Can Drinking Water Improve Your Acne

Get Expert Advice

Not sure about your condition? Get in touch now, there is no reason for you to wait.


Water is the most important drink we can consume. Given that 60% of the human body is made up of water, it’s clear to see that water plays an important role in keeping our bodies healthy and hydrated.

Studies suggest that you cannot live without water beyond 21 days and that dehydration causes exhaustion, fatigue and reduction of bodily functions quickly. You can survive without water for 3 days, however how your body acts and how you experience this time will be significantly different to bodies and minds that are well hydrated.

This emphasises the power water has to stimulate and support our body. It’s not only an important component of our body in general but a key ingredient in keeping our bodies in the best condition we can throughout our lifetimes.


Drinking water has many benefits both on the body as a whole, as well as your skin specifically. The benefits of drinking water on the body in general include:

Water Helps Deliver Oxygen Around the Body

With blood cells consisting of 80% water, the importance of good hydration cannot be disregarded. Blood is a tool used by the body to carry oxygen throughout the body. Therefore, staying hydrated through water consumption helps to ensure blood cells carry effective amounts of oxygen across the body.

Water Helps to Maintain Blood Pressure

If blood cells are lacking in water, the blood becomes thicker, which increases blood pressure in the body. Normalising blood pressure is super important because if the pressure is incorrect, the blood might not flow correctly around the circulatory system and no oxygen or nutrients would be delivered through our arteries to the tissues and organs.

Water’s Ability to Help with Weight Loss

Water helps your body to burn more calories as well as suppressing your appetite. Indirectly, this may help you consume fewer calories, helping with weight loss in the process.

Water Helps Reduce Kidney Damage

We consume a lot of things that might taste great but aren’t good for us. Water helps to regulate this, through dissolving minerals and nutrients, which makes them easier to consume by the body. This also allows the body to remove waste products and stimulate antioxidants to get rid of more harmful by-products of foods within the body.

Find out more about acne treatments

If you need help treating Acne, you may benefit by seeking professional assistance. The expertise and qualifications held by our consultants allow us to offer the highest quality private dermatology consultations, treatments and skin surgery. 

Dermatologists in London


Reducing Toxins on the Skin

Through hydrating skin, allowing the skin to retain moisture, water can help the skin to flush out nasty toxins on the skin as well as in the body. Water is one of the best ways to flush out bodily toxins.

Moisturising the Skin

Drinking a few pints of water a day along with thorough cleaning of your skin allows the water to cleanse your skin and unclog any pores that have dirt and dead skin cells clogging them (a cause of acne – more on this later) and retain moisture and skin health.

Dealing with Sagging Skin

Drinking the correct amounts of water today helps your skin to remain supple and tight, which, over time after weight loss, allows the skin to tighten and reduce sagging.

Keeps Skin Profile Looking Good

Hydrating the skin through water consumption keeps your skin producing enough elastin and collagen to remain healthy. This is not only helpful for skin sagging but also skin colour and pigmentation remaining healthy, too.


Water has many ways in which it can improve your skin, which helps to improve your acne over time. Drinking water has both direct and indirect benefits for treating acne.

Firstly, with bacterial acne, water helps to remove toxins and bacteria on the skin, reducing the potential for pore-clogging in the process.

Secondly, keeping the skin moisturised allows the skin to maintain healthy skin cell rejuvenation and collagen production. This helps with acne healing and the reduction of inflammation from acne pimples and acne scarring on the skin.

Finally, increasing your water intake helps reduce blood sugar levels. A high intake of sugar, resulting in higher blood sugar levels is proven to increase acne on the skin. Therefore, balancing and maintaining your blood sugar levels through correct water consumption, which again, helps to detoxify the skin.

It must be noted, however, that there is no quick fix for acne and certainly not a solution for all. Acne is such a complicated skin condition that it requires regular maintenance, ongoing monitoring and often test and adapt treatment programmes. No one acne treatment fixes all cases and while water can help to deal with acne, it should not be expected to be a prime solution for the skin condition.

Acne is a skin condition that is defined as super complicated with incredible quirks and nuances. There are interesting facts surrounding acne you might not have heard about. These facts can help your improve your acne skin care routine and manage or even support the treatment of your acne, improving it over time.


For more information on acne, visit our acne insights where you’ll find plenty more articles on acne, acne scarring and the development of treatments. If you would like to speak to an acne specialist, we welcome you to contact us or book a consultation online.

Related Posts

Melanoma Awareness Month

May is Melanoma Awareness Month

Every year, May marks an important moment for the world’s collective fight against melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. It’s a time when the

Start Your Journey With Us

Please fill in this form and one of our team will give you a call back to arrange a consultation with one of our expert dermatologists.

Best time to call?
Please tick if you are an existing patient
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.