4 Common Skin Problems in Women and How to Solve them

A woman looking at her skin in the mirror
Tips for Skin problems on the face.

 How to Solve Common Skin Problems

Women experience different skin problems due to various reasons. Some factors that can affect the skin include age, hormonal imbalance, diet, stress levels, and more. The varying skin problems that women experience have different causes and are solved in various ways. 

Unfortunately, not a lot of women know the proper way of addressing skin problems. To learn how to solve your skin woes, you first have to understand these problems and what causes them.

4 Skin Problems in Women and How to Solve Them


Acne is, arguably, the most common skin problem among women. It usually starts during the adolescent years as hormones begin booming; however, acne can happen at any life stage.

Acne occurs when the hair follicles are blocked by oil and dirt. Often, hormonal changes trigger this. Contrary to popular belief, acne refers not only to pimples but also blackheads, cysts, and nodules found anywhere on the body, including upper arms, chest, and back.

The treatment for acne depends on its type and causes. For cystic acne, the best treatment would be formulated by your dermatologist. Treatment can go anywhere from topical ointments to antibiotics and even steroidal shots.

Milder acne experienced by adults is often caused by hormonal imbalance, stress, diet, contact irritation, and bacteria. The typical treatment for this type of acne depends on the cause. For example, if it's due to diet, a balanced diet could improve the skin's condition, and if hormonal changes cause it, a hormone pill could help.


Scars result from trauma and damage caused to the skin's collagen and elastin. The trauma can be caused by injuries, surgeries, or even severe acne. Sadly, if scars are old, they probably won't go away anymore; but if the scars are relatively new, you might be able to diminish their appearance with proper care.

When scars heal, the skin pulls together and becomes tighter. Non-laser treatment includes topical ointments or oils to help nourish the skin. Some examples of oils to reduce the appearance of scars are rosehip oil, vitamin E oil, and coconut oil.

Other treatments involve laser treatments and steroid injections to soften and improve the appearance of new, thin keloid scars.

Woman rubbing moisturizer on her hand.
Try to use the best skincare routine for women.

Dry skin

Another common skin problem that many people experience is dry skin. Dry skin is usually caused by dehydration or weather changes. Severe dehydration can create many problems, including urinary and kidney infections, seizures, and fatigue, but in milder cases, dehydration shows up on the skin as dry and flaky skin.

The number one tip for someone experiencing dry skin is to drink more water. The suggested water intake for an adult is around eight glasses of water or 2 liters of water. However, many skincare experts also recommend the use of moisturizers as a way to bring back moisture and necessary vitamins directly into the skin.

There are many types of moisturizers to choose from. Some moisturizers are thick and rich, perfect for those who have drier skin or even just for the colder months, while some moisturizers are light and almost water-like, perfect for the summer months. These moisturizers give the skin a boost of vitamins needed to bring back its vitality and plumpness.

Since the skin in our face is much more delicate, it is best to know what type of facial moisturizer you should use depending on your skin type. 

  • Dry Skin

Because of its thickness, the cream is the most excellent moisturizer for dry skin since it feels heavier on the skin and takes longer to dry. Moisturizing creams contain oil and water components, with humectants attracting moisture and oil ingredients retaining moisture.


  • Oily Skin

A water-based, oil-free moisturizer, such as a gel moisturizer, is the best moisturizer for oily skin. Gel moisturizers are mostly humectants-based with rejuvenators for additional benefits. Acne-prone skin will benefit from these non-greasy, light moisturizers.


  • Normal/Combination Skin

Any moisturizer would suffice for this skin type. If your skin is normal yet dry, you may want to use a cream moisturizer that is thicker. A gel or gel-cream/water cream may be the best choice if your skin is normal but greasy.


  • Sensitive

Look for fragrance-free moisturizers that are also devoid of parabens and irritants if you have sensitive skin.

Textured skin

Another skin problem that many women experience is textured skin. Skin texture is the condition of your skin's surface. Ideally, it should be smooth and supple, but it can also be an uneven skin texture or a dull skin texture due to your skin's condition (dry skin, blemishes, loss of collagen, sun damage, roughness, etc.) 

However, skin texture isn't something that needs to be solved or fixed. Your skin is uniquely yours, but there is no harm in evening out your skin tone and texture. Here are some easy steps to evening your skin texture.

  • Exfoliate

- Exfoliating is the number one tip when it comes to evening skin texture. Exfoliating buffs away the dead skin cells on top of the skin, giving it a boost when it comes to shedding. Exfoliate after washing your face with a mild cleanser. Always soothe the skin after exfoliating. You can use a bit of aloe vera gel to help the skin.

  • Use a retinoid

- Adding a retinoid to your skincare routine will speed up the skin's cell turnover process., giving you smoother and brighter skin, along with a boost in collagen production. If you're new to using a retinoid, start by using a pea-size amount one night a week, then build it up to two nights a week for two weeks until you're applying it every other night without dryness or irritation.

It's Not Too Late to Solve Your Skin Problems

Skin problems are experienced by everyone, not just women, which makes it essential to emphasize the importance of skincare and proper nourishment. Your skin only mirrors what you do to your body, so to get the best skin possible, remember to take care of your body first by consuming a balanced diet and staying physically active.

Contributor: Lisa Garcia is a content marketing specialist for L’Oreal Paris - an everyday, luxury beauty brand that empowers women to effortlessly be their most beautiful and confident selves through its hair, skin, and makeup products. As an advocate for women’s rights and empowerment, she is passionate about beauty and fashion as a form of art and self-expression. Outside the beauty world, you can find Lisa jamming to her favorite tunes, going on an online shopping spree, or spending time with her friends.

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