What Causes Uneven Skin Texture?
Skin texture is a measure of the smoothness of the skin. But most people often regard uneven skin texture simply as Texture. Uneven skin texture mostly occur as skin-colored bumps with a mixture of whiteheads. The skin can develop uneven texture for a number of reasons. You can develop texture when your pores are clogged with dead skin cells. This can result to acne with the presence of sebum, bacteria, and dirt.
Dehydration can also lead to the occurrence of uneven skin texture. When skin is dehydrated, it looks patchy and/or flaky. Xerosis or Xeroderma (chronically dry skin) also causes uneven texture on the surface of the skin.
Another cause of uneven texture is excessive sun exposure. Effects of years of sun exposure can greatly affect the way our skin looks and feels. As we all already know, excessive sun exposure will not only result in uneven texture, it induces hyperpigmentation, melasma, acne, among others.
How to Prevent Uneven Skin Texture
Preventing uneven texture eliminates the need for treatment in the first place. Having a solid skincare routine that includes hydration, exfoliation, and the use of sunscreen helps in preventing the occurrence of uneven skin texture.
Getting laser treatments can be wonderful in preventing and improving skin texture. Staying away from the sun and avoiding smoking are also key to having smooth skin.
How to Treat Uneven Skin Texture
The first step in treating uneven skin texture is reinforcing the skin’s moisture barrier. I have already written a full post on how to promote and maintain a healthy barrier function. If your skin’s barrier is compromised, your skin will be sensitized and sensitized skin cannot successfully get rid of uneven texture.
But whether or not your skin’s lipid barrier is intact, you will need to hydrate like a madman to get rid of texture. Hydrating and moisturizing at least twice a day is important. Next comes exfoliation. The best hydrators contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, snail mucin, urea, aloe vera, lactic acid, butylene glycol etc
Exfoliation helps to get rid of dead skin cells that would otherwise clog up your pores and worsen your texture. Glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid are some of the ingredients used in exfoliation. However, great care should be taken to not over-exfoliate as that can significantly worsen skin texture.
Protecting the skin is a must if you want to get rid of texture. Sun damage causes and worsens texture, destroys barrier function and causes uneven skin tone and enlarged pores. Use of exfoliants also make the skin more sensitive to the sun. This is why the use of SPF 30+ is advised in the treatment of any skin problem.
Hydrators That Address Texture
Chemical Exfoliants That Treat Texture
Retinoids for Texture
Protective Sunscreens That Can Help Get Rid of Texture