Dull Skin vs. Dry Skin

Dull skin is basically just that; skin that has lost its luminosity and brightness over a period of time. In some individuals however, dull skin exists from the moment of birth. Dull skin has an unhealthy look that can be attributed to a few factors. Lifestyle habits and your environment also have considerable effects on the health and state of your skin.

Dry or Dehydrated skin means that your skin is lacking water. It can be dry and itchy and perhaps dull looking, too. Your overall tone and complexion may appear uneven, and fine lines can be more noticeable.

While dehydrated skin can be annoying and or unattractive, it’s relatively easy to treat with the right lifestyle changes. Treatment begins from the inside out to replenish and maintain hydration throughout your body. 

Dehydrated skin can appear dry, but it’s not the same has having a dry skin type.

What Causes Dull and Dry Skin

There is a wide range of factors that play a role in the dulling of your skin. These factors can be biological, genetic, environmental or physical. Genetic factors are the most challenging to deal with, and this is because even after treatment, they may still recur. Dull skin can be passed down genetically within a family. The second reason for the development of dull skin is your environment.

Dull skin will usually appear in two ways. One, it can appear as a standalone skin problem or it can occur hand in hand with either dry skin or oily skin. Therefore, one may experience dull and dry skin or dull and oily skin. Dull and dry skin is caused by lack of moisture while oily skin results from an excess buildup of oil on the skin.

Dehydrated skin is sometimes discussed synonymously with dry skin. However, these are two different phenomena.

While dehydrated skin lacks water, dry skin lacks natural oils (also called sebum). Also, dry skin is a skin type, while dehydration is considered a condition.

Skin types are classified as normal, dry, combination, and oily. You’re usually born with one type of skin, but it can change with age and season. When you have dry skin, your sebaceous glands don’t produce enough natural oils.

Your skin usually needs help with added hydration to protect from further moisture loss.

Signs of dry skin include:

  • scaly skin
  • white flakes
  • redness
  • irritation

Dry skin is sometimes associated with skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, and even post-acne breakouts. However, these aren’t the same as having this dry skin type, nor are they the same as dehydrated skin. Again, keeping your skin moisturized is key in maintaining healthy and glowing soft skin. 


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