Chlorhexidine acetate is a broad-spectrum biocide effective against gram-positive bacteria, gram-negative bacteria and fungi. Depending on concentration, it has both bacteriostatic and bactericidal properties. Chlorhexidine kills by disrupting the cell membrane.
Chlorhexidine acetate is used as a general topical antiseptic used for the cleaning and disinfecting of wounds and the antiseptic treatment of burns.
It is employed in disinfectants, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products.