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Dehydrated Skin – What It Is and How to Treat It

Categories : Skincare

Dehydrated skin is a skin condition; it could happen to all skin types, including dry and oily skin types. Dehydrated skin is when the skin lacks water as it is not retaining the amount of water it needs.

Signs and Issues

This condition often leads to:

  • Dull looking skin
  • Uneven complexion
  • Dark under eye circles
  • Increased sensitivity and Itchy skin
  • Dry patches
  • Skin feels tight
  • Wrinkles more visible and forming
  • Temporary condition but if left unchecked, could lead to skin damage and premature ageing
  • Breakouts – the lack of water may trigger the skin to produce more face oils (serum) to compensate for the lack of water. Increased serum production may clog pores and causes breakouts.


Dehydrated skin could be caused by environmental factors, lifestyle choices, diet, weather and seasons. Hence, the condition can be treated.

Remedy / Treatment for Dehydrated Skin

  • Avoid or minimize alcohol as they are dehydrating
  • Consume less or avoid caffeinated drinks
  • Avoid smoking as it dehydrates and dries the skin
  • Drink enough water, aim for 8 glasses a day
  • Get enough sleep, 7-9 hours a day, to enable the body to repairs itself during sleep
  • Consume more fruits and vegetables, especially food with high water content
  • Protect your skin outer layer so it can effectively lock in moisture in your skin
  • Use water-based skin care products, to avoid aggravating  

Note: Dry Skin

Dry skin, on the other hand, is a skin type. While dehydrated skin is when the skin lacks water, dry skin is when the skin lacks sebum production. The skin is dry, scaly and flaky. It could be caused by genetics or some medical conditions. As the issue is the lower sebum production in the skin, drinking lots of water will not help. Dry skin type requires heavier moisturizers.