Does Lead Enter the Body Through the Skin or through Breathing?
Here’s a brief AI answer to the question with excellent reference notes.
According to multiple sources, lead does not enter the body through the skin during bathing or showering, even if the water contains lead1234. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) agree that human skin does not absorb lead in water2. Similarly, Health Canada states that lead will not enter the body through the skin or by breathing in vapors while showering or bathing3. The Massachusetts government also confirms that lead is not absorbed through the skin4.
However, it’s important to note that lead can enter the body if it is ingested. For example, you could accidentally swallow lead that is on your hands when you eat, drink, smoke, or apply cosmetics1. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands thoroughly after contact with lead-contaminated water.