Do you battle with body acne? Have you tried every product on the market trying to clear up your skin? The problem may lie in the water that you shower in. Is your hard water making your acne worse?

How does hard water contribute to body acne?

Hard water causes so many problems with home appliances because it leaves a scaly coating on all surfaces it touches. The same goes for your skin. The water that you think is helping you clean your skin is actually creating a film that clogs your pores and makes treating acne more difficult.

How do you know if you have hard water?

The easiest way to determine if you have hard water is to look at your fixtures and shower stall. Do you see white film building up that doesn't typically come off easily?

If you are still unsure, take a small sample of your water to your local home improvement store, or contact a water softener installation professional to have it tested. Once you know what contaminants are in your water, the system that will correct it can be selected.

How can you improve the situation?

Your best solution, not only for your skin but also for all of your home appliances and plumbing system, is to install a whole-house water softening system. This system cleans the water before it enters the plumbing.

If a whole-house system is beyond your budget for now, you do have the option of installing direct, in-line water softening systems under cabinetry in kitchens and bathrooms. This system will clean the water coming only from those fixtures.

Note: Some companies offer leasing programs. These programs provide you with the system, set it up, and can deliver all of the salt and supplies that you will need in the future. This is an option to make it more manageable with your budget and helps to ensure that the system is maintained and kept in good working condition.

Is there anything you can do to help until you get a system installed?

One very effective tip is to keep jugs of distilled or spring water in your shower. When you're done rinsing with the shower water, rinse your body with the bottled water. This will help to remove the hard water from your skin before it has a chance to dry and clog your pores.

Hard water can be devastating to the home and your skin. Talk with your local water softener installation professional to learn more about cleaning your water.