There’s nothing quite like diving into a swimming pool to get away from the sweltering summer heat. Between the cool water and the gentle movements, it is a fan favorite this time of year. However, like most things, there can be a drawback when using the pool for long periods of time, especially when it comes to your skin.
A swimming pool uses a recipe of different chemicals to keep it sanitary against bacteria and algae. The most common and well-known chemical is chlorine, which reacts with water to create hypochlorous acid. While the name sounds intimidating, this weak acid is actually a non-toxic compound that does the heavy lifting for pool cleaning.
Swimming in a pool can be relaxing, but it is another activity that needs moderation. Too much exposure to chlorine from swimming (or too much chlorine in the cleaning process) can strip away your body’s natural oils, making your skin dry and prone to itchiness. Some people can even be sensitive to pool water and wind up with contact dermatitis as a result.
This isn’t to say that you can’t enjoy your time in the pool, but rather there are some steps you can take to make it more enjoyable afterwards.
Swimming in the pool might affect your skin, but the products sold at CEENTA can affect your life. Our skin care products provide restoration for anything from sun exposure (such as the HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36) to fine lines with the TNS Essential Serum. Browse through our selection of products and schedule an appointment with one of our facial plastic specialists today. This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. New patients can make appointments online with our physicians in North and South Carolina. Current patients can also make appointments through myCEENTAchart with physicians they have already seen.
Chemical peels are great any time of year, but they are especially beneficial in the colder months. Learn more about chemical peels in the fall with two CEENTA licensed estheticians.
CEENTA facial plastic surgeon Neela Rao, MD, appeared on WSOC's The Daily Two on September 7th, 2023 to discuss her upcoming After Hours Aesthetic Event.
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