Taking care of your skin is a job in and of itself. Aside from simply remembering to complete your twice-a-day skin care routine, there are a plethora of skin concerns we all come face-to-face with on the reg. Instead of turning to Google in search of how to handle the latest hiccup in your regimen—be it dull skin or hormonal acne—we’ve taken it upon ourselves to make your life (and your skin care routine) a bit easier. Read on for a guide to addressing 15 common skin problems.
1. DARK CIRCLES
Didn’t get enough sleep last night? We feel you. While getting a full eight hours is ideal, it isn’t always a reality. Lack of sleep can result in some common, pesky skin concerns, like dark circles. When it comes to addressing dark circles, it’s all about using the right eye cream to help neutralize their appearance, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Anti-Aging Eye Brightener Paraben Free. This eye treatment is formulated to reduce the look of dark circles, brighten the skin around the eye area, and provide an overall healthier, younger-looking complexion.
2. DARK SPOTS
The Skin Cancer Foundation states that sun damage is the most common cause of dark spots, while the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) explains that acne can also be the culprit. When the former is the cause, they're often referred to as sunspots, and when the latter is to blame, they may be called post-acne marks. So, can you get rid of dark spots? While you can’t get rid of them, you can take steps to help lessen their appearance.
Whether you have dark spots as a result of acne or sun damage, adding a dark spot corrector to your routine is the solution. Try using the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum, which is specially formulated to even your skin tone and visibly reduce dark spots and wrinkles, as a nightly treatment. Oh, and just like dark circles, you can also use makeup to your advantage. Here are Our Best Concealers for Dark Spots.
3. EYE BAGS
What about those annoying under-eye bags? Whether your eyes are puffy from crying or a lack of shut-eye, we’ve all dealt with under-eye bags at one point or another. Sometimes it seems as though this skin problem never goes away! Luckily, there are tried-and-true methods for managing them. Check out our article, How to Get Rid of Under-Eye Bags | 15 Pro Tips, for everything you need to know.
4. DRY SKIN
It’s safe to say most of us aren’t strangers to dry skin. Whether your complexion is in need of a hydration boost all year long or only during the cold winter months, our number one tip for addressing dry skin is to invest in a moisturizer specifically formulated for your skin type. Try the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Day Cream, which penetrates the skin's surface layer effectively to restore comfort and nourishing moisture to mature, very dry skin.
Of course, you’ll need to switch up more than just your moisturizer if you have dry skin. Start getting your skin back on track with help from this article: What Causes Dry Skin? 8 Reasons Your Skin is Dry.
5. OILY SKIN
Don’t worry, oily skin gals—we haven’t forgotten about you! When skin is producing excess oil, our top tip is to add a face scrub, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Purify & Unclog Kiwi Scrub, to your routine a few times a week to help remove excess oil and unclog pores.
Don’t stop with a scrub, though. There are some other measures you should take to manage an oily complexion. Here are 13 Skin Care Rules for Oily Skin.
6. FACE REDNESS
There are so many different causes of face redness, but one thing remains the same: Dealing with an uneven, red skin tone is no fun. But you’re not alone! To address the red tones in your complexion, turn to color-correcting makeup. Yup, your makeup routine will be your saving grace for creating the appearance of an even skin tone. Learn everything you need to know—including what could be the cause of your red skin—in our article, How to Conceal a Red Face with Makeup.
7. DULL SKIN
The most common cause of dull skin is a buildup of dead skin cells. This happens when you neglect to slough away dead skin regularly, so the solution is actually quite simple: exfoliate. Look for a face scrub that will help brighten your complexion, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub.
Another tip for reviving dull skin? Adding a vitamin C serum, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum, to your skin care regimen. This serum will help boost radiance while reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Win, win!
8. ROUGH TEXTURE
Rough texture often goes hand-in-hand with dull skin, and once again, a lack of exfoliation could be what’s missing from your routine. Try swapping your normal cleanser for a scrub cleanser. We recommend the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser, which is formulated with micro-pearls and glycolic acid to both mechanically and chemically slough dead skin cells away to improve skin tone and texture.
9. LARGE PORES
Let’s be real, large pores are a bit of a nuisance. No one is asking for their pores to be larger, are they? Aside from the fact that they typically go along with oily skin, they can also take a toll on your makeup look. As frustrating as they can be, large pores are extremely common. Learn to address them from our article, How to Minimize the Appearance of Pores.
Editor’s note: You can also conceal large pores with makeup if you know the right tricks. Here’s The Complete Makeup Routine for Large Pores.
10. UNDER-EYE WRINKLES
Under-eye wrinkles are a fact of life. But we get it—just because everyone gets them doesn’t make them any more appealing. The good thing is, addressing under-eye wrinkles is all about taking preventative measures with an anti-aging eye cream. Use the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream morning and night to minimize the appearance of wrinkles, firm skin, and reduce the “puffy morning look.”
11. HORMONAL ACNE
Acne can be annoying as it is, but dealing with hormonal acne is even more frustrating. As if getting your period wasn’t bad enough, now you’re stuck trying to tackle a breakout, too. You may be dealing with your period for years to come, but if you’re equipped with the proper tools, hormonal acne doesn’t have to be the bane of your existence. Allow us to point you in the right direction: Start by reading our article on How to Manage Hormonal Acne on Your Period.
Another form of acne you’ve probably dealt with at one point or another? Blackheads. The AAD shares that blackheads occur when your pores become clogged with excess oils, dead skin cells, and bacteria. Luckily, however, managing blackheads doesn’t have to be as much of a headache as you might think. Head over to our article, Can You Remove Blackheads?, to learn all about it.
13. SEBACEOUS FILAMENTS
Speaking of blackheads, if you notice small dark spots on your nose, you may assume that they’re blackheads when it isn't the case. Sebaceous filaments are another common skin problem that often gets mistaken for blackheads. To learn more about what sebaceous filaments are and how to address them, check out our article, What Are Sebaceous Filaments?
14. FOREHEAD WRINKLES
Besides under-eye wrinkles, forehead wrinkles are another common skin concern we all have to deal with at one point or another. While they’re a sign of aging, you don’t have to embrace “11” lines if you don’t want to. Rather, you can help to minimize their appearance with the right skin care tips. On that note, here are 7 Tips for Dealing with Forehead Wrinkles.
15. RAZOR BUMPS
Raise your hand if you’ve even stepped out of the shower after shaving your legs, only to be left with not-so-cute razor bumps? We’ve all been there—aren’t razor bumps the worst? According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, razor bumps are formed when hair follicles curl backward and penetrate the skin, leading to an inflammatory reaction. So, how do you manage them? We have a guide on How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps to help with that.
Now that you’re up-to-date on how to tackle some of the most common skin problems, let’s talk hair care. Here are Our Best Hair Treatments for Every Hair Care Concern.