Hot Tubs and Itchy Skin

January 24, 2013


Hot Tubs and Itchy Skin--

People often report itching after using a hot tub.  There are two ways that this could happen: (1) bacteria; and (2) chemical irritation.

Hot tub folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles caused by the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa.  These bacteria can live in the warm wet environment provided by a spa or hot tub.  In order to prevent hot tub folliculitis, hot tub owners treat the water with chemicals, like chlorine or bromine, which are good at killing bacteria.

The problem with using these chemicals is that they can also irritate your skin.  The chlorine or bromine reacts with your hair and skin.  If you do not wash these chemicals off properly, they will irritate your skin, causing dryness and itchiness.  Chlorine or bromine react with your skin cells, leaving a layer of chlorine or bromine on the surface of your skin.  You may notice that you smell like chemicals?  That’s because you are still covered in chemicals.

Without question, people are better off sanitizing hot tubs and dealing with the side-effects of chlorine or bromine.  It is remarkably easy to get the chlorine or bromine off of your skin after swimming.  To do this, just use SwimSpray after swimming.

4 Responses


August 04, 2017

Anyone know why my husbands head would get itchy while in he is the hot tub if the temperature is 98 or above? He is bald and only the top of his head gets itchy.


May 30, 2017

Amazing content on Hot tub irritation from chemicals.Really helpful for many who are encountering this problem.Hot tub irritation from chemicals

Lorena Garcia

February 24, 2017

I was relaxing in my friend’s Jacuzzi two days ago…I didn’t shower till the next day…now I have a deep itch skin everywhere that I can’t get rid of. Any answer?


July 16, 2013

I hope this helps others. After over annalizing my new hot tub to death I found simply wiping off the areas my skin will touch each time I get in its near perfect for itchy back and legs.

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