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Hard water / soft water

Has anyone here noticed an improvement in their eczema upon moving to an area with softer water, or washing with filtered water? Any effects whatsoever from changes in water quality?

I got really curious when, for the third time, I spent a few weeks in the US and my seborrheic eczema cleared up. It started to get irritated again every time I got back home. The water where I stayed was noticeably MUCH softer than my water at home so that got me thinking... and I found a lot of articles online that suggested hard water could aggravate skin conditions like eczema.

I acquired one of those filter jugs and I've been washing my face and scalp with the filtered water for the past month. I'm wary of speaking too soon but the difference is huge! My skin has been sooooooooo much less irritated for the past month using this filter, flakiness is much improved and the redness across my cheeks has gone down enormously. I really think it must be the water, because nothing else has changed. :)


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Sep. 17th, 2010 11:58 am (UTC)
A huge yes!

I used to live in South Wales where the water is quite soft. When I moved to South West England for University a few years ago my eczema flared up really badly. I was trying out so many different treatments but none of them were really effective. Now I'm living with my partner and we've installed a water softener in the house. While my eczema isn't cured I've noticed a vast difference in my skin. I would totally recommend a water softener. It's not only good for you skin, it's also good for your washing machine and dishwasher! ^_^
Sep. 21st, 2010 11:01 am (UTC)
I can't afford a water softener but I bought a shower filter :) Gonna try it out today! Beats attempting to wash my hair in the sink with water from my BRITA jug!
Sep. 17th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
Yep! My skin is always better when I visit a friend who is on a well. I think it's because there isn't any chlorine & other chemicals in their water.
Sep. 18th, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)
I use a filter on the shower and it does amazing things for me. My skin's really cleared up since I started using it. So, yes.
Sep. 21st, 2010 11:02 am (UTC)
I just got one of these :D I hope it works for me too!
Sep. 21st, 2010 11:20 am (UTC)
I hope it works, too!
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