Help with Peeling Skin
Peeling skin can be a result of medication, sun damage, increased perspiration or a skin infection. Although unsightly and often annoying, peeling skin can usually be relieved by a few tried-and-true methods. Peeling skin is hardly ever a serious concern unless it has become excessive. In that case, it’s time to make a trip to your doctor.
Determine the Cause
Figure out the cause of your peeling skin. Peeling skin is quite common in the winter months as your hands often sweat inside your gloves and the perspiration does not evaporate quickly enough. Peeling can also be caused by very dry skin, eczema or a sunburn, or it can be a side effect of medication such as acne medication. If skin peeling is excessive, the cause may be something more serious; then it’s time to call your doctor. Also, in the cases of fungus, eczema and skin infections, consult your doctor for the correct topical or oral medication to relieve your symptoms.
If your peeling is caused by dry skin or as a side effect of acne medication, you can use moisturizers liberally several times a day on the affected areas. Wash your hands with warm water and purchase soap that is specifically for sensitive skin. Special hand moisturizers also work well for skin peeling due to the dryness of winter. Apply liberally each day as many times as needed.
If the peeling is because of sunburn, it is important to stay hydrated and avoid manually peeling your skin. Instead, press cool compresses on the affected area and rub an aloe-based lotion into your burn to ease the pain. See a doctor if you start to develop chills or a high fever.
Grate cucumbers and place on the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes. Applying fresh mint juice to the area before bed each night has also been proven effective. You can also take a bath in oatmeal in order to rehydrate your skin and keep it moist.