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17 Common Skin Problems and How to Address Them

Things like dark spots and blackheads may be common concerns but you don’t have to live with them.
October 25, 2023

Taking proper care of your skin is a job. 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 regularly. Instead of turning to Google in search of how to handle the latest hiccup in your regimen — whether it be dull skin, dark spots or large pores — you’ve come to the right place. Read on as we share 17 common skin problems, and the products you can add to your routine to address them.

What Are the Most Common Skin Issues?

From dullness to rough texture to large pores, here are 16 of the most common skin concerns and what you can do to address them. 

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 or serum to neutralize their appearance, like L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Eye Treatment. Formulated with pro-retinol, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, this potent treatment reduces wrinkles, depuffs and brightens the under-eyes. 

Editor’s tip: Use an under-eye concealer with skin care benefits like L’Oréal Paris True Match Eye Cream in a Concealer, 0.5% hyaluronic acid. It provides coverage, and hydration via hyaluronic acid to keep eyes looking fresh. 

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 sun spots, and when the latter is to blame, they may be called post-acne marks. So, this begs the ever-important question, can you get rid of dark spots? According to the AAD, you can get rid of them, it just takes time and consistency with your routine. 

Whether you have dark spots as a result of acne or sun damage, adding a dark spot corrector to your routine can help. L’Oréal Paris Bright Reveal 12% [Niacinamide + Amino Sulfonic + Ferulic Acid] Dark Spot Serum is a daily treatment formulated with soothing niacinamide and exfoliating sulfonic acid to minimize the appearance of stubborn dark spots. with continued use over time,  skin looks clearer and more even.

Another option to fight dark spots is L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum, which is specially formulated as a nightly treatment to even your skin tone and visibly reduce dark spots and wrinkles.

3. 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. Luckily, there are tried-and-true methods for managing them, and they all begin with a good under-eye treatment. L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid + 1% Caffeine Eye Serum includes a hydrating, caffeine-infused formula and roller ball applicator that both help depuff and soothe tired under-eyes, eye bags and puffiness. 

4. Dryness

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 L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives Micro Hyaluronic Acid + Ceramides Line-plumping Water Cream, which includes hyaluronic acid and ceramides to lock in hydration and strengthen the skin barrier. 

Of course, you’ll need to switch up more than just your moisturizer if you have dry skin. Consider adding a hyaluronic acid serum to your routine, like L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, for more hydrating benefits. 

5. Excess Oils

When skin is producing excess oil, use an exfoliant or topical retinoid to balance the skin and deep clean pores of excess oils that can lead to acne. L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Pressed Night Moisturizer with Retinol + Niacinamide is a night cream that balances the skin thanks to its blend of rejuvenating retinol and soothing niacinamide. 

Another tip for oily skin folks is to use a mattifying primer like L’Oréal Paris Prime Lab Up to 24H Matte Setter. The formula contains salicylic acid to rebalance oily skin, and it extends your makeup weartime for up to 24 hours. 

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. If you’re over exfoliating, that can lead to unwanted redness. Alternatively, some of us are just prone to skin flushing, so try incorporating a color-correcting primer, like L’Oréal Paris Prime Lab Up to 24H Redness Eraser, into your routine before applying makeup. 

7. Dullness

The most common cause of dull skin is a buildup of dead skin cells. This happens when you neglect to remove dead skin regularly, so the solution is actually quite simple: exfoliate. Look for a face serum that will help brighten your complexion, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 12% Pure Vitamin C + E + Salicylic Acid Serum. This antioxidant-packed formula brightens the skin, and includes salicylic acid to curb dullness and uneven skin tone and minimize the appearance large pores. 

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 L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser, which is formulated with micro-pearls and glycolic acid to mechanically and chemically buff dead skin cells away to improve skin tone and texture.

9. Large Pores

Let’s be real, large pores are a complete nuisance. Aside from the fact that they typically accompany oily skin, they can also take a toll on your makeup look. As frustrating as they can be, large pores are extremely common. To minimize their appearance, use the Revitalift Derm Intensives 12% Pure Vitamin C + E + Salicylic Acid Serum, which contains salicylic acid to reduce the appearance of large pores. 

Another tip is to apply a pore-filling primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Prime Lab Up to 24 H Pore Minimizer, before applying makeup. 

10. Under-Eye Wrinkles

Under-eye wrinkles are a fact of life for many but just because most people get 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

Occasional acne can be annoying as it is, but dealing with consistent acne is even more frustrating. As if getting your period wasn’t bad enough, now you’re stuck trying to tackle a breakout, too. If your acne becomes unmanageable or you feel like you’re dealing with hormonal breakouts, make an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist for some helpful insight. 

12. Blackheads

Another form of acne you’ve probably dealt with at one point or another is blackheads. The AAD shares that blackheads occur when your pores become clogged with excess oils, dead skin cells and bacteria. As much as you may want to pick your blackheads — don’t. Use a chemical exfoliator to unclog pores so you don’t have to risk infection, potential dark spots and acne scars. 

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 — they occur when pores get clogged with oils and dead skin cells, but don’t typically lead to acne. The best way to combat sebaceous filaments is with proper cleansing and exfoliation.

14. Age Spots

Age spots, also called liver spots, are little specks of hyperpigmentation that occur with sun damage. The best way to prevent them is to wear SPF 30 or greater daily — we like L’Oréal Paris Bright Reveal Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Daily UV Lotion for its lightweight feel and residue-free finish. If you have age spots and you want to minimize their appearance, a niacinamide serum, like Bright Reveal 12% [Niacinamide + Amino Sulfonic + Ferulic Acid] Dark Spot Serum can help make them less visible. 

15. Hyperpigmentation

Also known as dark spots or post-acne scars, hyperpigmentation refers to dark specks on the skin that contribute to an uneven skin tone. They’re are many different types of hyperpigmentation and in order to understand the cause (and what you can do about it), it’s best to consult with a board-certified dermatologist. 


16. Forehead Wrinkles

Besides under-eye wrinkles, forehead wrinkles (also referred to as eleven lines) 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 these lines if you don’t want to. We recommend talking to a board-certified dermatologist because they can offer topical solutions and other treatments, like injectables and lasers, that can help minimize their appearance. 

17. Razor Bumps

Razor bumps are no fun to deal with and they’re often uncomfortable. 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. To avoid them on the face (and body), exfoliate routinely before and after shaving, and always use shaving cream or oil. 

Next: Skin Care on a Budget: Your Luxury Routine for Less Than $100


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