Dull Skin: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Medically reviewed by Dr Vanessa Leow on Jul 31, 2019


A glowing complexion is a sign of healthy-looking, youthful skin envied by others.  The absence of glowing would left unsatisfied and unconvinced of beauty. Dull skin is a condition where the skin doesn’t look healthy, bright or radiant. It is also describe related issues like uneven skin texture and tone. 

This state of skin can be caused by the ageing process and also a lack of water intake daily which leads to dryness of the skin. Dull skin can make the face feel rough or bumpy.

What Is Dull Skin



During our younger age, the skin can naturally stimulate fresh collagen production and bounce back to its original form. But when we hit the age of 30, that is not the case. Skin problems like dull skin, pigmentation, wrinkles, and enlarged pores is are common. 

There are numbers of factors that may cause to dull skin. 

UV Damage

UV Damage – UV damage is one of the main reasons that cause skin problems. Overexposure to the sun, a dermis layer where the skin’s collagen and elasticity lives get attacked by the sun damage. Free radicals will be released and cause harm to the skin’s cell DNA resulting dull skin appearance.


DehydrationPoor water intake can contribute to the premature aging lines and a thin texture. Most of the treatment and products that are available on the market are offering hydration techniques that can keep your skin younger-looking, comfortable and healthy.

Skipping exfoliationExfoliation your skin will help remove pigmented skin cells, unclogs pores from dead skin cells and excess sebum which allow the release of our natural skin oils. Skipping exfoliation meaning you’re welcoming dull skin back into your life. Combining exfoliation and mask treatment will boost transformation of dull skin into bright, healthy and radiant skin. 

AgingSince skipping aging process in our life is impossible; taking measure into it is a must. As our skin ages, dead skin cells build up quicker-leading to skin that is rougher and dull.


HyperpigmentationMain cause that leads to appearance of pigmentation is uv exposure, hormonal imbalance and injury. Untreated hyperpigmentation may contribute to discolouration and sallowness on the skin.  

Wrong products or skincare– Using wrong products to the skin will absolutely damage the skin over time. Some products may cause another problem while treating current skin problem. Consult with the doctors, aesthetician or experts first before buying and using new product in order to prevent skin problems. 

Lack of sleep– Having enough and good quality sleep is a must. Quality sleep will help your mental and physical condition to have enough rest. It affects your brain, body and hormones which helps you to stay awake during the day and improve energy level.


There are a lot to take care in order to have youthful, glowing and healthy skin.  The best and easiest way is to take care of your lifestyle and diet. 

  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Eat balanced and healthy diet
  • Stay Hydrated
  • Moisturise regularly
  • Always apply sunscreen before going outdoors
  • Choose products or skincare that suit your skin condition
  • Exercise

How To Prevent Dull Skin

How To Prevent Dull Skin


There are plenty of home remedies that can give skin the inner nourishment it needs to look good. Here are simple natural ways to get rid of dull skin.

Natural ways to get rid of dull skin

Lemon- Using lemon as cleanser is good way to start a day. Lemons which are rich in vitamin C, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory helps in prevent premature aging from occurring. 

Sugar- Exfoliating your skin with sugar is definitely good for dull skin. It helps to exfoliate dead skin cells and promotes re-growth of new skin cells.

Honey- Consists of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and skin lightening properties. It can be used as scrubber or mask to brighten up the skin. As the lemon are used as a bleaching agent, honey is used to soothe the skin, leaving it radiant.

Chocolate-Munch or mask it up. Pick the darkest chocolate available in the market. Chocolate are filled with antioxidants that naturally help in healing the skin. By applying it as a mask, the antioxidants in cocoa cleanse the skin, leaving it fresh and healthy which erase the dry and dull skin.

Almond- Packed with moisturising and nourishing properties. It can help in enhancing skin complexion, rejuvenating new and healthy skin.

Coconut oil- Hydrates skin as it helps in keeping your skin from dullness. A healthy dose of moisture in the skin improves its appearance and health. 

Strawberries- Packed with vitamin C, rich in fiber and low in sugar, make strawberries the perfect snack of the day. The antioxidant properties keep wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots away while maintaining the skin’s elasticity and suppleness. Regular intake of strawberries either eat it or scrub it which helps in promoting radiant skin. 

Yogurt – Contains natural sunscreen and cleansing agent that makes skin silky and smooth. 

Lime juice- Just like lemons, lime works as detoxified agents that helps in retaining natural glows and visible radiance of the skin. Possesses antibacterial and antiseptic properties which helps tighten the pores and eliminate the dead skin cells resulting brighter and healthier skin.

Natural ways to get rid of dull skin


Dull skin may cause aging appearance as the skin tends to lose its natural moist.  As a result, our dry skin will cause dead skin cells to build up and create another layer, often less attractive than the previous one. Thus, there are many alternative available which includes:

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