Your Skin & Water
Your skin protects your body from harmful elements in your environment. Some people have very sensitive skin and others are less affected. Exposure to chlorine in water as well as hard water can impact the quality of your skin texture.
Bathing/showering in hard water can irritate certain skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis, causing painful inflammation- as the hard water traps the soap residue on your body and strips away the natural protective oils on the skin. Research suggests that mineral-rich water, also known as “hard water,” can negatively impact eczema symptoms and introduce atopic skin conditions early in life.
A 2020 review of 16 previous studies concluded that exposure to hard water could worsen symptoms of atopic dermatitis (AD) and may increase the risk of eczema in young children. “Patients with eczema are much more sensitive to the effects of hard water than people with healthy skin,” said Dr. Simon Danby from the University of Sheffield’s department of infection, immunity, and cardiovascular disease in a statement.
Chlorine is a harsh chemical that strips moisture from your skin. Bathing and showering in chlorinated water can cause the skin to become itchy, red, dry and sometimes lead to rashes- as well as irritating skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.