Skin is the largest organ of the body, it protects our body’s internal organs and, helps regulate body temperature, promotes the sensations of touch, cold, heat and prevents the entry of bacteria into the body. Skin contains water and produces natural oils that keep it protected from becoming dry. When there is excess of water loss and when natural oil (sebum) that protect the skin begins to dry up. The outer layer of skin called epidermis that acts as a waterproof shield and maintains the skin tone, begins to dry up and peel away in the form of flakes, this condition is called flaky skin.
Causes of flaky skin condition
When the outer layer of the skin epidermis becomes dead it peels off in flakes, this condition of skin can occur due to a various processes that the skin undergoes.
Here are some of the factors that cause flaky skin
- Changing weather conditions is the main cause of flaky skin, cold or dry air outside lack of humidity inside contribute to drying of the skin rapidly.
- exposure of skin to the harsh heat of the sun for long periods is considered to be the main cause of flaky skin
- Extended and frequent hot showers, heated swimming pools, soaking yourself in hot tubs, and saunas for long periods can rip your skin of their natural oils , can become the major cause of the skin to become extremely dry and peel off in flakes
- Certain chemicals present in the body cleansers can also make skin flaky
- Medicines as topical retinoids used to treat skin conditions such as acne, pimples etc., can cause flaky skin
- medications used to treat cancer can cause reaction, resulting in dry and flaky skin
- skin condition that leads to e formation of a blisters can make the affected area dry and result in skin peeling off
- Many skin disorders such as dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis are all major factors to cause flaky skin
- Immunity disorders can also cause flaky skin
Treatment for skin flakes
Dry, flaky skin is very convenient condition for the easy entry of bacteria into the skin, Seek prompt medical care with a dermatologist if your flaky skin is persistent or causes you concern.
Many treatment options are available to treat flaky skin such as:
- Moisturize when your skinis still damp after a bath, this helps the moisturizer penetrate your skin, help prevent further flaking.
- Apply a product containing glycerine or petroleum jelly to particularly dry spots,
- Take required vitamin A, B, and C, proteins, iron, for skin health
- Keep your serious health problem such as diabetes or psoriasis under control with proper medications and regular check-ups as these conditions are known to make skin flaky
- Remember to stay hydrated by drinking enough water, as it a natural moisture for skin, fruits and veggies that contain water can also add to your hydration levels.
- Avoid washing your skin with harsh soaps or with anything that leaves it feeling tight and dry
- Finally, use products that are formulated for the unique needs of your skin.