Chlorine is universally used to chemically disinfect public water systems because of its toxic effect on harmful germs, bacteria and disease-causing organisms. As defined above, chlorine is a toxic gas. With greater exposure to toxic chlorine contained in water supplies, the potential health dangers we face become more real.
During the bathing & showering process, the some reports claim that as much chlorine enters the body by inhaling steamy chlorinating shower vapors or through the open pores of the skin as that which enters the body by drinking chlorinating water during the entire day.
This increased exposure to the adverse effect of chlorine by household residents can be from 6 to 100 times more than medically recommended.
Chlorine also attacks the skin and skin oils, creating a dermal drying effect. Shower water can also cause or worsen skin irritations and rashes as well as drying. The showering and bathing in chlorinated water will also result in the breakage of hair shafts. Because, chlorine is absorbed into the body through the skin, additionally physical problems can ensure. Inhaling the toxic steam can aggravate the sinuses and lungs.
Also, while your shower water may look clean, it may contain potentially harmful contaminants picked up on its journey through aging pipes and these contaminants may cause skin irritation, itchiness, dry skin and hair damaged.