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Does Well Water Affect Acne?

Hmm…. good question. Does the fact that you have well water, as opposed to treated, chlorinated city water, affect your acne, if you have it? Well, it really depends on your well. Take for example our well water that my parents had when I was going through my worst phases of acne, ages 13-18.

We had well water that was probably not the best, due to a well that had partially caved in and been repaired numerous times. What this did was made our water full of dirt particles, and it also made our water very hard. Did this worsen my acne, or have any effect on my skin?

Well, I always thought so of course, because I knew it was wreaking havoc on my hair since it was always dry and frizzy, but why then did my little sister never develop acne, who was washing her face and bathing in the exact same water as I was? Bottom line is, I don’t think the fact that you have well water will affect your acne.

If you feel that it might be making your breakouts worse, you should probably either boil it and let it sit a while until lukewarm before you wash your face with it, or buy bottled water to only wash your face with, to put it to the test and see if it really is the well water or not.



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July 25, 2006 at 10:57 am
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  • June 30, 2008 at 4:47 pmVictoria Browning

    I strongly disagree. I have been living in a house with well water for several years. Back in April I started developing TERRIBLE acne – little pimples all over my cheecks and neck. I couldnt figure out what it was- I went to the dermotologist and was even put on a high dose of antibiotics. Then I had my water tested. It turns out that our water softner had run out (we have well water) and due to the high levels of copper and other wonderful things in our water my skin freaked out. Bottom line – I had the water man add softener and my pimples went away in a week.

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