Denise Henry Nix, RN, BAN, MS, CWOCN
Vencor Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
The number of commercially marketed skin cleansing agents continues to grow, providing clinicians with an increasingly large variety of products from which to choose. This variety may lead to confusion about which product to choose, particularly for persons without expertise in the area of skin care. This article reviews common types of skin cleansers, their formulation, ingredients, skin compatibility, pH, and related infection control issues.