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Can Water Quality Affect Acne?

washing face tap water, beacon nyAnyone with acne understands how persistent this skin condition can be, even with treatment. You apply the cream, are vigilant about keeping your skin clean, but the acne keeps reappearing. Your tap water may be partly to blame for your skin problems. More specifically, hard water.

What is Hard Water?

Hard water is a water quality indicator and is due to high amounts of dissolved minerals in the water, typically calcium and magnesium. Most homes and businesses in New York and around the U.S. have some degree of hard water. Drinking hard water is harmless, although it may have an unpleasant taste or smell. However, it can be damaging to your plumbing fixtures, appliances, and your skin.

Why is Hard Water Bad for Your Skin?

Elevated calcium concentrations in water can alter the chemistry of the skin’s natural oils, making it thick and waxy, which can clog pores. Clogged pores cause various skin conditions, including blackheads, rosacea, and, you guessed it – acne. Hard water can also dry out your skin, hair, and scalp, making it feel itchy and scaly. However, calcium is not the only mineral in hard water that is bad for your skin. High levels of iron, copper, magnesium, and other dissolved heavy metals in tap water are also problematic and contribute to fine lines and wrinkles. It can also cause skin irritations and redness.

Signs You May Have Hard Water

One of the characteristics of hard water is the feeling of a soapy residue or film remaining on your skin after rinsing with water. The high levels of calcium in the water react to the soap that makes it difficult to lather, resulting in soap scum. The soap scum you see in your sinks, tubs, and showers is also clogging your skin’s pores. Other signs of a hard water problem include:

  • Staining on your sinks, tubs, and toilets.
  • Laundry comes out dull and faded.
  • Scale build-up in your appliances like the coffee maker, water heater, and dishwasher.
  • Spotty glassware, dishware, and tableware.
  • Lower water pressure.

water softener, new paltz nyUse Soft Water to Protect Your Skin

Installing a water softener like our Caresoft® system, for example, is an effective way to protect your skin and help prevent skin problems like acne breakouts. It uses high-performing resins to remove the dissolved minerals and other impurities from the water. The result is soft water that you will feel every time you take a bath, shower, or wash your face. Our water softener system eliminates the hard water problems like soap scum that are clogging your pores and irritating your skin. Your skin and hair will also look shinier and feel softer too.

The water quality professionals at The Water Source can solve your hard water problems. Schedule a free in-home water test and get expert advice on the water softener system that is right for you.