You might expect that living in away from the city, youâ€™d have access to crystal clear water in your home. The reality is, hard water is common in throughout the country. If youâ€™ve got hard water, then youâ€™ve probably dealt with the frustration of removing scaly deposits from your kitchen and bath surfaces, not to mention seeing your favorite clothes fade quickly due to excess minerals in your washer. But did you know hard water can be tough on your skin, too?
When you think about it, it makes sense. Hard water makes it hard for soap to break down, leaving a soap scum film on everything. Why would it be any different on your skin? If you’re plagued by acne or problem skin, your water source could be the problem.
Hard water and skin problems
- From clear to irritated.Â It’s a great relief when you find a solution for your acne after battling with it for months or years. When your skin starts acting up suddenly,Â going from clear to a full flare-upÂ almost overnight, you can feel frustrated and confused. You may wonder why your treatment has stopped working or if you’re doing something wrong. Without any knowledge of how water can affect your skin, you may never realize that everything you’re doing is right. The problem is your water.
- Minerals versus soap.Â TheÂ minerals in hard waterÂ are impossible to see at the time you use the water to wash your face. So it’s understandable that you wouldn’t suspect water to be the issue causing your acne. When you wash your face or body, the water reacts with the soap you use, breaking it down into a lather to help cleanse your skin. A high mineral content prevents soap or cleanser from doing its job, and the soap instead leaves a film on your face, rather than leaving it clean.
- Hard water minerals and your skin.Â The presence of tiny, microscopic minerals may not sound very threatening, but their effect on your skin is obvious. While increased oil production leads to more acne, you’ll also have dry, red, irritated skin. Likewise, the soapy buildup left on your skin clogs your pores, further aggravating acne.
- Mineral-free washing.Â There are some temporary solutions that can help you relieve skin problems aggravated by hard water. The key is toÂ get rid of the mineralsÂ that are aggravating your skin. One solution would be to wash your face with bottled water. But while this is effective, it’s not a very efficient or practical solution for washing your whole body.
- A permanent solution.Â To experience permanent relief from acne flare-ups caused by hard water, it’s best toÂ purchase a water softenerÂ and have it installed in your home. You’ll notice a difference in your skin, and it will help alleviate many of the other problems you’ve been inconvenienced by, such as stained laundry, hard water stains on glasses and dishes and scaly deposits on showers and sinks.
Whether you’ve suffered from acne for a short or long amount of time, you know how painful it is, both physically and emotionally. While there are more medical solutions available now than ever, many of these are costly and not covered by insurance, and some of them relieve acne but not without irritating your skin. If you’ve noticed a flare-up in your acne after a recent move or change in water source, it’s wise to take a closer look at what kind of water you have. Hard water that’s loaded with minerals could be the main problem standing between you and clear, beautiful skin.