My wife and I have been traveling for the holiday and every time we shower in hard water our skin breaks out.
What causes acne?
In people who have acne, dead skin cells mix with sebum (oil) produced by the skin and plug up hair follicles in the skin. Bacteria that grow in the plugged hair follicles cause more skin irritation. Acne commonly starts in the early teen years, when the oil glands in the body start making more sebum.
When the hair follicle becomes plugged with oil, skin cells, and hardness from water, a whitehead occurs. If the follicle is plugged near the surface of the skin and air touches the plug, it turns black and is called a “blackhead.” A blackhead isn’t caused by dirt.
How acne starts.
Hard water can contribute to bad skin.
If the wall of a plugged hair follicle breaks, the area swells and turns into a red bump. If the hair follicle wall breaks near the skin surface, the bump usually becomes a pimple. If the wall breaks deep in the skin, acne nodules or cysts can form. This is called “cystic acne.”
If you see water clogging the holes in the shower head, the water is doing the same to your skin. Call us today to test your water.