I am about 2 steps from using Evian water to wash my face. After each vacay or being away from home (Philly), my skin looks dramatically better! While away at college in Washington DC, my skin was very predictable. I would get the occasional breakouts during finals and midterms and also pms. But collectively, my skin was good. I noticed a trend, though. Even if I travelled for 4 days, my skin after the first day at any given region other than home looked great! I never break out on vacation, and it was a mystery to me, until now! I’ve figured out mother nature. Either, I shouldn’t be in Philly, or tap water is seriously the death of my skin.
What’s in my water? After thorough research, ahem Google, I can conclude that my skin suffers from break outs because of my “hard” tap water. Hard water is a term used to characterize multiple mineral substitutes present in our tap water. Some of these minerals include: magnesium, calcium, chloride, and fluoride! These minerals consequently clog your pores. That coupled with your routine facial cleansing with hot water- which open your pores, allowing these harmful minerals to slip right in. Hard water also makes soap harder to rinse off, and the resulting soap residue can also cause breakouts, dryness and irritation. I also found out that the 35-year old federal water regulations are out of date. Which mean other harmful chemicals are likely to be present in your water and will most likely increase your risk of getting cancer, see the Times article here: http://projects.nytimes.com/toxic-waters/contaminants … it’s another problem, for a different blog.
Anyways, there are several ways you can avoid tap water. Use distilled water. Use cold water when washing your face. Cold water does not open your pores. And, use soap substitutes like cleansers to help break down the minerals…
I digress, is water breaking your skin out?