April 06, 2021
Just when we thought we had the range of skin conditions sorted out, it turns out that skin can be dehydrated and oily at the same time. While it’s easy to blame this apparent skin paradox as another casualty of “winter skin syndrome”, it’s not necessarily the cold weather’s fault.
Dry desert-y climates, insidious air conditioning, excessive caffeine drinking, overzealous hot bathing…these can all cause dehydrated skin. These external factors can result in a lack of sufficient water content in your skin (aka your skin is thirsty!). But you can still have oily skin with skin-drought, in fact your skin will often compensate for dehydration by producing even more sebum. Meanwhile, sub-level sebum production is actually a skin type called Dry Skin.
Dry Skin is often inherited and can be caused by hormonal imbalances or other health related issues where the skin produces less sebum than normal skin. Without enough sebum production, the skin does not have lipids to retain moisture and build a strong barrier protection. This results in transepidermal water loss known as TEWL and that dreaded flaky, peeling skin that can be extremely itchy. Excessive dryness can lead to eczema (atopic dermatitis) with redness, cracking and fissures that can cause bleeding and even bacterial infections.
Dehydrated Skin, on the other hand, is a condition that can exacerbate fine lines and wrinkles, inflammation, congestion, and dullness as well as that tell-tale tight skin feeling. One easy way to test if your skin is dehydrated is by pinching your cheek. If the skin wrinkles easily and doesn’t spring back, run for the water tap!
Beyond drinking the prescribed 8+ glasses of water a day, here are skin care tips for Dry Skin and Dehydrated Skin:
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September 09, 2021