Uneven skin texture is one of those things that most people deal with but isn’t something that immediately comes to mind when you’re thinking about your ideal complexion.
Not to be confused with uneven skin tone which deals with pigmentation, textured skin is the condition of the skin's surface which can become uneven or dull from sun damage, lack of proper exfoliation, ageing, acne scarring and loss of collagen. In the simplest form, textured skin is a result of a build-up of excess dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Pigmentation and uneven tone can often be masked with some handy concealer, however textured skin is much more difficult to cover and treat.
The uneven texture can show itself by exposing symptoms such as dry or rough patches and red bumps on various areas of the body, most commonly the face and legs. Many people will turn to available dermatologist treatments in an attempt to cure textured skin, however we have put together some helpful at-home remedies to improve skin texture below.
Exfoliate! Washing away dead skin cells is so important in achieving an even skin complexion as this build up is the main reason for textured skin. Exfoliating once or twice a week (depending on your skin sensitivity) with a scrub or brush will allow for consistent results. Using a gentle exfoliant is key as abrasive exfoliants can cause micro-tears and induce excess oil production which will only inflame your skin texture issues.
- Add Vitamin C to your skincare routine. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that repairs and defends the skin from environmental damages whilst also reducing pigmentation, scarring and age spots. This addition not only repairs current damages but is also important if you want to avoid skin texture problems in the future.
Never forget your SPF. Exposure to the sun is a prominent cause of uneven skin texture, so taking the proper precautions and protecting your skin with SPF 30 or higher is crucial to preventing further damage. We’ll add this to the endless list of reasons that your first priority every day should be protecting your skin from the sun.
- Use a razor that won’t further irritate the skin when shaving. Making the switch to a single-blade safety razor, like the Smooth Operator Zero Waste Razor, will allow you to shave areas that are experiencing the symptoms of textured skin and not inflame the problem. These razors are designed specifically for sensitive skin/skin conditions and the removal of soap strips protect your pores by ensuring no harmful chemicals can be absorbed into the skin.
Please note that if you are dealing with chronic problems due to textured skin you should always follow the guidance given by your dermatologist or preferred skin specialist.