November 01, 2021 6 min read

Valuing one’s appearance is nothing to be ashamed about. It is well known that the way you look can have a major impact on how you are perceived by others. That being said, your behavior and how you treat yourself and others do influence your appearance. 

So, if you’re looking for ways on how to improve skin texture, here’s what you should know. 

What Causes Poor Skin Texture?

Poor skin texture can be caused by a variety of factors. 

Aging

One common factor is aging. As we age, our epidermis will begin to thin despite the physical layers of skin staying the same. Additionally, the number of melanocytes in the skin, which are cells that contain pigment, will decrease. Altogether, this often results in thinner, more translucent skin.

Sun Damage 

Another common factor is sun damage. When exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation without any protection like sunscreen, you are at risk of photoaging. Photoaging is typically designed as the premature aging of the skin caused by DNA changes at a cellular level. 

Symptoms of photoaging include: 

  • Wrinkling
  • Age spots
  • Decreased elasticity
  • Rough skin

Environmental Changes

Another common factor is environmental changes. The skin tends to become drier and flakier during the cold winter months due to the cold temperature, harsh winds, and low humidity levels. 

Other symptoms include: 

  • Tightness
  • Itchiness
  • Stinging
  • Redness
  • Irritation

Dehydration

Another common factor is dehydration. Dehydrated skin is a condition caused by a water deficiency. 

By using more fluids than you consume, your skin cannot operate in the way it is meant to. As a result, it may crack, peel, itch, and become irritated.

Hormonal Changes

Another common factor is hormonal changes. For example, when you experience high levels of stress, your body will release stress-related hormones such as cortisol into the body, increasing the rate at which the sebaceous glands produce sebum. 

Overall, the look and feel of your skin can be influenced by any combination of the factors mentioned above and result in an overall loss of smoothness and a rough, dry, and uneven-looking texture.

How To Improve Your Skin’s Texture

Taking preventative action is perhaps the most effective way to combat poor skin texture. Doing so can halt further damage and allow your skin the time it needs to heal and improve naturally. 

Additionally, most preventative actions by nature will provide you with overall health benefits for your skin and body that will sometimes speed up your skin’s healing process.

Diet

Suppose you are unwilling to remove processed foods and alcohol from your diet. In that case, you can try to balance out your unhealthy diet decisions with healthy ones by implementing more beneficial products into your meal regimen. 

One way of doing this is by increasing your vitamin intake. Vitamin A plays an integral role in your skin’s health for its ability to make the skin firm and supple. 

Foods that are good sources of vitamin A include cheese, eggs, liver, and fish.

Vitamin C is another vitamin that may help repair damaged tissues in the skin, reduce fine lines, and freshen up your look. Foods that are good sources of vitamin C include peppers, broccoli, strawberries, and potatoes.

Zinc is also capable of healing your skin following any injury. 

This means that it can assist with repairing your potentially poorly textured skin. It also has the potential to protect the skin from ultraviolet damage and to act as an antioxidant. Foods that are rich in zinc include oysters, oats, mushrooms, and garlic.

Another way to use your diet to improve your skin’s texture is to increase your omega-3 fatty acids intake. Foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids include salmon, flaxseed, eggs, and canola oil.

Sunscreen

As previously mentioned, unprotected exposure to the sun’s rays can result in severe damage to the skin and is one of the leading causes of poor skin texture. To avoid the negative symptoms that accompany photoaging, you must wear sunscreen every day, even when it is overcast, or you intend to stay indoors.

As for selecting the best sunscreen, you have the option of choosing between a chemical sunscreen, which uses its ingredients to absorb the sun’s rays before they can damage your skin, or mineral sunscreen, which blocks and scatters the sun’s rays before they can penetrate and damage your skin.

It is also important that the sunscreen you use has a sun protection factor, or SPF, of at least 30. This will ensure that the nickel-sized dollop of sunscreen you apply to your face every morning is enough to protect you throughout the day. 

Cleansing and Moisturizing

Using the appropriate cleanser and moisturizer can make a big difference in your skin’s texture by making it smoother and more radiant. 

The right cleanser will remove dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, and an effective moisturizer boosts hydration, balances sebum production, and treats dry patches.

For your convenience, we recommend The Re(Set) Collection

This collection consists of The Resetter, which doubles as a cleanser and shaving gel and The Refresher, which works as a moisturizer. The cleanser provides a deep but gentle wash that eliminates impurities from your pores and leaves your skin’s texture looking smooth. 

The moisturizer uses complex nutrients to restore and repair your skin by promoting the natural repair process, boosting natural collagen production, and fighting the battle of uneven skin texture.

Chemical Peel

A popular facial treatment used to improve your skin’s texture is chemical peels. The purpose of chemical peels is to deeply exfoliate the skin’s surface by applying a strong chemical solution that promotes new skin growth. 

If your skin is too sensitive for a full chemical peel treatment, you can try using a chemical exfoliant instead. The acids in these exfoliants treat and resolve blemishes on the skin, simply to a lesser degree than the chemical peel. 

Chemical exfoliants use chemicals like AHAs and BHAs in their solutions. Though you are welcome to take your pick at exfoliants, glycolic acid is particularly known to improve the skin’s texture and may be the best option for you. 

Dermabrasion

Another treatment to consider is dermabrasion. 

Dermabrasion is a skin resurfacing treatment in which a rapidly rotating device is used to sand the outer layers of your skin. This encourages cell regeneration and the growth of new skin that is smoother than it was before.

Dermabrasion is also used to treat fine lines and discoloration.

If you are hesitant about trying dermabrasion, microdermabrasion may be the better option for you. This treatment directly mirrors dermabrasion but is done on a smaller, more controlled scale and is less abrasive. 

Laser Therapy

One last skin treatment to consider for improving your skin texture is laser therapy. Laser therapy uses focused light tuned to specific wavelengths to treat your skin. Laser treatments are popular for their ability to encourage elastin growth and to reduce discoloration. 

Laser treatments can be used for resurfacing, which can directly improve the skin’s tone and texture. Though laser treatments are known to be successful for most, it is important that you speak with a dermatologist beforehand to ensure that your skin type will benefit from the procedure and not reap further damage. 

It is also important to note that the costly treatment typically requires several rounds of laser skin resurfacing for results to become visible. 

Sleep

Though simple in theory, getting a good night’s rest can actually be extremely beneficial for your overall well-being and can have several positive effects on your skin. 

The reason that sleep is able to improve your skin’s texture is because of the increased blood flow that occurs when you rest. Increased blood flow in your skin helps to rebuild collagen and repair damage such as fine lines and dark spots that have been accrued from premature aging or sun damage.

Sleep also helps with managing stress which, as previously mentioned, can play a role in developing poorly textured skin. Sleep will allow you a break from the stresses of life and give your skin and body uninterrupted time to heal.

Additionally, the lack of sleep can cause your appearance to worsen, once again affirming the importance of getting enough rest. When tired, your skin can appear dry and hollow rather than radiant and fresh.

While the recommended amount of hours of rest needed will vary from person to person, it is generally believed that it takes seven to eight hours to rejuvenate your skin.

Conclusion

While poor skin texture can be a source of insecurity for many, it is not permanent. Preventing and treating your damaged skin can be easy with MadeMan.

 

Sources:

Chemical Peel (Deep, Medium, Light) | PubMed

Dermabrasion | PubMed

Laser skin resurfacing | PubMed

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