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Skin allergy to water??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 24, 2011 at 8:04 PM

I have noticed lately that whenever I shower more often or wash my face more than usual my skin looks like complete crap. It becomes red, itchy, bumpy, irritated and overall dull. I spent a week without showering when I moved out to the country and noticed that my skin tone looked way better, and the small red bumps on my face were slowly disappearing despite the fact that my pores were extremely clogged. Could I have an allergic reaction to something in the water. If so how should I approach this? I could stop washing with water but that would leave my face looking dirty despite the improved symptoms.

190093cc42a330b41e1b5cdef19f9955

on March 05, 2012
at 03:06 AM

Take a very soft cloth and moisten with water. In a light, circular motion gently clean face. Then pat dry. I actually bought a chamois (sp?) cloth in the automotive department! Works great! Hope this helps! Also, do this once a day. You don't want to aggravate your skin any further. I do it at night to get my makeup off and then just use my fingers to distribute the soap in the morning...

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on March 04, 2012
at 09:52 PM

I could never clean my face of all dirt if I don't rub. Any suggestions?

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on January 20, 2012
at 10:40 PM

Korion, when you say you don't wash, do you mean not even with water? I find my skin irritation calms down completely when I don't let a single drop of water touch my face, but my face becomes thick and congested.

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on January 20, 2012
at 03:29 PM

I didn't wash myself for 6 months now. I don't smell (I asked lots of people if I do and they all answer seriously that I don't), I don't look dirty (though my hair is not that great). Some people say you HAVE to wash yourself, but I disagree. I'll wait till summer to get into the sea, but I will never walk into a shower again.

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on August 24, 2011
at 09:18 PM

Hey ROB, there are some on-line maps of North America that can show you whether it's predicted that you have hard or soft water (funny enough I found them on cloth diaper detergent websites (check rockin' green i think). Where abouts are you? You should be able to access your city water information.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 24, 2011
at 09:02 PM

I have been experimenting with no soap/non-paleo products for about 5 months. I think it was on CaveGirlEats I saw a pretty good cleansing routine with castor oil. I have not tried that and I don't have your skin problems but I do like baking soda. You use a little to exfoliate in circular motions with some water. Then I would get some jojoba oil and put everywhere but your nose--use very little. You can find it in natural stores in the cosmetics section. It's closest to your natural oils in the skin. Your skin adjusts in phases. Maybe worse and then better. I hope it improves!

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on August 24, 2011
at 08:49 PM

I am currently not using anything but water. Maybe once a week I do the OCM, but I always end up with disastrous results. My skin is both, it feels and looks dehydrated but it is also extremely oily. I am unaware of any allergies but I stay away from dairy because it gives me whiteheads.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

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on August 24, 2011
at 08:47 PM

That's a good idea. I'll see if I could find the water company's website.

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on August 24, 2011
at 08:37 PM

You can also do a wipe down with witch hazel on a cotton ball for a quick face wash.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on August 24, 2011
at 08:33 PM

Well I have had this condition my whole life. Even when I lived in the city, it just happened to clear up when I stopped washing or showering. I don't usually take hot showers, so I highly doubt it's that.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 24, 2011
at 08:26 PM

I agree. Just use some coconut oil or filtered water. Tea tree oil would be good too.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

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on August 24, 2011
at 08:25 PM

Oil cleansing method has always been a nightmare for me.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

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on August 24, 2011
at 08:23 PM

It's city water I presume. I have no idea if it's hard water or chlorinated.

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on August 24, 2011
at 08:10 PM

I've got some questions for you! At home are you on well water? or city water? Is the city water hard? or chlorinated?

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Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

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on August 24, 2011
at 08:29 PM

What's the temperature and duration of your washing like? It could be that your country showers weren't as luxurious as your normal ones.

Overly hot water strips the skin of its protective oils and can often be quite irritating as well. Equally, prolonged exposure to hot and steamy environments (contrary to conventional beauty wisdom) actually clogs pores by making the sticky sebum coated skin flakes in your pores swollen and even stickier.

Personally my skin often feels tight and itchy after a long hot shower and I sometimes get those red bumps you described after using steam rooms.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on August 24, 2011
at 08:33 PM

Well I have had this condition my whole life. Even when I lived in the city, it just happened to clear up when I stopped washing or showering. I don't usually take hot showers, so I highly doubt it's that.

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on August 24, 2011
at 08:11 PM

I'm guessing it has something to do with the additives in municipal water like chlorine and fluoride. They have water filters you can get for your shower if you want to see if that helps. Have you tried washing your face with filtered water from a Brita or something like that?

You can also do oil cleaning of your face, kind of how women use it to remove make-up, but you'd just be removing dirt. Grab some coconut or olive oil, rub it all over your face, and then wipe clean with a tissue.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on August 24, 2011
at 08:37 PM

You can also do a wipe down with witch hazel on a cotton ball for a quick face wash.

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on August 24, 2011
at 08:25 PM

Oil cleansing method has always been a nightmare for me.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 24, 2011
at 08:26 PM

I agree. Just use some coconut oil or filtered water. Tea tree oil would be good too.

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on August 24, 2011
at 08:46 PM

I live in the north east of England and have also lived in London and visited Sheffield with my ex many times.

My skin was ok in Washington & Newcastle where I'm from, ok in London and now in Stockton on Tees. However, when I used to go to Sheffield, I broke out and I almost felt like my skin was burning.

I'm not sure exactly what it is, but I definitely think it was something in the quality of the water.

Most of the UK is non-flouridated, so it's certainly not flouride in the water that was the issue in my case.

Perhaps it's a naturally occuring mineral in the water that's causing the issue?

Are you able to look at your water company's website to see what the water quality is like in your vicinity?

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on August 24, 2011
at 08:47 PM

That's a good idea. I'll see if I could find the water company's website.

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7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 24, 2011
at 08:44 PM

I need more information. Are you using any cleanser/soap/shave lotion/aftershave on your face at all or just water? Do you wash with a splash, wash cloth or what? Is your skin oily or dry or both? And...do you have any allergies to any foods. Also, do you eat dairy?

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on August 24, 2011
at 08:49 PM

I am currently not using anything but water. Maybe once a week I do the OCM, but I always end up with disastrous results. My skin is both, it feels and looks dehydrated but it is also extremely oily. I am unaware of any allergies but I stay away from dairy because it gives me whiteheads.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 24, 2011
at 09:02 PM

I have been experimenting with no soap/non-paleo products for about 5 months. I think it was on CaveGirlEats I saw a pretty good cleansing routine with castor oil. I have not tried that and I don't have your skin problems but I do like baking soda. You use a little to exfoliate in circular motions with some water. Then I would get some jojoba oil and put everywhere but your nose--use very little. You can find it in natural stores in the cosmetics section. It's closest to your natural oils in the skin. Your skin adjusts in phases. Maybe worse and then better. I hope it improves!

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F40555b9be81e12c2fc460e6fa7d097c

on August 24, 2011
at 08:40 PM

You could be over-washing. Washing your skin too much isn't good for it as you need some of your skins natural oils to protect you. Also, what's in your bath products? I have to be very careful about what I put on my skin due to an allergy to sulfates, and they're in EVERYTHING.

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on March 13, 2013
at 10:28 AM

Wait, I just read one of your comments saying that you've had this condition for your whole life. If this is not a recent thing then you are clearly experiencing something unrelated to your move to the country. You should have said this has been a lifelong issue in your original post. Go to a doctor or stay out of the water. It is very rare but possible to be allergic to water. Also very possible to be allergic to water additives. Sorry to be blunt but, you should have gotten this looked at a long time ago.

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on March 13, 2013
at 04:52 AM

i have problems with me skin and face.... its super sensitive and i also have rosacea too. Im on well water!

i try not to over shower.... i never use any kind of soap of cleanser on my face!

when in the shower i use a oil cleanser (pre-cleanse..dermalogica) so that i dont strip my natural oils! as soon as i get out

of the shower... i spirits on a toner To hydrate the skin!!! I make my on toner...
1/2 aloe vera 100% distilled from aloe vera leaves 1/2 distilled water well the face is damp i always put on a moisturizer to lock in the moisture!!

when i just want to wash my face i use my homemade toner i spirits the toner into a cotton pad and wipe off my face... then apply a spirits of toner and add moisturizer!!

i hope that will help.... i am aesthetician

cindy

cindy

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A5c5bbba7177678d9a5275dd555841de

on February 15, 2013
at 06:05 PM

Not saying i have a solution but am having similar issues with my skin, scalp and hair. I have tried nearly everything including using natural shampoos and conditioners. I tried benzoyl peroxide shampoo, acne treatments, clobex spray, ketocanazol shampoo and not shampooing at all Not using soap at all. and nothing worked. Some t hings even made the situation worse. I have lived all over in Michigan, Colorado Springs and Houston suburbs. never had this problem until i moved to two cities in IL: Rantoul, IL and Champaign, IL. My scalp burns, is red and irritated and scaly. The skin on my face gets super dry to the point that lotions dont even help. I would go away for weekends to Michigan and my skin would appear to improve but it would only be for a weekend so i couldnt confirm that the improvement was due to different water. I am now going on day 7 of a 10 day vacation away from Champaign and my scalp feels 100% better. My skin is not scaly or red or itchy and only my natural dandruff is present. I am now 100% sure that I am having a reaction to the city water. I don't have a solution for you but just letting you know that others have similar problems with all the chemicals that cities put in their water. I also saw a dermatologist during the last year who immediately assumed it was some sort of bacteria thus the clobex and ketocanozol. Good luck.

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190093cc42a330b41e1b5cdef19f9955

on March 04, 2012
at 03:10 AM

I have rosacea and use bottled distilled water along with the California Baby line to wash and moisturize....good luck! My skin is really sensitive, too.....use room temperature water and pat dry...no rubbing! Wait 5-10 minutes and then moisturize..

190093cc42a330b41e1b5cdef19f9955

on March 05, 2012
at 03:06 AM

Take a very soft cloth and moisten with water. In a light, circular motion gently clean face. Then pat dry. I actually bought a chamois (sp?) cloth in the automotive department! Works great! Hope this helps! Also, do this once a day. You don't want to aggravate your skin any further. I do it at night to get my makeup off and then just use my fingers to distribute the soap in the morning...

742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

(3536)

on March 04, 2012
at 09:52 PM

I could never clean my face of all dirt if I don't rub. Any suggestions?

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