Flaky Skin – How To Get Rid Of It
Flaky skin does not look good! Most of us dream of having soft, flawless skin sans any blemishes or spots. Beautiful skin is a prerequisite to looking good. But look around – I am sure you won’t find too many people blessed with naturally beautiful skin. And even those who have flawless skin, tend to lose that perfection. And it is because of the ever increasing pollution levels and the onslaught of harsh elements.
Your skin has a protective layer of oil and has a certain level of water content, which keeps it looking good and glowing. If you lose this natural oil and skin gets dehydrated, the skin will start to peel off or you will experience a condition what is called flaky skin. Your skin will start falling off slowly in small bits like snowflakes. Sometimes, flaky skin can occur as a reaction to a number of inflammatory processes of the skin or damage to the skin. Sunburn is a classic example, but other conditions that can cause flaky skin. Some types of medications, such as topical retinoids used for acne, can cause flacky skin. Adverse reactions to medications such as cancer chemotherapeutic agents can also lead to flacky skin. Treatment is dependent upon the underlying cause.
Needless to say, that flaky skin does not look good! So, do you need to visit a dermatologist? Maybe! But first, you can try something at home!
Why Does Skin Flake?
Your skin has a protective layer of oil and a certain level of water content, which keep it looking good and glowing. If you lose this natural oil, or the skin gets dehydrated, the skin will start to peel off, and you will experience a condition known as flaky skin. Your skin will start falling off slowly in small bits like snowflakes. Sometimes, flaky skin can also be caused due to exposure to extreme temperatures and changes in lifestyle.
This condition also occurs due to seasonal changes. For example, flaking is more prominent in winter than in summer. Some other reasons for skin flaking are stress or tension, hormonal changes, and lack of proper nutrition.
Stop your skin from shedding with these super easy tips:
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is one of the most versatile natural plants that have diverse applications for the skin. Take aloe vera bulbous, cut it at the tip, and rub it where the skin is peeling. If you don’t have access to aloe vera, plant one or use a store-bought aloe cream for treatment.
Honey is a natural moisturizer and is also known to have other medicinal properties. Mix some honey with a little bit of lemon, and then apply it on affected skin areas. Let it rest for five to 10 minutes. Wash it after some time and dry the skin by dabbing it gently with a soft cloth. Do not rub hard as it may aggravate the condition further.
Curd is a rich in microbes and has antibacterial properties. Hence, it can be used to treat flaky skin. It will restore the skin’s natural moisture levels, providing much needed and vital vitamin A, and at the same inhibit the growth of any bacteria.
You would have surely heard the adage, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’. Take an apple, mash it up and directly apply on the affected area of skin to get rid of flaky skin. You will also get glowing skin at the same time.
5. Almond Oil
Flaky skin is a direct result of skin losing moisture and necessary oils. Almond oil is rich in vitamin A, and hence, it can be effectively used to massage the skin and nurse it back to health.
6. Castor Oil
Castor oil is really thick and one of the best oils for treating flaky skin. It will help heal the affected skin by facilitating the growth of new cells.
A few of the above-mentioned home remedies for dry, flaky skin may sound unconvincing. However, if you have gone pillar to post looking for a remedy for flaky skin that actually works, these are worth a try. Not only are they inexpensive but also are remedies that have been tried and certified by many as the best!
Dry skin can peel anywhere, but mostly, skin flakes near the cheeks, besides the nose, or at the elbows and knees. These are highly visible areas. Let’s take a look at the different ways we can prevent this affliction.
How to Get Rid of Dry Flaky Skin on the Face
The skin on your face is the thinnest of the whole body, which makes it especially fragile and prone to damage. One type of problem is dry, flaky facial skin. It’s not only bothersome – flaky and dry skin often itches – it can be downright embarrassing to walk around with your skin literally peeling off. Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer from this pesky tricky. While your skin is likely to be drier in the winter months when there’s less moisture in the air, it can be an issue you deal with year-round. But with a little scrubbing, rubbing and relaxing, you’ll get rid of the dry, flaky skin on your face and it will feel as smooth as a baby’s bottom.
Exfoliate your face a few times per week. Use a baby’s washcloth and warm water to gently scrub your face using small, circular motions to remove the dry flaky skin. Baby washcloths are soften than regular ones, so your face will be less likely to become irritated from exfoliating.
Choose the right facial cleanser. Look for products that do not contain sodium lauryl sulfate, which depletes moisture from the skin. Instead, rather choose products that are free of fragrance and dyes and are labeled “Moisturizing.”
Use whole milk on your face to help heal the dryness. The fat in milk is moisturizing and the lactic acid is a mild cleanser. Moisten a baby’s washcloth with milk and massage it over your face to cleanse and moisturize. To remove flakes from the skin, soak a baby’s washcloth in cold whole milk and lay it over your face for about 10 minutes.
Apply a thick moisturizer to your skin within a few minutes of showering, exfoliating or washing your face to help seal in moisture. Moisturize your face at least twice a day, once in the morning and once at night before bed.
Give your face a dose of hydration with a bi-weekly face mask. Rub fresh aloe vera gel thickly onto your skin. Wait 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
Things You’ll Need
- Baby washcloths
- Facial cleanser
- Whole milk
- Thick moisturizer
- Fresh aloe vera gel
Consider using a humidifier in your home if you suffer from dry skin, especially in the winter months. This will add moisture to the air, which in turn keeps your skin hydrated.
Steps To Prevent Flaky Skin
Take a warm bath/hot shower for five to 10 minutes and use lukewarm water only. You can also use a face steamer to steam. Skip soap because it has a high pH that can disrupt the outer layer of your skin and cause inflammation and dryness.
Also be cautious about overdoing the steam treatment. Aim for a maximum of 10 minutes of steam. Whenever you start feeling uncomfortable, stop right away.
Facial scrubbers like face cream scrubbers that contain almond and seed extracts are good for the skin. Opt for organic vegetable fiber scrubbers from bitter gourds. Try a pumice stone for your knees and elbows.
Avoid being overzealous with the scrubber as improper usage can damage the skin.
You may also go in for chemical exfoliation that uses chemical peeling agents. If you are in a DIY mode, you can opt for sugar-based scrubs. Take brown sugar, one teaspoon olive oil, and mashed up summer fruits like peaches and strawberries to make a scrub. Always be gentle.
After exfoliation, it’s time to lock in some moisture and pamper the skin. You can use:
- Warm pure olive oil
- Moisturizers with hyaluronic acid that seals in moisture
- Organic creams free from harsh ingredients
You can also prepare a DIY moisturizing mask with banana and honey. Honey is a humectant and is soothing. Oatmeal is extremely healing and is great for itchy and flaky skin. Soak up to 1/3 cup oatmeal in 1/2 cup of hot water. Add one tbsp honey and two tbsp of yogurt. Blend all ingredients together. Apply this mix and leave it on for 20 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water and pat the skin dry.
Moisturize when your skin is still damp – every single time you step out of the shower. This helps the moisturizer penetrate your skin, to repair the damage and help prevent further flaking.
Also, keep a close watch on your diet. Diet and hydration are the key points to get rid of excess dryness or flaky skin. Do you have flaky skin? What treatments have you tried? Did anything work? Share with us in the comments section.