The Effects of Hard Water on Skin

By Lisa Wampler

Hard water is comprised of high concentrations of undissolved minerals, such as calcium carbonate and dolomite. Although hard water contains these elements, it is not detrimental to your health, but it is harsh on your skin. If you have to use hard water on a daily basis, using a water softener is highly recommended, because this will help decrease the ill effects of hard water on skin.

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Hard water may be damaging to your skin.

Damage to Healthy Skin Cells

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Hard water can cause damage to healthy skin cells by allowing the skin to become vulnerable to sun damage through harmful ultraviolet rays

Hard water can cause damage to healthy skin cells. The elements such as zinc, lead, magnesium and calcium found undissolved in hard water will break down the elastin and collagen found in healthy skin cells. When this happens, the skin becomes vulnerable to sun damage through harmful ultraviolet rays.

Acne

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Acne can occur on a more frequent basis because hard water dries out the skin

Since hard water is composed of undissolved minerals, acne can occur on a more frequent basis. Hard water dries out the skin, depriving it of natural oils. This causes skin irritation, which leads to acne breakouts.

Dry Skin

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The insoluble minerals found in hard water wind up settling on the surface of the skin and cause itchiness and dryness

The insoluble minerals found in hard water wind up settling on the surface of the skin and cause itchiness and dryness. In severe cases, the skin will become inflamed, crack, and bleed.

Ineffective on Germs

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Skin is more prone to germs when washed with hard water because it actually coats the skin with a dull film due to the insoluble minerals in it

Skin is more prone to germs when washed with hard water because it actually coats the skin with a dull film, due to the insoluble minerals in it. When this happens, the body's natural oils are unable to reach the epidermis of the skin, and this leads to failure in the skin's natural antimicrobial properties.