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Are you worried about your Peeling Skin?

What causes Peeling Skin?

Most people will experience skill peeling at some stage of their life, one of the most common reasons for skin peeling is Eczema, a condition particularly prevalent in children or babies. It causes the skin to become very itchy, dry, and flaky, often resulting in sore, red patches on light skin or darker purple or grey patches on darker skin, that if scratched could bleed. It can affect any part of the body but is commonly found on hands, the inside of the elbow joint, back of the knees, face, and scalp.

What can you do at home?

In the majority of cases skin peeling is a symptom of a mild and usually temporary problem that may respond well to things you can do at home negating the need for further medical intervention. Check out the advice below for ways to alleviate your symptoms or prevent further escalation.


  • Try using an over-the-counter eczema cream like E45 to sooth the itching and reduce the irritation
  • Always ensure you are using the correct measure of washing powder, if you are estimating the amount you need, you may be exposing your skin to an excess of chemical irritants
  • Try topical corticosteroid creams for more severe cases
  • Avoid synthetic fabrics, instead using natural cotton fabrics that breathe instead
  • Avoid scratching or irritating the skin as this could make your symptoms worse
  • Clean your skin immediately if exposed to known irritants
  • Use gloves to protect your hands when handling irritants, but do not wear them for long periods of time as this could make your symptoms worse
  • If your symptoms have occurred suddenly, they may be connected to new products you are using, if so, stop using them immediately to see if the symptoms improve
  • Always check the labels of any personal products you use for possible irritants
  • Try taking antihistamines (Allergy tablets)
  • If you have experienced a sun burn, try lotions or moisturisers to rehydrate the skin and keep it covered to avoid further exposure
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You should also seek further medical attention if you experience any of the following:

While many of the injuries, illnesses or conditions associated with peeling skin are not considered life threatening if your symptoms are severe or they are affecting your quality of life then you should consider seeking a medical assessment from a doctor to rule out any serious conditions and offer advice or treatments that are right for you.

Are you worried about your Peeling Skin?

Here at VIDA we have expert clinicians on hand to help diagnose and treat your condition. To find out more about these services, we recommend visiting the following pages:

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Possible Causes and Related Conditions
  • Allergic reactions
  • Athlete's foot
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
  • Dry skin
  • Jock itch
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Medication side effects
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Pemphigus
  • Psoriasis
  • Ringworm (body)
  • Ringworm (scalp)
  • Scarlet fever
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Staph infections
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • Sunburn
  • Toxic shock syndrome