In our society, having clear skin is seen as a sign of youth and beauty. We spend millions of dollars every year on skin care products that promise to provide us with a clean, glowing, and unblemished epidermis. But despite their best efforts, many Americans still struggle with significant skin issues that may affect their self-confidence and public perception. And unfortunately, the majority likely don’t know that these skin issues can be traced back to water problems.

That’s right: your home water system could be to blame for your breakouts and flakes. Hard water is, like the name suggests, very hard on your skin. If you’ve been suffering from dry skin, acne, or other skin sensitivities like eczema and psoriasis, and feel like you’ve tried every treatment under the sun, you may want to consider using water softeners. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the skin issues that can emerge or be made worse by home water systems with hard water.

  • Dry Skin
    The most common hard water skin issue? Dryness. Water hardness can be measured in degrees from one to 10 or more. If you have particularly hard water, those minerals that are left behind will absorb oil and moisture. This makes your skin dry and irritated, even with the use of moisturizer. For those who already deal with facial dryness, this can make itchy, flaky, or red skin much worse.
  • Acne
    Hard water has a much higher concentration of mineral salts, which makes it more difficult to rinse cleanly. When you have hard water in your home water system, you often aren’t able to rinse away all traces of soaps and other products from your skin’s surface. The combination of these products and the minerals in the water itself can clog your pores, which can cause acne. If you’re experiencing breakouts and have ruled out diet, irritating products, and stress, you may need to look to your home water system.
  • Other Sensitivities
    In addition to dryness and blemishes, existing skin sensitivities can be made worse by hard water. Rashes, eczema, redness, psoriasis, and even signs of aging can become exacerbated. For those who already deal with these issues, hard water will only make them worse. When you move to an area that has hard water, you may experience flare-ups or new skin problems you never had in the past. Even if you’ve had great skin for your entire life, you’re not immune to these issues.

Skin problems like dryness, acne, and other sensitivities don’t have to be something you simply “live with.” By using a water softening system, you can potentially address these issues from the start, rather than trying to treat them after the fact with medications or other products. To find out more about getting a water softening system for your home, contact us today.