Many people suffer from dry, flaky skin in differing degrees. Some people have a few occasional flakes here and there, while others have large patches of dry; flaky skin that gets inflamed and cracked and can be extremely painful or itchy. As well as differing degrees of flaky skin, there are many different causes for it.
Causes Of Flaky Skin
Flaky skin can be caused by such things as using soaps, shampoos, or detergents that are too harsh for you, or by cleaning or bathing your skin too frequently.
Conditions such as sunburns or other burns also cause dry, flaky skin. Certainly, the dry air generated in our homes by our heating systems, can cause or contribute to the problem. Certain lotions and creams that we use on our faces and bodies, are not as good for our skin as some companies would have us believe. Other contributing factors to dry, flaky skin can be extreme weather conditions, fatigue, stress, aging, or even obesity. However, the most prevalent reasons we have flaky skin is due to allergies, acne, eczema, psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.
Seborrheic dermatitis generally emerges from the scalp and forms aross the forehead and sometimes on the ears. Psoriasis is a skin disease that emerges in scaly, red itchy patches, that be small or large and can form in any place on the body but most favors the arms. Eczema is a condition characterized by dry patches of skin which become inflamed, and can reach several levels of severity. Acne occurs when the sebaceous glands become infected and inflamed. Dry, flaky skin often occurs as a result of any of these conditions.
Treating Flaky Skin
Treating flaky skin and the success of the treatments will depend on the cause of the flaky skin and the severity of it. Many simple solutions should be the first course of action when treating flaky skin. Using warm water instead of hot water when cleaning affected areas or shampooing, if you have dry, flaky scalp, should be your first step. this should be combined with using soaps which contain glycerin or petroleum, which are of a more creamy consistency.
Another good step to take, is to use a good moisturizer after showering or bathing, to help keep the skin hydrated. If it is your hands or feet that are affected, using petroleum jelly or a good moisturizer and then donning gloves or socks over it to sleep in, might prove helpful in healing them. It might also be a wise investment to buy a humidifier to keep your indoor air from drying out your skin.
There are herbal and homeopathic remedies available also for treating flaky skin. Natrium muriaticum, a tissue salt, trifolium pratense or red clover, and kalium muriaticum, are often recommended for the treatment of eczema, psoriasis, dry, flaky skin and other skin conditions. If you suffer from eczema or psoriasis, and your condition is worsening, you might want to be examined by your dermatologist, who will be able to prescribe a prescription for hydrocortisone cream. Whatever the cause, most of the treatments described here are reasonably priced or free, and are certainly worth trying if you want to sooth and heal your dry, flaky skin.
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