When describing skin that is good, people generally resort to the same set of expressions: “as smooth as silk” (glass works, too), “lit from within,” or “softer than a baby’s bottom,” which is a questionable basis of comparison but a thing we say nonetheless. So you can see why skin that’s “like an orange peel ” doesn’t quite fit in there — and why the internet is riddled with complaints about the one and only skin concern to be named after a citrus fruit.
Unsurprisingly, there is no legitimate dermatological condition classified as “orange peel skin.” Rather, it’s a colloquial term used to describe skin with pores so enlarged as to appear dimpled in texture — you know, like an orange peel. And, like your health, your short-term memory, and your tolerance for loud noises, it tends to worsen as you get older.
What’s an orange peel-skinned person to do? Dr. Mark has a few ideas. Gentle over-the-counter facial peels applied at home can be helpful, as can medical-grade chemical peels performed in-office. Products containing hyaluronic acid, to help plump skin cells and reduce dehydration, plus retinol for healthy skin regeneration is the golden combo. (We like Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare’s Ferulic + Retinol Anti-Aging Moisturizer.) So keep oranges where they belong: in the fruit bowl… and in your bottomless mimosas.
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