Uneven Texture/Dull Skin

Uneven texture/dull Skin is commonly a result of excess dead skin cells that build up on the surface of the skin. This can make areas of the skin feel rough or bumpy to the touch, and can also give the skin a dull, lackluster appearance. An excess amount of oil in the skin can often disrupt the skin’s natural shedding process, resulting in an accumulation of dead skin cells. This often results in areas of roughness. Cell build-up, can also occur as natural part of aging process, due to a decrease in collagen production. Sun damage, smoking, dehydration, and a poor skin-care regimen are major factors in the appearance of dull and uneven skin.

Common symptoms of uneven texture include:

  • Rough, bumpy texture of skin
  • Dull, dry appearance of skin

Uneven texture is often caused by an excess build-up of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Chronic sun exposure can damage the skin, resulting in a dull appearance. Natural aging of the skin will also make the skin look duller. Factors such as smoking may also contribute to uneven skin texture. Other skin conditions such as eczema and dry skin can severely affect skin tone and texture.

A good skin care regimen and adequate protection against the sun are the first steps in treating uneven texture. Well-hydrated skin appears noticeably smoother and even textured. Regular use of a moisturizer in combination with daytime application of a sheer foundation will vastly improve your overall complexion. Implement a nighttime moisturizing treatment just before bed to allow your skin to soak up the nourishing ingredients and help regenerate your skin’s appearance.Often times, the skin can be simply remedied by just using an exfoliator to scrub away the excess skin cells. In addition, use an SPF-rated moisturizer to minimize further damage to your skin caused by the sun.

Signs of skin aging such as uneven texture can often be reduced by protecting yourself from UV rays.

Limit sun exposure: Reducing your time in the sun is perhaps the easiest way to avoid damage to your skin caused by UV rays. When outdoors, set a time limit and seek shade when necessary. Also keep in mind that UV radiation is the strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Use sunscreen: Sunscreens are an essential part of protection against the sun. Look for sunscreens labeled “Broad Spectrum”. They are often the most effective and offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Apply generously and frequently.

Cover and protect: Wrap-around sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats and clothing that covers your arms and legs, can offer extra protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays. There is evidence that a diet with fruit and vegetables as well as dark chocolate can have a protective effect for the skin function and appearance. There is evidence that a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables can have a protective effect for the skin’s barrier function and appearance. Dark chocolate has also shown to have antioxidant benefits for the skin.

OTC
Over-the-counter exfoliators containing ingredients such as salicylic acid, alpha hydroxyl acids, beta hydroxyl acids, lactic acid and glycolic acid are very effective in removing excess dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.

Prescription
Retinoids, such as tretinoin, adapelene or tazarotene encourage collagen production, which can aid in smoothing out the skin. Retinoids will also bring order into the surface of the epidermis to give it a more even look.

Procedures
Procedures such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser therapy may be used to help restore the texture of the skin.