Is Chlorine Bad for Your Skin?

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Many new pool owners and customers interested in buying a new pool have lots of questions about a range of topics. One of the most common questions that we get is about the safety of chlorine. Chlorine is a chemical commonly used in pools (and drinking water we might add). Pools use chlorine for 3 main reasons:

  • Chlorine kills bacteria to keep the pool sanitized.
  • Chlorine oxidizes or controls organic debris from body oils and perspiration.
  • Chlorine also stops algae from growing.

Chlorine sometimes gets a bad rap because of its strong odor and the reactions it can cause like redness in the eyes. If there are appropriate levels of chlorine in the pool, then an occasional dip shouldn't really damage your skin. When someone has been in the pool for a long time, they may experience dryness, itching, and possibly rashes on their skin. This is usually in people with sensitive skin or allergies to chlorine. It's important to note that the water you shower with also has chlorine in it, although not as much. Water itself also can strip the oils on your skin and cause dryness.

Fighting Chlorine

There are many options that can help you fight off the effect of chlorine on your skin so you can still enjoy the pool frequently. First, there are other pool systems that use less chlorine or other chemicals you can use. You can also shower or rinse off when you get out of the pool, even if it's to grab a quick snack. If you rinse off, your skin will absorb less chlorine. There are also waterproof sunscreens and lotions that protect against chlorine that you can apply before and after you swim.

 

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