Eczema and hard water - what is the relationship?
Research has proved what all of us here at Harvey have known for years; that when it comes to alleviating chronic skin conditions such as eczema, softened water can make all the difference. Find out more.
Eczema is a growing problem in the UK. Known by many people as dermatitis, it’s a dry skin condition that varies in symptoms from person to person. Most common amongst children – with one in five affected – it can also be a major problem for adults as well, with one in 12 experiencing it on a relatively regular basis.
It is typified by patches of red, dry and itchy skin in areas of regular movement, making it uncomfortable. It can affect almost anyone, however more common in those with the inability to produce enough in the way of skin-surface fats and oils, or people who are less able to retain water.
In addition to this, eczema can be worsened by external issues. Experts at Harvey Water Softeners, along with the medical community as a whole, understand the benefits of water quality for those affected by eczema or other rash-like skin conditions they may be worried about. Dermatitis is more common in hard water areas of the UK, and many people with eczema have written to the company following an installation with praise for the way softened water causes a “big improvement” in their skin condition.
There are a number of theories as to why people suffer from eczema more in hard water areas of the UK, and many have been posted in a number of international studies. Softened water is less drying to the skin, which can provide relief for dry skin conditions.
It is widely highlighted by doctors that cleaning products aggravate the condition. When you have a water softener in place, there is a major reduction in amount of soap, shampoo and washing powder used in day-to-day activities which therefore reduces the amount of exposure of the skin to harsh chemicals and potential irritants.
Whatever the cause of this correlation is, Harvey Water Softeners support scientific research into eczema and softened water; for years, the company has been told by families that they certainly feel the benefits of it! If you’re dealing with eczema-like conditions, why don’t you give a water softener a try?