Did You Know? Hard Water Can Affect Your Skin and Hair

March 5, 2018 6:44 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

You likely already know that hard water can have a harmful effect on the plumbing and water systems in your home. The mineral deposits found in hard water can build up over time, causing blockages or corrosion and leading to a decrease in water quality. It can also make it harder to get completely clean glassware or laundry. This is one of the most common reasons people purchase water softeners in Shelby County, OH.

But did you also know that hard water can have a negative effect on your skin and hair? It’s true—long-term exposure to hard water can cause dryness in your skin and hair. This is because hard water contains minerals (specifically calcium, iron and magnesium) that are known to dry out the skin. As these minerals dry on your skin, they will clog up pores, which in turn results in itching and flaking. The minerals in hard water can also have a chemical reaction with the soap in your shower or your hand soap to form salts, which can remain on your skin and cause some damage.

All this means that not only can hard water help to dry out your skin, but it can also be a contributing factor in the formation of acne, blemishes and other conditions that result from the skin being overly dry.

Finding out if you have hard water

Here are just a few examples of some signs that might indicate you have hard water:

  • White residue on your dishes
  • Soap not building up enough of a lather
  • Clothing not feeling soft to the touch
  • Mineral buildups on faucets
  • Stained porcelain
  • Films on your shower doors, walls, faucets or bathtub
  • Regular dry skin and hair
  • Low water pressure

There are also take-home tests you can use to determine the amount of calcium carbonate in your home’s water. Typically anywhere from 61 to 120 milligrams of calcium carbonate per liter is considered moderately hard, 121 to 180 is considered hard and more than 180 is considered very hard.

How to take action against hard water

So, if you discover you have hard water in your home, what are the steps you should take?

First and foremost, you should give serious consideration to installing a water softener in your home. But if this is not an option, there are other steps you can take.

For one, there are water softening shower heads that filter out some of the water hardening materials. You’ll need to clean these shower heads fairly regularly so they don’t get clogged to the point where you lose water pressure.

You can also use gentle cleansers on your skin, rather than soaps, to prevent the chemical reaction that keeps the soaps from lathering properly.

Finally, if you know you have hard water, you should avoid taking long, hot showers. Hot water can exacerbate bad skin conditions already caused by hard water.

Contact Fogt Water Conditioning today to learn more about getting a water softener in Shelby County, OH.

Categorised in:

This post was written by Writer