Summer is the perfect time to go out to the beach with a popsicle in hand, but that also means spending lots more time in chlorine filled swimming pools. Chlorine is used primarily to kill bacteria and microorganisms in water to make it healthy and clean enough for people to swim in. Hypochlorous acid and hypochlorite ions are a few of the chemicals in chlorine. The bacteria is oxidized so people aren’t harmed anymore. It is necessary to have chlorine in a swimming pool to keep children and adults healthy and avoid sickness.
While chlorine contains these amazing benefits that allow people to swim freely in a pool, there are some effects that come with an element like this. Common skin issues that arise include dry skin, burns, and/or rashes.
Dry skin: Chlorine opens up pores and gets rid of natural oils because it’s a natural irritant. A little chlorine is alright, but too much will cause the skin to dry out and cause itchiness. Ever notice those wrinkles on your fingers or dry skin scraping off while wiping yourself down with a towel after a long day at the pool? Continuous exposure may lead to affecting your skin’s health and speed up the process of aging.
Burns: Too much of anything is still bad, and this includes chlorine. A high concentration of this chemical can lead to burns and blisters.
Rashes: Getting this symptom is common when people are exposed to chlorine for a long time. The skin can show inflamed skin with red patches.
Avoid these painful effects on the skin by knowing the best way to reduce the chlorine effect and protect future swimming activities. Take a quick rinse or shower after you swim or are exposed to chlorine. The water will brush off the chemical from your skin and reduce the chance of more irritation. Limit the negative chlorine effects by removing the element using our Shampoo & Wash, a multi-purpose shampoo, body wash, and bubble bath perfect for cleansing the skin gently. Because the skin is more dry due to chlorine, use a clean and hydrating moisturizer to replenish the moisture back into your skin. Our Gentle Body Milk helps to nourish the skin and keep it calm all day long. Pair it with our Healing Lotion for spot treatment in areas that the chlorine affected the most.
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