Does Drinking Water Help Prevent Acne?

Myth or Truth?

Woman drinking water in the room
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The idea that drinking eight glasses of water is essential for having clear skin and good health is not accurate. This widely accepted reasoning has been debunked by the scientific community because there is no evidence to back it up.

Drink When You Are Thirsty

In a video clip (no longer accessible online) posted on CBS News Web site, Dr. Stanley Goldfarb (one of the researchers from the University of Pennsylvania who agrees that the eight glasses a day theory is bunk) stated, "If you're thirsty, drink, if you're not thirsty, you needn't drink."

Acne aside, it is a bit nutty to buy into the myth that everyone needs to drink eight eight ounces glasses each day. Why eight glasses? Supposedly, someone came up with this years ago, but there is no data that reflects any scientific reason why this conclusion came about.

Think about it. Does a petite woman weighing 112 pounds need to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water. How about the three hundred pound guy? Is eight glasses of water enough for him? Liquids in foods should count too, right?

Known Factors that Contribute to Acne Include:

  • Stress
  • Hormone Imbalances
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Excessive Oil Production
  • Clogged Pores
  • Bacteria
  • Dead Skin Cells

Steam, Exfoliate, and Moisturize Your Skin Routinely 

If your primary concern is dehydration it is important not to neglect your body's exterior needs. Pamper your skin using steam treatments or spending time in a sauna.You might also like to explore different types of facial treatments to moisturize your face and skin. Keeping those pores unclogged is a keen preventative measure for having a clearer, acne free complexion.

Certainly, Drinking Water is Still Important

Since we don't have to keep track of our daily water consumption or feel guilty for not drinking enough water this doesn't mean water should be eliminated from our diets. It is still important to drink water. Water is one of the four basic elements after all. 

Obviously, for anyone desiring a healthier diet, the consumption water would be the preferred beverage choice over caffeinated drinks or high-fructose sodas. Go ahead and reach for the water bottle or turn on the water faucet and enjoy a refreshing glass of water whenever you're thirsty. No harm, no foul.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.