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How to Get Smooth Skin: 7 Dermatologist Tips

Transform Your Textured Skin into Smooth Skin

If the constant emergence of cult products and skin care trends are any indication, it’s that the quest for smoother, radiant and younger-looking skin is a never-ending one. From dealing with acne in your teens to stress-related breakouts, sun damage and the first signs of aging in your adulthood, you always find yourself fighting the good fight to maintain a healthy-looking visage. While being diligent with your regimen definitely helps keep your skin’s smoothness from going south, there are plenty of other factors that can make or break your skin care goals. Especially when you consider the fact that your skin takes a beating from a number of everyday stressors.

What Causes Skin to Become Rough or Textured 

Your skin’s health is influenced by several factors—including pollution, stress and sun damage—that, over time, chip away at your complexion and make it more prone to roughness, wrinkles, age spots and sagging. Those who struggle with genetic conditions like eczema, ichthyosis, keratosis pilaris and psoriasis are especially susceptible to having dry and rough skin, as well as those who live in dry climates with low humidity, says Dr. Lillian Soohoo, a board-certified dermatologist in Mountain View, Calif.

With older women, the chemical and hormonal changes the body undergoes due to perimenopause and menopause can contribute to an overall loss of skin smoothness. In fact, the normal aging process plays a huge role in your skin’s health, says David Pollock, a beauty chemist and skin care expert. “[As we age,] our body produces less and less of the key elements that keep us looking younger. Collagen protein provides firmness and support. Yet, by the time a woman reaches menopause, she has about 45 percent less collagen,” Pollock explains.

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