. Hard Water Eczema Treatment | Is Your Water Causing Dry Skin

Hard Water Eczema Treatment

Its no myth that hard water and mineral impurities in your water can cause dry skin conditions and eczema. But did you know the only effective solution and hard water eczema treatment is a home water softener system? Many of our customers originally purchase a water softener for their skin and have seen great results in just 1 week.

Why Does Hard Water Cause Eczema?

Prolonged exposure to hard water can damage the skin barrier. Damage to the skin barrier, increases the skin's sensitivity - causing eczema, dry skin and adverse reactions to irritants found in everyday products such as soaps, detergents and washing powders.

It has been demonstrated in scientific studies by researchers from the University of Sheffield and London that exposing the skin to hard water for prolonged periods of time can increase the likelihood of developing eczema in those with normal skin and worsen pre-existing eczema. 

Not only that, but the excess of calcium and magnesium minerals found in hard water, have be observed to react negatively with surfactants found in soaps - causing deposits on the skin after washing. 

As a result, many people who live in hard water areas experience dry skin, dandruff, acne and eczema. Eczema can effect people of all ages but in particular infants and small children.

Can a soft water help eczema & dry skin? 

Yes - by extracting and removing excess calcium and magnesium ions, a water softener reduces the overall effect of soaps and detergents on the skins protective barrier, decreasing the skins overall sensitivity.

A recent study in the Journal of Investigate Dermatology, funded by Harvey Water Softener themselves, investigated the effects of water softener systems on eczema & dry skin conditions. They found that soft water reacted differently with the surfactants found in soaps and detergents and unlike hard water - did not leave soap deposits on the skin. This suggested that soft water could decrease the skins sensitivity to soaps and reduce the severity of pre-existing eczema & dry skin conditions.

eczema from hard water


Water Softeners: a natural cure for eczema

A water softener can often help pre-existing eczema and dry skin, if you live in a hard water area. It is installed directly to your main supply of water - it is usually fitted near your stop tap and generally underneath your kitchen sink. it may also be fitted outdoors if necessary. Once installed the softener filters hard water so only soft water enters your home. The system is automatic and uses block salt to clean itself. You will have to replace the block salt as ti runs out.

We provide a range of water softeners from top brand Harvey & Kinetico which include single and twin tank designs. The type of water softener your home will require depends on your:

  • home size and number of bathrooms
  • water usage and family members
  • space available and stop tap location

For small homes and flats with 1-3 people we recommend a single tank non electric system such as the Sumo 1 Water softener or the Essentials.

For homes with 2-3 bathrooms and up to 6 people we recommend the Kinetico premier compact.

For large homes with 4+ people and 8+ people we recommend the Premier Maxi.

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