Rubbing Alcohol

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Rubbing alcohol, sometimes called "surgical spirit", is an effective disinfectant and counter-septic. Commonly consisting of methylated spirits (95% methanol), rubbing alcohol should not be applied to broken skin but is useful for the cleaning of skin around wounds to prevent the spread of pathogens found on the skin.

For areas of broken skin, an antiseptic cream would be advisable. These assist in the healing of skin, acting as a blood/air barrier in much the same way as a scab. This speeds platelet aggregation and the formation of scar tissue. Commercially available brands include "Savlon".