Best Pool Chemicals for Sensitive Skin

Maybe you love swimming but your skin can’t stand regular pool water. People with sensitive skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and acne should be able to enjoy a day at the pool, without worrying about their skin worsening. You can lessen the amount of chlorine in your swimming pool with these chemicals.

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A popular choice for the chlorine-averse, bromine has considerable potential for eczema and psoriasis treatment. On the flip side, you may get bromine rash if the levels of bromine in your pool aren’t being correctly managed. Too much bromine can cause your skin to get itchy rashes which last for as long as 2 weeks.




Especially beneficial for those with psoriasis, magnesium is commonly found in Epsom salt and Dead Sea salt. Additionally, it has anti-inflammatory properties which can help treat acne and eczema.

Magnesium in water is generally good for the skin. But magnesium supplements can cause cystic acne for some people. Though this doesn’t mean that magnesium in your pool will have the same effect, those with acne might want to steer clear of magnesium.

Magnesium can be used in a Naked Freshwater pool but the levels required are much lower. This lessens the chances of any negative effects on the skin from too much magnesium.

Mineral pools (also known as magnesium pools) still also use high amounts of chlorine, rendering any benefits to the skin potentially useless.

The Best Chemical is No Chemical

Did you know there’s a way to make your pool safe for swimming but with little to no chemicals? For those with sensitive skin, copper-silver ionisation minimises the use of traditionally harsh chemicals like chlorine while also lowering the need for any alternative pool chemicals like magnesium.

Plus, copper and silver ions may have some benefits for your skin. Though their exact effect on sensitive skin still has to be studied, there has been published scientific research on using copper and silver for better skin.

In particular, introducing silver in eczema treatment has received significant attention. Meanwhile, both copper and silver are being explored in the field of nano-therapeutics to help with psoriasis and acne. Copper (in the right amount) is also known to be anti-aging due to its management of collagen and possible antioxidant properties.

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Pool Chemicals to Avoid

Consider avoiding these pool chemicals if you have sensitive skin or are wary of dermatitis.


Like bromine, PHMB or polyhexamethylene biguanide is a known alternative to chlorine. However, it can cause eczema and doesn’t have a lot of benefits for improving skin. Using PHMB also requires using hydrogen peroxide as well.


Borax or sodium tetraborate is not safe to consume orally, meaning that accidentally swallowing pool water with borax can lead to adverse health effects. Furthermore, borax has been associated with cases of contact dermatitis.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Contrary to popular advice, hydrogen peroxide is not good for both eczema and acne. Though hydrogen peroxide in your pool can be safe, it requires careful regulation to ensure the levels don’t exceed recommended limits.

In conclusion, you can still swim with sensitive skin. You don’t have to avoid the water, but just avoid certain chemicals. To swim without fear of flare ups or breakouts, Naked Pools Fresh Water System is your ideal choice. Your swimming pool can have less chlorine and be good for eczema, psoriasis, and acne.

Our Fresh Water System is a unique combination of both copper-silver ionisation and oxidisation, resulting in a freshwater pool that’s safe to swim and won’t irritate skin.

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