Do You Have Textured Skin? Here’s The Remedies for a Smoother Face
Do You Have Textured Skin? Here’s The Remedies for a Smoother Face

Do You Have Textured Skin? Here’s The Remedies for a Smoother Face

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For most people, the perfect skin texture is smooth and supple without lumps or bumps. But textured skin on cheeks, faces and bodies is incredibly common, leaving many of us searching for the secret to seriously soft skin. Recent skin trends like Dolphin Skin or Glass Skin demonstrate how covetable a slippery smooth finish can be. One only needs to flick through the popular filters on TikTok and Instagram to see how prolific skin-smoothing effects are. But remember that our skin is one of the wonderful things that make us unique.

Ranges in texture and tone are perfectly normal, and chasing a perfectly pore-less complexion is an impossible dream. But textured skin can make some people feel self-conscious, so we have all the tips and tricks needed to fix and prevent lumpy, bumpy skin.

Uneven skin texture is just as common as uneven skin tone and common complaints include bumps, dry or rough patches and enlarged pores. It doesn’t discriminate between oily or dry complexions and can be an issue for skin types across the spectrum. In oily skin, pores can become clogged because of the increased sebum production, and blackheads can appear.

Dry skin lacks lipids, which means that the protective barrier atop your skin is compromised, leading to a rough, coarse texture. Skin conditions like eczema leave skin scaly and inflamed, while acne will often leave bumpy scars in its wake.

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How To Help Textured Skin

Drink plenty of water

A piece of advice that we can’t repeat enough: drink lots of water. Keeping hydrated is essential to good health, and studies have shown that people who drink less water reported dryness and roughness in their skin. These effects decreased as water intake increased, so make a refillable water bottle a handbag staple.


Uneven skin texture can result from dead skin cells that have built up on the skin’s surface, resulting in a rough or bumpy finish. Exfoliation will effectively slough away this build-up and increase cell turnover. Avoid harsh, physical scrubs; instead, look out for gentle formulations that won’t rip or tear your delicate skin, such as Clarins Gentle Peeling Smooth Away Cream. Or opt for a chemical exfoliant containing glycolic, lactic, or malic acid (known as AHAs), and those with acne-prone skin should check ingredients lists for salicylic acid (a BHA) to help unclog pores. But remember that over-exfoliating can irritate the skin, potentially leading to more dreaded dryness.

Vitamin C

A firm favourite amongst dermatologists and skincare enthusiasts, this powerful ingredient is proven to slow early skin ageing and improve the appearance of wrinkles. It’s also a potent antioxidant, which will tackle free radicals such as air pollution and their damaging effect on the skin. Plenty of skincare is now infused with the stuff, so consider adding a serum to your regime.


This wonder ingredient works by increasing cell turnover and boosting collagen production in the skin. The result? A smoother texture and reduced fine lines. Those introducing it to their skincare routine should tread lightly at first and only use it once or twice a week so as not to irritate the skin. And sunscreen is a non-negotiable as your skin will be particularly sensitive.


Good health starts from the inside out, and there are plenty of nutritional supplements on the market that can increase skin elasticity and improve skin texture. Look out for those bursting with skin-boosting ingredients like collagen and antioxidants like vitamin C.


Particularly recommended for those with acne scarring, these clever little needle-covered-rollers puncture the skin to jump-start the healing process. Essentially, it’s a turbo boost for your skin regeneration, lighting a fire underneath your collagen and elastin production. Plus, post-rolling your products will be able to penetrate the skin more deeply.

But those with active acne or a skin condition that can easily spread should steer clear and be sure to retire your retinol for at least five days before embarking on a dermarolling session.

Professional Treatments

While many at-home treatments are brilliant at tackling milder cases of uneven skin texture, those with more significant issues can take it to professionals. Laser treatments use both heat and light to improve skin tone and texture. Like the dermaroller, they cause minimal and controlled damage to your skin and stimulate your body’s healing process.

If you’re looking for something more potent than an at-home exfoliator, then perhaps it might be time to try a peel. The new gentle, professional peels powerfully slough away dead skin cells without too much downtime and they are individually tailored to your skin type and age.

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How It Can Be Prevented?


Wear SPF

Sun damage is one of the most common causes of textured skin so wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen like Clarins UV Plus (5P) Anti-Pollution Translucent Moisturising Fluid every day to protect against UV rays and five types of pollution. Studies have shown that daily sunscreen use can stop visible signs of ageing and remember to cover up when you step out into the sunshine.

Cleanse Thoroughly

A poor skincare routine is a common cause of uneven skin texture so be sure to thoroughly cleanse each evening before your head hits the pillow. Start with an oil-based or balm cleanser to properly break down makeup and sunscreen, then follow up with a water-based cleanser to deep clean your skin.

Manage Stress

Often much easier said than done, managing stress is an integral part of staying healthy and studies have shown there is a correlation between stress and the health of our skin. Take time for self-care and research strategies and coping mechanisms to help you handle the pressure.

Keep Skin Hydrated

Use a moisturiser suitable for your skin type; for example greasy types should plump for oil-free formulas. Those with dryer complexions can reach for creams packed with thirst-quenching ingredients like hyaluronic acid.

Season Proof your Skincare

Studies have shown that winter conditions can cause skin to dry out and become more textured, so opt for rich emollient formulas when temperatures drop.

Read next: Your Ultimate Winter Skincare Routine Guide


How Bumpy or Textured Skin Develops

At one time or another, most people will experience textured skin, and there are many causes. Dead skin cells that can build on the skin’s surface are significant culprits in uneven skin texture, causing it to feel rough or coarse to the touch. Those with acne can be left with bumpy skin or scarring and oily types are prone to enlarged pores and visible blackheads. In addition, the sun wreaks havoc with skin texture, plus as you age, your skin will inevitably look duller due to the slowing of skin cell turnover.

Hormonal imbalances and genetics also play a role in the texture of our skin and skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and contact dermatitis. Therefore, sufferers should always seek out the advice of a dermatologist who can tailor a treatment to your specific need. In most cases, textured skin is painless and harmless, but it can be a symptom of something more serious so if concerned, always reach out to a medical professional.


Can Textured Skin Appear Anywhere?

While most of the discourse around uneven skin texture focuses on faces, there is a condition called Keratosis Pilaris – little goose pimple-like bumps that appear most frequently on upper arms and legs. They’re perfectly harmless but do bother some people and can be treated by exfoliating (both physically and chemically), patting yourself dry after a shower or bath as opposed to rubbing, and moisturising frequently.


Can Skin Texture Change with Age?

Simply put, uneven skin texture can rear its head at any time. But as we get older, our skin – just like all our organs – ages too, and part of the natural ageing process is the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots, all of which disturb skin texture. Our skin cell turnover reduces, which can leave skin looking duller, and we produce less collagen. Ageing is inevitable but taking the steps above will help protect your skin, so in the short and long term you can enjoy a soft, smooth, and even complexion.

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