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How Much Damage Tap Water Can Really Do To Your Skin, According to Dermatologists

Washing your face is an important part of any skincare routine, and as such, we’re always on the lookout for products that will leave our pores clean and our skin soft. But what about the other thing that’s touching our face as we wash? Tap water. We often use water purifiers to make it as safe as possible for drinking, so does that mean tap water could have detrimental effects on our skin?

In Paris, many French women avoid washing their face with tap water due to the city’s notoriously “hard” water that’s full of minerals like calcium and magnesium that can leave your hair and your skin parched and peeling from dryness. Instead, micellar water is seen as a better option for cleansing.

So, should we start researching what kind of water the city we live in has, and then stop washing our face? We spoke with New York City-based cosmetic dermatologist Michele Green, M.D. about tap water, and what we can all do to help make sure our skin remains as nourished as possible during our cleansing routines.


Michele Green, MD, is a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist based in NYC. She is the founder of MG Skin Labs.

Is Tap Water Bad For Your Skin?

According to Dr. Green, tap water can have some ill effect on your skin, but how much depends on your skin type. “Yes, tap water can definitely damage your skin, especially if your skin is sensitive,” she says. “However, for some people it may not affect their skin, so it varies from person to person.”

It will also depend on what kind of water your city has. All tap water has minerals, but the amount of minerals in the water will determine how much stress you could be putting your skin under. “It’s the minerals that the water contains which can be damaging to the skin,” Dr. Green tells us. “Normally tap water contains high amounts of heavy metals such as calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, and iron.” The amount of these minerals will be much higher with hard water, which Dr. Green says is the worst for your face. Read more…

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