Is it normal for my skin to flake off?

Do you find that the cooler winter months wreak havoc on your skin? Do you experience dry, flaking skin on the face on a regular basis? If you are dealing with dry, flaking skin, you are not alone! At the Dermatology Treatment and Research Center in Dallas, TX, we work routinely with patients who struggle with this issue. Fortunately, there is a solution! With a proper diagnosis, patients can work with our professionals to find a treatment that is right for them!

What causes skin flaking?

Skin flaking or peeling on the face is often a result of a condition such as xerosis cutis. Xerosis cutis can cause not only the face to peel, but can be a symptom of other conditions including psoriasis and eczema. Facial skin is much more noticeable, especially when women try to cover it with makeup, as cosmetics often aggravate the issue and can make peeling worse. Some patients may even experience peeling of the skin on larger areas of the body, which is called exfoliative dermatitis.

Some of the common causes of exfoliative dermatitis and xerosis cutis include:

  • Fluctuation in humidity levels
  • Extremely warm/hot showers and baths
  • Colder, drier winter air
  • Dryness/lack of moisture on the skin

How can I address face peeling?

While severe cases of xerosis cutis and exfoliative dermatitis may require prescription medications obtained by a dermatological professional, other cases of mild to moderate dryness are often managed with appropriate home remedies and changes in your skin routine. Below are a few ways to reduce peeling and moisturize the skin:

  • Avoid harsh soaps and cleansers on the facial skin
  • Choose skin care products that do not have alcohol as an ingredient, as these can be drying
  • Use a moisturizer after washing your face
  • Pat the skin dry after washing instead of rubbing
  • Take shorter, lukewarm showers to avoid drying out the skin
  • Exfoliate the skin, either at home or with cosmetic dermatology treatments
  • Use topical anti-inflammatory products such as aloe vera to facilitate healing of the skin
  • Reconsider certain prescription products which might dry the skin due to side effects

Request a visit with the staff at Dermatology Treatment and Research Center

Dallas, TX area patients who are interested in learning more about dry skin of the face and other conditions that are linked to the skin, hair, nails, and body are welcome to book an appointment with our team by calling (972) 661-2729. Our state-of-the-art facility is located at 5310 Harvest Hill Road, Suite #160 and accepts new patients and families.