Hidden problems caused by polluted water?
23rd December 2014
Our skin is often in contact with water; when we clean our hands, clean the dishes, have a bath/shower or even at work. Yet, have you ever thought about the effects water can have on your skin, especially when the water is actually polluted? We have highlighted several skin problems related to water pollution and how you can make sure to avoid these skin conditions.
Skin problems due to water pollutions
Water pollution can be caused by the presence of high levels of salts including calcium and magnesium that create an irritant to your skin. The most recurrent skin problem that appears due to water pollution is eczema and dermatitis. When your skin is developing a pink or red rash that most of the time itches, it is important to visit your dermatologist to pinpoint the exact cause of the irritation.
You might also find dry patches of skin or even skin peels. This is most likely to be caused by the chlorine present in your water from your taps. When you shower, the heat opens your pores and lets the chlorine to leak slowly into your skin. Unfortunately, chlorine dries your skin by removing the natural oils from your skin, which can lead to the development of wrinkles.
Chemical Risk Assessments
In order to test how polluted your water is, you can conduct a chemical risk assessment. This will measure exactly the number of chemicals present in your water and then you will be able to assess what actions to take to reduce the number of chemicals and protect your skin.
We highly recommend drinking plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and functioning properly. Furthermore, in order to keep your skin radiant and beautiful you should also apply a good moisturising cream, as water alone is often not sufficient.
Another recommendation we suggest is to add a filter to your taps in order to reduce the number of chemicals that can damage your skin.
Finally, if you find that your skin problems are severe, we advise you to visit your dermatologist to find the most appropriate treatment.