Can Dehydration Cause Acne

Knowing the differences between skin types and skin conditions is important in addressing your skin’s needs. First, you were born with a skin type. Skin types include dry, normal, oily, and combination skin. Your natural skin type is different from a skin condition that makes you dehydrated or sensitive.

Does your skin break out because you are dehydrated?

Okay, now you know that dehydration can cause breakouts. But did you know that it is possible for your skin to become dehydrated without you realizing it?

Two common causes of dehydration are not drinking enough water and being sick. These can lead to dry skin and irritated pores that are more susceptible to breakouts.

Signs of dehydrated skin:

As mentioned above, people often confuse “dehydrated skin” with “dry skin” because in both cases the skin becomes tight and dry. However, dehydrated skin is caused by external factors that, when rectified, will solve many skin problems. If you’re not sure if you’re truly dehydrated or just dry, here are some signs to look for dehydrated skin:

, even if there’s an adequate layer of oil on the skin. 2. Lifeless skin: The accumulation of dead skin cells on the surface makes the complexion look dull and lifeless. 3. Clogged Pores: Clogged pores occur when there is a buildup of dead cells, bacteria, and sebum, and dehydration is usually the main cause leading to such a situation. 4. Congested Skin: When your skin feels heavy and rough, it’s a sign of congestion and dehydration. 5. Shadows around the eyes and nose. 6. Fine Lines When Pinching Your Skin – When you pinch your skin, especially around your cheek area, do you notice any fine lines? If so, then your skin is dehydrated. 7. Luminous and dry at the same time: Is your skin both oily and dry? If so, it’s a sure sign of dehydration. 8. Uneven Skin Tone – Dehydration also leads to blotchy skin tone and uneven skin tone due to shadows around the nose and eyes.

The ability of water to help with weight loss

Water helps your body burn more calories and suppresses your appetite. Indirectly, it can help you consume fewer calories, which helps you lose weight.

We consume many things that may taste good but are not good for us. Water helps regulate this, dissolving minerals and nutrients, making them easier for the body to consume. It also allows the body to eliminate waste and stimulates antioxidants to get rid of the most harmful food byproducts in the body.

Congestion, blackheads and breakouts!

The second reason why hydration is important, especially for acne-prone Radiant Rebels, is that in order for our pores to stay clear, oil must flow through them (on the way to the surface of the skin) without being restrained, accelerated or slowed down by anything. When our skin is dehydrated, our pores are not well lubricated. Oil cannot pass through them as easily as we would like. When oil slows down (or is trapped by dead skin cells that haven’t shed our pores), it’s likely to dry out. This creates a hard plug or blockage within the pore (hello, congestion, blackheads, and/or acne). So now that we know why hydration, that is, the water component of the water/oil balance, is so important, let’s talk about how dehydration manifests itself.

  • Flaky skin
  • Dry skin
  • Oily skin – Remember what I said about our skin pumping out more sebum to make up for the lack of water? If your skin is oily, hydration is absolutely ESSENTIAL to stop oil stains.
  • Oily but dry skin: Skin often feels a little tight, but feels oily to the touch. It may look like oily skin, but it also has scaly patches. This is especially noticeable after washing your face or applying makeup.
  • Congestion: Clogged pores, enlarged pores, or pores that appear larger because they contain a buildup of oil/dirt/debris.
  • Acne: where there is congestion, oiliness, dry skin or flaking, acne is not far behind.
  • Skin that doesn’t look hydrated… no matter how much moisturizer you use
  • Skin that absorbs moisturizer quickly… still feels like it could use another good dose of moisturizer later in the day day (or night)
  • Your skin is not oily or dull. When our skin is well hydrated, it looks soft, almost dewy. It feels full (not shallow), supple, and springs back easily to the touch. If your skin is not smooth, it is most likely dehydrated.

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