You dream of being the next Michael Phelps but your eczema seems to flare up every time you dip into a swimming pool. So the question on your mind is, “is chlorine bad for eczema?

The short answer is yes. But, before we jump to our conclusions, let me give you a quick break down of what chlorine is and why it’s even used in the first place, in the context of our skin.

 

What is Chlorine?

Chlorine (Cl, 17) is a chemical element which you may remember from science class. According to Britannica, it is a toxic, corrosive, greenish yellow gas that is irritating to the eyes and the lungs. So in it’s gas form, it’s bad.

But when it’s added to water, it becomes a disinfectant. It’s used to kill harmful bacteria. This is why it’s added to our drinking water and swimming pools.

Because it kills bacteria, it doesn’t actually differentiate between the good and the bad.

This matters because, on our skin, there is good and bad bacteria.

So what happens when you swim in a chlorinated swimming pool? It strips away essentials oila and beneficial bacteria from your skin. That’s why being exposed to chlorine water for too long increases the risk of dry skin and rashes.

 

This is why Doctors always get asked “is chlorine bad for eczema?” by parents.

Parents can see their child’s skin become a lot worse and red right after a swimming lesson.

But your first priority should be healing the skin.

 

How to Treat Dry, Irritated, Itching Skin From Chlorine

If you are experiencing extreme dry skin or rashes after being exposed chlorine, here’s what you need to do. First things first, moisturize, moisturize and oh yeah, moisturize!

Because chlorine is extremely drying, it’s best to use a natural balm or oil to help rejuvenate your skin.

If your rash has gotten worse after a swim in a chlorine pool, your first priority should be applying some sort of healing ointment that contains Calendula.

Last but not least, the next time you take a bath, use one of these bath oils to help soothe the skin barrier.

PS. it’s probably best to avoid chlorinated swimming pools for the time being. Your skin is trying to tell you something. Don’t ignore it.