The dispersal of bacteria and skin scales from the body after showering and after application of a skin lotion

J Hyg (Lond). 1986 Oct;97(2):289-98. doi: 10.1017/s0022172400065384.


Application of a skin lotion to the body after showering greatly reduced the number of bacteria and skin scales dispersed from 10 men and 10 women. This effect lasted for at least 4 h when surgical clothing was worn. The use of a skin lotion to reduce bacterial dispersal could provide a simple and inexpensive alternative to an ultraclean air system or uncomfortable operating clothing during surgery requiring these procedures.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Ointments*
  • Skin / microbiology*
  • Surgical Equipment*


  • Ointments