Skin peeling is a normal process that occurs in the body’s response to removing dead skin. However, the process is sometimes followed by other symptoms such as rashes, itching, and dryness, which can be caused by things like skin irritation, sun exposure, infections, or allergies.

Skin exfoliation does not only occurs on our face’s skin, but it can also occur on the skin of other parts of our body, such as hands, feet, around the nails, or other areas of the body.

But what does exactly makes the skin peel off? How do we overcome the problem? The following are may be the causes of skin exfoliation:

  • Peeling skin from sunburn

Frequent exposure to sunlight can make your skin peeling. But before it peels off, the phase you are going to experience is where your skin will turn into red and it might hurt and quite hot when touched.

This usually occurs within a few hours after your skin is exposed to sunlight. A few days later, the damaged skin layer will peel off and the skin will begin to heal itself. This exfoliation may cause the color of the skin uneven and looks like a pattern too.

  • Dry skin

For those with dry skin, you are at high risk of having your face’s skin exfoliated, especially if they come in contact with water, soaps or creams that contain irritating substances, hot water, both hot and cold weather, and sunlight. The aging process can also make the skin drier.

Having dry skin is actually harmless, but there is also dry skin caused by serious disorders, such as ichthyosis. Ichthyosis is a skin disorder caused by hereditary factors.

  • Allergy

Some people often have allergies. When the skin is in contact with an allergen (an allergic trigger), the skin will react. Not just skin exfoliation, the reaction can cause itching, rashes, or blisters.

  • Side effects of drugs

Some medicines such as retinoid creams, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) can actually make your skin peeled off. Retinoid creams are commonly used to treat acne, reduce wrinkles, and brighten up the brown spots on the skin.

This cream works by encouraging the skin cells to die and regenerate. As a result, the top layer of the skin peels off to pave the way for new skin cells to grow. In addition, the side effects of chemotherapy drugs, allergies to drugs such as antibiotics, epilepsy, and certain blood pressure medications can also make the skin acne.

  • Atopic dermatitis (eczema)

This condition is chronic (long-term) and tends to recur periodically. The cause of eczema is not known for certain, but it is often associated with dry skin, weather, immune system disorders, Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, and genetic factors.

To date, there is no cure for atopic dermatitis. However, there are treatments that can prevent the skin from peeling and relieving itching.

How To Overcome Peeling Skin

  • Compress the skin with cold water.
  • Consuming plenty of water.
  • Regularly apply moisturizer, especially after a bath.
  • Do not scratch the skin of the face as it may aggravate the condition and cause infection.
  • Avoid exposure to substances or chemicals that can irritate the skin. Replace face soap with a gentle soap that is safe for the skin. 


By Nurul
2nd June 16:34

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