Peeling skin is one of those problems that inevitably comes up over the course of our lives. The reasons it happens can range from product use to sunburn to unexpected skin condition. None of the reasons why actually change much about how you need to treat the peeling though with the possible exception of some skin conditions. Peeling skin is a sign that your body is shedding the outer layers of its skin in an area rather quickly and, if we’re honest, it is seldom anything we really want to look at for very long. That leads us to take various measures to try to rid our body of the peeling skin as quickly as possible. The typical approach isn’t necessarily the best approach though. There are some things you can do to encourage your skin along while minimizing the chances of there being any lasting problems from the peeling skin. While these may take a bit of time, the end results will be far better.
As tempting as it is, the last thing you should be doing is picking at peeling skin. That is almost certain to result in damage to your skin. The layers of peeling dead skin cells aren’t free of the rest of your skin. Picking at them will rip away healthy bits of skin too. This can cause permanent damage for some people. You truly need to let the skin peel in its own time to let it heal properly. To that end, managing the itch tends to be one of the predominant issues that we face with peeling skin. Find a good anti-itch cream to apply to the affected area to help you physically tolerate the peeling skin. It is easier to avoid picking when you don’t have a constant reminder of the skin. Admittedly, sometimes you just want to get rid of the worst offenders. You can do this if you’re careful. A small set of scissors can let you trim particularly large peeling areas of skin. Just remember to clip away from the skin to avoid adding to your problems.
Moisturize and Hydrate
Peeling skin tends to be very dry. This is a problem as it leaves that area of skin far more susceptible to things like sun damage and some topical allergic reactions. The low-level inflammation brought on by the constant itch doesn’t help much either. You can work against this with more than just an anti-itch cream. Get a slightly thicker moisturizer than you would normally use and apply it to the peeling skin regularly. This will soothe the skin. It may peel a bit more slowly after this, but the moisturizer will help minimize the chances of any permanent damage as well. You can complement this step by taking cool baths to help soothe the area of peeling skin as well. It works in a similar way but works well with a moisturizer if you use the moisturizer right out of the bath. We also recommend remembering to defend the area by applying sunscreen. This should help minimize sun damage done to the weakened area of your skin and give it time to heal.
Be Gentle, Be Caring
The best practice you can keep in mind when dealing with peeling skin is to treat it like it is sensitized. It needs that much extra little care to keep it healthy and on the road to healing. You can do a lot for it by nourishing it probably. Look for products that provide topical vitamin C and E. These vitamins help to stimulate your skin’s nature repair process so that it goes a little faster and a bit smoother. In effect, you’ll be boosting your skin’s production of the materials it needs to repair itself. Hydrating versions of these products will typically be best to keep with the need to keep the area hydrated. Be as gentle as you can in your product choices when you have peeling skin to help minimize any issues. Pat your skin dry. Avoid harsh cleansers and soaps. We will also recommend to avoid applying anti-aging products to an area of peeling skin as these products typically include retinol which, while useful under normal circumstances, can dry out skin and encourage more peeling rather than less.
Peeling skin is often annoying at worst for most of us. It is a reminder that we messed up when it came to our skincare and that we have to take better care or we’ll end up hurting our skin in a deeper way eventually. Treating the peeling skin right during the process of it healing will minimize the long term damage done to the skin and let us have that second chance at properly protecting our skin. Making that effort is worth it if we want to ensure that we age as gracefully as possible.