Dry Skin vs Dehydrated Skin: How To Know the Difference

Living with dry skin or dehydrated skin? Dr. David Thomas and Dr. Margaret Dupree at the North County Dermatology Center in Encinitas, CA is here to help you find relief.

Dealing With Dry and Dehydrated Skin

Let’s face it: dry skin is a pain to live with. It can be itchy, uncomfortable, and unattractive. You just want it gone, and maybe you’ve tried all of the products you can think of to fix it. And there is a chance that nothing seems to be working. 

Don’t lose hope, though. The issue may simply be that your skin isn’t dry in the way you’re thinking – it might be dehydrated, instead. What’s the difference and why does it matter? Let’s take a look at some facts. 

Dry skin is a skin type. It’s something you’re typically born with and it means that your skin is not producing the oil it needs. It’s an issue throughout your body. 

You’ll need specific products to make sure you’re replacing the oils that you don’t naturally produce. However, there is not really a way to cure it. Dry skin comes with symptoms like redness, irritation, and scaly skin. 

Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, is a skin condition. It is completely manageable and not necessarily a permanent issue. It simply means that your skin lacks water. Treating it requires determining what is dehydrating your skin and working to rehydrate it. 

Causes of dehydrated skin can include everything from caffeine, a lack of sleep, the foods you eat, smoking, and similar things. Symptoms can include itchy skin, under-eye circles, fine lines and wrinkles, and a dull complexion.

Get Help for Your Dry Skin or Dehydrated Skin in Encinitas, CA

Whether your skin is dry, dehydrated, or both, there is hope. Dr. Thomas and Dr. Dupree at North County Dermatology Center can help diagnose your symptoms, help you determine the cause, and find the best treatment for your needs.

If you’re suffering from dry skin or dehydrated skin, you don’t have to fight it alone. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Thomas and Dr. Dupree at the North County Dermatology Center in Encinitas, CA by calling (760) 230-2805.

Contact Us

Find us on the map

Office Hours

Office Hours


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm