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The Nagging Effects of Hard Water on Your Skin and Hair


Hard water loves leaving a mineral trail. From crusty faucets to stain rings around toilet bowls, wherever hard water goes, remnants stay behind well after the water drains. It’s well known these calcium and magnesium mineral stains are slowing down the efficiency of your home, but the effects of hard water can also show on your skin and hair.

Maybe you have experienced the symptoms before. It’s common for people who have moved to a new area or into a new home to experience drier skin and the color in their hair not lasting as long as it used to. All of these are signs of hard water.

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The Effects of Hard Water on Skin

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Dry and itchy skin

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Stiff and tight skin

Increased sensitivity

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Amplification of existing eczema or psoriasis

One of the most obvious signs of hard water on your skin is your increased use of lotion. Your dry skin is caused by the high mineral content in hard water. These minerals are stripping your skin of natural oils that would otherwise keep your skin healthy and moisturized.

Hard water also prevents soap from lathering correctly and you will notice less suds in bathwater. This can lead to soap scum staying on your body even if you think it’s washed away. The soap scum can clog your pores, leaving your face susceptible to acne breakouts.

When your skin is dry, this leaves you open to embarrassing skin care issues. It’s important to keep your skin moisturized after shaving, but if you’re using hard water, your skin will dry out and you’ll be left with bumps and razor burn.

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have reported hard water igniting the development of eczema — a skin condition that leaves a dry, red rash on your body. Similarly, people experiencing psoriasis will see an increase in irritability when they use hard water.

It’s not just your skin feeling the negative impact of hard water, it’s your hair and scalp, too.

The Effects of Hard Water on Hair

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Fading color

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Flat, dull and brassy hair

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Increased dandruff

Dandruff is a fact of life for those of you with thick hair. But you have persevered by using special shampoo and conditioner products to keep the flakes to a minimum. What isn’t helping is washing your hair with hard water. The same minerals clogging the pores on your face are worsening dandruff on your scalp.

The problems with hard water only begin on your scalp. Your hair is also in danger of becoming damaged due to hard water. Calcium and magnesium fade new hair color and highlights quickly. Hard water has also been known to flatten perms faster.

While there is no scientific evidence that hard water causes you to lose hair, your hair will feel thinner when you wash it with hard water. The heavy, greasy feeling you get after leaving the shower is also from hard water.

No matter what product you’re using, hard water’s effects are hard to mask when it comes to making your hair shine. This means more trips to the salon and increased stress on your self-care budget.

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Other Hard Water Problems Hurting Your Personal Hygiene

Dull hair and itchy skin are only the beginning of the personal hygiene challenges related to hard water. The leftover minerals in your water are also creating a difficult experience for you in your bathroom.

Everything from residue stains on your shower to the white crust around your sink’s faucet comes from hard water. Weak water pressure can be attributed to mineral build up in your home’s pipes from pumping hard water. Even your fading, scruffy towels are caused by the washing machine using hard water.

How to Protect Your Skin & Hair From Hard Water

By now, you can understand the widespread effect hard water has on your skin and hair. You can mask the problem over and over again with specialty lotions and new hair products or you can deal with the issue at the source.

Installing the right water softener for your home is a great step in responding to your hard water issues.

You deserve a clean, refreshed feeling coming out of the shower, not cracked dry skin and annoying dandruff. Now you can have moisturized skin, and healthier hair when you start softening your water.

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