Johannesburg-based healthcare technology company, BSafe has launched of an innovative face sanitiser, called Sanitising Facial Mist which is aimed at reducing the risk of pathogen infection, including Covid-19.
Covid-19 and other viruses are airborne and enter our bodies through via the mouth, nose and eyes or, by being transferred from our hands to the face. The non-toxic Sanitising Facial Mist is a first for the market face sanitiser that keeps the face and infection points clean and free of harmful germs, thereby y reducing the risk of infection.
The new product has been brought to market by BSafe CEO, JJ Viljoen and his team, based on previous technology that the team originally developed for the medical and dentistry industries. The key ingredient is Hypochlorous Acid (HOCL), which is naturally produced by white blood cells to fight against pathogens and reduce inflammation.
Unlike alcohol sanitisers, the Sanitising Facial Mist is gentle enough for the face and skin, yet highly effective in doing the job in helping to kill viruses and other harmful germs.
In 2020, with the start of the global outbreak of COVID-19, Viljoen and his team saw an opportunity to help protect people against infection. “We harnessed the power of technology to bring a natural, safe and alcohol-free facial sanitiser to the broader public – not as an alternative treatment for COVID-19, but rather as an aid to improving sanitation practices and reducing infection risk,” says Viljoen.
What backed up the team’s thinking in the development phase were tests done on factory workers over an eight-hour period which showed that the microbial counts on their faces increased by 102% on average, with the average increase of 104% over the second four-hour period1. Simple face touching saw the pathogens, capable of releasing millions of viruses, transferred into the airways thereby causing infection2.
“When we saw this research around just how often we touch our faces and get infected by germs this way, we knew there was an opportunity to do something significant. Our natural facial sanitiser is a vital tool in the armour to fight against contraction of COVID-19 and many other viruses,” says Viljoen.
SABS and CSIR tested
BSafe production has been successfully tested according to the SABS. In bactericidal and virucidal tests it was proven to be 99.9999% effective and in fungicidal and sporicidal tests over 99.99% effective. It has also been successfully tested against the coronavirus by the CSIR.
Viljoen stressed that it is not a cure for Covid-19 or an alternative to vaccines, but that it can play an important part in the fight against COVID-19, as well as many other infections such as the flu, measles, colds, pneumonia and TB etc.
“The new BSafe Sanitising Facial Mist does not replace the need for face masks but rather is aimed at improving safety. With consistent, everyday application, it will give consumers and medical professionals greater peace of mind that they are better protected against harmful germs and viruses when going about their daily activities,” says Viljoen.
1. Sanitising the face: An additional string in the armament to combating Covid and other URTIS. Authors: Dr. JB Armstrong Dr. AA Nowbuth
2. (Harman && Riley, 2020), E.M. & Riley, 2020
For more information and to purchase the product, visit: https://bsafehocl.co.za/.