Medical research has shown that hard water can dry out your skin, triggering more serious conditions like eczema.
In fact, the NHS lists hard water and detergent products as possible causes of irritant contact dermatitis.
Dry, flaking skin is an unpleasant feeling, but skin conditions aggravated by hard water dryness can be quite painful.
This is why many people try to protect their family’s skin from unnecessary discomfort by installing a water softener in their home.
How hard water affects your skinThe minerals in hard water, as well as the soap scum they produce, absorb the natural oils and moisture in our skin, destroying its natural barrier and leaving it vulnerable.
When the skin dries and cracks in more serious cases, germs, allergens and bacteria can enter those gaps, causing the symptoms of eczema.
Eczema sufferers may find hard water aggravates their condition further by drying out their skin even more. On top of this, people in hard water areas need to use more soap when showering in order to clean themselves properly and excess product can further irritate dry or sensitive skin.
Even if you’re careful with the bathing products you use, doing laundry in hard water areas requires extra detergent for effective cleaning. This leaves a residue on clothing, towels and bed linen that can aggravate underlying skin conditions, causing discomfort and irritation.