Effective Tips To Say Goodbye to Flaky Skin

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Medically Reviewed By Dr. Aarti Nehra

The problem with flaky skin is the most common dermatological concern that all people, regardless of age or skin type, are affected by. Whether it appears on fingers, toes, face or scalp, itchiness and the occasional flaking of skin could be a pain and sometimes may make you feel like you have got to hide your skin. 

Understanding Flaky Skin

Flaky skin occurs when the epidermis begins to shed dry skin, causing rough patches and small, thin flakes. This condition can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Dry Air: Low humidity levels, mostly during the winter period, can dehydrate the skin by removing its normal moisture, thus leading to skin flakes on hands and other body parts.
  • Harsh Weather Conditions: Extremely cold, windy and hot temperatures are the usual conditions that can cause skin to feel dry and flaky.
  • Skin Conditions: Some skin disorders, such as eczema, psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis, can cause flakiness on the skin surface.
  • Over Washing: For instance, over washing with hard soaps or hot water can cause a problem for the skin as it damages the skin’s natural barrier and results in dryness and flaky skin on hands.
  • Poor Nutrition: A diet deficient in the vitamins and minerals that are necessary for the production of healthy skin, such as omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, can cause dry and flaky skin.
  • Allergens and Irritants: Contact with environmental factors, such as some fabrics or cosmetic products, can lead to inflammation of the skin, which in turn leads to flaky skin.
  • Age: With age, the skin’s oil secreting glands weaken, causing the skin to be more prone to dehydration and flakiness.

Dry Flaky Skin in Various Parts of the Body

Flaky Hand Skin: Flaky hand skin is frequently seen in individuals who constantly wash their hands or are exposed to harsh chemicals or cold climates. Frequent moisturizing and putting on some gloves avoid irritation of the skin while performing activities that might cause this problem.

Peeling Skin on Feet: The reason for flaky skin on feet could be due to friction from ill-fitting shoes, fungi infections or excessive sweating. Regular washing of feet followed by drying them, exfoliation and creaming with thick cream or ointment can help you have beautiful, soft and smooth feet.

Flaky Skin on the Face: A major annoyance of dry skin is that it can get flaky on the face, which may seriously damage your image and confidence. Soft cleansing, frequent exfoliation, and using moisturizers designed for the face will help you with dryness and flakiness.

Flaky Skin on Scalp: Along with dry, flaking scalp and dandruff are the issues that a lot of people face. The origin of this problem can result from different causes, for example, dryness, overactive oil production and the presence of fungi. Going for a shampoo that is designed with dry scalp symptoms in mind will be a good idea. It will also be a great idea to treat the scalp with a product that contains tea tree oil or salicylic acid since they are known to reduce scalp dryness and flaking.

Managing Flaky Skin

Regardless of where flaky skin appears on the body, there are several strategies that can help manage and prevent it:

Moisturize Regularly: A generous application of a fatty, emulsified moisturizer on the affected area can retard the skin dryness and prevent flaking.

Use Gentle Skincare Products: Do not use hard soaps and cleansers that take away the natural oils of the skin. Choose mild, fragrance-free products, also called baby products. They are often suitable for sensitive skin.

Protect the Skin From the Elements: In winter, make sure to cover your hands and neck with gloves and scarves, respectively. The skin must be protected from the sun’s UV rays by using broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Practice Good Hygiene: Take showers that are fewer minutes long with warm water, do not overwash, and instead of rubbing your skin with the towel, pat it gently.

Stay Hydrated: Incorporate water, plenty of it, into your daily intake to hydrate skin from the inside.

Seek Medical Attention if Necessary: If the flaky skin keeps happening after the home remedies have been used or if other symptoms, such as redness, itching or pain, are present, then it is best to get the advice of a dermatologist for further diagnosis and treatment.


An itchy and flaky skin condition can be a very annoying and painful experience; however, the right care can reduce the intensity or even cure it. The knowledge of the underlying causes plus proper skin care will enable you to maintain blemish-free, hydrated and healthy skin. If you have recurring dry or flaky skin or a medical condition that has flaky skin as a symptom, then your primary care provider might recommend you see a dermatologist to treat your dry skin. A dermatologist is a medical provider who specializes in skin health.

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