The Science Behind Clearer Skin: Can Hard Water Cause Acne?

Can hard water cause acne breakouts? Learn how a Jolie Filtered Showerhead can combat the effects of hard water, reducing acne and improving skin health.

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    The Science Behind Clearer Skin: Filtered Showerheads and Acne Prevention

    Imagine your skin as a delicate canvas that tells the story of your journey through life. It's not just a protective layer; it's a reflection of your overall well-being. Healthy skin isn't just about appearance; it's a testament to the care you give to your body and soul. But did you know that your shower habits play a pivotal role in the grand narrative of your skin? 

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    Healthy skin is a symphony of balance, and your shower routine is the conductor. Healthy, well-balanced shower routines can have a positive, even radiant effect on your skin, whereas more unwise habits can do just the opposite. Hot water, while comforting, can strip away the natural oils that form a protective barrier between you and the elements. Warm water, on the other hand, preserves your skin’s very essence, leaving it well-regulated, well-moisturized, and well-protected. 

    Acne is another one of those pesky conditions that can have a thousand root causes, but you should know that it’s a perfectly common condition and can be effectively combatted. According to the National Institutes of Health, “Epidemiological data have disclosed that, on a global scale, it is the eighth most frequent disease, with 9.4% predominance, including both adults and adolescents of several ethnic groups.” Your shower habits, the quality of your water, and the product you use are all contributing factors to the success or failure of your fight against acne.

    The Science of Acne Formation

    Acne formation is a complex process involving several factors. It begins with the overproduction of sebum, your skin’s natural oil. Excess sebum, along with dead skin cells, can clog hair follicles, leading to the formation of comedones, commonly known as whiteheads or blackheads. When these blocked follicles become an ideal breeding ground for the bacterium Propionibacterium acnes, bacterial involvement occurs. As these bacteria multiply, they trigger an inflammatory response from the body's immune system. Inflammation, in turn, causes the characteristic redness and swelling associated with acne. Now that we have that process out of the way, let’s get some better understanding of your shower water and its effect on your skin.

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    Understanding Filtered Showerheads

    Filtered showerheads like the Jolie use temperature, pressure, and filtration medium to clean your water. The Jolie Filtered Showerhead is like your skin and hair’s bodyguard, preventing attacks from all sorts of unseen contaminants that quietly and gradually disrupt your skin’s ability to self-regulate, ultimately leading to unhealthy skin characteristics. By using warm temperatures and high pressures, your shower water is forced through layers of porous filtration medium, capturing any microscopic solids as it passes through, and stripping chemicals as well. The result is water so pure that ancient glaciers would be jealous. The issue with dissolved minerals, solids, and chemicals for your skin is that they build up over time, clogging pores, stripping oils, and leaving dry, irritated, cracked skin open to the elements and any other outside force that wishes to do your skin harm.

    Filtered Showerheads and Acne Prevention

    When it comes to acne, the Jolie Filtered Showerhead is your skin’s ultimate ally. We’ve covered the basics by now: standard shower water is full of foreign contaminants that come crashing down onto your skin at high pressure and high temperatures, leaving residue all over your body as it dries. The chemicals found in your water supply will almost certainly result in the stripping of your body’s natural oils, which ultimately leave you more vulnerable to the buildup of these residues and their harmful effects. As the residues sit on your body or even build over time, the result is dry, cracked, irritated skin that is open to bacterial contamination, which takes on the form of acne bumps.

    To put it as simply as possible, by providing cleaner, purer water during your shower, the Jolie Filtered Showerhead helps in maintaining a balanced and healthy skin environment, reducing the likelihood of acne breakouts. It’s just that easy. It's a simple yet effective step towards clearer, radiant skin, turning your daily shower into a refreshing and skin-friendly experience. And all of this doesn’t even begin to touch on the acne-fighting or skin-moisturizing products you use post-shower. All of these negative contaminants in your shower water, building up on your skin and stripping its defenses, actually render your products less effective. Yeah, you read that right. If you’re using products like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or any number of other over-the-counter acne fighting products, they are likely not fighting as deeply as they could be, because your pores are clogged and barricaded with all of the junk flowing out of your showerhead. Think of all of that white buildup you see on your bathroom fixtures that look like water stains- those same buildups are occurring on your skin, creating an unseen barrier, and blocking out any of the help you;re trying to employ. 

    Real-Life Experiences and Testimonials

    We talk a big game and we know it, but that is simply because our Showerhead works, and it works for you. But you don’t have to take our word for it. One of our verified users left a glowing review for us that really sums up the gist as well as we could: “This product has insanely changed my life. My skin has never felt better. My acne is completely gone. My hair is no longer brittle and breaking. My skin and hair are hydrated. My shower water does not smell like chlorine and iron. This shower filter has literally changed my skin, my hair, nails, showers, and me time!” 

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    We get it though. Reviews for every product on the internet are absolutely everywhere, and every product has one thousand reviews. How can you tell the real from the easy promos? We thought of that too, which is why we had the results of the Jolie Filtered Showerhead tested by Lemma Labs, an independent PHD & women-led lab, and the results are as stunning as your skin will be (when you get yourself a Jolie, that is). The researchers found that the simple switch of a showerhead resulted in 81% of the total participants seeing a significant reduction in their hair shedding. You’re probably wondering what this has to do with your skin health- simply put, your scalp is made of skin, and your scalp benefits from a Jolie, too. If the Jolie Filtered Showerhead can have such a profound impact on hair and scalp health, just imagine what it could do for the rest of your skin!

    Final Thoughts: Filtered Showerheads and Skin Health

    Imagine you use a high pressure, soap-infused sprayer to wash your dishes. The thing is amazing- you pick up a plate, blast it with the sprayer, and the clean plate goes into the rack after a quick wipe with a towel. It’s not hard to imagine that at least some of that unrinsed soap stayed on the plate, right? Over time, it will be nearly impossible to eat off of your plates, because all you’re going to taste is dish detergent. The same goes for showering with unfiltered water: the contaminants building up on your skin are making it impossible for you to enjoy your food (or skin… I can’t remember which now). By making the simple and incredibly easy switch to a Jolie Filtered Showerhead, you’re giving your skin the fresh start it needs to start radiating its natural health and beauty again. The sooner you switch, the sooner you’ll see the results!



    What are the specific contaminants filtered out by these showerheads?
    Minerals like calcium and magnesium, chemicals like chlorine (and anything else getting picked up along the way through city pipes), and other dissolved solids like iron and more.

    Can filtered showerheads completely eliminate acne?
    Acne rarely has one single root cause. Diet, genetics, environmental factors and more all play a role in the development of your acne. While a filtered showerhead can certainly be the shining star of your acne routine, it is encouraged that you continue with your other methods of acne-fighting as well. These products will have a better shot of working to their full potential with a filtered showerhead.

    Are there any downsides to using filtered showerheads?
    For you? No. For the environment? Also, no! 

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