We moved into a country house with a well last summer. The water had a strong sulfur smell and our hands felt sticky after washing, but there were no major problems. It seemed sudden - in December our skin became sticky (literally) and greasy and our hair became dry and unmanageable (although greasy-looking). It didn't matter what kind of soap or shampoo was used. We got a top-of-the-line water softener in March, but there have been no real changes. The water mainly has a metallic/acidic smell and sometimes a sulfur smell. It is like the water has lost its "rinsing" property - it doesn't clean anymore. The water softener company has been out twice and assured us that it is working properly and the water is soft. Could the problem be caused by bacteria in the well? The hot water tank is 8 years old - could there be a build-up inside? Any help or advice would be MUCH appreciated!