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What is the difference between antimicrobial and antibacterial?

The main differences lie within “how many” and “what kinds” of pathogenic (disease-causing) microbes an antimicrobial or antibacterial product kills. Antibacterial formulas kill limited quantities and types of bacteria. Formulated to meet the stringent cleanliness requirements of laboratory and hospital environments, our antimicrobial products far surpass antibacterial solutions by killing a significantly higher percentage and much broader spectrum of germs including fungi, yeast, mold, bacteria, viruses, and some parasites.

Why are Miqropure’s antimicrobial products superior?

AQtiv PURE antimicrobial picks up where antibacterial leaves off. Typical active ingredients for an antibacterial product are Triclosan and PCMX. Both of these actives are limited in their effectiveness in killing a broad spectrum of germs. Triclosan and PCMX were not designed to kill yeast and fungus as they were originally created for general consumer products and not medical environments. The AQtiv PURE antimicrobial products were specifically designed to handle the needs of a medical and laboratory environment. This difference shows up in the comparative testing between Dial Soap and the AQtiv PURE skin cleanser where a test of 708,000 E-Coli microbes were used and Dial soap only reduced the bacteria count by 15.4% leaving 660,000 left while our skin cleanser had left less than 10 for a or 99.9% kill rate.

In the antimicrobial market the standard active ingredients are Povidone Iodine, CHG, and Alcohol. All three of these actives are capable of killing a broad spectrum of germs however each is known to be harsh on the skin, particularly with repeated use. In wound healing environments it is known these ingredients cause irritation to the skin. They strip the skin of its protective oils and as a result can create tiny fissures that allow the penetration of infection causing germs into the skin thus causing a troublesome cycle. AQtiv PURE antimicrobial products are gentle to the skin so they can be applied throughout the day (suitable for the entire body) without any irritation to the skin. The rich emollients work synergistically with the antimicrobial action to generate a “seal & heal” process for wound healing success.

What specific types of disease-causing microbes does Miqropure’s antimicrobial kill?

  • It has been tested on many difficult, potentially deadly strains of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Some of the more well known include:
    (E-coli and Salmonella) – digestive problems.
  • (Aspergillus Niger and Klebsiella Pneumoniae) – lung infections i.e. bronchitis and pneumonia
  • (Pseudomonas Aeruginosa) – common microbe found in hospitals that can cause skin, bone and nerve damage
  • (Staphylococcus Aureus) – skin-related infections like acne, boils, blemishes and abscesses
  • (Streptococcus pyogenes) – originating from improper hand hygiene can cause mucous membrane infections such as mouth and digestive problems including diarrhea and colitis
  • (Candida Albicans) – causes yeast-related infections such as thrush and vaginitis
  • (Trychophyton mentagrophytes) – athlete’s foot and infections around nails
  • (Adeno 2) – cold virus

Are Antimicrobial products safe?

Statement from Dr. Charles P. Gerba, Ph.D. a.k.a. “Dr. Germ”, the premier researcher in the area of environmental microbiology, on the safety and efficacy of antimicrobial products June 5, 2000:

Joint Statement: The Soap and Detergent Association and The Cosmetic, Toiletry, & Fragrance Association regarding the use of Antibacterial soaps and waterless sanitizers March 31, 2004 (click on news and select Joint Statement)