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How Water Softeners Help Prevent Post-Shower Itch


Have you ever gotten out of the bath or shower and started itching like crazy? Maybe you tried switching soaps or a different shaving method, but the itch won’t stop! Hard water, present in over 85% of US homes, could be the reason behind your post-shower itch, but you can get the best results by using a water softener.


Read on to explore the impact of using hard water and understand how water softeners can help.


The Link Between Hard Water and Post-Shower Itch

Hard water contains high levels of minerals and can significantly impact your skin. Harsh calcium deposits left behind by hard water can alter the oil chemistry of your skin, stripping away its natural moisturizing oils. By removing the natural oils, your skin feels dry and itchy.


When using soaps and skin cleansers, the minerals in hard water can create a stubborn residue that clings to the skin. This residue will be challenging to rinse off, leaving your skin less clean.


Hard water, which is alkaline due to its mineral content, also disrupts the skin's natural pH balance, which is slightly acidic. In addition to triggering post-shower itch, this disturbance can cause skin problems like dryness, irritation, acne, and premature aging.


How Can Water Softeners Help?

Water softeners tackle the root cause of the problem by removing the excess minerals from the water using a resin bed. Most water softeners transform hard water into soft water using ion exchange, which replaces calcium and magnesium ions with softer minerals like sodium or potassium.


Softened water helps your skin maintain its natural moisture balance, so you can prevent a post-shower itch and have a more enjoyable shower experience. Since soaps and shampoos lather easily, you will use less product while enjoying a thorough cleanse. If you've ever struggled with soap scum and mineral buildup on your shower surfaces, water softeners can also help eliminate them.


Water softeners can be a game-changer if you suffer from eczema, dermatitis, or other sensitive skin conditions aggravated by exposure to hard water. By removing the minerals responsible for skin irritation, these devices create a more peaceful and soothing environment for your skin, helping to alleviate discomfort and promote healthier skin. A bonus of using softened water is that it rejuvenates your hair. Softened water prevents mineral buildup on your hair and scalp, making your locks feel soft, smooth, and more manageable.


Investing in a water softener is an investment in your well-being. Softeners can elevate your shower experience by preventing post-shower itching and other harmful skin conditions caused by hard water.


If you're experiencing post-shower itch or suspect that hard water may cause skin issues, McCowin Water, Inc can help. We can provide you with a free water analysis to assess the quality of your water and determine the best solution for your needs. Our expert team can install a water softener to ensure you enjoy a pleasant shower experience. Contact us today to get started!

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