If you suffer from skin that is constantly peeling or flaky, then you know how frustrating and tricky this issue can be. For one, there are several reasons why you're skin may be peeling. Here we're going to discuss some of the possible causes of flaking skin, as well as a few possible solutions to this plaguing skin care issue.
Possible Causes of Flaky Skin
Drying skincare products
In certain areas of the face, the skin is very thin. Those areas are more sensitive and vulnerable to damage. If the products you're using are too drying, then this can cause those areas to become overly dry and begin to peel and flake. The nose is one area that can be especially prone to flaking. If the skin's barrier is damaged due to drying products, then it becomes very difficult for the skin to retain moisture. This will cause tiny cracks in the skin, resulting in dryness and peeling. This problem is exacerbated during the colder months when the air is very dry.
Potentially drying products include alcohol toners, bar soaps, or cleansers that contain any type of sulfate. These ingredients will dehydrate the skin and throw off the skin's pH balance. Instead, look for cleansers that are sulfate-free. These are some examples of more gentle cleansing agents to look for in your products:
- Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine
- Disodium Lauraminopropionate
- Cocamidopropyl Betaine
- Decyl Glucoside
- Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate
- Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate
- Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids
- Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate
- Sodium Cocoamphoacetate
One of the most natural responses to flaking, peeling skin is to scrub it off. We do this by using cleansing brushes, washcloths, scrubs, or exfoliating acids. While exfoliating is often good for the skin, you can compromise the integrity of your skin's natural barrier by exfoliating too much. Over-exfoliation occurs when you remove too many skin cells so that there are not enough to retain moisture. If you notice excessive skin flaking and you are exfoliating more than 2 times per week, then scale back the number of times you exfoliate per week until you notice that your skin reaches a balance.
Eczema or seborrheic dermatitis is a very common skin issue that many may not know they have. This skin condition is characterized by red, flaky, dry skin. It tends to show up in the same areas on the skin. Eczema is often easy to spot and if you're not sure, visit a dermatologist for diagnosis.
If you have eczema, then you'll need to use products that are reparative in nature and work to soothe inflammation. This will include moisturizing creams that contain collagen producing ingredients and oils that repair the skin's barrier.
In all, if you have flaky, peeling skin then you'll need to pay close attention to what your skin is telling you. Take a look at your product's ingredient list and look for any potentially drying ingredients that may be the cause of your issues. You'll need to make some adjustments to your skincare routine, although with the right products and skincare, you will be able to achieve healthier skin.