Dehydrated Skin

Often confused with dry skin, a dehydrated skin lacks moisture or water rather than oil. It will appear to have a small patchwork of fine lines and creases and may flake or look rough. Skin can become dehydrated due to environmental factors such as sun exposure and central heating. It's even possible to have an underlying oily skin with dehydration on the top layer.

Even combination or oily skin can be dehydrated. Most western skin tests narrowly categorize people into Normal, Dry, Combination and Oily skin types, neglecting the fact that there are many people who have dry skin and can still be acne prone, or you can have an oily skin type but underlying skin is dehydrated and dry (lack of moisture). The fact is, when assessing one's skin type, both moisture and sebum level must be taken into consideration for the test to be accurate!


In a country like Austria, Korea or Northern China, winter is long, harsh and extremely dry, our skin can become dehydrated. Also, after we reach 25, our skins own collagen production slows down and will gradually reduce as we age. Pores become bigger when skin is dehydrated and loses elasticity, not necessarily because we have 'acne prone' skin. When skin is dehydrated, naturally the sebum will be secreted on the skin's surface via pores as a reflex to protect the skin from dryness (hence the dilated pores). Because the skin is dry, the skin cells' ability to shed off dead skin does not function properly. The accumulated dead skin, mixed with sebum, eventually leads to clogged pores. They appear like little bumps, and depending on the severity, can become inflammatory acne.