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Are you dry or dehydrated? - Boston

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 25, 2013

This time of year, we hear a lot about products that treat dry skin. The winter elements can really do a number on our faces. But, is your skin really dry or is it dehydrated? Knowing the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin helps you find the right products to treat your skin and also helps you communicate more effectively with your aesthetician about your skin concerns.

Dry skin is a skin type that lacks oil. Dehydrated skin is a skin condition caused by a lack of water in the skin. How can you tell the difference?

Dry Skin:

  • Has very few, if any visible pores.
  • Does not tend to develop breakouts.
  • But, is prone to early lines and wrinkles due to lack of hydration.
  • Because dry skin is a skin type, it is common to see dry skin over the entire face.

Dehydrated Skin:

  • Is a skin condition that can happen to any skin type (dry, normal, oily, or combination).
  • Can still develop breakouts.
  • Skin can look dull and flaky, almost like onion-skin when looked at up close.
  • Dehydration can affect certain areas of the face (especially in combination skin) or the entire face.

The treatments and products for dry and dehydrated skin are very similar but you do want to keep a few things in mind: while you can change a skin condition, you cannot change your skin type. Dry skin will always be dry skin. Treating dehydrated skin means that you can change your condition and your skin will function as its normal skin type after a while—if your skin is normally oily but is currently dehydrated, work with your aesthetician to make sure that you do not clog your pores or otherwise . Also, no matter how much water you drink, only a small percentage of that water actually goes into your skin. Topical treatments such as moisturizing serums, creams, and cleansers designed for dehydrated or dry skin are better for providing hydration.

Dream Spa Medical offers treatments and products to protect and treat your dry or dehydrated skin this winter. Call 336-502-8070 to schedule a free consultation today.


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