Skin peeling is a common and short-term problem that people shouldn’t worry too much about. It is often a symptom that indicates another problem of the skin.
Its common causes can include the following:
- Heavy perspiration due to tight gloves or boots
- Blisters that contain fluid between the two layers of skin. When the blister breaks it leaves the skin open to be peeled.
- Dry skin from intense cold weather which makes the skin peel.
- Chemical irritation.
- Eczema which is a chronic skin rash which causes skin inflammation that could lead to skin peeling.
- Psoriasis which results in scaling and inflammation of the skin causing it to peel.
- Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) or blisters which cover the whole body. It is a rare disease, but another reason for skin peeling.
Meanwhile, skin peeling is seen as a symptom in the following ailments:
- Erythroderma where the skin thickens and flakes.
- Exfoliative dermatitis which also cause the skin to flake.
- Hand eczema which involves continuous problems of rashes and itches on the hands due to increasing use of harsh soaps and detergents.
- Ichthyosis which is a rare disease which causes skin dryness ad roughness which then leads to scaly, fish-like skin.
- Kawasaki disease which is found mainly among infants and young children. It is characterized by rash and swelling of the hands.
- Scarlet fever which, aside from causing strep throat, also causes rashes over the upper body and spreads all over.
- Vitamin A overdose which shows symptoms of skin peeling.
- Skin Syndrome or Skin Peeling Syndrome which is a rare genetic disorder that causes continuous skin peeling. It may also cause redness of the skin (erythema) and itching (pruritus). It has been divided into two categories: Non-inflammatory Type A and Inflammatory Type B.
There are, however, basic preventive measures for peeling skin. This includes the following:
- Avoid scratching the peeling skin as it can worsen the situation if you are suffering from diseases like eczema or psoriasis.
- Instead of pulling the peeled skin, use scissors.
- Moisturize your skin by using good moisturizing cream or lotion to soothe your skin.
- Drink plenty of water and remain hydrated.
- If you are out and about, use sunscreen at regular intervals.
- Pat dry your skin instead of rubbing.
- Use mild soaps instead of strong and harsh soaps.
- If you are having a hot bath, limit your time, as hot water drains the skin of its natural oils. Warms baths are milder and causes less damage to your skin.