How to cope with painful peeling skin


Screen Shot 2017-03-28 at 4.17.24 PM It could be allergies, infections or eczema that causes your dry skin, or there could be a more serious reason behind the problem – even cancer – so seek a diagnosis from your doctor before acting on it. If there isn’t a major issue behind your peeling then read on to find out some tips on how to look after areas affected. Dr. Michaela Arens-Corell from Sebamed's Sebapharma department says: “Skin peeling makes the skin smooth and soft but it also reduces its natural barrier function. After peeling the skin is at risk to dry out and become irritated and hence needs intensive moisturising and protective care.” She notes that too harsh or frequent peeling can lead to redness, stinging or burning sensations, and that those who have especially sensitive skin which is also dry require time to recover from it. Whatever you do, don’t go picking, scratching or irritating the area more and if there are excess bits of skin which do need removing, cut them rather than pull. You can also try some home-made remedies, one of these being an oatmeal bath. Simply stir a cup of oats into a bath filled with warm water and pop yourself in to soak in the soothing water for around half an hour, before rinsing yourself with clean water. The oatmeal will reduce the irritation that comes with pealing skin and sooth any sore areas. A cucumber mix will also help as the vegetable is a natural astringent and, thanks to being made up of mostly water, it will hydrate your peeling skin. Furthermore vitamin C will help boost new skin cell production. Grate and mash up the flesh of a cucumber and apply it to the affected area, leaving it for around 20 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water. You can do this a couple of times a day until you see results. You can mix some aloe vera in with it too! © Cover Media

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