Most people are aware of how damaging hard water can be to the home plumbing system and the appliances within the home that rely on water to operate. What many people don't realize is that the hard water that is causing your glass shower enclosure to become covered with white scale can also be a contributing factor to acne.
How does hard water cause acne?
Hard water is filled with contaminants that don't easily come off of the surfaces that it builds up on. Your skin is exposed to the hard water every time that you shower or wash your face. Yes, this residue does build up on your skin as it does the glass enclosure. This means that the soap and acne fighting products don't rinse away completely and are not effectively treating the acne that you are battling.
When soap and other skin care products are not rinsed away completely, your pores will clog and cause more acne to occur. Another problem with these products leaving residue behind is that it can cause dry skin to occur, making your skin flaky and itchy.
What can you do to improve the health of your skin and decrease acne if you have hard water?
The easiest solution to your hard water problem is to install a whole house water softener in your home. This system removes the impurities from the water and eliminates the contaminants that cause all of the damage to your home and your skin.
If you don't have the money to install a whole house water softener, consider adding a direct water softener to the waterlines that feed into your shower and bathroom sink. This type of softening system is sometimes used in conjunction with a whole house system because it pulls the tiny particles out of the water that got through the larger system without being removed. The unit is small enough to mount under your bathroom sink and perform very well.
To improve your skin condition without installing a water softener, your only real option is to use bottled water to rinse well after each shower and after you wash your face. This can be rather inconvenient, but it will be effective in reducing the dryness of your skin, the acne that is caused by the pores that have become clogged with hard water deposits and even help your hair recover from the hard water damage that has occurred.
Talk with your local water softening system professional, such as those at Hague Quality Water of Kansas City Inc., to learn what method is affordable and will be effective in treating your water before it further damages your skin and home appliances.