5 signs of dehydrated skin and how to fix it

Have you ever felt like your skin would stay dry, irritated, or sensitive no matter what you did? Well, maybe these are the signs of dehydrated skin. Please note that dry skin and dehydrated skin are two different problems. In case you are confused, today we are going to discuss the telltale signs and symptoms of dehydrated skin so that you can effectively treat the problem.

Health Shots contacted Dr Rashmi Ravindra, Dermatology and Cosmetology Consultant, Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru, who listed the signs of dehydrated skin.

Dr. Ravindra says: “There are different signs that show that the skin lacks hydration. It means dehydrated skin. It happens when a person loses more water than they take in.

Here are 5 signs that show that your skin lacks hydration:

1. Dry skin

Dehydrated skin can lead to dryness. Dr. Ravindra says, “There may be general dryness of the skin, or patchy dryness, or scaly lesions with or without itching.” This is due to the lack of moisture in the skin, which occurs from the inside.

You need to take care of your dry skin. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Dullness

If your complexion is dull, uneven and tired, it may be due to dehydrated skin.

3. Dark circles and wrinkles

When your body is not properly hydrated, dark circles under the eyes can be seen with sunken eyes. In fact, there will be more fine lines and wrinkles, which means that the skin has become less elastic.

4. Itching

This is a very common symptom of dehydrated skin. If you have patches, flaky skin, and itchiness, it clearly means that your skin lacks moisture and hydration.

5. Dry eyes, lips and mouth

Dehydrated skin also involves symptoms such as dry eyes, dry mouth, and dry lips.

Side effects of dehydrated skin also include:

  • Rashes or acne: Dry skin increases the likelihood that your pores will expand, allowing acne-causing germs to penetrate deeper into your skin.
  • Redness: Dry skin is generally not dangerous. But if neglected, dry skin can lead to dehydration of the skin, which can lead to rashes, cracking, and redness.
  • Inflammation: Skin inflammation and rashes can lead to redness, discomfort, itching and dryness. They can also be difficult to identify and treat.
  • Congestion: Dead skin cells, sweat, pollutants and sebum build up in the pores causing congestion.
  • Increased skin sensitivity: Dehydration makes your skin more sensitive and prone to inflammation. High skin sensitivity is characterized by rashes, dry patches, and redness.

What is the difference between dry and dehydrated skin?

Yes, here is a difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin. In the case of dry skin, the natural oils in the skin are relatively less. It can be seen in conditions associated with eczema or psoriatic skin or due to natural and frequent washing of the skin or abnormally dry skin. Whereas in dehydrated skin there is insufficient water content which is due to insufficient water intake.

dehydrated skin
Dry skin can become acne-prone skin. Image Courtesy: Pixabay

How to hydrate your skin?

1. Drink water: To keep your skin well hydrated, an adequate amount of water intake is essential. Preferably, having at least three to four glasses of warm water in the morning is of great importance.

2. Antioxidants: Consume an adequate amount of fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily diet which have antioxidant action. This will keep your skin soft and supple.

3. Face oil: If you are prone to dry skin, you can apply face oil before and after bathing.

4. Keep the bath short: A good bath is essential to avoid dry skin. But don’t spend too much time in the shower. Taking a short, quick bath with lukewarm water will help.

5. Moisturizing: Do not forget to apply a good amount of moisturizer and especially apply it immediately after bathing. This is for regular hydration and to keep the skin supple.


For dehydrated skin, getting enough water, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and topical use of a mild cleanser followed by moisturizer and sunscreen if you go out are all good. ways to hydrate your skin. So follow these tips.