Having a dehydrated skin is annoying. Skin dehydration is a dry and oily skin. This skin condition occurs due to lack of water and as a result, the skin produces more oil to keep itself hydrated by keeping water in. Because of the over production of oils, dehydrated skin is the common cause of acne.
However, this skin condition is not permanent; it can be treated by treating skin dehydration. In this guide, you can learn more about skin dehydration, acne and more. Here's are simple tips on how to treat dehydrated skin.
How to tell if you have a Dehydrated Skin
A dehydrated skin is often accompanied by an excessive amount of oil after cleansing. Despite of the excess oil on the skin's surface, your skin still feels dry and tight and sometimes flaky around the nose, chin and mouth area. It also looks dull or lacks luster. This is a sign of a dehydrated skin.
Skin dehydration happens when the skin defender, stratum corneum or the outermost layer of the skin is compromised. These results to dull, flaky and rough-looking skin and these results to clogged pore that can cause acne breakout.
The outer layer of the skin is the protective layer, it's major purpose is to form a barrier to protect the underlying tissue from bacteria, chemicals, infection, dehydration and mechanical stress. So when the barrier is impaired and not treated correctly, it can cause skin problems like acne and pimple. In other words, it's your duty to protect it against chemical irritants, harsh skincare products, sun exposure or damage and other skin medications.
The causes of skin dehydration is both internal and external, but most people blame their skin problems to the skincare products that contain harsh chemicals or wrong products for their skin type which then leads to imbalance.
Tips on How to Treat Dehydrated Skin
- Stop using harsh cleansers. Using skin cleansers is part of skincare routine, but no matter how gentle it is, still it can damage the stratum corneum by stripping the skin's protective oils. If you are suffering from skin dehydration, change your skin cleanser to super gentle and pH-balanced. Over-cleansing or over-washing your skin with harsh cleansers or soaps damages your skin protective shield. Strong cleansers that can remove dirt and oil efficiently from the skin's surface are likely the ones that can damage the skin's barrier. The more you cleanse your skin with harsh skin cleansers, the more it can damage your skin. Avoid soaps with high ph. If you're cleansing your skin in the morning and evening, try washing your face with water only in one of those sessions.
- Don't use chemical exfoliation. You can't treat a dehydrated skin with chemical exfoliation. All those typical acne or pimple medications and chemical exfoliation can damage your skin. If your skin is dehydrated you have to avoid skincare products that contain the chemical ingredients below for at least a month until your skin is fully healed:
- AHAs (glycolic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid, malic acid, citric acid etc.)
- Ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
- Azelaic Acid
- Benzoyl Peroxide
- BHA (salicylic acid, betaine salicylate)
- Clay Masks (bentonite, kaolin)
- Other acids / peels = TCA, jessner, phenol
- Retinoids (tretinoin, adapalene, tazarotene etc.)
- Avoid any kind of physical exfoliation. If you are suffering from dehydrated skin stop hard physical exfoliation, but gentle physical exfoliation can help remove dead skin cells build-up that can cause clogged pores and eventually lead to acne. In order to gently exfoliate your skin you can use muslin cloth, Microfiber Facial Cloth or Konjac Sponge. And you can only do that once or twice a week.
- Avoid using skincare products that contain alcohol like denatured alcohol (e.g. ethanol, isopropyl alcohol). You can use fatty alcohol like cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol.
- Avoid using skincare products with fragrances. These fragrances both synthetic and natural and aromatic plant oils like eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, tea tree etc. can contribute to skin damage.
In recent years, skincare products have advanced so much and the ingredients became harsher and they are more likely to damage the skin barrier. Treating skin condition like skin dehydration is simply just avoiding those skincare products that contain harsh chemicals. It's simply going back to basic, just clean your face with water or skincare products with gentle and lower pH.