Itchy Skin from Chlorine

January 04, 2013


Itchy Skin From Chlorine? Chlorine Itch? Chlorine Rash?

Itching from chlorine is a common problem for people who swim in chlorinated pools.  Some people have described this as “chlorine jock itch” chlorine itchy skin”, “bromine itch”, “rash from chlorine”, “rash from chlorine in swimming pools.”  We have noticed people searching on Google for information about “chlorine rash symptoms”, “swimmers chlorine rash”,  or “chlorine rash treatment”.

Chlorine Itch is Caused by Chlorine Chemically Reacting with Your Skin.

Unfortunately there seem to be several different causes for what people commonly call chlorine itch.  In many cases the itch or burn is caused by chlorine.  Sometimes this is bad enough that swimmers' report chlorine sensitivity or chlorine allergy. But, in some cases the cause of the itching can be something else, such as microorganisms that live in a hot tub or pool.  To know for sure, you should see a dermatologist.

The good news is that often the “chlorine itch” can be caused by chlorine’s reacting with your skin.  Pool chlorine is a salt of hypochlorous acid, i.e., a “hypochlorite” salt, which is added to pool water to keep it healthy for swimming.  That chemical reacts with the molecules that make up your skin: Your skin is make from proteins and fats/oils and those compounds are susceptible to reacting with chlorine.  The chlorine reacts with the nitrogen atoms in the molecules to make chloramines.  Chlorine’s chemical reaction with your skin can cause irritation, such as itching or burning.

Another problem is that chlorine is extremely hard to wash off of your hair and skin.  Because chlorine bonds to your hair and skin, it gets stuck there and does not wash away in the shower. Not with soap.  Not with shampoo. Not with body wash.  Those products do not break chlorine's bond to your skin.  For this reason, many people report smelling like chlorine all the time.  It seems obvious but you smell like chlorine because you are still covered in chlorine.

How to Solve your Chlorine Itch Problems

If the chlorine is bothering your hair and skin, the obvious solution to the problem would be getting the chlorine off of your skin -- Don’t leave the chemical that bothers you on your skin all day long. Fortunately, you can get all the chlorine (or bromine) off of your skin quickly, safely, and easily with SwimSpray.  SwimSpray uses a patent-pending vitamin C formulation to completely eliminate chlorine.  You will notice immediately that you don’t smell like chlorine anymore.


6 Responses

Kacper Turek

September 29, 2016

I’m on the swim team and I swim 3 hours a day for 5 days after school and always during the swim season whenever I sweat from other physical activites I get itchy my skin gets red in certain areas and I smell like chlorine!!!

Gloria. Thomas

August 18, 2016

I do water aerobics 3 times a week. I have itching through the groin are only. I also do the dream room and sauna after aerobics then shower.W what can I do for the itch. If I stay away from the water for a week it goes away

Goddess drea

August 16, 2015

ok so i was at my uncles house and he has a pool as soon as i got to the bathroom it was a real deal cus i hate itching and it was painful


May 20, 2015

I didn’t have this Problem until a few weeks ago. I take benadryl when I know I don’t have to drive. I don,t want to gain
’ve up my pool time. What can I did other tha giving up the pool which I really enjoy but this itching is crazy making

sylvia mann

February 28, 2015

Moistening cream has helped a little but not much. I swim only 2-3 times a week. I itch on my legs and back the most, but also some on my torso and arms. I have scheduled an appt. with an allergist because only Benadryl helps at night and it tends to increase your blood pressure. I have used the whirlpool on occasion and wonder if that also might be the culprit.

Raewyn Wiseman

June 24, 2013

I do aquajogging six times a week for an hour each time and my asthma has worsened and at night I get really itching. Thought it might have been my electric blanket until I read this article. Would moisturing cream at night help?

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