Skin Smells like chlorine

January 04, 2013


Skin smells like chlorine?


Every day we come across complaints like these, which we found on Twitter today:

  • "I've had a shower and a bath today and I can still smell chlorine on my skin"
  • "I can still smell the chlorine on my skin."
  • "I swear I scrub off at least 3 layers of skin in the shower and still manage to smell like chlorine"
It may sound simple, but the reason that your skin smells like chlorine is because you are still covered in chlorine.  Chlorine bonds to your skin and doesn't wash away with regular showering.  It gets stuck there.  Because it lingers on your skin, you may notice that you smell like chlorine for days after swimming.  The smell is usually most powerful during a subsequent workout (when you sweat) or if you get wet, such as in the rain or a later shower.
Interestingly, many people love the smell of chlorine because it reminds them of their enjoyable experiences in the pool. However, regardless of your feelings towards the smell, you should get the chlorine off of your body because it continues to damage your hair and skin long after swimming.  Consider this: as long as you smell, you are covered in chlorine -- and as long as you are covered in chlorine, it will be damaging your hair and skin.
Fortunately, eliminating chlorine from your hair and skin is extremely simple.  Using a concentrated pH-balanced solution of vitamin C (such as SwimSpray) will eliminate the chlorine on contact.  You will notice immediately that the chlorine smell disappears.  And that means that you are no longer covered in chlorine.

2 Responses

Dr. Andrew Chadeayne

April 07, 2015

Hi Sara -

First off, I am sorry to hear that the pool is making her uncomfortable. Hopefully your dermatologist will have some good advice.
SwimSpray helps many people with chlorine problems by getting the chlorine off the body right away. (Plus it doesn’t have any ingredients which could cause other allergy problems).
Normally chlorine lingers on skin, which cases irritation over time. We have heard that this is particularly bad for swimmers with eczema.

I would be very interested in learning what your doctor recommends. Please feel free to have your doctor contact me to share notes. Our #1 goal is to help people exactly like your daughter, so we’d appreciate your help spreading the word.

- Andrew, Inventor and President at SwimSpray, LLC


April 06, 2015

My 12 year old daughter has smelled liked chlorine for a few months now. Have appointment for the dermatologist. I would like to know what is going on? She has a rash up on her hair line from side to side.

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