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Chlorine Rash: Protecting Your Skin

Whether you’re a recreational or a competitive swimmer, you’re bound to have felt the negative effects of chlorine on your skin at one time or another. It usually starts with a tightness in your skin, followed by a dry itch that just doesn’t seem to be satisfied by scratching. It’s an annoying sensation that, if not treated, can cause worsening skin problems.

What is Chlorine Rash?

Long-term exposure to chlorine and other pool water additives can result in chronic dry, flaky skin, allergies, and skin damage like premature aging. Thankfully, there are a few ways you can fully avoid chlorines’ negative effects. A mix of healthy habits and chlorine fighting cleansers and soaps will leave your skin looking moisturized, healthy, and young all swim season long.

Chlorine Rash Puts a Damper on Swimming
The harsh effects of chlorine rash can be painful and irritating.

Effects of Chlorine Rash

Chlorine is added to pool water to help keep harmful bacteria, such as E. coli, at bay. While it is great at disinfecting pool water, its harsh chemical compound can take a heavy toll on skin. Over time, exposure to chlorine breaks down the natural, moisturizing oils that coat the outer layer of skin. Without this coating, moisture on the inside of skin dries up very quickly and results in itchy, flaky skin conditions. Pools that are treated with the proper levels of chlorine can wreak havoc on your skin, but are not very likely to cause any permanent or substantial health damage.

Keeping Skin Moisturized

One of the best things you can do to avoid chlorine rash after your time in the pool is to thoroughly rinse off with clean, fresh water after each and every swim. Take the time to rinse your entire body, as well as your swim gear, in the shower immediately after you leave the pool. This will help you avoid chlorine build up and allow you to apply lotion without the harmful chemical counter balancing the moisturizing effects. For a deep down clean try a skin cleanser that’s specially formulated to neutralize the effects of chlorine. Summer Solutions Swimmer’s Soap not only helps wash away harmful chemicals, but also re-moisturizes skin to solve that irritating “tight skin” feeling. And follow up your shower with Summer Solutions Moisture Therapy Lotion. Its refreshing, clean formula helps replenish skin moisture lost during swimming. And don’t be fooled by these products’ names: Summer Solutions products are ideal for year round use.

Preventing Chlorine Rash

If your drier-than-normal skin needs a little extra protection while in the water, SkinFriendly ‘Protect’ Lotion is perfectly suited for you. SkinFriendly forms a protective barrier around your skin. It’s great for use before, during and after water exposure. Its unique formula is not only trusted by swimmers with sensitive skin, but also used in hospitals and health care facilities that use water to wash their hands regularly. If you suffer from eczema, latex allergies, skin allergies or any other condition worsened by exposure to chlorine, then SkinFriendly (by the makers of DermaGuard) is a must in your swim bag.

Stay Fit and Happy

There’s no reason that you can’t have great looking skin AND be in top swimming shape. Be sure to watch for signs of over drying and nip them in the bud by rinsing off with fresh water and showering with the appropriate cleansers.


7 Responses so far...
  1. Esteban Sisavath

    Identifying and treating the underlying cause of itchy skin is important for long-term relief. Itchy skin treatments include medications, wet dressings and light therapy. Self-care measures, including anti-itch products and cool baths, can also help.

  2. Florentino Petros

    Most people will develop some kind of skin condition at some time in their life. Whether you suffer with a rash, itchy skin, skin fungus or infection, skin bumps, or skin tags, talk to your doctor because there’s treatment available. If you have oily or dry skin it makes sense to learn the best methods to clean, treat, and protect your skin type.....

  3. Francesca Tier

    Conditions that irritate, clog or inflame your skin can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, burning and itching. Allergies, irritants, your genetic makeup and certain diseases and immune system problems can cause dermatitis, hives and other skin conditions. Many skin problems, such as acne, also affect your appearance.

  4. Nadine

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  5. Jim Furlong

    It appears that Dermaguard is not only extremely expensive but it is not available and may never be available again. What alternatives are available?

    • lbullock

      Thanks for your question, Jim. DermaGuard does seem a little pricey. But you should know that the bottle pictured was the smaller size (8 oz) which sold for $14.95, while the larger pump bottle (16 oz) was $26.95. We apologize for the confusion that picture caused. As a replacement, we just began sourcing barrier lotion from a US dealer. This product is also from the makers of DermaGuard and contains the same formula. We should have the 2.5 oz travel size available for purchase in the next week or so. This size will be selling for around $5.75.

  6. Lucinda

    You can certainly see your skills in the article you write. The arena hopes for more passionate writers like you who aren't afraid to mention how they believe. At all times follow your heart.

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