The comparison – oily, dry and dehydrated

The comparison – oily, dry and dehydrated



The comparison – oily, dry and dehydrated


When you notice a shiny surface, you will automatically think your skin is oily skin type. Wait! That’s not always the case. Let’s take a few steps back and review the basics.


What is oily skin? Oily skin has an excess of oil on the surface and is shiny in nature. It means that your sebaceous gland is in overdrive on sebum production (that oily/waxy thing that protects your skin), pushing it to the surface and makes the skin looks oily.


What is dry skin? Dry skin is a skin type; has a flaky surface and lacking in oil. It often appears dehydrated, peeled or inflamed. There are known severe cases which involve intense redness and itchiness, and have a tendency to crack.


What is dehydrated skin? Dehydrated skin is a skin condition; skin feels tight due to lack of water but still produces oil. In fact, dehydrated skin secretes more oil to compensate for the lack of moisture in the skin. This is the most common mistake of diagnosing dehydrated skin as oily skin.


Often, these skin types and conditions are confused with one another. They may share similar traits and outlook, but their causes and treatments are totally different. It is important to know and understand your skin’s condition, and then get the appropriate care and treatment accordingly.


Remember to always apply moisturizer after cleansing to keep your skin protected and hydrated.


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