June 6, 2024

How to Get Rid of Rough Skin Texture? 5 Tips For A Smoother, More Flawless Skin

Achieving that glassy skin texture isn’t an easy feat. Uncontrollable factors, such as Singapore’s hot and humid weather can hinder us from obtaining a smoother and even complexion. 

Humid periods can cause skin to produce excess oil, leading to breakouts. Drier seasons set the stage for acquiring flaky patches. Allergies may also affect your skin texture, depending on how sensitive your skin is in different climates. 

In Singapore, you can also expect frequent exposure to harmful levels of UV rays all year round. These rays are responsible for sun damage, which is one of the leading causes of poor skin texture and can also bring about pigmentation, wrinkling, redness and unevenness.

With these environmental challenges, achieving smoother and flawless skin will take perseverance.  Having a skincare regimen can improve your skin’s complexion, and we’re here to equip you with the knowledge you need. 

What is textured skin, and what does it look like?

Uneven or rough skin texture manifests as blemishes, enlarged pores, scars, bumps, and flaky patches and is usually caused by overaccumulation of dead skin cells and hyperpigmentation. 

People with certain skin conditions are also more likely to develop uneven skin texture. For instance, individuals prone to acne, eczema, or keratosis pilaris can develop bumps or scars that may lead to blemishes that feel rough. 

By understanding the causes of uneven skin texture first, you can take the necessary steps to prevent and minimise its appearance on your skin. 

What are the causes of uneven skin texture?

There are several factors affecting poor skin texture. Common causes are:

  • Environmental factors. Sun exposure, dirt, and pollution are some environmental triggers that can contribute to irregular skin texture. You may be at higher risk of developing roughness or unevenness if these triggers are allowed to settle in on your skin. 
  • Aging. As we age another year, our skin naturally loses its firmness and elasticity, leading to more visible wrinkles. Additionally, our skin cell turnover rate slows down, resulting in visibly duller and uneven skin texture. 
  • Skin conditions. Persistent acne, rosacea, eczema, or psoriasis can also make the skin look and feel rough. 
  • Genetics. Your genes can also affect your skin texture. Having parents or grandparents who have smooth, even skin will likely give you the same youthful and glowing complexion. 
  • Wrong use of skincare products. Do you have oily skin but use products that are too heavy for your skin type? Or do you have dry and sensitive skin and use overly active ingredients? It is vital to be more mindful of the products we use and examine whether they work and benefit our skin. 

Identifying the causes of rough or uneven skin texture is essential for developing an effective skincare routine. Doing so allows individuals to take proactive steps to improve skin health and texture. 

Embrace a smoother complexion through these 6 powerful tips 

Everyone wants to achieve that glassy, smooth skin: skin that looks even and feels soft, free from roughness and bumpiness. Here are six tips to help you on your path towards achieving that goal. 

1. Exfoliate to reveal smoother, fresher skin underneath 

Dead skin cells can make your skin look dull and feel rough. Exfoliating, whether physical or chemical, can help reveal new skin layers and promote cell turnover. You can add exfoliation to your routine and perform twice a week, targeting uneven areas. 

An important reminder: do not use exfoliators that are too abrasive; it can do more harm than good. Additionally, do not over-exfoliate because the skin can become too sensitive, leading to unevenness and tiny bumps on the face.

2. Active ingredients such as Retinol and Vitamin C may be helpful 

Retinol is an effective anti-aging ingredient that improves the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by stimulating collagen production. 

The best skin care products for addressing uneven skin texture often feature retinol as a key ingredient. 

Our recommendation to visibly improve the appearance of wrinkles and refine skin texture: ZO Wrinkle and Texture Repair with 0.5% Retinol. 

Vitamin C is also a great skincare ingredient. It is known for contributing multiple benefits to the skin, including brightening, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties. It helps control excess sebum production, reducing the chances of developing clogged pores and acne. It is also an antioxidant that stimulates elastin and collagen production, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

3. Try using hydrating and anti-inflammatory skincare ingredients

Roughskin texture may be caused by inflammation. Calming ingredients in your regimen can soothe your skin. Look out for ingredients such as Niacinamide, Aloe Vera, or Ceramides. 

Additionally, if your skin feels too dry and lacks moisture, try looking for products with humectants–ingredients that can attract water from deeper into the skin or from the air to retain moisture. Some examples of humectants are Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs). 

4. Wear your sunscreen daily 

UV rays break down collagen and elastin and increase transepidermal water loss (TEWL), resulting in dull, dry, and rough skin. They also increase skin cancer risk and encourage the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Therefore, it is advisable to wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 daily. Choose one that is broad-spectrum and water-resistant. The benefits of applying sunscreen to your skin can’t be overstated, as it helps with anti-aging and hyperpigmentation problems. 

5. Apply moisturisers 

No matter your skin type, you need a moisturiser. Not only does it improve your skin texture, but it also strengthens your skin barrier. A weak barrier makes your skin more susceptible to external damage, roughing up your skin’s surface and making it look dull. 

Individuals with oily skin types can use lightweight gel moisturisers so the skin will not feel too greasy. On the other hand, those with dry skin can opt for a rich, creamy moisturiser to swiftly deliver moisture while restoring the skin’s protective barrier. 

Textured, bumpy skin can be frustrating as it prevents one from achieving a radiant complexion.

Minimising the appearance of poor skin texture and acquiring radiant-looking skin is attainable with Zoe Nissi. 

Zoe Nissi advocates for medical-grade skincare and is committed to providing the most effective, science-backed products through our partner brands and physicians. By working closely with them, we better understand patients’ needs and attend to them by providing innovative skincare solutions for their concerns.