Hard or Soft Water: Which Is Better For Skin?


I’m sure you’re familiar with hard and soft water. It’s a common discussion amongst neighbors and homeowners living in America today. Most people are either on one side of the fence or the other when it comes to water type. Based on some research that I’ve done, 85% of U.S. homes have hard water.

Does any of it really make a difference? If you want to care for your skin, then you’ve got to do your research when it comes to this type of stuff. I’m going to shed some light on the topic to help keep you better informed.

Hard Water vs Soft Water

Hard Water vs. Soft Water

Let’s start with hard water. For those unfamiliar with what makes water hard, it’s the mineral levels. Water containing high levels of minerals is considered to be hard. The most commonly referenced minerals when dealing with this issue is magnesium and calcium. These minerals accumulate and come in contact with groundwater.

The hardness of water can certainly vary and it’s measured on a scale of 1 to 10, depending on the location. When measuring, people are testing using a “grains per gallon” measurement system.

What Is Soft Water?

Soft water is water that has lower levels of minerals and ions. Rainwater is considered to be a soft water because there are no minerals that have been collected in this specific type of water. Water softens through a process known as ion exchange. What happens is that minerals and ions that are present are instead replaced with sodium.

Does Hard Water Really Affect Your Skin?

Before you freak out, I want to say that hard water is completely safe for consumption. Millions of people throughout the United States consume, cook and even wash themselves using hard water. You’ve got absolutely nothing to worry about if you’re one of those people.

While it’s essentially not harmful, it can cause irritation in people that have sensitive skin. If you shower with hard water, I want you to take a close look at things next time you wash up. Notice how it’s difficult to get that soapy lather from the products? Well, as a result, the soap can build up on your skin.

Feel free to blame your skin issues and even your bad hair on this type of water, after all, it’s a valid excuse. Perhaps more valid than living in outer space, but that’s tough to say really.

If you’re battling acne, then this is where you might run into some trouble. Using hard water and soap can often result in a soapy film being left behind. That residue or film can clog your skin and irritate things.

Assuming that you’ve tried everything in your power to clear up your acne yet it still exists, it might be your water. Try switching from groundwater or distilled water to wash your face. I know, it sounds like something that Kim Kardashian and her sisters would do, but I’m telling you it might be just the trick.

Doing so should help reduce the dryness of your skin and even clear up your acne a bit. While I can’t personally vouch for this, I can say that you’ve got nothing to lose having tried everything else. It’s also supposed to help improve your eczema if you’ve got issues in that department as well.

The bottom line is that hard water won’t kill you or harm you necessarily, but it may be playing a role in your poor skin condition. The only way to determine that is to take some action!

Hard or Soft Water: Which Is Better For Skin?
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Brandon Sirrico


Brandon Sirrico is a well-versed marketing expert with a background in finance. He holds an MBA from Florida International University and an undergrad from Northeastern. A former bodybuilder, he's a dedicated gym rat who provides many updates on health and diet as well as reactions to trending skin care topics.