Have You Ever Heard of Orange Peel Skin? — Here’s What It Means
If you’ve ever heard of the term “orange peel skin” thrown around in the skin-care world but weren’t quite sure what it was, you’re not alone. To get to the bottom of the skin-care question, we spoke with board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Dhaval Bhanusali.
What Is Orange Peel Skin?
“Orange peel skin” is not a scientific condition or term. Rather, it’s a phrase used to describe a common complexion concern, in which skin has enlarged-looking pores and a dimpled texture. The look created by the large pores resembles the texture of an orange peel — hence the name. Despite a recent uptick in how frequently the term is used, your dermatologist probably won’t refer to your skin texture as orange peel skin. Rather, it’s a way that patients can describe their skin concerns in a clear manner.
How Can “Orange Peel Skin” be Prevented?
Orange peel skin isn’t an issue that impacts only a single skin type. According to Dr. Bhanusali, he sees people with all skin types that have orange peel skin. That’s why everyone, regardless of skin type, can benefit from taking preventative measures.
Orange Peel Skin-Care Tip #1: Exfoliate Frequently
To help prevent orange peel skin, Bhanusali suggests “frequent cleansing of the skin with exfoliative products.” Choose a face scrub that’s gentle enough to use multiple times a week and make exfoliating a regular step in your skin-care routine. The SkinCeuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub is a great pick, because it can be used every day if needed. Additionally, the scrub removes dirt, oil and impurities from the skin, and with continued use, will leave pores looking tighter and less visible.
Orange Peel Skin-Care Tip #2: Wear Sunscreen
Sunscreen is essential for preventing a variety of potential skin issues, from sun spots to fine lines. As Dr. Bhanusali says, “Sunscreen is always important.” Emphasis on always. Sunscreen is particularly key in preventing orange peel skin because, according to Dr. Bhanusali, sun damage is one of the most common causes. Try an oil-free sunscreen that’s suitable for everyday wear, like the CeraVe Hydrating Sunscreen Face Lotion SPF 50.
How Can “Orange Peel Skin” be Addressed?
If you already have orange peel skin, there are steps you can take in your skin-care routine to help minimize the appearance of your pores. Dr. Bhanusali encourages washing your face using a cleanser formulated with salicylic acid to help dissolve debris and oils that may be causing your pores to expand. We recommend Vichy Normaderm Gel Cleanser, designed for oily skin.
Introducing your skin to retinol can also help with orange peel skin. We like to use SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5, in our nighttime skin-care routine. Just keep in mind that retinol can cause skin sensitivity to sunlight so always wear broad-spectrum sunscreen during the day.
Another option for treating orange peel skin is laser treatments performed at your dermatologist’s office. Often, lasers can impact the skin — in a fraction of the time — which makes them an appealing option. Dr. Bhanusali says certain lasers can be used to target orange peel skin specifically, by helping to improve the overall texture.