Chlorine and Eczema
Chlorine and Eczema are important to note because eczema and other associated skin condition are high among individuals. Some people even find that a mild bleach bath can help with their eczema although as a general rule, we do not recommend this. Others might find that swimming, bathing, and showering in chlorinated water have no ill effect whatever on the skin condition. However, in my 25-year experience of working with people, irritation from chlorine appears to be a very common problem.
Studies have demonstrated that free residual may play a role in the development or worsening of atopic eczema or dermatitis. For example, this study found that the water-holding capacity of the upper layer of the skin in patients with eczema was more sensitive to free residual than in patients. Eczema can also occur when the skin comes into direct contact with chlorine. Some people are more sensitive to this chemical than others but characteristic symptoms may include a dry, itchy rash.
Is Chlorine Bad For Eczema?
Leaving chlorinated water on the skin can dry it out which can make eczema flare-ups worse.
Is Chlorine Good For Eczema?
It can cause dryness, but since it is a bleach and some research studies have recommended diluted bleach as a way of reducing bacteria on eczematous the skin, its effect is not necessarily all bad it may even be helpful for some people with eczema.