Why dehydrated skin causes breakouts

Complexion feeling dry? It could be caused by your skin type or your skin condition. Your type is what you’re naturally born with, such as oily or dry skin. A condition, however, is something that can cause you to experience problems like blackheads and irritation. It can happen to anyone, temporarily or longer, and in some instances a condition can stay for good. What does this have to do with acne? Read on to learn why you’re breaking out…

You have dry skin

This means you’re lacking oil, and you were born this way. You’re dry everywhere else on your body including hands, scalp, legs, etc. When you put on moisturisers and lotions, chances are they soak up fairly quickly. Although you may be wont to apply loads of hydration to combat this dryness, beware. Excessive use of product can clog pores, leading to pimples.

You have a dehydrated condition

This means your skin is lacking water. This can be caused by lots of factors – makeup, diet, incorrect product use, weather, it goes on. It’s not a pre-disposition and the condition may come and go throughout your lifetime. When skin is dehydrated, it creates more oil to make up for the missing water. This can cause extra oil, breakouts, irritation, dry patches, and skin can even feel oily and dry at the same time.

Your skin is irritated

Some of the symptoms of dehydration are flakiness and a ‘tight’ sensation. Whenever our complexion feels this way, it’s natural to want to pick at it. The simple act of touching our face transmits bacteria from our fingers to our skin, which can block pores and cause zits. Moreover, picking or scratching the dry skin only exacerbates the irritation – and before you know it, it’s inflammed and pimply!

Your skin is stressed

Stress doesn’t directly cause oiliness or breakouts, but it does act as a trigger for the factors that contribute to their development. When we are feeling on edge, we often forget to keep hydrated and dietary nutrients don’t assimilate as easily – plus, our body’s natural reaction to stress is to increase blood flow and expand capillaries. This makes our complexion appear more red and swollen.

Your skin is reacting to environmental changes

The weather can really take its toll on our complexion. In summer, we spend a lot of time in air conditioning while in winter, it’s all about the heating – both of which zap the moisture right out of our skin! In addition, harsh winds, excessive sun and constant changes in temperature can leave our faces chapped and irritated. Hello, break-outs!

Extra tips for keeping skin moisturised:
Gentle exfoliation with Blackhead Clearing Pore Control Scrub lifts all those dry, dead skin cells out of the way. Now moisturisers can reach your skin for better hydration, and it reveals fresher skin!

Cooler weather doesn’t equate to a sunless sky! Always shield skin with SPF – choose Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer SPF15.