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Soft Water & Eczema

If you or anyone in your family suffers with eczema or has skin conditions you will be aware how uncomfortable and difficult to treat it can be. Scientific research has proven the link between hard water and skin health, so investing in a water softener is one way to protect your skin barrier and maintain good skin health.

What causes eczema?

The most notable causes of Eczema are poor diet, lax shower habits, contact with household chemicals, hard water, and even exercise. One in five children are affected by Eczema. Did you know that it can be made worse and even caused by hard water?

Hard water contributes to skin conditions such as eczema. With hard water you have to use more product to get a good lather, which can aggravate and irritate the skin. As well as being abrasive, hard water doesn’t necessarily wash all the residue off. This residue can be left on the skin which can worsen dry skin conditions

The NHS website lists “water – especially hard, chalky water or heavy chlorinated water” as a common irritant of contact dermatitis.

Other potential causes and irritants of eczema are:

– Dry skin in winter

– Irritants such as metals, fragrances, and cigarette smoke

– Scratchy, irritating fabrics and materials

– Stress

– Infections

– Sweat and hot climates

– Hormones

– Non-toxic chemicals (hair dye, nail polish, etc.)

Could switching to softened water help?

More than 60% of households are located in hard water areas in England and Wales. Research carried out at the University of Nottingham** by dermatologists, medical geographers and statisticians in 1998 indicated that hard water could play a part in causing eczema flare-ups in some children.The study, involving more than 7,500 school age children, found that eczema is around 50% more common in primary schoolchildren living in hard water areas than those who live in soft water areas. This could not be attributed to differences in age or social class.*Source: National Eczema Society 2001.

**Source: Professor Hywel Williams, University of Nottingham, August 1998

Hard water doesn’t lather or clean as well as soft water and so we use far more detergent to compensate. This leaves a residue that can impair the normal function of your epidermis, the outer layer of your skin. It can irritate and damage the skin barrier, especially if you are already sensitive or you suffer from eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis.

Softened water can improve these conditions, as it is doesn’t contain as many of the minerals that clog pores and cause dryness and irritation. You will use less product to produce a lather and it will rinse off more easily leaving less residue


How a water softener can help:

There is already overwhelming anecdotal evidence to suggest that skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis are aggravated by hard water. Many sufferers have experienced immediate relief on installing a water softener and feel that this is more than just coincidence.So why can a water softener help reduce the symptoms of eczema? Due to the complexity of eczema, it is impossible to quantify why exactly softened water helps the condition. However, British Water advises that there are enough successful reports to suggest the following:

  • Water softeners eliminate scummy soap curd and result in a clean lather which is kind to skin, reducing dryness and itching.
  • With softened water, the amount of soap used when washing clothes can be greatly reduced. Also pure soap products can be used with softened water in preference to detergent. Another reason is that households in hard water areas tend to use more soap and detergent when washing clothes and bathing.
  • Products we know inflame the skin of eczema sufferers. Water softeners have an ‘ion exchange’ system which removes the calcium and magnesium salts from the water, thus completely eliminating the hardness.
  • Save money on cleaning products and toiletries.
  • Spend less time cleaning.
  • Softer skin and silkier hair.
  • Increase life expectancy of domestic water-using appliances.
  • Brighter looking clothes.
  • More environmentally friendly.

Enjoy a life enhancing experience

The best way to really appreciate the benefits of a water softener is for you to experience it for yourself. One of our water treatment experts can visit your home at a time that suits you.

Their approach is professional and courteous and they will show you the difference between hard and soft water so you can see and feel the immediate advantages.

They will also check your plumbing system and recommend the best softener for your needs.

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What our customers say

Here at Waterways we pride ourselves on excellent service and our reviews reflect that.

Just had my water softener installed today after seeing Waterways recommended on NextDoor. Initial visit and follow up calls were great. Very smooth process and installation today. Cant wait to see & feel the difference. **Update** After 2 weeks the difference is amazing. The taps, shower glass etc just stay clean, no water marks.

Steven8months ago

I moved home shortly after having a water softener installed by Waterways and did not hesitate to use their services again in my new home. Amazing company to deal with, professional, friendly and they always go that extra mile to accommodate your needs. Their products are top quality and I would highly recommend them to anyone!

Chaudhry Familyone month ago

A fantastic professional service from Dave at Waterways who installed our new water softener. The work was done very safely and tidy. We would highly recommend this company

Lee Damany3 months ago

I had a water softener fitted 8 years ago. I felt it needed a service l phoned the company and they arranged for a engineer to come out. Only had to wait less than a week. The engineer Steve was extremely friendly, professional and efficient. I would recommend this company

Valerie Toomey2 months ago

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