Textured skin is generally defined as an uneven appearance. This can be caused by bumps, scars, enlarged pores, rough patches, and acne. In general, anything that takes away from the smooth appearance of your skin can be defined as “textured.”
No one is airbrushed in real life, so it is normal for your skin to have some visible texture. That being said, excess amounts of texture on the skin may signify poor health.
It is very much possible to get rid of textured skin. With patience and self-discipline, you can achieve luminous, smooth skin. Today, MadeMan will be explaining how.
What Causes Textured Skin?
Understanding what has caused the decline in your skin’s health can be useful for selecting the right treatment. The following are some of the most common causes of poor skin texture:
Sun damage is a major cause of damage to the skin. When you expose your skin to the sun without protection, the sun’s ultraviolet rays will likely damage your skin. This damage is called photoaging.
Photoaging is premature aging caused by the sun. The sun’s UVA and UVB rays can cause cellular DNA changes, resulting in age spots, wrinkles, decreased elasticity, and rough skin. All of these features contribute to the appearance of textured skin.
Photoaging is said to be responsible for 90% of the changes to your skin that can be visibly observed, making it perhaps the greatest culprit for textured skin. Since light is all around us and impossible to avoid, accruing some level of sun damage throughout your life is normal.
While the sun’s rays can negatively affect all three of the skin’s layers — the epidermis, dermis, and subcutis — its effect on the dermis is particularly harmful to the skin’s texture.
The dermis is the middle layer of skin and contains fibers that support the skin’s structure, such as collagen and elastin. These fibers are what allow you to maintain a smooth and youthful appearance. When the sun’s penetrating light damages the dermis, you will witness a decline in your skin’s texture.
Similar to the sunlight, certain environmental changes can influence your skin’s texture. In particular, low humidity levels and a cold temperature can negatively affect the state of your skin.
When combined, cold temperatures and low humidity levels result in dry air. Dry air is dangerous for the skin. Dry air will naturally attempt to draw much-needed moisture from other sources. This includes your skin.
The air will attempt to steal moisture away from your skin for its own benefit. In most instances, the cold air is successful. This will leave you with dry and damaged skin.
Most commonly, these sorts of weather conditions accompany the winter season. Your dry skin met by the harsh winds of winter or the even dryer indoor heat from your heating system can exacerbate these issues. Your skin texture may go from flaking to cracking and bleeding.
If you struggle with chronic dry skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea, your cold, dry environment may trigger a flare-up or breakout. This may also explain why your skin’s texture showcases a visible decline in health.
Your textured skin may not be caused by dryness but rather dehydration. Dehydration occurs when your body has lost too many fluids and is unable to function correctly. When your skin lacks fluids and moisture, it will have a similar response to your body in that it will not function correctly.
Your skin will lack protection and will begin to visibly deteriorate. Dehydrated skin is typically defined by cracking, peeling, itching, and irritation. All of these effects will negatively influence your skin’s texture.
Dehydrated skin is most commonly confused for dry skin, but the two are, in fact, different.
To identify whether your skin is dehydrated or dry, you can analyze what areas of your face and body are most impacted. Dehydrated skin tends to exacerbate dark circles below the eyes, reflecting a water deficiency.
You can also try the pinch test. Pinch your cheek and observe how it responds to the pressure. If your face wrinkles and does not hold its shape, dehydration is the cause of your textured skin.
Along with sun damage, one of the most common explanations for textured skin is aging. When you age, your epidermis, the outermost layer of your skin, will start to thin out. Also, as you age, there will be a decline in the number of melanocytes in your skin which are cells containing pigment.
Losing melanocytes and decreasing the density of your epidermis will result in thinner skin. Your thinner skin will appear translucent, which, in turn, will make all blemishes more blatant.
Another common effect of aging is a decline in the production of collagen.
Collagen is a fiber that is responsible for creating the infrastructure for elastin and hyaluronic acid. Simply put, this means that collagen is essential for upholding your skin’s elasticity and hydration.
As you age, your body tends to lose collagen. This will lead to the visibility of wrinkles and other fine lines in the skin. This can have a negative effect on your skin’s texture.
Getting Rid of Textured Skin
There are a few different ways to help you get rid of textured skin.
Try The Re(Set) Collection
First and foremost, we suggest doing what you can to completely reset your skin. This would mean revitalizing your skin and achieving a smooth appearance.
We know that this likely sounds easier said than done. However, for your convenience, we recommend that you use MadeMan’s Re(Set) Collection to help you to achieve “the impossible.”
With MadeMan, nothing is impossible when it comes to men’s skincare.
Our Re(Set) Collection is designed to provide men with the sort of confidence that can only come with a handsome and healthy complexion. The collection comes with two products, The Resetter and The Refresher.
The Resetter is a deep, but gentle non-irritating cleanse. Keeping your skin clean and clear is essential for preventing blocked pores on the skin that can create unevenly textured skin.
Our cleanser eliminates impurities from your pores, leaves your skin refreshed, and maintains your skin’s pH balance.
The Refresher is a fast-absorbing moisturizer that uses complex nutrients to promote the skin’s natural repair process, fix fine lines, and boost natural collagen production. All of these properties are useful for both fixing and preventing textured skin.
Together, The Resetter and Refresher offer maximum hydration, protection from free radicals, and a healthy and youthful appearance. This is in large part due to our product’s carefully selected ingredients. Both the cleanser and moisturizer are water-based and use all-natural ingredients.
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Use Sunscreen Daily
After cleansing and moisturizing, your next step should be to apply your sunscreen. As previously mentioned, photoaging is one of the most common causes of textured skin. An easy way to avoid this from happening is to protect yourself against the sun’s ultraviolet rays by using sunscreen.
There is both mineral and chemical sunscreen. Mineral sunscreen blocks and scatters the sun’s rays while chemical sunscreen absorbs them. Both effectively prevent the sun from ever penetrating and damaging your skin.
While you are welcome to use a mineral or chemical sunscreen, you must use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 30. Additionally, your sunscreen must be broad-spectrum.
This means that it will protect you against both UVA and UVB rays.
Every morning, you should be applying a nickel-sized dollop of sunscreen to your face. If you partake in a sweaty workout, take a dip in the pool, or hit the shower during the day, you may want to replace your sunscreen.
Reapply your sunscreen as often as is necessary to keep your skin protected and safe.
Consider Treatment Options
For direct treatment of your textured skin, visit your dermatologist to consider different options for you.
Amongst the most popular treatment options are chemical peels. Chemical peels are a facial treatment used to deeply exfoliate the skin’s surface using a strong chemical solution that promotes healthy, new skin growth.
Another popular treatment for tending to textured skin is dermabrasion.
Dermabrasion is a skin resurfacing treatment. During the procedure, a rapidly rotating device will be used to sand the outer layers of your skin, thus promoting cell regeneration and skin growth.
Also amongst these treatments is laser therapy. Laser therapy is a treatment in which light tuned to specific wavelengths is used to improve your skin by eliminating blemishes, reducing discoloration, and encouraging the growth of elastin. This treatment can be used to enhance your skin’s tone and texture.
Though skin getting textured overtime is common, it is also avoidable. There is no reason for you to have to live with rough, uneven, and unhealthy skin when there are so many options available to you.
One of the most important things is keeping up with a consistent skincare regimen that keeps your skin in mint condition. Use a quality cleanser and moisturizer twice a day to keep your skin clean and nourished. Apply your sunscreen every morning.
And finally, consider consulting with a dermatologist for information on specialized treatments for your skin. After all, a great face is built with MadeMan.