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  • 2/4 Formulated for daily use
  • 3/4 Preserves resilience against environmental triggers
  • 4/4 Protects skin from drying out
  • 1/4
  • 2/4 Formulated for daily use
  • 3/4 Preserves resilience against environmental triggers
  • 4/4 Protects skin from drying out

Eucerin pH5 Hygiene Handwash Lotion

tick Ideal for disinfectant-irritated hands
tick Ideal for frequent hand washing
tick Protects skin´s own microbiome with gentle cleansing

Preserves skin resilience

A mild handwash that cleanses and protects skin’s natural defenses and prevents it from drying out.

Product info

Cleanser for dry, sensitive hands

Dry and sensitive skin on your hands is easily irritated by environmental triggers, making it even more sensitive. It requires more than gentle cleansing to become less sensitive. 

Eucerin pH5 Hygiene Handwash Lotion is a daily-use cleanser for your hands, and it’s free from alkali soap. Extra-mild surfactants ensure that dry, sensitive skin is gently but effectively cleansed. The unique Eucerin pH Balance System gives the cleanser the optimal pH to protect skin’s natural defenses, to preserve its resilience and prevent it from drying out.

Eucerin pH5 Cleansing products protect skin´s own microbiome for a healthy skin. 98% of consumers confirm: Gentle cleansing for microbiome protection. Read more about the skin’s microbiome and visit our research background website.

It is also suitable for babies and children. 

Clinical and dermatological studies

Clinical and dermatological studies prove very good efficacy and skin tolerability for dry, sensitive skin.

Main findings

In addition to other clinical and dermatological studies, a Product-in-Use (PiU study)1 was conducted with 126 women with sensitive skin aged between 35 and 65. They reported the following results after two weeks of use:

98% confirmed the product cleanses gently
98% said that the product protects skin from drying out
98% said that it makes their skin feel smooth and soft
98% reported that the product leaves a pleasant skin feeling
94% said that the product helps to protect the skin's natural defenses


(1) Beiersdorf AG: PiU, Spain, 2017


  • lightly-fragranced
  • Free-from alkali soap

How To Use

How to use

Protects skin’s natural barrier with everyday use

  • Massage lotion into hands. It will form a foam to cleanse skin.
  • Protects the skin with daily use, rather than attacking its natural barrier.
  • For best results, use in combination with the pH5 hand cream

Dos and don’ts

Use this product if…

You have dry, sensitive skin, type 1 allergies, or are looking for a gentle cleanser that’s suitable for all the family, including babies:
Eucerin pH5 Hygiene Handwash Lotion is a mild but effective cleanser.

Try a different product if…

You’re looking for a rich and replenishing oil-based cleanser:
Try Eucerin pH5 Handwash Oil

You prefer a cleanser in a bar format:
Try Eucerin pH5 Soap-Free Bar.

You have very dry, itchy skin:
Try Eucerin UreaPLUS Washfluid 5% Urea.

You’re looking for a cleanser for your intimate area:
Try Eucerin pH5 Intim Protect

You’re looking for a moisturizer for dry, sensitive skin:
Try Eucerin pH5 Hand Cream


How Eucerin pH5 works

Healthy skin is our first and best defense against external irritants. But, when our hands’ skin is dry and sensitive, its barrier function is compromised and it is prone to further dryness and sensitivity.

The Eucerin pH5 range has been specially formulated to address the needs of dry, sensitive skin. The unique Eucerin pH Balance System restores skin’s optimal pH level and strengthens skin’s natural defenses, making it more resilient to environmental triggers and reducing sensitivity. Many of the products also contain Dexpanthenol which is known for its regenerative properties.


FAQ (4)

    What are surfactants, and which ones does Eucerin use?

    Surfactants are active cleansing agents, sometimes also called active surface or active interface substances. They are organic compounds that influence molecular adhesion and reduce surface tension. When used in skin cleansers, they make it easier to remove dirt particles from skin’s surface.

    Comprehensive clinical and dermatological studies prove that the extra-mild surfactants used in Eucerin cleansing products – which include Sodium Myreth Sulfate and Lauryl Glucoside – have excellent skin compatibility.

    Why does skin’s pH matter and what does the Eucerin pH Balance System do?

    Skin’s surface is covered by a protective acid mantle which gives it a mildly acidic pH. This pH plays an important role in skin condition and is key to skin’s protective barrier. It neutralizes alkaline-based aggressors (such as harsh surfactants), supports the essential process of shedding dead skin cells (known as desquamation), inhibits the growth of bacteria and creates the optimal environment in which skin’s natural flora can thrive.

    When skin’s pH alters its barrier function is compromised. Water loss increases and skin dries out making it more susceptible to external irritants and sensitivity. 

    The Eucerin pH Balance System contains pH5 Citrate Buffer to restore and support skin’s optimal pH. This helps to strengthen skin’s barrier function, protect its natural defences and make skin less sensitive.

    Why does skin need protection?

    Our skin works hard to protect our bodies. It defends the body from external influences such as changes in climate, pollution, UV light, and chemicals. But these environmental forces can have an impact on skin and cause it to become stressed. When skin is stressed, it is less able to work as an efficient barrier. It loses moisture and becomes permeable from the outside. It’s important that we protect our skin and support the optimal pH balance for its natural barrier function. Skin is then able to carry on its important work of protecting us.

    How can I be sure your products are safe for my sensitive skin?

    All Eucerin pH5 cleansing products have been specially formulated to combine gentle cleansing and excellent skin protection with clinically-proven skin tolerability. Eucerin pH5 Hygiene Handwash Lotion is suitable for frequent use on skin that is prone to type 1 allergies such as Hay Fever.

    Before applying a new product all over your body, test it first by applying it repeatedly to the skin on the inside of your elbow. If there’s no reaction (e.g. redness, swelling or itching) then it’s safe to assume the product is compatible with your skin. If you have any concerns we recommend that you ask a pharmacist or dermatologist for their advice.

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