We Love Eyes Hypochlorous Eyelid & Eyelash Spray Product Page
Includes Dr. Tanya Gill's personal notes and technical Q&A. For professional use only.
Concerns & Considerations
Hypochlorous acid (HOCL) is a well known product in the optometry community that cleanses the eye area. The major benefit is that eyelids and eyelashes are cleansed from bacteria so that symptoms of redness, itch, dryness and inflammation are considerably improved with consistent, continued use where best results may happen after 14 days of use.
The main benefit of using HOCL is that it may improve the appearance of the eyes with continued use. HOCL converts back to predominantly water which is hydrating to the eyelid skin and is also environmentally friendly. HOCL reduces bacteria vitality by inactivating vital systems such as glucose oxidation, depletion of adenine nucleotides, inhibition of DNA replication, and modifications to key proteins.
FEATURES & BENEFITS
No harsh ingredients that could potentially cause ocular surface disruption.
No parabens or sulfates
My preferred concentration is mild yet effective.
Never tested on animal. Just my husband.
No BAK or phenoxyethanol
Free from ingredients that may be toxic to the ocular tear film.
Safe for eyelids when eyelash extensions are installed.
Does not sting if it accidentally enters the eye.
HOCl Directions for Eyecare Professional Use
1. QD, BID or QHS
Dosing will depend on the symptoms and the severity of the symptoms.
It is safe to use HOCL once to many times a day since it is non-toxic. In general, I have my patients use HOCL twice a day to replace or right before the "toner" step in their facial care.
If the patient is experiencing more acute conditions, HOCL may be used with lid scrubs in the form of a cotton pad or q-tip to improve their symptoms. By no means is HOCL a treatment for blepharitis, dry eye, demodex mites, and/or conjunctivitis – but rather a cleanser that may improve related symptoms and hence, the appearance of the eyes and eye area.
2. OK TO GET INTO EYES
Although this product is not marketed for use inside the eyes, if sprayed directly into the eyes whether by accident or intentionally, HOCL will not damage the eyes because it is non-irritating and non-toxic to the ocular surface. Although not tested on animals, this product was tested on my husband. His eyes are fine.
Dispense 1-2 pumps directly onto the eyelid area. With clean fingertips, cotton round or cotton swab, massage into eyelid margins and eyelashes 5 times back and forth. Rinsing is not necessary as this is a leave on product.
4. DURATION OF USE
Use this daily as part of your cleansing routine. For best results use this right after cleaning with either the Eye Makeup Remover Kit or Eyelid Scrub Kit and to replace or right before the "toner" step of your cleansing routine. HOCL should be used before the moisturizing step of your facial routine.
4. SAFE FOR EYELIDS WHEN EXTENSIONS ARE INSTALLED
Paired with our Eyelid Margin Cleansing Brush, use 1-2 pumps of HOCL to clean the eyelid margins every night. WLE HOCL is 100% oil-free and does not sting if it should enter the eyes so it is ideal for patients and customers with eyelash extensions.
WHY OUR HYPOCHLOROUS EYELID & EYELASH SPRAY
Hypochlorous acid with no bleach impurities which are found in other lid and lash hygiene products.
No bleach impurities
The pH, bottle material, volume, and spray applicator have been specifically tested & chosen to create longer stability than other HOCl lid and lash hygiene products.
Stability for 3+ months
Preservative free which allows for safe, everyday use .
Available to retailers as an OTC cleanser
For optometrists and other ECP retailers that have grown to love hypochlorous acid but no longer have access due to availability.
Technical Q & A
Answers provided for professional purposes only by Dr. Tanya Gill, OD
HOCL is not intended or marketed for use inside the eye, but if it gets into the eyes, it will not sting, burn and will not harm the eyes or ocular surface. It will just clean it. To test this personally, I sprayed this inside my husband's eyes for 30 straight days. His eyes are great. And we are still happily married.
Q: Does this product sting in the eyes?
Q: Do I need a prescription like I do for Avenova?
Dr Gill: No. HOCL is a an eyelid cleanser with the purpose of improving the appearance of the eyelids and eyes. We do not make claims that it is a treatment for certain eye conditions and/or diseases.
Q: How long does this product last after I open it?
Dr Gill:The stability of the product may affect the shelf life and efficacy of the product. Here we have a plastic receptacle that has been tested in terms of stability. The diameter, thickness, volume, fill weight, method of distribution (i.e. sprayer) of the packaging may affect stability and shelf life. We have tested and created a very specific volume and container so that HOCL may be stable for the longest period of time. The expiration date of each batch is marked on the bottom of every label to ensure efficacy.
Q: What skin type is this best suited for?
Dr Gill: It is suited for all skin types. If periocular dryness should occur after using this product, just dab a couple drops of either eye makeup remover oil or cleansing oil as the jojoba oil will act as a skin conditioner.
Q: Where should I store this?
Dr Gill: The best place would be in a cool (room temperature), dry place. Do not store in your shower area that is hot and damp to ensure efficacy and stability.
Q: Can I use this to remove eye makeup?
Dr Gill: HOCL is not an adequate eye makeup remover as it is a completely hydrophilic product which contains no surfactant or oil based ingredient which is necessary for removing eye makeup, especially waterproof.
Q: What is the difference between this and other hypochlorous products?
Dr Gill: HOCL is made through a proprietary, patented manufacturing process to produce the most stable HOCl. Other OTC HOCL products I have tried had either a strong smell of bleach and stung the eyes or seemed to be as effective as water itself. A significant advantage to HOCL is that the shelf life is 3+ months as compared to other products such as Avenova which expires 30 days from opening.
Q: Glass versus plastic container? Go.
Dr Gill: It is untrue that glass is the only receptacle for hypochlorous acid. All receptacles should be tested for hypochlorous acid composition and percentage of active ingredient. Here we have a plastic receptacle that has been tested in terms of stability. The diameter,. thickness, volume, fill weight, method of distribution (i.e. sprayer) of the packaging may affect stability and shelf life. We have tested and created a very specific volume and container so that HOCL may be stable for the longest period of time. The expiration date of each batch is marked on the bottom of every label to ensure efficacy.
Q: My friend felt results instantly. It's been 10 days and I feel the same. Is it not working?
Dr Gill: In my clinic I find that patients with more mod-severe conditions see improved results more quickly. Patients with more mild-mod symptoms see improved results after approximately 2 weeks of continued, consistent use. In many cases, I recommend HOCL to be used after cleansing with WLE and used before or to replace the "toner" step in traditional skincare. Eyes look whites and brighter and feel more clean.
Q: My optometrist said to use this twice a day, is that right?
Dr Gill: Thank you for the great question. Dosing really depending on severity and what symptoms you and your eye doctor are addressing. In my clinic I recommend my patient to use daily for maintenance as part of their nightly routine. For more chronic, recurrent cases I have my patient use HOCL for a minimum of BID. Some patients use this PRN for irritation which for some can be every hour. Ask your optometrist what dosing schedule will improve the appearance of your eyes the best.
Q: What is the difference between 0.012% and 0.20% that I see in other similar products?
Dr Gill: For cleansing purposes, there is no functional difference between the two. Hypochlorous solution has a faint chlorine odor. The odor is more noticeable at a higher concentration so it can be less pleasant to the user.
Q: Can I use this long term, everyday for the rest of my life?
Dr Gill: WLE Hypochlorous has been tested by independent laboratories to be non-cytotoxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing. It is a mild and effective eyelid cleansing solution. There is no known issue with long term use of this product. Please consult with your optometrist if you have any concerns.
Q: Can you tell me about pH and hypochlorous?
Dr Gill: Wow. Okay thanks for this questions. Here we go. There are two shapes of hypochlorous molecules in an aqueous solution such as saline . . . one that carries an ionic charge (OCl-) and the other that does not (HOCl). These molecules co-exist in solution and readily transforms into its counterpart dependent upon the pH environment. For example, 99.7% of hypochlorous molecules become HOCl at pH 5 and, conversely, 99.7% of hypochlorous molecules turn into OCl- at pH 10. In science, this phenomenon is called conjugation.
WLE Hypochlorous is optimized to be pH stable at 6.7, a slightly less than neutral pH condition, for best tissue comfort while providing abundance of available HOCl in the product solution. The stability of WLE pH is truly optimized as a consistent, high quality cleansing solution.The useful life of the product after opening is longer than existing offerings in the market due to its exceptional stability.
It is important to note that certain cleansers claiming 100% HOCl in the market that are formulated to be very acidic (pH of 5 or less) and are unstable in a number of different ways. Most importantly, the pH of these solutions can increase more easily when it comes into contact with physiologic fluids – such as tears and sweat. Then the claim of 100% pure HOCl claim no longer be made. Lastly, the pH of these solutions tend to decrease during shelf storage and the risk of toxic chlorine gas can possibly develop if the pH should decrease to lower numbers.
Dr Gill: The purpose of bot the WLE foaming products and WLE Hypochlorous 0.012% solution is to improve the appearance of the eyelids. WLE HOCL is oil-free and preservative free which is a good option for those allergic to tea tree oil and/or sensitive to preservative (botanical or not).
If the ECP (Eye Care Provider) wishes to improve the appearance of the eyelids for those where demodex is a concern, the WLE tea tree oil foaming cleanser will work best. If the ECP wishes to improve the appearance of the eyelids for those where bacteria is a concern, the WLE tea tree oil foaming cleanser and/or WLE HOCL will both work well. This would be a personal preference. If the ECP wishes to improve the appearance of the eyelids for those with eyelash extensions installed, the WLE tea tree oil foaming cleanser and/or WLE HOCL will both work well. WLE HOCL is oil-free which may be more ideal in this case. Please use the eyelid margin cleansing brush.
Lastly, choosing between the 2 is a personal preference. Some consumers want a foaming product for cleansing. The HOCL is a solution and does not foam.
Q: When should I recommend the tea tree foaming cleanser versus the hypochlorous?
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