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“Hi GMA, I have a question, is there is a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin?”
Yes, while dry skin and dehydrated skin can share many common symptoms and characteristics, there is a big difference! As a matter of fact, it is important to decipher whether you have dry skin, dehydrated skin or both to effectively treat and improve the skin’s overall appearance. We’ve put together a simple guide to help you understand the differences between dry skin and dehydrated skin and some tips to maintaining plump, hydrated and beautiful-looking skin all year round!
DECIPHERING BETWEEN DRY SKIN VS. DEHYDRATED SKIN
Dry skin is a permanent skin type typically determined by intrinsic factors such as one’s genetics. Dry skin is characterized by fewer sebaceous glands in the skin and therefore the skin produces less sebum (oil) compared to normal skin. With a lack of sebum, the skin is without the lipids it needs to support the skin’s natural barrier to retain moisture and protect against external aggressors such as bacteria.
Unless properly treated and managed with the right skincare, patients with this skin type will experience dry skin all year round, regardless of the weather and season, but worse during the winter time due to the cold dry air and the indoor heat evaporating moisture from skin.
Dehydrated skin is a skin condition that occurs when there is a lack of water in the skin (as opposed to oil), typically caused by extrinsic factors such as insufficient water intake, poor diet, harsh cosmetic products, dry weather conditions, environment, pollutants, etc.
Dehydrated skin is typically temporary and seasonable (e.g., the skin may only be dehydrated in the winter time). This skin condition can occur to anyone of any skin type including patients who have an oily complexion. In fact, dehydrated skin can contribute to excessive sebum production (as the skin attempts to compensate for lack of moisture) and worsen acne conditions especially for patients with oily skin type.
TIPS FOR TREATING DRY SKIN, DEHYDRATED SKIN & BOTH
DRY SKIN TIPS…
DEHYDRATED SKIN TIPS…
TIPS FOR BOTH DRY SKIN & DEHYDRATED SKIN…⠀⠀⠀
Feel free to book a complimentary skin assessment and consultation for a customized treatment plan and professional advice on proper skincare to combat dry and/or dehydrated skin.