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Can Water Quality Affect Acne?

You’ve tried the latest creams, you wash your face four times a day, but you still have a noticeable acne breakout most of the time. Acne is a frustrating condition that affects up to 50 million Americans yearly, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association.

When you’re shopping around for an acne remedy, consider that a contributing factor could be the tap water coming out of your showerhead and your kitchen sink. Learn the truth behind the potential connection between acne and water quality.

Hard Water Can Clog Your Pores

You’ve heard us describe the dangers of hard water before, from broken appliances to soap scum to reduced soap lather. When your water contains hard minerals, your soap or body wash doesn’t lather as easily. Particles and residue can remain on your skin after you’ve showered.

What connection does this have to acne? When calcium or magnesium from hard water stays behind on your skin, the particles can clog your pores the same way they can clog your plumbing. According to Healthline, an increase in hard minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iron can cause breakouts, skin irritation, and dryness. Hard minerals can also exacerbate problems with eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis.

The Healthline article also points out that water hardness can affect the pH level of your shower water. Your skin’s pH level should rest around 5, which is on the acidic side of the scale. Hard water has a higher pH and is more alkaline than filtered water. This disparity can further irritate your skin and contribute to conditions like acne.

While hard water alone would be damaging to your skin, many homes also have elevated levels of chlorine in their tap water. Chlorinated water strips your skin of its natural oils, which further drives your skin to compensate and produce more oil. The result is two different causes of dry, irritated skin while you shower.

Provide Your Home With High-Quality Water

If you’re concerned about the water quality in your shower and your tap making your breakouts more pronounced and frequent, consider a water treatment solution that tackles both hard water and chemicals that can contribute to skin problems.

The Pelican Smart Combo® offers a complete package to treat the water entering your home. The filter component works to reduce contaminants and impurities like chlorine and chloramines, and the water softener alternative component addresses water hardness that can be detrimental to those with sensitive skin.

How to Improve Your Complexion

Sure, eliminating hard water minerals and chemicals from your shower water could help you combat acne, but what other approaches are helpful? Here are our top tips when you want a healthy complexion.

  • Try a Face Mask — Applying natural face masks can invigorate your skin and assist in easing acne and conditions like eczema. You don’t need to leave the house and spend a small fortune at a spa: we rounded up our favorite DIY face mask recipes so you can begin your journey to clearer skin today.

  • Eat These Foods — Medical News Today notes that foods that can help clear your skin usually contain omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E. Incorporate certain foods into your weekly grocery shopping so you can boost your level of these nutrients and compounds. Herring, sardines, salmon, walnuts, almonds, and sunflower seeds all boast a concentration of fatty acids and oils that contribute to skin health.

  • Drink More WaterMaintaining proper hydration can affect your health in multiple positive ways, from improving brain function and enhancing your mood to reducing acne breakouts.  A 2011 study published in the journal “Dermato-endocrinology” found that when your skin is dry, your body could create more oil to compensate and consequently cause a breakout.

A 2015 study published in the journal “Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigational Dermatology” concluded that increasing your water consumption by 68 ounces per day can significantly improve skin hydration. Once you outfit your home with a water filter and softener combo, head to our hydration calculator to begin planning your water intake.