Smooth, supple skin is universally flattering, and an indicator of good overall health! While we all strive a smooth and even complexion, it’s common to experience uneven skin texture from time to time. Rough, patchy, or bumpy skin can be especially bothersome on the face, as it is not easy to cover up like the rest of the skin on the body.
Makeup can temporarily help, but the formula consistency is especially important when treating uneven skin texture on the face. Thick, dry or powdery products can cling to skin, sink into lines, and exacerbate the look of uneven skin texture. Not only can covering rough or patchy skin make it appear worse, it can further clog pores and cause more breakouts - creating a cycle of uneven skin texture on your face.
For this reason, it’s critical to treat the root of the problem and address the main cause of your uneven skin texture, rather than simply covering it up. Luckily, treating textured skin on the face is fairly simply! Here are some tried-and-true methods to correct undesirable skin texture and leave your face smooth and glowing!
What Contributes to Skin Texture?
Several factors contribute to your skin texture: from your skin type to your environment and lifestyle choices, to the products you use each day.
You’ve probably heard of the four major skin types before: oily, dry, combination, and normal skin. The skin types are fairly easy to identify. If you have oily skin, you’ll notice excess oil especially in your t-zone and may even experience a greasy texture to skin. Dry skin can feel dehydrated, lacking oil, and may even be rough or scaly if severe. Combination skin often has patches of oily areas in the t-zone, with drier areas on the cheeks. Normal skin tends to be most even - without excess oil, dryness, and is consistent across the entire face. While oily, dry, and combination skin require specialized skincare products, normal skin can be successfully maintained with regular products.
Different skin types may experience texture issues for various reasons. For example, oily skin may be more prone to acne, which creates bumps, divots, and scarring. Dry skin, however, may experience rough and flaky patches due to dryness and dehydration.
If you live in a dry climate, you will likely experience drier, rougher skin due to dehydration. Lifestyle choices like diet, water intake, alcohol consumption, and smoking can also cause uneven skin texture.
How Can I Improve My Skin Texture?
There are several ways to improve skin’s texture - from simple, at-home remedies to professional-grade treatments. We recommend beginning with gentle treatments and working your way up to more intensive treatments to be gentle on your skin. Additionally, you should always remember to drink enough water and cleanse skin morning and night as the basis of overall skin health!
Exfoliation is the process of sloughing away dead skin cell buildup that can collect on the surface of your skin. Over time, these skin cells can create dry, flaky patches that contribute to uneven skin texture.
There are two methods of exfoliation: mechanical and chemical. Mechanical exfoliants use granules or other abrasive substances to remove skin cell buildup. On the other hand, chemical exfoliants use chemicals to dissolve the bonds holding dead skin cells together to reveal smoother skin.
An exfoliation step should come after you’ve cleansed your skin to remove makeup and grime and ensure the exfoliant is working directly on the skin. If you’re new to exfoliating or have dry and sensitive skin, start slow to build up your skin’s ability to withstand the exfoliation process.
As you age, your skin cells turnover more slowly, and this decrease in skin cell turnover can lead to more skin cell buildup. Regular exfoliation can help remove this buildup to help your skin feel smoother.
Prep N Glow Wipes are excellent for gentle exfoliation - these dual-sided wipes feature a smooth side to cleanse, and a micro-bead side to gently slough away dead skin cells. Additionally, these nutrient-packed wipes contain hyaluronic acid to hydrate skin.
Chemical peels can help remove dead skin cells by breaking down what binds them together. Not only can this help even out skin texture, but it can also help smooth the appearance of wrinkles. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), like glycolic acid and lactic acid, and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), like salicylic acid, are a few essential ingredients used in different kinds of chemical peels.
Light chemical peels are generally safe at home. However, if you have significant issues with skin texture, your dermatologist may recommend a medium or even a deep chemical peel to smoothen your skin. These peels must be done in-office because they are considered medical procedures.
This cosmetic procedure uses needles to poke into the epidermis and should always be done by a board-certified dermatologist. This process helps support collagen production to help the skin repair itself more efficiently.
Microneedling works to help encourage skin repair so that those with acne or similar skin conditions are less likely to see scarring, bringing them one step closer to a smooth face.
Antioxidant Vitamin C is especially helpful to treat textured skin by supporting collagen production. In addition, Vitamin C can also help support your skin’s natural defenses against environmental and UV damage.
While we always recommend using SPF 30 to protect skin, you can also treat skin after sun damage. Adding Vitamin C into your skincare routine can significantly help smooth your skin texture.
While Vitamin C sends free radicals running, it also brightens the skin and blurs the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. We recommend Super Vita-C Booster Serum, which is expertly formulated and effective for all skin types. This formula combines Vitamin C with niacinamide and IonPlex® blend to deeply hydrate skin.
NuFACE Microcurrent devices utilize microcurrents that help facial muscles tighten for the appearance of lifted, contoured skin to improve skin texture. The Trinity Complete Set is esepcially helpful for texture skin, as it comes with the best-selling Trinity Device, Aqua Gel Activator, Effective Lip & Eye Attachment, Wrinkle Reducer Attachment, and FIX device with FIX serum to fully customize your treatment and target specific areas and skin issues. The clinically-proven Trinity Device has been shown to smooth skin in 80% of participants, making it ideal if you’d like to improve skin texture.
By targeting the muscles in these rough areas of skin, the Trinity Device helps support collagen production. Because of this, the skin feels more plump and smooth, and you may also notice visible effects as your natural collagen fills in textured areas from blemish scarring.