I have recently moved about 1/3 of a mile away to a new house and the well water here is making my skin very dry and itchy. At my old house we had a filter on the well (some type of blue pellets for softening I believe that had to be changed once a year) the water tasted fantastic right out of the tap, and I didn't have any skin problems other than normal dry skin occasionally.
New house, no filter, water tastes okay when cold, very metallic at room temp. After six months of living here, my scalp started shedding giant flakes, extreme itching, scabbing after hair color treatments. my skin became very dry and I had to start using lotions daily. Dermatologist said it was psoriasis (I didn't really think that was the problem) but I tried the prescription lotion and shampoo and it didn't help at all. Also tried all of the commercially available dandruff, psoriasis, sulfate free etc. shampoos, no help either.
checked out the "no poo" questions on this site and tried that for a while which has helped the scalp and skin. I used only baking soda on my scalp and skin for three months (occasional hair rinses with ACV, coconut oil treatment on the scalp) and that cleared up the itching and flaking, but has dried my hair out completely and I hate how it feels. I found some tea tree shampoo at whole foods that is all natural, no sulfates, petroleum, gluten etc and it makes my hair look fantastic, but my scalp itches a little and flakes on some days so I am worried that it could get progressively worse again.
I am pretty sure this is a water issue and not a diet issue as I have been paleo (with cream and cheese, no food allergies) since February, and I thought that since I had well water that would be a benefit...no chlorine, no fluoride etc to worry about.
As for water testing, the at home test kit from Home Depot (brand PurTest) gave me the following results:
3ppm copper, 80 ppm alkalinity, 3 grains/50ppm Hardness, zero Iron, zero pesticides, zero bacteria, and a pH reading of 5. (same results over two tests) I don't remember much from chemistry, but the pH seems very acidic and maybe that is why the baking soda helped??
Any chemistry folks or well water users in the community have any advice to offer? Is a whole house filter necessary and if you have one what types do you recommend?