water softeners

    Published: September 1, 2015

    Skin Conditions & Aging: How Filtration & Water Softeners Help

    Tap water can contain an alarming amount of substances that damage skin and hair, especially for seniors. As we age, our skin becomes less supple and resilient, making the elderly more susceptible to a range of skin conditions, including psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema. The good news is often these conditions can be resolved by installing a whole-house filtration system or shower filter.

    Chorine & Residual Chemicals

    Chlorine is one of the most common causes of skin conditions in the elderly. A chemical used to disinfect municipal tap water, chlorine strips the skin of its natural oils. The result is dry, flaky skin that can develop into itchy red rashes. Chlorine also damages and dries out hair, exacerbating wrinkles and premature signs of aging.

    Chlorine isn’t the only chemical cause of skin conditions among the elderly. Other possible culprits include chromium VI, an industrial chemical. In one study, the Environmental Working Group found measurable amounts of chromium VI in the tap water of 31 out of 34 U.S. cities. In addition to causing skin irritation and contact dermatitis, chromium VI is also a known carcinogen.

    Contact dermatitis is an allergic skin reaction, and can be caused by exposure to a wide range of substances. For instance, many people develop contact dermatitis when they wear nickel-based jewelry. If no obvious cause for contact dermatitis can be found, the cause could be hiding in tap water. A whole-house filtration system removes chlorine and other chemicals, and is often sufficient to clear up skin conditions in seniors.

    Heavy Water Damage

    Up to 85 percent of U.S. water supplies contain hard water, meaning the water has high concentrations of calcium, iron, magnesium, and other minerals. These minerals can dry out the skin and lead to a condition known as dry eczema, where the skin becomes brittle, peels, and easily cracks. Hard water can also aggravate existing eczema and psoriasis, and can make skin sensitive to sunlight.

    Soaps and shampoo do not lather well in hard water. To adjust for this, many people use more than they should, inadvertently creating more hard water soap scum that dries out hair and skin while clogging skin pores.

    Filtration alone will not counter heavy water. Instead, a combination whole-house filtration and water softening system is required. And it’s not just seniors’ skin and hair that benefits from softer water — hard water is notoriously damaging to water-based appliances and plumbing fixtures. By installing a water softener, you’re making an investment in your home as well as improving the your overall skin health; you will reap the benefits when you experience softer and healthier skin and hair, longer-lasting appliances, and better-tasting water.

    Disclaimer: The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made or implied. Contaminants mentioned are not necessarily in your water.