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Eczema and Hard Water: Get the Facts

Mineral deposits are a natural part of tap water – but what happens when the water from your faucet is full of extra minerals like calcium and magnesium? Research suggests that mineral-rich water, also known as “hard water,” can negatively impact eczema symptoms and introduce atopic skin conditions early in life.1

A 2020 review of 16 previous studies concluded that exposure to hard water could worsen symptoms of atopic dermatitis (AD) and may increase of the risk of eczema in young children. “Patients with eczema are much more sensitive to the effects of hard water than people with healthy skin,” said Dr. Simon Danby from the University of Sheffield’s department of infection, immunity and cardiovascular disease in a statement.2


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