Dry vs Dehydrated Skin - Understanding the difference !

1. Dry skin is a ‘skin type’ which is actually a genetic issue. It doesn’t change as per the season or amount of water intake. It occurs due to lack of sufficient biosynthesis of natural lipids [the skin’s fats & oils] and/or water-holding substances in the skin.
2. A Dehydrated skin on the other hand can be due to poor water intake, which can change & fluctuate with seasons, diet & environment. Other causes can be excess UVA from sunlight, weather changes, central heating.
3. Treatment of dry skin depends on factors like breakouts / no-breakouts. Skin care & treatments should be done under the supervision of the doctor.
4. Dehydrated skin requires a more generic approach. Increased water intake, disciplined diet & reduced sun exposure helps.