One of the most common causes of skin peeling is plain old dry skin or eczema, according to experts at the Mayo Clinic. There are many reasons for dry skin, including peeling and cracking in the fall and winter months. You might be naturally prone to dry skin, and cold, windy weather won’t help. Love your skin by using gentle cleansers and moisturizing well—your skin will love you back.
Painful sunburn actually kills off the top layer of skin, which is why your skin starts peeling shortly thereafter. So remember to use sunscreen and don’t stay too long in the sun. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests treating your sunburned, peeling skin by putting a cool, damp towel on your skin. After this soothing process, they recommend using an aloe- or soy-containing moisturizer. Of course, try to avoid the burn in the first place by using sunscreen, and don’t forget to apply it to this most overlooked delicate skin area.
Common allergic reactions
Allergies are another frequent cause of skin peeling. Maybe you ate something which didn’t agree with you or used a new cosmetic or laundry soap. You may just have a mild irritation or rash, but a more serious reaction might make your skin peel. An allergic reaction can create direct skin damage via an inflammatory response, explains Ranella Hirsch, MD, president of Skincare Doctors in Boston, MA. “Application of topical over-the-counter cortisone can help along with the application of moisturizer and scrupulous avoidance of the offending product,” she says. But it doesn’t stop there. According to Rebecca Baxt, MD, of Baxt CosMedical in New Jersey, peeling skin can also result from an ordinary infection like a cold. “You’ve got a bad cold and a cough, and all of a sudden people get rashy and peel,” she says.