Sometimes it seems as though the list of skin concerns you have to deal with is never-ending. And if you’re reading this, you may have finally come face to face with a complexion issue you don’t know how to navigate—yet. Uneven skin texture can not only take a toll on how your skin looks, but it can also affect things like how well you can apply your makeup and self-tanner. Not sure how to get rid of textured skin? You’ve come to the right place. Below, we’re sharing six products to add to your skin care routine that improve skin texture.
WHAT CAUSES TEXTURED SKIN?
Before we talk products, let’s go over what causes textured skin in the first place. There are quite a few factors that come into play, including acne, acne scars, dead skin cell buildup, and wrinkles. What does textured skin look like? While it varies, textured skin is uneven—whether it’s bumps or patches of dryness. Fortunately, having an uneven face skin texture is fairly common, and there are plenty of products available to help navigate it.
PRODUCT #1: MAKEUP REMOVER
One cause of uneven skin texture you may not have considered? Makeup residue! We’re all guilty of not removing our makeup quite as well as we should at the end of the day, only to wake up with a bit of leftover foundation and mascara grazing our cheeks. If this sounds like you, make sure to invest in a makeup remover that won’t let you down. Our pick? The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types. This micellar water is powered by micelle molecules that cluster together to surround and lift away impurities and makeup—even waterproof mascara—with no rinsing or harsh rubbing. The result is a clean, makeup-free complexion.
PRODUCT #2: CLEANSER
As we said, sometimes, a bit of product residue can be left on your skin, which can lead to uneven skin texture. That’s where a good cleanser comes in handy. While there are tons of formulations to get you clean, look for one formulated with glycolic acid to help even your skin tone and texture. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser is formulated with gentle micro-pearls and glycolic acid. This cleanser exfoliates dullness and impurities to improve skin tone, texture, and clarity. Say goodbye to uneven texture and hello to visibly brighter, more radiant skin!
Every morning and evening, lather the cleanser into wet hands before gently massaging onto the skin in a circular motion, avoiding the delicate eye area. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
PRODUCT #3: FACE SCRUB
An exfoliating cleanser isn’t the only way to get the job done—we’re looking at you, face scrubs. Over time, dead skin cells build up on your skin, resulting in an uneven tone and texture. No thanks! Exfoliating on the reg can make all the difference. Do so a few times a week, depending on your skin type, with one of our sugar scrubs.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Resurface & Energize Kona Coffee Scrub: Made with a blend of three pure sugars plus real Kona coffee grounds sourced directly from the Kona Coast of Hawaii, this sugar scrub will leave your complexion smooth, energized, and invigorated.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Cocoa Scrub: Finely crushed cocoa, luxurious coconut oil, and rich cocoa butter are paired with three pure sugars to create this buttery-soft sugar scrub that’s truly kind to your skin. The result? Supple, nourished skin that looks more refined and feels smoother.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub: This scrub is formulated with three pure sugars, finely ground acai, nutrient-rich monoi, and grapeseed oil. The ultra-soft sugar scrub provides deep, yet gentle exfoliation for a baby-soft, glowing finish.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub: Combine three pure sugars with real kiwi seeds, and you have this light, gel-like scrub. After using, your pores will appear unclogged and less visible while your complexion is smooth and refined.
To use any of the above, smooth a small amount of the scrub onto clean, dry skin with your dry fingers. Then, wet your fingers and gently massage the sugar scrub over your skin. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
PRODUCT #4: PEEL PADS
Besides physical exfoliants like face scrubs, you can use chemical exfoliants to help with uneven face skin texture. Peel pads, which are inspired by dermatologist-offered face peels, are a great option. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads resurface dull, uneven tone and rough texture to reveal fresh-looking skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles over time. Formulated with glycolic acid, a gold standard in brightening, the formula is clinically tested to gently yet effectively exfoliate dead skin cells and help renew the skin’s surface layer. Every night, smooth gently over cleansed skin, avoiding contact with eyes.
PRODUCT #5: FACE MASK
You probably get the idea by now—exfoliation and the removal of dead skin cells is a key part of improving an uneven skin texture. The next product on our list of must-haves? Face masks! In fact, there are face masks specifically formulated to help improve skin texture, two of which you’ll find below.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask: First on our list? This face mask formulated with three different clays and yuzu lemon extract. The creamy formula helps to smooth, even, and resurface your skin for a clarified and smooth complexion.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refining Face Mask: Enhanced with red algae extract, this clay mask is formulated to exfoliate your skin in just 10 minutes. The mask addresses rough skin and deep clogged pores, resulting in skin texture that appears refined, smooth, and beautiful.
PRODUCT #6: GLYCOLIC ACID SERUM
Remember that glycolic acid we mentioned earlier? Well, a glycolic acid serum is also a must for helping uneven skin texture. Enter the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum. This daily-use serum will resurface, visibly even, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. To put it to use, apply four to five drops to clean, dry skin every evening prior to moisturizing.
HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY SKIN TEXTURE AFTER ACNE?
If you’ve tried a slew of products and nothing has worked, there’s likely a reason for that. When it comes to how to get rid of textured skin post-acne, the answers aren’t quite so simple. While at-home products—some of which we’ve just introduced you to—can improve texture, they typically aren’t meant for deep acne scars.
If you’ve cleared your complexion of active breakouts but are left with rough skin texture, your best option may be turning to a professional. You can still improve your skin texture, but it’s likely to take more than an at-home regimen. Options, including laser treatments, chemical peels, and microneedling can help minimize the appearance of acne scarring, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
Next up: Now that we’ve covered texture, let’s talk color. Here’s How to Get a More Even-Looking Skin Tone.