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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Deal with peeling skin

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A skin that is peeling can be very unattractive and it ’s in fact a huge turn- off . Find out how to avoid and manage it
Know the reason
Skin peels for a reason ; it’s important to understand the cause. Sometimes the cause is obvious – a sunburn , for instance . According to
www. bustle .com , sometimes an infection , medication or allergy is the cause. But if you have no idea why your skin is peeling , or if you have skin blisters or severe irritation , consult your doctor or dermatologist before any home treatment .
Cool it down
If you notice your skin has started to peel , the first thing you should do is take a cold shower or bath. The cold water will help your skin cool down and slow the peeling process . When you are drying your skin , be sure to pat it dry with a clean , soft towel and avoid rubbing . By rubbing your skin , you can actually speed up and spread the peeling of your skin — and you definitely don ’t want to do that .
Stop the itch
At all costs , you should avoid scratching your skin when it’s peeling . You can actually do permanent damage to your skin in the form of scars. If you get the urge to scratch , the best thing to do is to use ice to dull the sensation . Put ice in a piece of soft cloth and gently place the cloth on top of the area of your skin that itches . The itch should subside once the ice begins to cool down the skin .
Moisturise your skin
Moisten and soothe the injured or severely- dry skin by placing a cool compress on the skin , or taking a bath or a shower . If the area needs to be cleaned , use mild soap . Pat dry with a towel and avoid rubbing. Once you get out of the shower and dry your skin , apply a moisturising lotion . Look for a moisturiser that is specifically designed to work on sunburned or peeling skin . Generally , the lotion should contain aloe vera , which will cool your skin , reduce inflammation and slow the peeling .
Drink up
Now that you have cooled your skin from the outside , it’s time to start working on your skin from the inside. Truth be told, nothing helps your skin as much as a tall glass of water . Healthy skin needs to stay hydrated . When your skin is damaged — like after sunburn — water becomes even more important . Drink a lot of water to give your skin all the fuel it needs to repair and revive itself . If you notice your skin beginning to peel , be sure to drink eight to 10 glasses of water per day .
Don ’ t peel it
Flaky, peeling skin can also lead to an infection . While you may be tempted to remove the peeling skin as quickly as possible , this should not be the priority . Premature removal can cause irritation , pain and risk infection. It’s important to allow time for the new skin underneath to heal . Peeling skin can become infected if you scratch or try to forcefully peel the skin . If there is a segment of dead skin that is hanging off and you want to remove it, don’ t pull on it, no matter how tempting it is. Instead, get a small pair of scissors and carefully cut away just that section of skin . Be sure you are only cutting away dead skin and you don’ t tear skin that is trying to heal . Once you cut away the dead skin , apply an antibacterial ointment to the area .
Prevent scarring
Reduce the itch associated with peeling ( and moisturise your skin ) by taking a cool bath containing colloidal oatmeal . You can find this fine oatmeal in most pharmacies . To help prevent scarring, promote healing and reduce long- term skin damage , take antioxidant supplements — vitamin C and vitamin E . Also apply a topical vitamin E cream to reduce the chances of scarring.
Be prepared
Prevention is the best cure for peeling . Plan ahead and don ’t get sunburned in the first place . By the time your skin starts peeling , the damage has already been done . Before you go out into the sun , always wear sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays . If you are going into the water , be sure to reapply sunscreen each time you get out . When applying sunscreen , don’t forget about hidden areas , such as behind your ears, which are often forgotten and end up burned .
Seek advice
If your skin is recovering from a burn , rash or allergic reaction, seek advice from your doctor about proper skin care . Seek medical care right away if you have a severe burn or if you have signs of infection, including a fever, drainage of pus or red streaks coming from the injured or irritated area . Also see your doctor if you have a severe skin injury , if your skin is peeling for no apparent reason or if your skin is red , warm , swollen or painful .

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