SEPT 20, 2022
From type to texture, everyone’s skin is different. Some can’t go two hours without moisturizing, while others have to constantly dab at the excess oil in their T-zone. Different skin types lead to different skin textures and different skin appearances. Let’s figure out why our skin looks and feels the way it does, and how we can manage our own skin texture.
Are skin type and texture interchangeable terms?
- Normal: This skin type is neither too oily or dry.
- Oily: This skin type produces excess oil, otherwise known as sebum.
- Dry: This skin type does not produce enough oil, leading to flaky skin.
- Combination: This skin type has excess oil in certain regions but dryness elsewhere.
- Sensitive: This skin type is reactive and easily irritated by the environment and certain products/ingredients.1
What are the different types of skin textures?
If you’ve noticed your skin getting drier with age, this can result from a weakened skin barrier. The skin barrier is responsible for retaining moisture in the skin and is a critical indicator of overall skin health. Unfortunately, this barrier erodes with age and has increasing difficulty locking in moisture, leading to dehydrated and flaky skin.3
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Acne and Acne-Scarring
There are two main classes of acne: inflammatory acne and non-inflammatory acne. Inflammatory acne occurs when a clogged pore is infected with bacteria and is considerably more serious. The bacterial infection can spread, leading to more breakouts across the skin. 5 Inflammation is also the culprit behind acne redness and scarring.
There are a number of treatments for both inflammatory and noninflammatory acne. Most of these products have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to fight inflammatory acne. Many products also improve cell turnover to lighten the appearance of acne scars.
To best improve skin texture, look for products that promote cell turnover, such as niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. If you have sensitive skin, try to avoid products like retinol, which can increase skin sensitivity and cause irritation.
If you suspect that your pores have grown more prominent with age, this could be due to an age-related collagen decline. Collagen is the most critical structural protein for skin, forming fibrous networks that maintain the skin barrier, skin firmness, and skin elasticity. Topical application of small molecules, such as peptides, which stimulate collagen production, can promote skin elasticity and smaller pores. (Read more about the benefits of peptides for skin).
This skin texture is frequently associated with age and is completely normal. The easiest way to avoid wrinkling is to prevent sun damage with sunscreen. (2) Small molecules, such as peptides, penetrate the skin barrier, stimulate collagen production, and promote skin elasticity and firmness.7
How do I know what texture my skin is?
Sometimes, menopausal and post-menopausal skin can experience dryness and acne due to a weakened skin barrier and changes in skin pH. (Read more about menopausal skin changes). This is also a normal skin texture and can be managed by stimulating collagen production in the skin.
What does texture on the skin look like?
How do I know if I have textured skin?
Is skin texture normal?
Why does skin become textured?
Age-related and this: menopause-associated declines in collagen can also lead to wrinkling and enlarged pores. Sun damage from UV radiation can accelerate skin aging and worsen skin texture irregularities. Lack of exfoliation and accumulation of dead skin cells can also make the skin look more textured and rougher.
What is normal skin texture?
Ideal skin texture usually centers around being smooth and supple. You want the right amount of oil to prevent dryness but not enough to clog pores. Ideally, you also want collagen levels to remain high enough to keep pores small and wrinkles away. And with frequent exfoliation, you could clear away dead cells to maintain a glowing complexion! Essentially, skin with moderate oil production and a low biological age exhibit a smoother skin texture.
How can you determine what is contributing to your skin texture?
Does diet play a role in the formation of textured skin?
The same way diet can hurt, it can also help! Here are some foods that can promote collagen production in the skin and smoothen skin texture:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Wild-caught fatty fish
- Nuts and seeds8
Can topical application improve skin texture?
Many topical products claim to smoothen out the skin, but do they actually work? Yes and no. A variety of supplements contain collagen in an attempt to promote skin elasticity and firmness. However, collagen is a very large molecule, making it difficult to penetrate the skin barrier. Therefore topical application is often inadequate for improving collagen levels in the skin.
Other products, such as retinol, increase cell turnover for smoother skin. While retinol effectively increases cell turnover and enhances collagen and hyaluronic acid production, it may do so at the expense of inflammation and aging. Many skin types are also sensitive to retinol, which is why it’s important to patch test products before using them consistently and to ensure they have clinical data to support their effects on skin texture.
If you’re looking for topical products that enhance skin health and smoothness for all skin types, OneSkin’s Topical Supplements may fit the bill. OS-01 FACE is clinically proven to improve skin smoothness and overall appearance in 100% of users. It’s also clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in 87% of users. OS-01 BODY has been scientifically proven to increase skin’s epidermal thickness and minimize the look of crepey skin. The OS-01 proprietary peptide, which powers OneSkin’s Topical Supplements, is small enough to penetrate the skin barrier and stimulate collagen and hyaluronic acid production from the deepest layers of the skin. The OS-01 peptide also helps repair sun damage, reversing radiation-induced aging and the skin's biological age!
- Skin type and skin texture are related but not the same. While skin type is focused on oil production, skin texture is more focused on the appearance of the skin, and how it feels to the touch. Inconsistent and rough skin textures are usually a result of skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, and eczema.
- Some skin textures include rough patches, enlarged pores, wrinkling, acne, and acne scarring.
- Age-related and menopause-associated declines in collagen can also lead to wrinkling and enlarged pores. Sun damage from UV radiation can accelerate skin aging and worsen skin texture irregularities. Lack of exfoliation and accumulation of dead skin cells can also make the skin look more textured and rough.
- Topical application of sunscreens, moisturizers, and use of gentle exfoliants can all improve skin texture!
- OS-01 FACE is clinically proven to improve skin smoothness and overall appearance in 100% of users. It’s also clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in 87% of users.