Why Is My Skin So Rough?

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Does your skin texture feel and look more akin to aged leather — rough, uneven, dry, and scaly or flaky?

Our team of medical aestheticians at A Beautiful You Medical Spa, led by board-certified physician Dr. Kenneth Thompson, is ready to help transform your rough skin with a skin rejuvenation treatment suited to your complexion and skin problems.

Why is my skin so rough?

Rough skin can be the result of a variety of factors. Common medical reasons for rough skin include eczema, psoriasis, and contact dermatitis. The other most common reasons for developing rough skin include:

Sun damage

If you’ve been a sun worshipper for many years, your skin likey shows the effects of sun damage. Your skin has natural oils to keep it lubricated. The sun’s hot rays over an extended time period dry out and diminish the natural oils in your skin.

Skin that can’t produce enough oil gets extremely dry and can get rough, flaky, and develop red bumps or patches. Too much UV radiation changes the skin’s structure and damages the DNA of your skin cells.


The natural aging process may be the culprit in your skin’s changing texture. When you were young, you may have had an overabundance of oils in your skin, producing pimples.

As you age, your skin becomes drier because your cells don’t produce as much oil. You may have rough, uneven patches of skin not only on your face, but also on your elbows, hands, feet, and other areas.

Dry air

Your skin may get rough and dry in the winter, but it can suffer the same conditions in the summer. If you live in an area with hot, dry air, your skin can become rough from lack of moisture in the air.


When you smoke, you deplete your skin of key nutrients. The chemicals in cigarettes destroy collagen and elastin, critical proteins that keep your skin smooth and supple.


Do you drink the recommended six to eight glasses of water per day? If you don’t replenish the liquid in your body, your skin can become rough and dry.

Soaps and moisturizers with harsh chemicals

Avoid soaps and moisturizers with artificial colors and fragrances, alcohol, and harsh chemicals. We provide you with proven guidance on how to cleanse and moisturize your face and body.

Effective treatments for rough skin

We offer a variety of effective skin rejuvenation treatments that deliver outstanding results. We recommend the procedure or procedures most beneficial for your skin.

Our treatments include the most advanced laser resurfacing systems on the market today. The laser’s energy whisks away damaged skin.

Microneedling targets texture issues, scars, and fine lines and wrinkles. The process stimulates the production of healthy new skin cells with important nutrients that smooth out your skin.

Intense pulsed light (IPL) helps eliminate sun damage and pigment issues like age spots. It removes damaged cells and stimulates the growth of new cells.

HydraFacial cleanses, exfoliates, and moisturizes in one soothing treatment. High quality serums seep deep into your pores.

You don’t have to live with rough, dry skin. Call our Memphis, Tennessee, medical spa today or book online to begin your skin transformation.