effective:
    • Helps to unclog obstructed pores.
    • Helps to gently remove dead skin cells.
    • Aids in the removal of excess oil.
  • Contains a dilute solution of sodium hypochlorite:
    • Antibacterial solution.
    • Anti-inflammatory; reduces the appearance of redness.
  • Helps to prevent razor bumps (pseudofolliculitis and post-shaving irritation).
  • Fragrance-free and dye-free.CLn-Sodium-Hypochlorite


  • Excessive dryness can occur with salicylic acid products.
  • This product may burn or sting broken or irritated skin.
  • Product doesn’t produce much of a lather (not that this is really a negative), but the instructions say to massage product to create a lather.
    • This product contains sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) as a surfactant and foaming agent, which may be less irritating to the skin than sodium laurel sulfate (SLS).

My Review

Overall, I enjoy using this product; I feel that it delivers on its promise of being a skin clarifying acne cleanser that is safe and effective at treating acne.

CLn Skin Clarifying Acne Cleanser is one of the few products that I have found to offer the mild formulation of 0.5% salicylic acid and the only product I have used that harnesses the benefits of using sodium hypochlorite to help treat and prevent acne breakouts.CLn-Salicylic-Acid

I rate this product highly with the only “drawback” being its lack of a robust lather, which is only a cosmetic “flaw”.


If you use or have used this product, please leave a comment in the “Comments” section below and let me know why you liked or did not like it.

4 Replies to “What’s Sodium Hypochlorite? A Review of CLn Acne Cleanser”

  1. I love to know the history behind some product discovery or success histories. Thanks for presenting the CLn Skin Clarifying Acne Cleanser in that way. My mother suffers from cellulitis and she has many dark spots that have appeared in her face with time. 

    How efficient would you think it could be on my mother aging 55 now? It’s late already to take action against these dark coloring spots in her face?

    Thanks for delivering to us a great product review post!

    1. Hmmm…

      I do know that it’s a very good skin cleanser, but I’m not sure how effective it would be for dark spots.

      There are several good creams, etc., available for the treatment of dark spots on the skin, specifically those that contain quinine.  

      Vitamin C is also supposed to be good for dark spots on the skin.  I do also know that the Gold Bond company makes a cream specifically for that kind of skin issue.

      Hope this is helpful,


      Here is a link to a page about skin serums; the ones that contain Vitamin C and/or ferulic acid are supposed to help with dark spots on the skin.

      Best Skin Serum: Targeted Therapy

      Also, I am currently using this serum and find it pretty helpful, although I don’t suffer from hyperpigmentation (dark spots) on my skin.

      What’s Ferulic Acid? A SkinCeuticals Serum Product Review

  2. it appears to be that the sodium hypochlorite works in a very interesting way. It is very relaxing to find that the sodium hypochlorite can be safely applied to the face to prevent acne breakouts. I’m just concerned if it reacts badly with sensitive skin. It looks promising and it is affordable. I’ll be sure to check it out. Thanks 

    1. I have tried it in the form of the acne cleanser with the 0.5% salicylic acid, and it’s very gentle on my skin, which isn’t all that sensitive.  I think that the solution of sodium hypochlorite in this product is so dilute that it’s very non-irritating.  

      This product is also free of dyes, fragrances, and other ingredients that are known to be irritating to people with sensitive skin.

      Hope that this is helpful and that it works for you as well as it has for me.


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