Dehydration Part 2 – Lipid dehydration and the role it plays on skin health

Some examples of good quality fats that should be included in our diet daily

Essential Fatty Acid (Lipids)

When the word dehydration is talked about most people think of not drinking enough water.  There are actually 2 types of dehydration Water or Lipid dehydration.  In our last email we discussed the effects that water dehydration has on our body whereas today we will focus more on what lipid dehydration is and how it differs from water dehydration and things that you can do to help change this for both general health and for your skin health.

A great topic of conversation that has increased momentum over the past few years is debunking the sugar/fat myth.  This theory once it was taken up during the 60’s and 70’s has led to devastating outcomes for peoples general health and hopefully the message is getting out there about the dangers of sugar and low fat and how the right fat is not only good for us but essential for good health.

It is important to understand a bit more about the pathways that we absorb fats.

The skin being our largest organ has to have mechanisms in place to stop invasion from pathogens like bacteria, fungal & virus.  The skin has what we call a hydro lipid film which is one of the major protectants from these pathogens.  Our sebaceous glands produce oil and it is the alteration to these glands that contribute to issues like eczema, psoriasis, dry skin & acne

We can become dehydrated through many sources and some of these are Genetic, environmental, dietary & lifestyle.

Some of the Signs of dehydrated skin and the different presentation between both.

Lipid dehydrated

Water dehydrated


  • Wrinkles more pronounced
  •  Skin looks dehydrated especially around the eyes and lips
Acne – even those with oily skin can be dehydrated and this is very common in acne sufferers ** 
  • Skin is rough & flakey – sloths off
  • Flaky skin – not rough or sloth like lipid dry
  • Very small or hard to find pores



  • Your skin feels tight and uncomfortable after washing or cleansing

** Many people have combined like a T zone on your face but having both water & lipid dry which influences each other as low lipid layer will eventually lead to increased water dehydration as the skin barrier is not strong enough to stop water loss.

Whereas if someone is water dry then it compromises the production of lipids from the cells, it is a loose loose for everyone and can be confusing K so keeping up fluid levels is essential.

There are some who are more prone to Lipid dehydration.

Poor fat metabolism

  • Avoiding fat or eating low fat
  • Tired or sluggish after fatty meal
  • Floating stools, pale stool
  • Liver issues
  • Gallbladder removal
  • High Cholesterol
  • Elderly
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Those who don’t eat fish or other foods high in EFA’s
Foods to help maintain good EFA levels

Dehydration from low Essential fatty acids (Lipid) is especially easy if you are vegetarian or vegan.

  • Fish – oily fish like Salmon, sardines or tuna
  • Olive Oil, canola oil, flaxseed oil
  • Mixed nuts – almonds, walnuts, brazil, macadamia, cashews, hazelnuts – nuts daily are good but in moderation
  • Seeds – pumpkin, sunflower, hemp, sesame, linseed
  • Avocado
  • Chia sees
  • Good quality fish oil or especially cod liver oil is also high in vitamin A & D
  • Soy
  • Vegan & vegetarian options are non animal based foods from the above but also
  • You can get good sources from Algae which is high in omega 3
  • Sea buckthorn*

*When someone is low in good fats it can take a while to turn this around. Sea buckthorn and macadamia nuts are the highest form of omega 7 and is a good option to support and help lift your EFA levels while foods or supplements do their job.

It is the most important to get your glowing radiating skin from the benefits of inside out but also using skincare products including soaps that are high in EFA like olive oil is a great step to supporting your skin from the outside in and helping to maintain a good quality hydro lipid barrier as explained earlier.

I hope you can increase the good fats in your diet, If we can eat a small amount of foods from this group daily will help with more than good skin but ultimately good health.

To read more about water dehydration go to last month’s blog at;

Read water dehydration blog

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