Nearly 70% of Americans surveyed said that skin issues lower their confidence. And while some may believe that bad skin is over in high school, those suffering with adult acne know differently.
And skin concerns aren’t just limited to acne. They can include a variety of issues and conditions, including skin texture issues.
If you’re self-conscious about uneven skin texture, here are five of the most common types and ways to solve them.
1. Bumpy Skin
Bumpy skin can come in many forms and with many causes. But often, bumpy skin texture is common among those who suffer with acne.
Not all acne rises to the surface of the skin, and some pimples remain closed deep in your pores (called subclinical acne). This can lead to bumpiness that can be difficult to fix, even with traditional acne solutions.
Notice where these bumps form and if they seem to have a common trigger. For example, they could be near your hairline due to hair product buildup, or you might notice them more after consuming dairy. Make any hygiene or lifestyle adjustments needed.
Then, turn to an acne-fighting cleanser (one with salicylic acid is a great choice), along with a gentle exfoliator one or two times a week.
2. Flaky Skin
Chronic flaky skin is almost always due to dryness. And thankfully, this can easily be solved with a powerful moisturizer.
After washing your face, follow up with a hydrating toner. Then, wait about one minute before slathering on a rich moisturizer.
If you notice the flakes more in the winter, be sure to protect your skin with scarves, hats, and other fabrics. And use a humidifier indoors when turning on the heat.
3. Acne Scars
Fresh acne scars can affect your skin’s texture until they fully heal. But a bigger skin concern for many are long-term acne scars like icepick scars.
Icepick scars are small pits that form in the skin after a breakout. You may also struggle with boxcar or rolling scars, which tend to be larger than icepick scars.
These scars often require more advanced treatments like fillers, chemical peels, or micro-needling. Visit a dermatologist who can recommend the right treatment for your acne scars.
4. Skin Tags
Skin tags can be an embarrassing form of skin texture that often form where there’s friction on the skin. This could be under your arms, on your neck, or even on an eyelid.
The best way to get rid of these pesky little growths is to visit a doctor who can safely remove them. But sometimes, without treatment, you may find that skin tags fall off on their own.
5. Rough Patches
Rough patches could be due to dryness or more serious skin conditions.
One condition that may cause rough, scaly skin is actinic keratosis. These patches tend to form in areas that are exposed to the sun like the face or arms.
Actinic keratosis should be diagnosed and treated by a doctor. In some rare cases, these spots can progress to a type of skin cancer.
Solving Your Skin Texture Issues
If you’re not loving the skin you’re in due to skin texture issues, it’s time to find the right treatment and skincare for you.
When in doubt, visit a dermatologist to get personalized advice based on your skin needs.
If you want more tips for glowing, beautiful skin, check out our other beauty articles!