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The Difference Between Dry Skin and Dehydrated Skin

While dry skin and dehydrated skin have similarities that make them feel the same, they are separate skin issues with different causes. Skin care treatments can help address dry and dehydrated skin, and enhance the texture and quality of your skin. Here is everything you need to know about the differences between the two.

Differences Between Dry and Dehydrated Skin

Many people get confused about the differences between dry and dehydrated skin, as they can look and feel the same. It is important to note that dry skin is a skin type while dehydrated skin is a skin condition. Skin types are something each person is born with, while a skin condition is something that can develop during one’s life.

Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated skin is a skin condition that occurs when your skin is not receiving enough water, which can cause the skin to feel and look dry. There are many factors that can lead to dehydrated skin such as:

  • Not drinking enough water
  • Poor diet
  • Facial products

Other factors can include weather, allergies, and excessive sun exposure. These factors can cause your skin to lose its elastic and firm texture, which can lead to wrinkles. When your skin is dehydrated, the body will create more oil than needed in order to compensate for the lack of water, which can lead to even more issues.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is a skin type, which typically means you don’t have enough essential body oils. Individuals with dry skin are born this way and can experience numerous different side effects which include:

  • Flaking
  • Sensitive skin
  • Eczema

Using moisturizers can help reverse these effects and provide your skin with the necessary oils needed to balance out the body’s oil production. Exfoliating the skin can also provide positive results and reduce dry skin side effects.

Contact Us Today!

At ADF Dermatology, located in Sarasota, FL, we strive to help each and every individual reclaim their best life by helping you reach your health and wellness goals. If you’re interested in skin care treatments to revitalize your skin, give us a call at 941-906-7546 to schedule an appointment. You can also visit us at www.adfdermatology.com for more information.


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