You wash your face; it seems dry then all of a sudden by noon it’s an oil slick. You wonder what is going on…You get confused as to whether your skin is dry, oily or combination. Look I have been there. It can be confusing to diagnose your own skin type. Today I will explain to you the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin.

Will Oily Skin Make me Look Younger?

While oily skintypes can be beneficial in the long run (since they say you age slower because of the excess oils your skin produces), it can be difficult to deal with excessive shine throughout the day. I struggled with oily skin for 10 years throughout my 20’s. Not only that, but oily skin tends to consist of breakouts/clogged pores. If you want to learn what your skin type is before reading the article, you can visit my article HERE. 

There are so many products that are advertised to treat oily skin in the market today. Unfortunately, not all of these oil control products work. You have to be careful about over-drying or over-exfoliating oily skin. When your skin is oily, your skin will produce more oil to overcompensate for the lack of oil. External factors such as excessive facial cleansing, or use of skincare topicals can dry out your skin. Internal factors can include genetics and/or a hormonal imbalance/change.

You can learn more about oily skin and product recommendations to deal with this skin type HERE.

Oily Skin Can Be Dehydrated

Oily skin can also be dehydrated. Dehydrated skin is a skin condition that lacks sufficient water. In order to compensate for the lack of water, oily skin tends to produce more oil. I know in my early 20’s I used to believe that if I wore a moisturizer, that my maybe skin would get oilier. This is obviously not the truth, and it is absolutely crucial to wear an oil-free moisturizer with humectants to help draw more water in the skin without clogging your pores.

Dry Skin Lacks Enough Oil

On the other hand, dry skin is a skin type that lacks sufficient oil in the skin and is genetically inherited. Those with dry skin may experience premature aging or eczema. During all four seasons, your skin will always feel dry.

Even though dry skin is inhereted, there are certain factors that can cause excessive dryness of the skin such as hormonal changes, aging, weather, or certain skincare ingredients. If you have dry skin, I recommend oil or cream-based products that contain moisturizing ingredients such as plant oils, ceramides, and shea butter.

Dehydrated skin is not a skin type.

If your skin is dehydrated, it means it is a skin condition. Dehydrated skin implies that your skin is losing more water than it is taking in and feel oily and dry simultaneously. It is common to experience breakouts if you deal with dehydration because your skin produces excess amounts of oil.

It is good to note that dehydrated skin can be a temporary condition and can develop from certain factors such as environmental, poor diet, improper skincare, or stress. Water-based products that include hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin and ceramides can help combat dehydrated skin.

Similarities between dry and dehydrated skin

Although dry skin and dehydrated skin have differences, some of their symptoms may be similar. Similar characteristics include: flaky, rough texture, itchy, dull, sensitive and/or tight skin.

Below,  I created a handy chart below that you can save for reference. It is very important to remember to wear SPF 30 or higher daily no matter whatv skin type you have to prevent more irritation to the skin and further dry it out. Drinking plenty of water and adding a fish oil supplement can also increase moisture and fatty acids to the skin and help balance skin’s moisture content.

Dry skin vs. dehydrated skin

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Dry vs dehydrated skin

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