Can Hard Water Cause Eczema?
Yes, It Can!
It was conducted in a controlled environment in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield on a total of 80 participants. These 80 people were split into four groups:
It was a wide variety of people in gender and age ranging from 18-56 year olds.
They took hard water from Essex homes and then softened water from the same homes with a Harvey Water Softener installed. The participants were then washed on 8 sections of their body with 2 parts left alone to act as a reference point. No one knew the type of water they were being washed with at any point.
The washing was done with 5 seconds water, 30 seconds washing, then another 5 second rinse, across all of the patients making it completely fair and scientific.
This was not all that was discovered though, hard water was worse for an infant’s skin than previously thought. This is bad news for anyone in a hard water area that suffers from skin conditions, especially those who have developed eczema whilst washing in hard water.
Water softeners can reduce the risk of developing eczema by reducing the irritant magnesium and calcium bits left from washing.*
A water softener could be a solution to eczema problems, as well as saving you money. Eczema is a complicated condition with signs and symptoms that are different for everyone, and in some cases it unfortunately may not be the answer.