Debra Lynn Dadd

Swimscreen Skin Lotion



I posted an entry here several years ago about minimizing the impact of swimming in chlorinated water. Since then, at my doctors advice I stopped swimming in pools. This winter I just needed the water and the workout and have returned once again to the pool. I Love the exercise and how it energizes me and seems to reduce overall reactivity in my nervous and immune system. But the chlorine...

Currently I slather myself with my usual pure hemp lotion in the morning on days before I swim and then again before i get in the pool. I recently found this lotion on a swim wear site called Kiefer. I was told that it contained "surgical grade silicone" which made a seal. I don't know which ingredient that is or if surgical grade silicone is safe for people like us. I wonder what you think about it. Am I trading one toxin for another or does it seem worth it for the benefits? Here is the ingredient list

Kiefer Swimscreen Dermal RX Lotion
Ingredients: Deionized Water, UREA USP, Isopropyl Myristate, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Trithanolamine 99% Carbomer, Lactic Acid, PVP (Hexadecene Copolymer), Silk Amino Acid, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Imidazolidnyl Urea, Methyl Parben, Propyl Paraben, Benzalkonium Chlorine, Tetrasodium EDTA.

CAUTION: Do not apply to the soles of feet Lotion is slippery when wet!
I await your reply
Fish out of water in Montague, MA



Well, this is an interesting concept.

My first thought is "makes a seal?????" The skin needs to breath. If this seal keeps water away from the skin, does it also prevent air from penetrating the seal? What about perspiration generated by the body? Can it get out though the seal? I'm just having a hard time visualizing the mechanics of this.

Without going in to analyzing each ingredient, I don't see an ingredient on the list that I recognize as silicone. PVP is a plastic and it's got three preservatives, among other petrochemical ingredients.

To answer your question simply, I'm not sure this is better than the chlorine.

Debra :-)


Dear Lucy - I understand your dilemma, I am a sea mammal myself, and feel so much better when I swim at least every other day, that's why I moved to Hawaii. Dimethicone is silicone. On the whole, it might help against the chlorine a bit, but it is a pretty awful lotion as a whole, especially the preservatives, which absorb thru the skin and can be estrogenic (I am a biochemist). Whether or not the silicone absorbs thru the skin I don't know, it might, and that would be very bad for you. Better to find a pool where they keep the chloramine and chlorine levels low, and don't have a lot of chlorine stabilizer (cyanuric acid, which has been shown to absorb into the body). Maybe a pool that uses ozone also.

Probably best to avoid that silicone lotion, wear a cap and goggles, use fins to get a workout fast, don't stay in very long, immediately afterwards wash with a chlorine-neutralizing shampoo or body soap containing thiosulfate (used to neutralize chlorine in water for aquariums). And don't do it every day. Pre-oiling your body with a natural oil or oily lotion might help, but the chlorine might react with it and leave a stink. If you want to learn more about chemicals and their levels in pools, you can contact me through my website.


I wish more places would make sea salt pools instead of chlorine ones...


just a few thoughts:

1. there are about six different "sal" systems available on the market. if you have your own pool, the chlorine system can be easily converted to a sal system. it cleans the pool with ions and oxygen. it is not a "salt" system. Salt is the main ingredient in chlorine so you would end up with a similar problem in the water. Eco-smart is one brand and they are very knowledgeable there. there are many brands and i am converting my pool system to the sal system.

2. the sunscrene silicone sealer does not sound good and pores need to sweat. when you leave the pool, and go in the heat, will your body by able to cool itself? how do you remove it? also, there are a alot of chemicals in that product. you will be breathing the chlorine, drinking in the chlorine through your mouth, mose and other 5 cavities, so i think you already have a big dose going in and this product would add more chemicals. that's just my opinion having dealt with my mcs for a decade.

3. three are also supplements that help support the body from the effects of chlorine but chlorine is a nerve gas. also, seaweed supplements are good detxxers and you may be able to flush out the chlorine from your system quickly.


This is for Lucy in Mass. about clorine. Instead of slathering yourself with silicone you can minimize the exposure you get in the pool by doing the following. Rght after the pool is clorinated, most people do it at night or in the early morning don't swim then. If the pool is clorinated in the morning the clorine will disapate from the sun during the day and you can take your swim when it is at it's lowest, late in the day or early evening. Respectfully, if the pool is clorinated in the evening time then take your swim in the morning. In other words swim when the clorine is at it's lowest concentration if you have to swim. As for me I would never swim in a clorinated pool. I have a whole house water filter system to remove the clorine, etc. and other clemicals including cloramine. Good luck with this.


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