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#21 ms.brightside

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 09:36 PM

QUOTE (jaybin2 @ Apr 2 2008, 02:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I live in NJ where there is pretty bad water.... (northwest)

I look at my showerhead and it is white all over the place. I am guessing I have VERY hard water?


Sounds like it. Thats exactly how both showers are at my place. You could always look into getting a showerhead that filters the water but I think they're at least $80

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 09:42 PM

QUOTE (KeepHopeAlive @ Apr 14 2008, 11:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I had this theory a couple years ago but never really considered it a real cause for concern until I read through this thread and researched the harsh effects of chlorine and mineral deposits from water. I was wondering where I might be able to buy good shower head filter besides the the internet. I live in Michigan BTW. Also for the people that said they broke out due to hard water was it just your face or your body as well?


I went to a dermatologist recently and she snickered at me asking about hard water contributing to breakouts. But, she couldn't give me any explanation why my face cleared up when I started washing with store bought water and my back is still breaking out all the time with the shower water. I use the same wash on my face and my back and up until moving here, if something kept my face clear it would always keep my back clear too.

I don't know where to buy a showerhead filter except online. Maybe a hardware store?

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 09:48 PM

You know what's odd?

Hard water keeps me from breaking out. When I stay at friend's houses, in towns with softer water, I break out like crazy.

Guess everyone's different saywhat.gif

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Posted 16 April 2008 - 08:21 PM

I just bought a aquasana shower filter. I paid 67.99. I'm excited because I have been washing my face and back with distilled bottled water and have seen a good improvement in my skin. My skin is much softer and seems like my skin clearing nice.

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 12:36 AM

QUOTE (KeepHopeAlive @ Apr 16 2008, 09:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I just bought a aquasana shower filter. I paid 67.99. I'm excited because I have been washing my face and back with distilled bottled water and have seen a good improvement in my skin. My skin is much softer and seems like my skin clearing nice.


I'm gonna have to look for one of those filters because that's much cheaper than what I found online. Plus, washing with water thats in any sort of bottle or container is a little bit less than convenient. At least it's pretty cheap.
Thats great that your skin is improving! My face isn't 100% clear but I wouldn't really expect it to be since I've battled mild acne since I was 13...but...it's pretty close to 100% now. And like you said, much softer.
I hope the shower filter helps you too.

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Posted 17 April 2008 - 12:39 AM

Did I hear something about dirty jersey water?!!!

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Posted 26 May 2008 - 10:57 PM

In response to the hard water/soft water issue, I moved to Vancouver in February from Ireland and suddenly developed cystic acne all over my chin. I went to the doctor and he said it was hormonal and I could have it until menopause even though I had never had it as a teenager (26 now).
However I went to San Francisco for a five days and it magically disappeared so I concluded that it must be the water, I was drinking gallons of it to help my skin as well as washing my face with it three times a day. Now I am back in Vancouver and have only been drinking bottled water and trying to use bottled water to wash my face, it's difficult to avoid getting your face wet in the shower though.
It may also have something to do with the hormones in milk though, I also didn't drink any millk for the few days I was in SF so I can't really figure it out. My chin is still way better than it was, but I have had two spots since coming home. Any ideas?

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Posted 27 May 2008 - 09:11 AM

I don't know anything about the mineral content of water being a problem for skin, but maybe. Soaps don't lather up as well when there is a high mineral content. I have a water softner installed and when the brine tank has run out of salt ( brine/salt tank used in the water softening system) I can tell when I shower, soap doesn't work as well. My city has well water supply, well water usually has high mineral content. My moms, one city over, has water supply from river and is much softer water, they don't soften their water. You even use less detergent washing clothes with soft water. My sister place they have their own well...really hard to even get clothes clean, detergent/soap hardly works/lathers up in really hard water.

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 10:53 AM

I have found harb water dries my skin out alot too.

+1 for hard water reducing the lather of soap. Same thing happens with foam in areas with hard water.

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 11:17 AM

Early this month I stayed in the province where my grandparents live. They get their water from deep wells. During my stay there my skin became rough and scaly and several pimples emerged. My skin hurt. I am on Isotretinoin so the dryness could be explained by it... But then when I got back home (to the city) the dryness was very much reduced.

I think it has something to do with the water; I just can't fully explain it scientifically. biggrin.gif Hehehe.

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 11:58 AM

While were on the topic of washing with tap water just wandering, does it actually make a difference if you wash with warm or cold water? because if it does and you were to use bottled water it is more than likely going to be at best room temperature unless of course you stored it in boiler room or cupboard. But would this also be detremental to the water if it were to be stored in a warmer condition?

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 05:55 PM

I think this is a great theory to look into.

I'm wondering, could maybe boiling water before using it help remove impurities? Like say boiling the water and waiting for it to cool down quite a bit before using it? I don't think I'd invest in washing with bottled water...Although buying a filtered shower head sounds like a great idea as well.

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 06:56 AM

You must spend a shitload on bottled water. eusa_shifty.gif

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 07:45 AM

I'm in agreement about water affecting acne. when our local waterworks put a new chemical in our water to get rid of the Chlorine taste, I stated breaking out very badly, everywhere. So I decided to wash my face with bottled distilled water and it cleared up. So I went and spent $22 on a shower head filter and walla, body acne problem solved and less irritation on my face. Also clean your shower head monthly by taking a bowl of water with some bleach solution and hold the showerhead in the bowl for a few minutes. Then use a toothbrush to clean it. Gets rid of microorganisms that can grown on your showerhead.

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 10:10 AM

QUOTE (izzie @ May 27 2008, 09:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't know anything about the mineral content of water being a problem for skin, but maybe. Soaps don't lather up as well when there is a high mineral content. I have a water softner installed and when the brine tank has run out of salt ( brine/salt tank used in the water softening system) I can tell when I shower, soap doesn't work as well. My city has well water supply, well water usually has high mineral content. My moms, one city over, has water supply from river and is much softer water, they don't soften their water. You even use less detergent washing clothes with soft water. My sister place they have their own well...really hard to even get clothes clean, detergent/soap hardly works/lathers up in really hard water.


Yeah...I have a really hard time getting my kids' (two messy toddlers) clothes to come clean. Plus, I have to use tons of fabric softener, even then, any clothes I wash more than a handful of times start to feel stiff and uncomfortable.

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 10:21 AM

QUOTE (TheHumanEquation @ May 29 2008, 06:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You must spend a shitload on bottled water. eusa_shifty.gif


I was spending approx. $7.00 a month on water. Two grocery store brand 2.5 gallon containers can go a long way if you use them right. I usually just plugged the sink, added just enough to wash with, rinsed with a couple clean splashes...and ta-da...my skin was at least 90% clearer. It was totally worth 7 bucks. Just recently, I bought a filtering shower head though. I would have bypassed the whole bottled water thing if I could have afforded to do that right up front and I definitely recommend doing that first, if you can. Washing with distilled water out of a bottle can get annoying and inconvenient VERY quickly. Works in a pinch though.



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Posted 01 June 2008 - 07:49 AM

Just FYI..Don't know if it makes any difference regarding using bottled water...Water with a really high mineral content ie has an almost metalic taste, usually from private wells (city wells usually treat water like that to a certain extent) My aunt would put water in a plastic pitcher and let it sit for a day on counter before drinking (it was almost rust colored, high iron) The metalic tastte would disappear after a day, but boy was that pitcher stained. Somepeople let water sit to let some of the chemicals "evaporate", I used to do this for my house plants that were sensitive to chlorine that is added to city water, it does help.

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 10:03 AM

Ugh. Terrible news for me. As a freshman in college a few months ago I developed acne. I never had it. My skin was beautiful. This was a horrible case too. I really suspected that it was the water, because I hadn't changed anything else (habits, diet, etc). I come home, and it clears up. I've always drank and bathed in well water. I can't NOT take showers at college. To wash my face in bottled water would be so expensive. Do you have any recommendations of what I can possibly do?

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 12:56 PM

QUOTE (Ind1g0 @ Jan 14 2009, 11:03 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ugh. Terrible news for me. As a freshman in college a few months ago I developed acne. I never had it. My skin was beautiful. This was a horrible case too. I really suspected that it was the water, because I hadn't changed anything else (habits, diet, etc). I come home, and it clears up. I've always drank and bathed in well water. I can't NOT take showers at college. To wash my face in bottled water would be so expensive. Do you have any recommendations of what I can possibly do?


I'm a freshman too, and going sure changed the way my skin was. It started to get better, now there's a million white bumps. Anyways, just buy a gallon tank 3 stage water filter (I prefer Pur to brita) and then dispense the clean water in a bowl and wash in your sink.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 02:57 AM

get a coupe gallons of distilled water from WEis or Giant. They're like $1.50. I tried that hole mess and my acne still stayed but yuo might have better luck