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Tuesday Tip: Is your skin dry or is it dehydrated?

August 8, 2017 by  
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What’s the difference between dry and dehydrated skin? Dry skin, or allipoid skin, generally refers to skin that is lacking in oil. Dehydrated skin is characterized by lack of moisture in the Stratum Corneum. Even oily skin can experience dehydration. As mentioned, dehydration is a lack of water, not oil. This means sebaceous oil activity can still be normal or even overactive in dehydrated skin.

The top three causes…

Aging
Intrinsic aging is the normal process of physical change over time that’s more about genetics than lifestyle. Sebaceous gland activity tends to decrease with age, and the skin’s natural hydrators decline over the years. The skin’s ability to regenerate lipids comprising the protective lipid barrier layer of the Stratum Corneum also declines with age, as does blood flow to the skin, which may cause a drop in sebum production.

Environment
Prolonged exposure to the sun causes water to evaporate from skin, which is why sunburned skin requires more moisture than unexposed areas. Cold winds, air conditioning units, forced air heating and low temperatures can also dry out skin and contribute to premature aging.

Lifestyle
The trend of fat-free diets can deprive our bodies of skin-friendly Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). This deficiency can result in chronic itching, dryness, scaling, thinning and can lead to an imbalance in prostaglandins. Excess intake of alcoholic beverages and certain medications (such as nasal decongestants) can also contribute to dry skin or dehydrated skin.

One of the biggest consequences of dry, dehydrated skin is an increase in sensitivity, as dryness and dehydration are precursors to sensitized skin. A thorough skin analysis from your skin therapist is your ultimate tool in successful treatment of this skin condition.

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