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How a Whole House Water Filter Affects Your Skin

A Whole House Water Filter is used to treat the water you receive from your local municipality to safeguard you and your family from the harmful contaminants that may be present in your tap water. One of the chemicals that most people are concerned about is chlorine, a chemical that is added to water at the municipal level to disinfect it.

Although the intention of the municipalities is to provide safer drinking water, the addition of chlorine and its exposure to us can have unwanted short and long-term consequences. While the health effects of chlorine can include difficulty breathing, sore throat, coughing, eye irritation and other health issues[1], we will focus on how chlorine affects your skin and why a Whole House Water Filter can help you to prevent these effects.

Negative Short-term Effects of Chlorine on Skin

In respect to our tap water, we are exposed to chlorine through the water that is treated with the disinfectant then sent to our homes. Chlorine can be absorbed through our skin from the shower and it may also be released through the air through our air conditioning systems as well as through food that has come in contact with the water[2]. Most experts agree that we get as much as half of our exposure to chlorine through bathing.

Common short-term effects of chlorine on skin usually include the stripping of its natural oils, thus depriving it of its natural moisture. This exposure may irritate the skin and contribute to acne, eczema and rashes. Chlorine may also contribute to allergies because it irritates the respiratory tract. The long-term effects of this kind of repeated short-term exposure may increase one’s risk of developing asthma or other respiratory allergies[3].

Common Symptoms of Chlorine on Skin:

  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Inflammation
  • Itchiness
  • Lesions
  • Rash
  • Scales
  • Crust

Negative Long-term Effects of Chlorine on Skin

As we alluded to above, exposure to chlorine on the skin can lead to longer-term health issues such as asthma or other respiratory allergies. Although the breathing in of high concentrations of chlorine as a result from bathing, consumption or air exposure are unlikely, it is best to minimize any exposure. A more likely long-term negative health effect of chlorine on the skin is premature aging. Because chlorine is thought to promote free radicals, exposure to the chemical for long periods of time is said to be comparable to extended exposure to the sun in the same way that it promotes premature aging.

How a Whole House Water Filter Reduces Chlorine Exposure

While you can’t stop your municipality from disinfecting your water with chlorine, you can reduce up to 97 percent of chlorine in your home – including drinking, cooking and bathing water – with the installation of a Whole House Water Filter from Filter Butler.

Chlorine removal is primarily done by the activated carbon stage through absorption. This section needs to be redone to reflect that.

all the water that passes through your Whole House Water Filter – which is all the water that you drink, bathe or come into contact with inside your home – is safer from the short and long-term health risks mentioned above.

Remove Chlorine from Your Water & Save Your Skin!

In addition to the harmful effects of chlorine exposure on your skin, it can have more serious health consequences The Canadian Cancer Society says the major cause for concern when it comes to chlorine in your water is the chemicals (chlorination by-products) that are created when chlorine comes in contact with organic matter.   Exposure to high concentrations of chlorination by-products such as THMs can over time result in an increased risk of certain forms of cancer[4].

While much of the research behind all of the short and long-term effects of exposure to chlorine in our water are correlation studies at best, the fact is that you can prevent your exposure to any of the health issues related to chlorine by reducing it from your home’s water supply. Get a Filter Butler Whole House Water Filter today and protect your family from the risks of chlorine on your skin and inside your body.

 [1] https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/emergency/chemical_terrorism/chlorine_general.htm

[2] http://emergency.cdc.gov/agent/chlorine/basics/facts.asp

[3] http://acaai.org/allergies/types/allergy-myths/chlorine-allergy

[4] http://www.cancer.ca/en/prevention-and-screening/be-aware/harmful-substances-and-environmental-risks/chlorinated-water/?region=on

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