Does Drinking Water Help With Acne?

(Last Updated On: June 29, 2019)

We’ve all been aware of it for some time now – drinking plenty of water a day is amazing for both the way your body looks and feels, and for your health. Actually, it’s so healthy for you, that doctors have been constantly increasing the recommended daily water intake each and every year for the last decade. Last time I’ve heard it they said that 8 glasses a day will keep the doctor away.

And one of those many benefits of drinking healthy amounts of water is that it will help you fight acne and other skin problems and will keep your skin (among other organs) looking fresh and healthy.

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How Does Drinking Water Help Acne?

Might be hard to believe at first, but there’s a logical explanation on why drinking water will help you treat acne and make your skin look and feel younger and healthier. Just think about it, we all learned it at school – that our bodies are actually 70% water. Water circulates the body in the blood, lymph, mucus and other fluids. And since one of water’s main roles in the body is flushing out toxins, by not drinking enough water a lot of those toxins can and will stay trapped in your inside organs and skin. The skin is our biggest organ and trapped toxins in your pores is one of the main reasons acne are being formed.

And it’s not just acne, but actually not hydrating enough can be also damaging for your skin in many other ways, like causing it not to heal properly or actually accelerating the aging process.

Also, always keep in mind that drinking too much water can actually be as bad as drinking too little water, and can have dire consequences for your health because it upsets the concentrations of electrolytes needed for nerve messages to reach the heart and lungs.

Best Way To Use Water For Acne?

Yes, the most obvious way to hydrate your skin would be splashing water directly to it, but the harsh truth, even though washing your face regularly is really good and healthy, is that most of the water you apply directly to your skin will just evaporate or roll off.

Even doing it more regularly won’t change it, since once you apply water to your face the aquaporins (carrier molecules that can transport small amounts of water) get full and won’t accept any more water.

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But one other, more efficient way of keeping your skin hydrated, is by applying moisturizers. Because, anything that can be transported through the aquaporins can moisturize the skin. The fats in your skin can absorb fats from moisturizers and this is the reason why many moisturizers contain oil. What about fish oil omega 3? Does it help?

So remember, when choosing a nice daily moisturizer suitable for your skin type, it’s always best to stay away from the alcohol-based ones and opt for those that are oil-based, they are a safer options and they keep your skin moisturized for longer periods of time. Also, dermatologists recommend that applying moisturizers at night might clog the pores and cause more acne, so use a moisturizer that you apply in the morning.

While drinking water is great for your skin and will help you fight acne, remember that you can’t rely only on that. When washing your face aside from using warm water (never hot!), always use a treatment system suitable for your acne-prone skin, to cleanse and tone.

Tips For Using Water Consumption To Improve Your Acne

But with doctors changing their mind so often about how much water you need to drink daily, how do you actually know how to properly hydrate? Here are some tips that will help you with all the dilemmas you might have about water consumption. And even though some of them are not directly connected to water consumption, they will help you stay hydrated and fight acne by drinking and eating healthy:

  • In terms of quantity, it’s always best to drink half of your body weight in ounces on a daily basis.
  • Eat lots of raw fruits and veggies every day, they are both high in water content and will help you stay hydrated.
  • Maintain a high-fiber diet that will help your body get rid of toxins. Some of the high-fiber foods are artichokes, peas, brussels sprouts, bananas, strawberries and potatoes.
  • Avoid dehydrating beverages like alcohol, sugary sodas and coffee.
  • Reduce (or even completely eliminate) your intake of dairy products, since they’ve been known to cause acne.
  • Avoid regular milk (try almond, rice or soya milk instead), cheese and butter. But don’t skip yogurt, yogurt is really healthy for your body and skin.
  • Eat less (or even none) refined sugars. It’s been known for a long time now that artificial sugars can cause imbalances in your blood sugar levels and can contribute to candidiasis.
  • Skip the animal-based proteins. Some meats, and especially red meat, is very acidifying for your body and can cause acne. Instead eat other protein packed foods like greek yogurt, eggs and chia seeds (which are also full with fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids.


Even though your acne problems (on your shoulder or other part) might not be directly connected to you being fully hydrated or not, drinking healthy amounts of water and using other ways to hydrate your skin will help you fight acne. Don’t let yourself dehydrate, it will not only be bad for your skin and acne, but also for the rest of your body and metabolism.

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