Dull skin is characterized by the combination of one or more skin concerns such as, uneven skin tone, rough and bumpy skin texture, clogged pores and skin that lacks its natural luminosity. These skin concerns are commonly caused by a buildup of excess dead skin cells, oil and dirt. Excessively oily skin can result in dull skin as too much oil leads to clogged pores, acne, blackheads and whiteheads. Likewise, excessively dry skin can contribute to dull skin as well due to an excess of flaky, dry skin cells that build up on the surface of skin lacking in hydration. Other reasons for dull skin are damaged skin cells or slow skin cell turnover, which can be caused by sun damage, hormonal changes, health conditions and medications.
Professional medical facial treatments that fight dull skin are dermabrasion, chemical peels and procedures such as microneedling that penetrate the skin to initiate skin cell renewal from deep within the skin. You can fight dull skin at home by cleansing your face properly and using medical-grade skincare products that increase cell turnover or exfoliate the skin to help shed the buildup on the skin’s surface that lead to a dull skin tone.