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5 Ways Regular Tap Water Can Damage Your Skin.
The 5 Ways Tap Water Causes Harm; As you may have already guessed, it’s not the water itself that may be causing the damage, but what’s in it.
Chromium VI: In addition to being a carcinogen, chromium VI is a skin irritant, and can cause contact dermatitis and allergic reactions.
Heavy metals: Tap water contains heavy metals like iron, copper, magnesium, and zinc. Though they are present at very small levels, they can interact with free radicals and damage collagen fibers in the skin. They can also cause a reaction with the skin’s natural oils, clogging pores.
Minerals: Most American homes have hard water, which is full of minerals. If you don’t have a water softener in your home, you’ve likely seen the hard water stains on your shower door or curtain—those white, chalky marks. That same water can leave a soapy layer on the skin that clogs pores, increasing acne breakouts, while leaving skin itchy and dry. With repeated use, hard water can also increase risk of redness and eczema.
Chlorine: According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to protect water from disease-causing organisms, water suppliers often add a disinfectant, like chlorine. Unfortunately, chlorine is bad for your skin (and your hair). It’s an irritant that can cause itchiness and rashes. It strips the skin of its natural oils and damages the outer layer, leading to dryness and flakiness. Over time, it can exacerbate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, accelerating the aging process.
Fluoride: Fluoride is also added to drinking water to "protect public health" as the EPA says—mainly, to promote dental health. Like chlorine, it’s irritating to skin, but it can also disrupt the production of collagen, which can have aging effects.