Are the pool chemicals affecting your skin? – Australian Nutrition Centre

Are the pool chemicals affecting your skin?

“My skin is breaking out more than ever since swimming training has started back up, why is that?”

This has been a routine question from young teenagers since we started up our skin consultations. (Boys, you aren’t excluded from this!). Chlorine is a harsh chemical that strips your outer skin layer from its natural protective oils while opening up your pores.

While swimming pools are great for preventing unwanted microbe growth, it also damages the microbiomes on your skin. We have all experienced this feeling. You know that dry, irritated sensation when you get out!

It’s also important to note that long-term exposure to chlorine can also affect the thyroid, which is why we’ll often see people like swim teachers have wacky thyroid results. 

So, what can you do to protect ourselves?

We want to support our skin from damage, so a good dose of vitamin C is the key. It’s ideal to take it 30-60 min before swimming to help prevent chlorine damage. Take adequate dosing of fat-soluble vitamins like D, E and Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA). We want to replenish those protective oils back onto our skin.

And Zinc! Zinc is a key nutrient for our skin and it’s great for reducing those unwanted pimples from popping up.

Got any other skin questions? Book into one of our new Inside-Out Skin Assessment and let our practitioners help you get your summer glow back.