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Does Water Help Acne?

Most of us are aware of the fact that water is extremely important for our body. Water not only keeps us alive but also ensures that various organs and organ-systems of our body work properly. When you drink a lot of water, it keeps your body hydrated and most importantly makes your skin healthy and glowing.

Does Water Help Acne?

Does Water Help Acne?

Water is helpful in preventing the occurrence of acne and also helping in the treatment of acne. Water alone cannot be considered as a treatment for acne but it does assist other treatment options for acne, thus reducing the time required to treat acne. If you are not having acne, you can drink lots of water just to ensure that your skin remains free from acne in the future.

We all have learned in our science classes that 70% of our body is made up of water which is present in the form of fluids in our body. Some of the main fluids are blood, mucus, lymph etc. Blood is undoubtedly the most important fluid in our body. It helps in transportation of solid liquid and gaseous substances from one part of the body to another. The most important transportation is the exchange of gases (oxygen and carbon-dioxide) and solids (food particles and wastes) in and out of the body.

You may not realize but the largest organ in your body is skin and it needs enough water to work properly. If the skin is not kept well hydrated, the pores of the skin of the follicles start to get plugged due to the deposition of multiple layers of dead cells and dirt particles. Further, skin becomes an easy site for bacterial growth. All these factors can add up to cause acne. When you drink lots of water, you can avoid all such problems and prevent acne or support acne treatment. Moreover, the proper transportation of nutrients to each and every cell of the skin makes it healthy and free from acne.

Water is Better than the Alternatives for Acne

There are numerous options other than water to keep your skin hydrated. However, water is the best option among all the fluids. Fluids like milk, soft drinks etc. that are categorized as high-glycemic beverages can quench your thirst but make your acne worse. By drinking water, you can avoid other fluids that can be harmful for your body.

Water Works Well Against Mild Acne

When you are drinking water for the treatment of acne, you need to keep in mind that it does not work as acne treatment option but as a support therapy for other ongoing acne treatments. Water moisturizes your skin and helps in accumulation of toxins and other harmful substances inside the cells. Water carries all the solid and liquid waste from each skin cell to respective organs from where they can be expelled out of the body. Water is the best way to keep your skin hydrated without doing any damage like oil on the skin.

Water is very helpful in the treatment of mild forms of acne including blackheads and whiteheads. In the cases of severe acne such as papules and pustules, you cannot rely on water as the primary treatment option. You need to refer your doctor to seek proper medication and care. Proper medications when combined with water can be more effective and you can clear off all the acne in lesser time. Most importantly, there are side-effects of drinking water. In fact, it helps in the proper functioning of each and every organ of the body including skin.


  1. “Water: How much should you drink every day?” – Mayo Clinic Link: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 19, 2023

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