While we all know we should be confident in the skin we’re in, it can be difficult when we’re constantly told by advertising and media that we need fancy products to help us be ‘normal’. If you’re having trouble embracing the skin you’re in, we have a few dermatologist-approved tips to help you improve your textured skin.
Why is my skin textured?
Besides any obvious damage you may have from aging or acne, you may simply just be unhappy with the look of the skin. The simple fact is our skin’s health is influenced by several factors; stress, smoking, pollution, and the sun all take their toll on our skin. You may also suffer from conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or keratosis pilaris. Over time, dead skin builds up, irritation takes its toll, and age stops our skin from renewing itself as frequently as before.
You may have heard of the ‘skin barrier’ before. This is a top layer of dead skin and important waxes and ceramides that help trap moisture in our living skin layers, and keep the bad elements out. If this is compromised in some way, the damage can quickly mount, and you may find your skin dry, sore, and red.
What can I change to help improve my textured skin?
Fortunately, you don’t have to accept the state of your skin. There are many simple lifestyle changes you can make that will have a profound effect on your skin. Stop skipping sleep, embrace some mindfulness practices to bring down stress, and pile your plate full of antioxidants and vitamin-packed veggies, and fresh foods. You may want to also cut down on habits like smoking and vaping, and increase your intake of water. Exercise is also great for your skin, of course, as it sends oxygen and blood rushing to the surface.
Now it’s time to tweak your daily skin routine. Sometimes less is more, and if you’re having irritation issues that goes double. Make sure you’re using a proper sunscreen daily, as the sun is the primary cause of aging and skin irritation both. Use gentle, hydrating creams that will help fortify the skin barrier and pump moisture into the skin, and invest in a quality chemical exfoliant like lactic acid or glycolic acid to use regularly. These may seem like small tweaks, but over time you will see supple, healthy, and happy skin emerge.
Getting serious about textured skin
Tweaks to your routine can’t undo all past damage. One of the best places to start addressing heavily textured skin is with a peel. While you will find at-home peels, it’s best to get your first few through a dermatologist. Not only can they specifically balance the peel for your skin and issues, there’s less chance of mistakenly causing irritation and damage in the hands of an expert.
From there, there are many specific procedures that could help your textured skin, from microneedling and microdermabrasion to laser resurfacing. You’re going to need expert help here, so don’t be afraid to reach out to a dermatologist to discuss what your skin needs.
Feeling better during the process
It’s going to take time for any skin care changes to take effect. Using the correct makeup can provide an instant lift for your skin, and your self-esteem too. Use the best foundations for textured skin to help create a smoother canvas, and learn how to apply it properly for the very best results. You’ll soon feel great about the skin you’re in.
There’s plenty of ways to handle textured skin that doesn’t mean just living with it, so don’t be afraid to get out there and find the right solution for you!