Our skin normally has pores and textures. However, there are times when it becomes too rough, dull, or flaky. Here are the reasons why we experience having textured skin and what we can do about it!
Reasons Why We Get Textured Skin
- Dryness — This could be due to underlying medical conditions like atopic dermatitis or staying in low humidity environments. Other factors that contribute to dry skin are harsh soaps and cleansers, long, hot showers, age, certain medications, smoking, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
- UV damage — Chronic and cumulative sun exposure subjects the skin to the harmful effects of UV rays and this shows in leathery, rough, and dull skin.
- Acne — Skin conditions like acne can also contribute to having textured skin. The presence of blackheads, whiteheads, zits, pimples, and nodulocystic lesions leads to textured skin. These are a result of clogged pores, excess sebum production, underlying inflammation, and the presence of Cutibacterium acnes in the skin.
How To Get Rid of Textured Skin
For dry skin — Addressing textured skin would depend on its underlying cause(s). For those with textured skin due to dryness, use cleansers that are pH balanced with mild surfactants. Choose a moisturizer that you can apply as often as needed. Avoid long, showers and cigarette smoke. Make sure to consult a board-certified dermatologist for evaluation of underlying conditions like atopic dermatitis and/or nutrient deficiencies!
For sun damage — For those with textured skin due to UV damage, remember to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. You can also incorporate AHAs, BHAs, azelaic acid, topical vitamin C, or retinoids in your skincare routine. Just make sure to patch test first before using the skincare product!
For acne — For skin texture due to acne, consult a board-certified dermatologist for personalized treatment. Acne is best managed by medications like benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and azelaic acid as well as oral medications like antibiotics, hormonal therapy, and isotretinoin. Treatment of acne depends on the type of acne lesions and severity so it varies from patient to patient.
Things To Remember
Please take note that you should not experiment with different products and treatments because these can lead to more harm than good especially if it was not prescribed by a board-certified dermatologist. Do not hesitate to consult a board-certified dermatologist because he or she can guide you on how to address whatever skin concerns you might have!
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