Is My Water Worsening My Eczema?

If you or a loved one suffers from eczema, you know how painful it can be to deal with rough, dry skin every day. You probably also take extra measures to ensure your daily grooming and health habits don’t do anything to make your eczema worse.

But what if we told you that something you may have never expected could harm you, is? Believe it or not, your water could be worsening your eczema.

How Hard Water Affects Your Skin

Hard water is filled with calcium and magnesium, so when those minerals come in contact with your skin, they can clog your pores and cause your eczema to flare up.

What’s worse it that, when you try to wash off soap or cleanser using hard water, the calcium and magnesium will prevent the soap from being fully washed away and end up causing your skin to become dry and irritated since the products will stick to your skin.

Hard Water and Eczema

Hard water can have enough of a bad effect on those without dry skin. But when you have eczema, using hard water can cause major discomfort and more flareup’s. This is due to two main things:

Soap Scum Left Behind

Like we said, hard water doesn’t allow soap scum to be completely washed away. When it stays on your skin, the soap dries out your pores and irritates your skin.

Hard Water Makes Your Skin More Sensitive

One study suggested that the longer you use hard water, it breaks down the layer of your skin that protects you from irritants. As that layer disappears, your skin becomes more sensitive to the products you use, thus worsening your eczema.

At Aquarius Water Conditioning, we can perform a free water analysis and install a water softening system best suited for your home’s needs. For the best water in Minnesota and Wisconsin, give us a call at 888-741-9025.


I’ve noticed that many people ignore their water unless it’s causing a visible problem. But having good, clean water impacts the quality of their lives.

More and more people seem to understand that and are interested in improving their water now. Kinetico can help.

Mike Holmes

DIY Network