Whether it's caused by dryness, sunburn or irritation, no one loves the lizard-like look of flaky, peeling skin. While you can't stop damaged skin from shedding once it starts, you can fix your flakes in no time flat with a few simple treatments for the various causes of peeling skin and get back to your smooth, glowing self sooner.
Treat sunburned skin with a shower using cool water. Hot water can rob skin of its natural oils, exacerbating parched, peeling skin. Pat dry with a towel and avoid rubbing. Apply cider vinegar or white vinegar to the area, which can help ease pain, reduce redness and prevent peeling.
Moisturize the area often. Use an unscented, intensive moisturizing cream, lotion or balm that contains soothing and hydrating ingredients such as aloe and vitamin E. The skin underneath the area that is peeling will be very tender so it's important to keep this area moist and protected from the sun.
Use milk to soothe dry, peeling winter skin that resists moisturizers. Cover your face with a washcloth soaked in very cold whole milk and leave on for 10 minutes. Milk's lactic acid will help remove flakes and redness naturally, while the lipids in the milk can help hydrate your skin.
Care for peeling, itchy skin from mild eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, with an over-the-counter cortisone cream. Eczema is a chronic condition related to allergies that usually affects the arms or behind the knees. Cortisone creams and ointments can help relieve itching and scaling associated with this condition.
Try a soothing oatmeal bath treatment. Oatmeal can help moisturize, repair and protect the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties. Bath products found in stores may contain ground or flaked oatmeal.
Avoid the temptation to scratch or tear off peeling skin. Scratching may worsen the peeling and can cause an infection. Use scissors to neatly trim skim that is hanging off instead of pulling at it or tearing it off.