Tap Water: Just How Bad Is It For Your Skin?


There are lots of people out there that refuse to drink tap water. Not going to lie, I’m one of them. At least when I know it’s tap water I tend to shy away from it. While I’m guessing I am not alone when it comes to this, the same can likely be said for those who take extra care and pride in their skin. Some people flat out refuse to wash their face with tap water and now I finally understand why.

Tap Water For Skin

Reasons Why People Avoid Using Tap Water During Their Skin Care Routine

Let me kick things off by asking if you’re familiar with something called micellar? These are cleansers which require no rinsing. There are some brands out there creating these types of cleansers and they likely do so in order to prevent from having to use tap water to rinse. Micellar is actually a liquid that works to lift or remove oil from the skin without having to rinse it.

If you’ve never heard of micellar water, then you need to familiarize yourself with it. Many people that turn to micellar water will use this during their skin routines and will almost always avoid tap water splashing on their face in the shower.

Should you really avoid tap water and is it truly bad for your skin?

The short answer is – YES.

There’s actually some truth behind the “no tap water” movement and it’s mainly because it can cause issues with your skin. Using tap water in excess can often cause dry skin, irritation, and even scaling to occur.

One other thing that you need to know is that all tap water isn’t created equally. If you’re living in an area that has hard tap water versus soft, then it might be worse for your skin. It’s the boosted mineral content that makes it worse.

The minerals make it more difficult to wash cleansers off of your face. In other words, be prepared to be left with a soapy residue on your skin and be ready for the irritation to set in as a result.

Some people go as far as washing their faces with bottled water. I mean, that’s super expensive but it’s something that they do.

I know what you’re thinking right now. You probably think I’m a snob for suggesting that you use bottled water to wash your face. Full disclosure, I do not use bottled water as it’s super expensive to wash your face with it, but if you’re a celeb that can afford to do so, then by all means, GO FOR IT!

If you are suffering from inflammation, eczema, psoriasis and other issues, then you’ll want to either a) give tap water a break or b) start to incorporate micellar water into your routine.

The bottom line is this, if you’re dealing with pretty normal skin, then you may not see much of a difference in avoiding tap water, but if you’ve got some serious skin issues, then you’ll most definitely see some positives in moving away from tap water (at least when cleansing and rinsing your face).

So, is it really bad for you? It’ might be depending on your skin. each individual is different from the next.

Now, if you want to learn more about micellar or you’re looking for a product to incorporate into your routine, then I encourage you to read this article here. It’s an article on baby skin care and we’ve mentioned micellar and the type of product you should look for to prevent skin issues. The same will apply for you and remember, if it’s safe for a baby, then it’s without a doubt safe for you!

See also: Things That Ruin Your Face Today

Tap Water: Just How Bad Is It For Your 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.