Peeling Skin: The Do’s and Don’ts

Having to live with peeling skin is definitely not fun in the least. If you’ve had to struggle through this dreadful condition, you’ll unfortunately know symptoms like unbearable itchiness, flaky and uncomfortably tight skin all too well. In fact, women who have suffered through severe cases of peeling skin have even compared the condition to feeling like their entire face being on fire!  

 

Although there is no one specific cause to peeling skin, external factors such as excessive sun exposure, makeup or topical products and allergies are largely to be blamed. Happen to find yourself falling under this category? Then it’s high time you might want to practice these simple do’s and don’ts on a daily basis to combat the state of your skin before it gets any worse.

 

Don’t

 

Pick at your skin! Peeling skin would understandably cause parts of your face to itch like crazy, but keep those meddling fingers off your skin. Picking and scratching at your face can not only spread bacteria from your fingers to your face (which is why you should also avoid touching your face at all!), but it can also cause permanent scarring or discoloration to the area affected.

 

Do

 

Wrap an ice cube around a clean handkerchief and dab it onto the peeling, itchy spot. The ice would help to dull the sensation and reduce inflammation, but if that still doesn’t help than try applying a smudge of aloe vera gel to soothe your skin.

 

Don’t

 

Use extremely potent facial cleansers. It seems like every facial cleanser in the skincare industry nowadays is boasting a “skin-regeneration”, “overnight-rejuvenation” option magic ingredient, which is why those with peeling skin have to take extra care when choosing a cleanser for you. Products with a high count of alcohols, -commonly found in toners- are also a nightmare for peeling skin, as it will continue to dry out all of your skin’s natural moisture.

 

Do

 

Opt for an uncomplicated cleanser with keywords such as “gentle”, “soothing” and “hypoallergenic” in their product descriptions –just to make sure you’re not stripping your skin of it’s natural pH balance! It’s always a good option to go for regular facials as well to professionally treat some more major problem areas; and a good suggestion would be the Almond Facial Peel. Combine this with a special facial steaming to open your pores, oxygenate and purify your dry skin so that it’s much more accepting to hydration in the future!

 

Don’t

 

Skip out on moisturizer. Moisturizing is not only important for peeling skin, it’s However, those with peeling skin should watch out for the use of “humectants” incorporated in most moisturisers –especially during dryer weathers. Humectants are actually supposed to lock in moisture, but when presented under harsh and drying conditions, can strip the already existing moisture from your skin.

 

Do

 

Apply a light layer of face-friendly oil, also known as “occlusives”. The occlusives, -such as shea butter, mineral oil, grapeseed oil, lanolin- help to lock in the moisture so it doesn’t get pulled away in hot or dry weather conditions.

 

Don’t

 

Unknowingly apply topical treatments. Studies show that there are is a significant list of drying ingredients contained in products such as benzoyl peroxides and retinoids; which is why they work so well to combat acne-prone skin. Sensitive, peeling skin however requires a much different approach as excessive use of topical treatments can actually cause hyper pigmented scarring, chemical burns and even more peeling!

 

Do

 

Spot treat. Instead of lathering pimple product all over your face, practice treating your spots once at a time to monitor your skin’s reaction to said product. It’s also a great alternative to use natural spot treatments such as tea tree (always diluted with another carrier oil!) and lavender oil to subside pimples overnight. Consider gel-based spot products as well as they have a substantial anti-inflammatory effect on active spots without the nasty scar.

 

Don’t

 

Over-exfoliate. We know, there’s nothing like the feeling of vigorously scrubbing off the day’s dirt, oil and impurities from your skin after long hours outdoors or a night out with a full face of makeup. But ever notice how your skin immediately feels taut straight after an exfoliation? That’s because every exfoliation automatically dries out your skin –and exfoliating on a daily basis can cause your dry skin to take a turn for the worst. Exfoliating scrubs that boast “grains” or “micro beads” should also be no-no if you have peeling skin, as those particular types can stand to make little tears in the derma of your skin which will not only lead to excessive flaking and irritation, but the spread of bacteria and possible increase of acne.

 

Do

 

Do your best to avoid physical exfoliants unless absolutely necessary. Chemical exfoliants might sound a little intimidating if you’re opting for a more natural routine, but in this case they still be able to cleanse your skin effectively without drying it out. Ingredients like AHA and BHA are your friends in this situation, as they’re great for moisture absorption and even to treat minor discoloration.

 

To Sum Up…

 

There’s no one size fits all cure for peeling skin. Your journey to clear and healthy skin, much like those also suffering with “combo” or “oily” skins is really all about trial and error. Some other tips to adopt throughout this process would be to religiously stick to one regimen just to monitor if it works for you, keep a skin diary and always take “before and after” pictures just to see how far you’ve come!

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