Uneven Skin Texture
Most of us hoped graduating high school meant graduating from rough and bumpy skin. Unfortunately, however, this is not always the case.
Your daily skincare routine is probably as integral to your life as breathing. Skincare products claim to create the perfect skin look for any skin type, but skin problems and skin conditions sometimes do not respond ideally to over the counter skincare products. Uneven texture, oily skin, large pores, and dull appearance can create an undesirable aesthetic. Sun exposure, age spots, acne scars, oil build up, genetics, and aging can all contribute to uneven skin texture and appearance.
What is the anatomy of the skin?
Skin is your permanent, all natural everything proof full body suit. So basically it’s the best jacket/pants combo you’ll ever own. The skin is composed of three layers.
The epidermis is the topmost layer and contains melanocytes which produce melanin (skin pigment). Next comes the dermis containing sweat glands and hair follicles. Finally, the deepest layer, the hypodermis, contains fat cells (subcutaneous tissue) and connective tissue.
Skin constantly regenerates and you lose hundreds of thousands of dead skin cells an hour. People say it’s hard to change? You’ve lost about 10,000 skin cells just reading this sentence.
What causes the differences in the appearance of uneven skin texture?
Uneven skin texture can be caused by a myriad of factors. Uneven skin tone can also contribute to the appearance of uneven texture (more info HERE). Genetics, acne scarring, sun damage, daily wear and tear, hormones, and aging can influence texture, brightness, and uniformity of the skin.
The skin does regenerate like a pro, however, certain abnormalities or injuries can penetrate into deeper layers of skin making them more permanent and stubborn.
What are the main concerns related to uneven skin texture?
The umbrella term of uneven skin texture can be broken down into a few subcategories depending on your unique concern. An overview is below:
- Rough & Bumpy Skin: The appearance of rough/bumpy facial skin is usually related to genetics, scarring, and aging.
- Dull Skin: Skin lacking a healthy brightness can be chronically related to aging and sun damage. More acutely, dehydration, poor sleep, stress, poor skin care, and smoking can cause a dull appearance.
- Large Pores: Large pores are most often correlated to the pains of those oily teenage years. In addition to excessive sebum (oil) production, large pores can also be caused by aging due to decreased skin tone around the pores and genetics.
Who may wish to seek treatment for uneven skin texture?
Uneven skin texture, like rough/bumpy skin, large pores, and dull complexion can create an undesirable or inappropriately aged appearance. Men and women of any age can experience issues related to their skin texture appearance.
If you’re tired of hiding behind makeup, searching endlessly for the best skincare, or feeling self conscious about your facial skin then it might just be time for a professional treatment.
How can someone treat rough and bumpy facial skin texture?
Rough and bumpy facial skin can be treated in a variety of ways. These treatments, like Chemical Peels, Laser Skin Resurfacing, Microdermabrasion, Dermabrasion, Dermaplaning, Facials, Microneedling, and topical medications, target various layers of the skin to restore a smooth and even complexion.
- Dermaplaning: Is basically a straight razor shave to the facial skin. This removes dead and unwanted skin cells.
- Laser Skin Resurfacing: Uses heat and light energy to remove dead and unwanted skin cells. There are many different types of lasers, including more invasive ablative lasers like Ablative Non-Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing, Ablative Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing, Ablative CO2 Laser, Ablative Erbium Laser, CO2RE, Fraxel Repair, SmartSkin, Pixel CO2, Icon 2940, Deka Dot, Pearl Laser, Profractional Laser Therapy, and Fraxis Duo. There are also less aggressive non-ablative lasers likeNon-Ablative Non-Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing, Non-Ablative Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing, Clear + Brilliant, IPL, and Pulsed Dye Laser. Halo™ is a Hybrid Fractional Laser and excel® V can also be used for abnormal pigmentation.
- Topical Medications: like Tretinoin can also improve the appearance of rough and bumpy skin by promoting cell turnover.
How can someone treat dull skin texture?
Dull skin texture generally benefits from removing superficial dead and damaged skin layers to expose healthier underlying skin tissue. Chemical Peels, Laser Skin Resurfacing, Microdermabrasion, Dermabrasion, Dermaplaning, Facials, Microneedling can accomplish this.
- Dermaplaning: Is another precise exfoliating technique that shaves away dead skin cells.
- Laser Skin Resurfacing: Can be more aggressive with Ablative Non-Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing, Ablative Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing, Ablative CO2 Laser, Ablative Erbium Laser, CO2RE, Fraxel Repair, SmartSkin, Pixel CO2, Icon 2940, Deka Dot, Pearl Laser, Profractional Laser Therapy, and Fraxis Duo or more gentle through non-ablative lasers Non-Ablative Non-Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing, Non-Ablative Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing, Clear + Brilliant, IPL, and Pulsed Dye Laser. excel® V can also be used for abnormal pigmentation.
- Topical Medications: Can encourage cell turnover and rejuvenation.
How can someone treat large pores?
Large pores can be addressed through Chemical Peels, Laser Skin Resurfacing, Facials, Microneedling, and topical medications.
- Laser Skin Resurfacing: With less aggressive Non-Ablative Non-Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing, Non-Ablative Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing, Clear + Brilliant, and IPL can encourage the body’s natural healing mechanisms improving skin vitality.
For more information on all the treatment options listed above, check out our guide to Skin Resurfacing Solutions.
Smooth, bright skin is never an unwelcome sight. If sun damage, age spots, oily skin, or genetics are preventing your skin from being its best self, then one of numerous cosmetic procedures to improve skin health may just get you the glowing skin you desire.
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