Skin Reacting to Chlorine?

January 17, 2013


Skin Reacting to Chlorine?  Allergic Reaction to Chlorine?

I saw this article by Joel Burgess of the Black Mountain News this morning about the Owen swim team.  The girls are currently trying to make automatic times in for their regional meet in early February.  One of the top swimmers is freestyle specialist Stephanie Reese.  

(Photo by Ken Everly)

“Reese has had to overcome her share of unusual obstacles.”  She “had to cope with a chlorine allergy that made her skin break out and forced her to quit swimming before high school.”

Here, my heart goes out to Ms. Reese.  Although the senior at Owen is back in the pool now (her sister talked her into swimming again her sophomore year), she had to quit the sport because her skin had a reaction to chlorine.  No one should have to quit swimming because of their skin reacting to chlorine in the swimming pool.

Here’s how to fix the problem:  Since chlorine is a strong oxidant, you can get it off of your body by rinsing with a strong antioxidant.  The safest, best way to do this is to rinse your body with vitamin C after swimming -- for example by using SwimSpray. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and will completely eliminate the chlorine film from your skin.  That will make you feel better.

2 Responses

Andrew Chadeayne

January 18, 2013

Hi Heather – We admire your industry. But, we do not recommend that you mix your own health/beauty products. (I am a chemist yet we still hire a manufacturer with a clean room who takes care to formulate SwimSpray correctly). A 4 oz bottle should last about a month for someone who swims daily. $13 seems like a pretty reasonable price to be chlorine free.

Heather Hudson

January 17, 2013

I can buy vitamin C and then mix it with water, put it in a spray bottle and then shower. What is the proportion of vitamin C to water please?
I take a disabled woman swimming every day for an hour and my skin is having an allergic reaction. I really need help please. Thank you.

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