The skin’s optimum pH level is between 7,0 and 7,4 in a horse. Compared to us humans, this is a lot higher; we have an optimum pH of between 4,0 and 5,5. So it makes sense that our shampoos and skincare products are tailored to this. But a product targeted for an average pH of 5 will begin to dry out your horse’s skin. A pH level that is too high is also not beneficial, this can lead to infections as it will absorb the natural tallow and make the skin more sensitive.
The pH can actually best be seen as as the measure of the skin’s acidity. And that acidity plays an important protective role. This acidic barrier is crucial in preventing bacterial infection, limits the growth of harmful bacteria and stimulates skin recovery. Sweat and tallow acidify the skin, that is why it is so important to groom your horse well after he has sweat. Good to know: a pH of 7 is neutral. Pure water has this pH level, washing off your horse with just water is therefore never harmful.
Keeping bacteria out
Bacteria, both the helpful and the harmful kind, are everywhere. If your horse has a compromised immune system or an excess of harmful organisms in his body, a bacterial or fungal infection looms. Infections may be transferred through brushes, halters or rugs. In addition, it could be helpful to realize that we ourselves could also carry a fungus without ever showing any symptoms. It is therefore crucial to keep fungal and bacterial populations under control.
Cavalor Derma Wash is a hygienic shampoo based on chlorhexidine. This is a disinfectant, inhibiting the growth of bacteria and fungi. Scientific research has shown that chlorhexidine has a longer and broader effect than most other disinfectants. Cavalor Derma Wash can be used for a wide range of functions, but most important of these is to improve overall hygiene and prevent a dull, flaky coat, thanks to the added glycerin. It hydrates the skin and brings out the shine in your horse’s coat.