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water drying out my skin?

The water at home (only place I've showered) is drying out my skin. Whenever I get out of the shower I have dry spots on my face and scalp. Usually I have pretty oily skin actually since I have acne on my shoulders and if I sleep on my pillow face down, I'll get acne, lol.pretty even but the water when I shower makes my face+scalp extra dry. What can I do to help even this problem out? When I shower I use about 100F water which is actually by some people's standards quite cold.

I heard that this problem could be due to hard water, is this true? I noticed what appears to be calcium deposits around the shower head (only like 3 years old) and was wondering if that was the cause. Maybe there is too much chlorine? I have no idea if chlorine is the issue or not cause I don't remember swimming drying out my face particularly. I'm only posting this now as I'm getting worried since it seems like it's progressively getting worse as I now have my whole face covered in moisturizer (not rubbed in cause when I rub it in, it's less effective apparently).
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im getting really dry hands now that winter is coming and the air is getting dry
i just use vaseline hand cream, works like a charm
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The problem is, the environment (temperatures) have little to no effect on my skin as I was surprised to see this problem not go away during the summer (have had this problem progressively get worse over a course of like 2 years).
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Have you tried drinking more water?
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Have you tried drinking more water?

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could be hard water I guess.
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I drink tons of water, used to drink directly from the tap but now I just get my water jugs filled at a local water filtration and filling machine near the grocery store, sure you could say this is stupid but the water DOES taste much better than tap and is cleaner, not to mention is much better than buying water bottles just for a minute amount of water when I can get a 5 gallon jug filled up for the same price.
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actually the reason your skin is drying out is because of a fungal infection on your skin....start using medicated shampoo
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how do you know the temperature of your water? did you actually check it, or is that what the tank is set to? You may want to consider raising it to at least 120F. Too low of a water temperature actually breeds bacteria, in particular Legionnaires' disease.
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actually the reason your skin is drying out is because of a fungal infection on your skin....start using medicated shampoo

What? That is probably the last of many possible reasons.

OP:

Hard water does not bind with soap as well as soft water, meaning that you can often leave the shower with a film of soap on your body that will REALLY dry out your skin.

From Wikipedia:

"Why does my skin feel slippery after washing with softened water, unlike hard water?
Some confusion may arise after a first experience with soft water. Hard water does not lather well with soap and leaves a "less than clean" feeling. Soft water lathers better than hard water but leaves a "slippery feeling" on the skin after use with soap. For example, a certain water softener manufacturer contests that the "slippery feeling" after showering in soft water is due to "cleaner skin" and the absence of "friction-causing" soap scum.

However, the chemical explanation is that softened water, due to its sodium content, has a much reduced ability to combine with the soap film on your body and therefore, it is much more difficult to rinse off.[12] Solutions are to use less soap or a synthetic liquid body wash."


Use a liquid "soap", which is really a synthetic liquid body wash, which washes off with more ease.

Also...have you moved recently?

Oftentimes your body will take some adjusting to a new area, and your skin will get very dry when you are washing in an unfamiliar shower.

Finally, check the kind of soap you are using, and the air conditioning/heating that is going on. Soaps like Irish Spring are very rough on the skin and can dry it out with no problem. Air conditioning and heating (especially electric heating) can REALLY dry out the air in your home/office, etc. If this is the case, then the best bet is to just buy a bottle of hand cream and apply it where you are having a problem.
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What? That is probably the last of many possible reasons.

OP:

Hard water does not bind with soap as well as soft water, meaning that you can often leave the shower with a film of soap on your body that will REALLY dry out your skin.

From Wikipedia:

"Why does my skin feel slippery after washing with softened water, unlike hard water?
Some confusion may arise after a first experience with soft water. Hard water does not lather well with soap and leaves a "less than clean" feeling. Soft water lathers better than hard water but leaves a "slippery feeling" on the skin after use with soap. For example, a certain water softener manufacturer contests that the "slippery feeling" after showering in soft water is due to "cleaner skin" and the absence of "friction-causing" soap scum.

However, the chemical explanation is that softened water, due to its sodium content, has a much reduced ability to combine with the soap film on your body and therefore, it is much more difficult to rinse off.[12] Solutions are to use less soap or a synthetic liquid body wash."


Use a liquid "soap", which is really a synthetic liquid body wash, which washes off with more ease.

Also...have you moved recently?

Oftentimes your body will take some adjusting to a new area, and your skin will get very dry when you are washing in an unfamiliar shower.

Finally, check the kind of soap you are using, and the air conditioning/heating that is going on. Soaps like Irish Spring are very rough on the skin and can dry it out with no problem. Air conditioning and heating (especially electric heating) can REALLY dry out the air in your home/office, etc. If this is the case, then the best bet is to just buy a bottle of hand cream and apply it where you are having a problem.

I don't even use soap anymore as I was worried that was drying out my skin, all I do is rub my self down and wash my hair. And btw, no I have not moved but I did redo the bathroom I shower in.
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