What to do if you have orange peel skin

Alexandra Engler is the beauty director at nhatroso.com and host of the beauty podcast Clean Beauty School. Previously, she"s held beauty roles at Harper"s Bazaar, Marie Claire, SELF, và Cosmopolitan; her byline has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, và Allure.com.

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In the tìm kiếm for younger, dewy skin, there are several skin care concerns that often come up, some with quite peculiar names: crow"s feet, marionette lines, liver spots.

Add this one to lớn the list: Orange peel skin. So what is this skin texture, what causes it, và what can you vì about it? Below, our investigation.

Imagine an orange or other citrus fruit lượt thích a lemon or lime. It has a very specific texture: Slightly dimpled texture around visible pores.

That"s the comparison for a very specific type of skin texture, colloquially called "orange peel skin." This is not a dermatological diagnosis, we should note, merely a descriptor.

""Orange peel skin" is a phrase used to lớn describe skin that resembles the peel of the orange.

Imagine skin that is thick & shiny with tiny divots in the skin," says board-certified dermatologist Zenovia Gabriel, M.D. "With orange peel skin, the pores appear khổng lồ be enlarged and dimpled."

The skin type may look perfectly normal to the naked eye, especially at a distance.

It"s really not until you get up close to lớn the skin that you might start to notice texture variations.

Thus, it"s usually a skin care concern that people self-"diagnose," yet onlookers may not see the issue.


Orange peel-like texture is a term for skin that looks slightly dimpled around visible pores. This is not a dermatological diagnosis, merely a descriptor.
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What causes it?

"The cause for "orange peel skin" is mainly due lớn deeper skin structures that impact the surface, such as muscle contraction, sebaceous gland size, và collagen và elastin loss," says Gabriel. "With aging, our sebaceous glands (pores) enlarge and our skin loses firmness & elasticity, causing pores to lớn look deeper & enlarged."

Like many skin woes, it comes from sun damage, oxidative stress, and age.

"It"s a sign of sun damage and aging. Basically as collagen và elastin are compromised, the pores are not held closed, leaving them larger & more visible," says Morgan Rabach, M.D., board-certified dermatologist và co-founder of LM Medical NYC.

It"s also common in those who have oilier skin. "People with more oil output in their skin have enlarged thick pores and can show signs of orange peel skin," says Rabach.

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"Orange peel skin" is caused by deeper skin structures that impact the surface of the the skin, such as muscle contraction, sebaceous gland size, & collagen và elastin loss. It often comes from sun damage, stress, & age.
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When does it appear?

It can start early và get more pronounced with age. This is because your collagen can start to decline in your 20s. "Usually this starts in your late 20s and continues as you get older—but of course things like sun damage play a role," says Rabach.

Then, of course, there are personal skin variants that have nothing to vì with external forces, lifestyle habits, và skin care behaviors. "Genetically, some of us have thicker, larger sebaceous glands, and this contributes to lớn the quality and texture of our skin," says Gabriel.

However, it is certainly more common in mature skin: "Older women are more prone lớn "orange peel skin" since with age collagen levels decrease & skin loses its elasticity and plumpness, causing pores to look enlarged," says Gabriel.


"Orange peel skin" is more common in mature skin, but can start as early as in your 20s, and usually get more pronounced with age due khổng lồ collagen loss.
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What can you vì chưng about it?

Your approach should be twofold: First, you"ll want to encourage collagen production internally.

Second, you"ll want khổng lồ tend to your pores externally.


Hydrolyzed collagen supplements

Because this skin texture is the result of diminished collagen levels, the most important thing you need to do is encourage collagen production in the skin.

How does one vì chưng that? Well, the most effective way lớn promote collagen production is to start from within.

As we know that collagen is too large of a molecule khổng lồ penetrate the epidermis, the most effective way to lớn get it is through hydrolyzed collagen supplements.

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