Does your skin feel itchy, irritating, dull and/or red? Chances are high, that you have dry skin or dehydrated skin. Most of the times, dehydrated skin can be treated with the right lifestyle changes.


Dry skin can also be the result of an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), your dermatologist may suggest certain diagnostic tests to check it.

Dehydrated skin vs. dry skin

The various skin types are normal, dry, combination, and oily skin. You’re usually born with anyone type, but it can change with age and season. Dehydrated skin is sometimes discussed with dry skin type but these are two different phenomena.

  • Dehydration is considered a condition, while dry skin is a type of skin.

  • Dehydrated skin lacks water, whereas the dry skin lacks natural oils (also called sebum).

  • If you have dry skin your sebaceous glands don’t produce enough natural oils.


Signs of Dry Skin type:

  • scaly skin

  • white flakes

  • redness

  • irritation


Signs of Dehydration:

  • itchiness

  • dullness

  • darker under-eye circles

  • sunken eyes


Sometimes dehydration can go severe and cause symptoms such as:

  • dizziness

  • dry mouth

  • faintness

  • lightheadedness

  • overall weakness

  • urination that is darker and less frequent

In these cases, VCare skin experts strongly recommend consulting your dermatologist immediately.


Test Your Skin for dehydration:

To test your skin’s hydration levels, take a small portion of your skin around the cheek area and squeeze lightly. If you notice any wrinkling and if the skin doesn’t bounce back after you let go, the chances are your skin may be dehydrated. Also, your dermatologist can also help you find out if your skin is dehydrated or dry.


How to treat dehydrated skin

Before anything replenishing your hydration is the first major step, so it’s important to drink plenty of water. Depending on the body weight and activity levels, one may need to adjust drinking habits, ask your doctor what amount is appropriate for you.


If the condition is bad, your VCare doctor may recommend you use an over-the-counter (nonprescription) cream.


Dry skin may also lead to dermatitis which causes red, itchy skin and treatment may include hydrocortisone-containing lotions. Also, in severe condition, your skin might crack open, in this case, your doctor may prescribe wet dressings to help prevent infection.


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