Hard water, which contains high levels of calcium and magnesium, is known for causing problems when it comes to mineral build-up on plumbing fixtures and reduced detergent performance. But, are you aware that hard water can also be the culprit behind a number of skin problems including eczema and dry, flaky skin? Here is everything that you need to know:
Hard Water and the Health of Your Skin
Hard water is saturated with dissolved minerals. These minerals are essential for your health but, unfortunately, they definitely do not do your skin any favors. This is mainly because the dissolved minerals tend to clog the pores of the skin, making it difficult for it to absorb moisture. This is the reason why hard water contributes to dry skin. It may even exacerbate the already-existing symptoms of eczema (note that hard water has not been proven to be a direct cause of eczema).
Furthermore, hard water tends to leave a persistent film on the skin that is almost impossible to wash away. This also means that soap and shampoo are more likely to remain on the skin after bathing or showering, also adding to the issue of dryness. This continuous build-up can leave your body and complexion looking dull and unhealthy.
People who suffer from sensitive skin and dermatitis will not even need to bathe in hard water to notice the negative effects of hard water. These individuals with sensitive skin may notice flare-ups and irritation by simply wearing clothes that have been washed in hard water!
You can protect your skin from the effects of hard water by investing in a water softener, which effectively removes the dissolved minerals from the water before use.
For more information about hard water and buying a water softener for your household, do not hesitate to get in touch with the Hydro Solutions team today!