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Dehydrated Oily Skin: The Ultimate Guide
Is your dehydrated and oily skin driving you crazy? If so, read on for the ultimate guide to dehydrated and oily skin! This is a common type of combination skin that can be difficult to manage and often leads to dry and overly oiled areas. The first step in treating this skin condition is understanding what it is. Dehydration usually occurs due to weather changes or poor diet, while overproduction of sebum (oil) may occur as a result of hormones or stress. In this blog post, we will go through how these two problems affect dehydrated and oily skin and what treatments are available for each issue.
Having hydrated skin is something that every one person should strive to achieve. Not only will it make your skin glow but it will keep your skin healthy and help protect it from environmental aggressors. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the skin that helps to retain moisture and can quickly rehydrate the skin when used as part of your skincare routine.
What is it?
It’s hard to imagine that a person’s skin can be both oily and dry at the same time however this is more common than you would think.
Dehydrated skin is a combination of two skin conditions: dryness and oiliness. This skin type is common because dry skin is often caused by dry weather or poor diet, while oiliness may occur due to hormones or stress.
As mentioned above, dehydrated skin consists of dryness and oily areas which can lead to flaking on dry patches but also large pores in the T-zone area. If ignored for too long, this combination type will age your skin! The dry areas are usually due to dehydration, while the oily areas are due to overproduction of sebum.
There are a few different symptoms of dry and oily skin that everyone should keep an eye out for.
Dry patches on the skin
Dry patches are usually the first sign of dehydration which can make your skin feel like it can’t breathe. These dry patches can affect deeper layers of the skin and not allow the skin to hold moisture.
When dry skin is left untreated it will lead to itchy skin which is uncomfortable to just about everyone.
Skin concerns such as blackheads, whiteheads, and enlarged pores
Skin concerns such as blackheads, whiteheads, and enlarged pores are a symptom of oily and dry skin. This is because the dry areas tightens pores while the oily areas will enlarge them.
If the overall look and complexion of your face are dull and tired-looking, this can be a sign of dehydrated and oily skin.
What causes dryness?
Dry skin can be caused by dry weather, poor diet, or the winter season. The low humidity in the air during dry seasons will naturally dehydrate your skin because it absorbs moisture from our body which leads to dry patches.
If you’re living in a dry climate like Denver (which is one of my favorite cities but dry AF), dry patches on your face are almost inevitable. It’s not just the weather either; dry skin can be caused by poor diet, dehydration (due to alcohol or caffeine), and having a low-fat content in your body which leads to dryer skin (a sign of aging).
Cold and dry air affects dry skin in many ways. The cold air dries out the skin, causing it to become dehydrated and flaky.
The dryness that is caused by the winter weather can be combated with moisturizers which will keep your skin hydrated throughout these harsh months of colder temperatures.
Alcohol-based toners are also dry skin’s worst enemy. Alcohols dry out your skin and strip it of its natural oils, leaving you with dry and flaky patches all over the face.
What causes oiliness?
Oily skin is often caused by hormones or stress. When our body is under stress, it produces more of the hormone cortisol which can stimulate our sebaceous glands to produce more oil.
This increase in oil can lead to enlarged pores, blackheads, and acne breakouts on the face. Oily skin is also more prone to sun damage and wrinkles over time.
How do dryness and oiliness affect each other?
Dry skin is often worsened by the overproduction of sebum in oily areas. The dry patches will flake, while the oily areas will be shiny and produce more sweat. Not only is this an unsightly combo, but it can also lead to acne breakouts and premature aging.
What are the treatments?
There is no one-size-fits-all for treating dehydrated and oily skin, but the most common way to treat this skin condition is the use of topical treatments.
If you are looking to treat dehydrated skin, use a gentle moisturizer that contains hyaluronic acid or ceramides.
Hyaluronic acid helps your skin retain more water while ceramides help to strengthen the lipid barrier of your dehydrated skin.
If you’re experiencing an oily T-zone, use a gentle salicylic based toner like Mario Badescu’s Buffering Lotion which has become known
Salicylic acid-based toners can also help dry out oily areas and prevent blackheads from forming.
Can dehydration cause oily skin?
There is a strong correlation between dehydration and oily skin. When dehydrated, the body produces more oil as an attempt to compensate for the lack of skin hydration. This can lead to an increase in acne breakouts and enlarged pores.
If you have oily and dehydrated skin, it is important to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. You may also need to use a moisturizer that is specifically designed for oily skin. While avoiding using products that are too heavy or contain oil, as these will only make your skin worse.
Have a routine?
A skin care routine is important for all types of skin, but it’s especially crucial for those with combination skin. The goal when caring for dehydrated and oily skin is to retain moisture without overloading the pores. This can be tricky since many conventional moisturizers are too heavy or contain ingredients that can exacerbate breakouts.
One option that should be added to your skincare routine is a light moisturizer that contains lactic acid. Lactic acid is a gentle hydroxy acid that helps to break down the bonds between dead cells on the skin’s surface, making it an ideal ingredient for those with oily or acne-prone skin.
The perfect skincare routine will increase moisture levels and leave the skin looking brighter and more radiant.
How can I quickly rehydrate my skin?
I get asked this question a lot. I know it’s something that bothers many people, especially during the cold winter months when skin can become dry and dehydrated. Basically, if your skin’s moisture barrier is compromised then you are at risk of damaging your lipid matrix (the skin’s water-holding ability). This means dehydration skin, fine lines/wrinkles, and a dull complexion.
There are several ways to quickly rehydrate your skin:
– drink plenty of water (this is the most important thing you can do)
– use a humidifier in your home or office
– take hot showers (the heat will help open up your pores and allow the water to penetrate)
Drinking plenty of water
This is the number one thing you can do to rehydrate your skin quickly and efficiently! Make sure you drink a glass of water with each meal during these colder months.
Showering with warm water is definitely the best way to rehydrate your skin. Just make sure you don’t stay in there too long, or else you’ll end up drying it out even more! Remember to use a moisturizer afterward to lock in all that hydration.
A humidifier in your home or office
If you live during the winter months with forced heat then it is likely that your skin dries out even more than usual. Using a humidifier will add moisture back into low humidity air and give your skin some relief.
Too hot showers
Taking showers that are too hot can lead to skin damage, such as erythema (redness) and scaling.
Hyaluronic acid serum
Hyaluronic acid is a great way to quickly rehydrate the skin. Eminence Organic Skin Care makes an excellent hyaluronic acid serum that is perfect for dehydrated skin. Their hyaluronic acid serum contains organic ingredients and is free of parabens, sulfates, and other harsh chemicals. It hydrates and nourishes the skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and smooth.
The perfect scrub
The best way to remove dead skin cells and open up your pores is by using a scrub in the shower. Scrubbing the skin reduces sebum production while relieving clogged pores that cause dry skin.
Harsh scrubs and harsh cleansers like apricot scrubs should also be avoided since they can further irritate dry winter skin. Instead, use a gentle cleanser that will cleanse the skin without stripping it dry.
Cleansers are so important, but they are only effective if you choose the correct ones for your skin type. For this skin type, it’s best to use a cleanser with shea butter as a way to improve overall skin health.
What are alpha-hydroxy acids?
Alpha-hydroxy acids are chemical exfoliators that remove dead skin cells, which is an easy way to resurface dry winter skin. They also stimulate collagen production and increase moisture retention within your epidermis (the top layer of skin). The most common AHA’s are glycolic acid and lactic acid.
Does dry and oily skin affect different skin types?
People with sensitive skin types need to be critical in their search for a product that works well for their oily and sensitive skin type.
A perfect example of this is the fatty acids that are needed by certain skin types can cause irritation or breakouts if your skin uses them incorrectly. Sensitive skins also often require anti-aging products, but sensitive skin types should always consult a dermatologist to make sure they are using the correct products.
Oily skins produce more sebum and have larger pores, making sensitive oily skin very difficult to manage because sensitive oily skin already has large pores which can become clogged easily. The fatty acids found in oils work well for sensitive oiler complexions as they will not strip the skin of its natural oils, but they should also be combined with other ingredients to help control oil production.
Plump skin is a result of good hydration and refers to the appearance of fine lines being filled in, giving the skin a smoother look. Plump skin is often seen on those with combination skin because they have found the right balance of ingredients to keep their skin moisturized without over-hydrating specific areas.
Combination skin is difficult to manage, but it is not impossible. By using the right products and following these simple tips, you can keep your skin healthy and hydrated all winter long!
-Use a gentle creamy cleanser that will cleanse the skin without stripping it dry
-Cleansers are so important, but they are only effective if you choose the correct ones for your skin type.
-Scrubbing the skin reduces sebum production while relieving clogged pores that cause dry skin.
-Harsh scrubs and harsh cleansers like apricot scrubs should also be avoided since they can further irritate dry winter skin.
-A perfect example of this is the fatty acids that are needed by certain skin types can cause irritation or breakouts if your skin uses them incorrectly.
-Sensitive skins also often require anti-aging products, but sensitive skin types should always consult a dermatologist to make sure they are using the correct products.
You’ve got this!