Dry, Flaky Skin: 7 Home Remedies You Can Try

Dry skin is quite common. Sometimes the dryness is accompanied by flaky skin that can become very uncomfortable. You might think that makeup can cover up your flaky skin. But try not to put makeup on your face because cosmetics can dry out your skin, making peeling worse. You also need more than just a moisturizer to get rid of flaky skin. So, opt for home remedies to get rid of peeling skin.

What causes dry, flaky skin?

Our skin has three layers: epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. Skin peeling usually takes place on the epidermal layer, also known as the thinnest layer of the skin, explains Dr. Urvi Panchal, a dermatologist and cosmetologist based in Gurugram. The skin usually feels dry and flaky, and can sometimes become a bit red and irritable when your skin starts to peel.

Dry skin can crack and peel. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

Here are some common causes of flaky skin:

1. Sunburn

Overexposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays can damage the outer layer of the skin, leading to peeling, redness and discomfort. It is also the most common cause of skin peeling, the expert tells Health Shots.

2. Dry skin

Dry skin does not have the necessary moisture or natural oils. So if the skin becomes extremely dry, it can crack and then peel off. Harsh weather conditions, low humidity or excessive bathing with hot water and aggressive soap can worsen the complaints.

3. Skin conditions

Dermatitis, infections such as athlete’s foot and ringworm can lead to peeling of the skin as they recover. These conditions require appropriate medical treatment to resolve, says Dr. Panchal. Eczema, psoriasis and autoimmune diseases can also lead to peeling skin. Identifying and managing the underlying condition in these cases is essential to addressing flaking skin.

Best home remedies for peeling skin on face

Avoiding sun exposure and using sunscreen when skin peels can help greatly, as can moisturizing your skin. You can also try these home remedies:

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1. Aloe vera

Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory and cooling properties, so it can provide relief from itching and reduce inflammation associated with peeling skin.

2. Ice and no hot water

Rub ice on the affected area to soothe the skin and reduce redness, and avoid using hot water. It would further burn and irritate the skin.

3. Olive oil

Apply a thin layer of extra virgin olive oil to the affected area. It helps hydrate the skin and prevent further peeling of the skin.

4. Milk

Soak a clean cloth in cold milk and place it on the flaking skin for 10 to 15 minutes. The lactic acid in milk can help gently exfoliate and hydrate the skin.

5. Oatmeal bath

Place a cup of finely ground oatmeal in a warm bath and soak for 15 to 20 minutes. This can help soothe and moisturize flaky skin.

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Try home remedies for peeling skin. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

6. Tea tree oil

Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil and apply to the affected area. Tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties and can help reduce inflammation.

7. Cucumber and yogurt mask

Mix half a cucumber with two tablespoons of yogurt to form a paste. Apply the mixture to the flaking skin for 15 to 20 minutes. Cucumber and yogurt can help hydrate and cool the skin.

How to prevent peeling of the skin?

You can prevent your skin from peeling by following these tips:

• Use sunscreen with a high SPF before being exposed to the sun
• Wear protective clothing
• Seek shade during peak sun hours to avoid sunburn
• Drink enough water to keep your skin and body well hydrated
• Use mild and hypoallergenic skin care products and avoid excessive scrubbing or harsh exfoliants that can irritate the skin
• Apply a suitable moisturizer regularly, especially after bathing, to retain moisture.

It is always a good idea to consult a dermatologist if you have persistent or severe skin peeling.

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