Dehydrated Skin vs Dry Skin

I had was diagnosed with dehydrated skin in my early, early twenties by a dermatologist back when this skin condition was under the radar. If I had told someone that I had dehydrated skin, I was told that I didn’t have dry skin, but oily skin. When in actuality, I didn’t have dry skin, nor did I or do I have oily skin. I have normal skin, the right amount of moisture. I just lacked hydration. I was told to use products that are for normal to dry skin, a.k.a. “dehydrated skin”, because back then there wasn’t a line specifically for those who have this skin condition. Whereas, today, it has become mainstream. More people, thankfully are becoming more and more educated. Beauty companies producing products specifically for this skin condition, for all skin types; normal skin, dry skin and oily skin. Oily skin can be dehydrated, too. You can tell by where the blemishes on the face they are. I will explain more later.

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It doesn’t matter what your skin type is, it matters more on whether or not you are dehydrated. Almost eight years ago, when I had taken a clinical skin care seminar through a clinical skin care company, it was stated that 90% of us in the world are dehydrated. I have met many people who have said that they have dry skin in the winter and oily skin in the summer. I’m sorry, but that isn’t correct. Your skin type doesn’t change throughout the year. If you have one skin type, and that’s it. Your skin feeling tight, is a sign of dehydrated skin. You just feel it more during cold winter months. Just because you perspire in the summer with the hot sun, doesn’t mean your skin is oily. Everyones’ skin perspires in the summer due to the heat and the hot sun. When you are under the hot sun, no matter what; you are going to sweat. It’s like working-out, you will sweat if you do a rigorous work-out, regardless. 

Okay, so, what is hydration? Hydration preserves the elasticity in your skin. This means hydration preserves younger-looking skin look that many of us want. Lack of hydration and the skin ages rapidly. Hydration internally keeps your muscles operating. Externally, it delivers to your skin a smooth complexion that is radiant, and looking young. For smokers, this relays to early premature aging. Hydration is in close link to aging and sensitive skin. I will discuss sensitive skin in another post, as I had gone to the same seminar to discuss a four hour seminar on sensitive skin. In addition to my four hour seminar on dehydrated skin, that also includes sunscreen. I will discuss sunscreen. Which sunscreen to use. How to apply. And, the amount to use. 

What causes dehydrated skin?

  • climate; sun, heat, cold, wind – even when it shines through a window
  • alcohol
  • processed caffeine,  not natural caffeine
  • spicy foods
  • heat; hot water, saunas, hot tubs, steam
  • lack of sleep
  • lack of water
  • lack of vitamin C
  • harsh chemicals in beauty products
  • preservatives in beauty products
  • central heating 
  • central air conditioning
  • drugs, including second-hand
  • smoking, including second-hand
  • environmental aggression, for example pollution
  • foods, such as bread, flour – all grains, salt
  • red wine

Dehydrated skin can be spotted externally on the face by where on the face the blemishes are located. Blemishes differ from acne, so not acne, but blemishes on the cheek, chin, upper lip are signs of dehydrated skin. When skin is hydrated, you will notice the blemishes disappear. Cheeks is a very popular placement for blemishes that appear to do dehydrated skin.

Those who have dehydrated skin will also have blackheads and whiteheads. Blackhead don’t appear as often as they do for oily skin. The same goes for whiteheads. 

As you can see, with this skin condition, you do receive symptoms from dry skin and oily skin. This is why this skin condition is often mistaken for the wrong skin type, like oily skin or dry skin, more commonly with oily skin. 

With dry skin, it doesn’t produce enough essential oil.

If you’re interested I may do another post on hydrated infused foods, beauty products for dehydrated skin that I have used and like, even love.

Have a good day!


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