I have blogged before about how switching to using a humidifier helped clear up my cystic acne after my water softener started dehydrating my skin which was putting me in a vicious cycle of dehydrating, skin trying to recuperate, build-up, acne and back around. Since then are water softener is no longer connected, but we have discovered that the city water without a softener is actually pretty unfriendly and cloudy too. Here are a few ways I believe the water has been hurting me and why:
Cystic Acne and Water Softeners
As I chronicled in the post A Humidifier Helped Clear by Cystic Acne, I really had a horrible resurgence in acne in my mid-20s…which, on one hand, I know is kind of normal, but I really felt like it was being brought on by external factors versus internal hormone levels. The addition of more moisture into my home environment helped clear things up almost perfectly. The only time I seem to get pimples now is when I’m stressed or about to get my period.
My Hair Is Falling Out Thanks to My Tap Water
Again, no way to prove it because I”m not a scientist with a testing lab…but I’m pretty sure my hair started to get thinner more or less the time my cystic acne started. Again, one could think hormones or dietary changes, but again, not buying it. I think that the mineral deposits in the local water have weighed my typically long hair down a great deal and make it easier for it to fall out. This seems to happen to a good many other people in areas with bad water as shower filters targeted toward beauty gurus. For example, this Jonathan Beauty Shower Purification System purports to pH balance the water and leave it free of chemicals and metals. I haven’t invested one of these, but I have started washing my hair less through training and the use of dry shampoo. It will take several months to see if this really helped my hair thicken back up near the top, but I will definitely pop back with the results.
It stands to reason that water that ruins your body on the outside probably isn’t good for your insides or for use in your food prep. Whether it was the softener (likely) or the city water (also possible), there were a couple of different days where we made coffee and did spit takes because the taste of salt was so prominent in the coffee cup. At this point, we also figured that the offensive water was probably why we had coffee pots burning out every 2 months or so. Now, we prep coffee by filtering the water twice through a coffee filter before ever putting the water in the coffee maker. The photo above is our awesome process. We would invest in a water tap filter, but we have had the water here (again, city water coupled with a water softener) eat through a really fancy faucet we purchased and three new cheap ones in 7 seven years – that isn’t counting the original faucet either.
The first day we lived here I tasted the water (before the water softener issue ever started) and hated it, so we have refilled water bottles at an in-store filtering water station at a HyVee grocery store. The store is only a few minutes away but it is across a river, in a different state, and, obviously, a different town and the water is drinkable in good….either because it comes from a better source or because the filtration saps the bad taste right out of it. I can’t help but feel like drinking our tap water would cause your insides some harm over time. It would seem like many locals agree because when I walk outside in the mornings before the recycling man comes by, there are a lot of gallon water jugs poking out of the top of the blue containers.
In short, if you feel like your water is bad, and you have an option, such as an inline filter, tap water filters, etc. that could correct the problem, try them immediately! If we owned our home or had a well, we definitely would have changed things already, but, as it is, we are just dealing with the day to day and have developed our own odd systems for handling the toxic H20.