The Science Behind Theraworx
It was not until the second half of the 20th century that physicians and researchers began to understand the critical importance of the outer layer of the epidermis, the stratum corneum, in the body’s natural defense against infection and disease. Long thought to be simply dead tissue, awaiting the process of sloughing off as new skin cells moved up from below, the stratum corneum was discovered to have a unique and fascinating structure, and biochemistry, that provides several key protective functions.
The two most critical of these functions are:
1) Establishment of a critical acid mantle and “zone of inhibition” on the surface of the skin, which allows the growth of healthy, normal flora, but acts through several inter-related functions, both mechanical and biochemical, to prevent the establishment and growth of pathogens, including staphylococcus aureus and streptococcus pyrogenes , on the skin’s surface.
2) Establishment and maintenance of the critical “permeability barrier”, preventing loss of water from the body, and the dessication of not just the skin, but also internal organs.
These two functions are co-dependent, so a rise in pH can impact the function and effectiveness of the permeability barrier, and any damage or insult to the skin affecting the permeability barrier can also cause skin pH to rise, affecting the antimicrobial properties of the normal skin.
The unique non-toxic formulation of Theraworx actually works to preserve the normal protective function of the stratum corneum, by helping to preserve the acid mantle, helping to avoid dryness, and maintaining the key acidic, antimicrobial action of the skin’s surface. While other products used clinically for skin cleansing, including soap and water and other chemical agents, may be effective in cleaning the skin, they also result in significant drying, rise in skin pH, and damage to the stratum corneum. The compromise of this critical skin layer can be a significant factor in hospital-acquired conditions.
Theraworx, while an effective skin cleanser, is also non-toxic, with all of its ingredients being biocompatible, and it can be used freely and frequently in areas of the body around mucous membranes, including the perineum and the face, so it is particularly beneficial in helping protect against CAUTI and in ICU bathing.