How To Manage: Dehydrated, Oily & Acne-Prone Skin


It’s sometimes hard to comprehend that people with oily and acne prone skin can also experience dehydration. This type of combination, which is less spoken about it, can be recognised by flaky skin with a layer of oil sitting on top. Dehydrated skin can be experienced by oily, combination or normal skin types. It is when the skin is lacking water and feels tight. Even though you’re lacking water content, you can still produce oils.


How can you tell that you have dehydrated skin?

The common signs of dehydrated skin include dullness, tightness, increased sensitivity, rough texture, dark undereye circles and fine lines. Severely dehydrated skin may also have flaky patches in the dry areas. When you have oily skin, these symptoms might be less noticeable, but the underlying issue is there. Misdiagnoses can cause an array of issues such as the skin becoming oilier yet even more dehydrated at the same time, trigger inflammation and agitate breakouts.


What can cause dehydrated acne prone skin?

  • In oily and acne prone skin types, dehydration can be caused by unknowingly using irritating products. These include:
    • Using cleansers that are quite harsh such as sulfates, drying soaps, abrasive scrubs or over cleansing
    • Applying toners which are too astringent (think witch hazel, menthol, citruses, eucalyptus) or contain high amounts of alcohol
    • Forgetting to apply sunscreen everyday
  • It can also be caused by misdiagnosis of skin type and, therefore, incorrect skincare products or even routine
  • Other factors that contribute to the problem are – hormonal imbalance, stress, dietary, environmental factors etc.


How to look after dehydrated acne prone skin?

Treating dehydrated skin that is also acne prone and oily requires a delicate balance. It takes a certain amount of awareness to ensure you don’t worsen the skin’s dryness but also tackle those pesky zits. In saying that, problems can be eliminated or lessened just by changing to the right products.

  • Use gentle face cleansers to avoid dehydrating the skin
  • Opt for light weight, gel-cream moisturisers rather than rich, emollient, creamy products
  • Look out for ingredients that draw in moisture to the skin such as hyaluronic acid
  • Adding lightweight serums that contain skin restoring ingredients for antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Use a clay mask that helps draw out impurities but doesn’t leave the skin stripped
  • During the day, don’t forget to apply sunscreen!

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