Toxic water pollutants that can irritate your skin Some have strange recurrent episodes of disturbing skin diseases despite trying to change the types of soap, washing detergent, or lotion they use. So, why do these skin problems keep popping up? Is there anything in the house that causes this?
Most people do not realize that skin irritation can come from unexpected sources outside of normal skin infections, immune system disorders, shower gels, heat, medications, allergens, etc.
Water that contains certain harmful pollutants like chlorine, bacteria, and arsenic can damage sensitive skin and cause severe skin problems.
Bacteria generally do not cause infection when they come in contact with the skin, but when an infection happens, it usually starts as small red bumps which slowly increase in size. Some of these infections are mild and easy to treat with topical antibiotics, whereas others may be serious and require oral antibiotics. Some common symptoms of bacterial infection include skin sensitivity, skin eruptions, and itching. Symptoms of a more severe infection may include blisters, pus, sagging or cracks in the skin, and discoloration.
If you swim in a freshwater medium (bacteria such as total and fecal coliforms E.coli, etc, are found only in seawater) with high levels of certain bacteria, you are more likely to develop skin infections.
Arsenic is a naturally occurring chemical element in the terrestrial crust that may be released into groundwater under certain conditions. Long-term exposure to arsenic can contaminate your skin. Research suggests that after five years, chronic exposure to arsenic may cause premalignant skin lesions, increasing the risk of skin cancer, and other skin modifications such as thickening and pigmentation. Other effects can include light and dark patches and thickened skin on the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, and the trunk of the body.
Chlorine is one of the most effective water disinfectant products, but when it comes to its interaction with the skin, that’s a whole different story. Chlorine removes natural oils from the skin, leading to premature aging. Furthermore, it makes no distinction between good and bad bacteria, so washing your skin with chlorinated water can eliminate bacteria from the skin that can lead to skin conditions such as acne. Extended exposure to this chemical may also cause skin irritation and itching. Other common symptoms are skin rashes, dry skin, redness, burning, scalding, eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. Some research shows that chlorine can promote malignant melanoma, a type of cancer that develops in cells that produce melanin.
Hard water is merely water that contains elevated levels of dissolved calcium and magnesium. These minerals are essential for the body, but they are not good for the skin at high dosages. Bathing in harsh water can result in dry skin and redness. When calcium settles on the skin, it alters the oil chemistry, impeding the skin’s ability to hydrate and clog the skin causing acne, inflammation, eczema, pimples, rashes, and itchiness.
In addition to these toxic substances, tap water may contain chromium and pesticides which are carcinogens. So, if you want to avoid all those awful symptoms,
it is wise to prevent certain pollutants from entering your house in the first place and the best way to do so is to buy a quality water filtration system and remember always ” Better safe than sorry”.