How to Cure Peeling Skin

Two Methods:Finding Fast ReliefIdentifying Underlying Causes of Peeling Skin

Your skin protects you from a host of foreign organisms that could otherwise lead to infection. When your skin begins to peel, each layer of your skin can become compromised. Because of this, it is important to treat peeling skin right away. If you do not know what is causing your peeling skin, scroll down to method 2 to learn more about underlying conditions that may cause your skin to peel.

Method 1
Finding Fast Relief

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    Use tea bags to soothe and heal your skin. Tea contains tannic acid catechins and theobromine, both of which can help to repair damaged skin. When the tea bag is applied, these compounds penetrate the skin and stimulate the growth of new cells.[1]
    • Soak a tea bag in some water and then allow the tea bag to cool (if the water you used was hot). Lay the tea bag on the area where your skin is peeling.
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    Massage natural oils into your skin. Both wheat germ oil and sesame oil contain high levels of vitamin E, which has tocopherols and tocotrienols that can hydrate the top layer of your skin.[2] This can help to repair your peeling skin. To apply these oils:
    • Wash the area that is peeling with cool water. Once the area is clean, apply wheatgerm oil or sesame oil to the area. Wash the oil off after half an hour.
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    Use fruits to soothe your skin. Some fruits contain anthocyanin, pelargonidin and cyanidin, all of which have antioxidant properties that can fight toxic free radicals. These fruits can also contain enzymes that can help to repair damaged protein in your skin. Fruits with these properties include:
    • Strawberry, banana, apple, blackberry, pear, fig, cranberry and plum.
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    Apply a good sunscreen every four to six hours. Sunscreen can help your protect your skin from harmful UV rays while your skin heals. Make sure to apply your sunscreen half an hour before going outside so that the sunscreen can sink fully into your skin.[3]
    • As an added measure, try to avoid being in direct sunlight at noon when UV exposure is high.
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    Treat bacterial infections with antibacterial ointments. To treat a skin infection that is causing your skin to peel, apply antibacterial ointments to the area where your skin is peeling.
    • You can purchase over-the-counter ointments, or you can get a prescription for your doctor.
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    Use steroids to treat autoimmune skin disorders. Steroids are given for autoimmune skin disorders. Steroids help to reduce inflammation and help your skin to heal. They can also help to stimulate the growth of new skin cells.
    • Talk to your doctor about which steroids may be right for your specific condition.

Method 2
Identifying Underlying Causes of Peeling Skin

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    Know that dry, cold weather can lead to peeling skin. Skin loses its moisture when the weather is cold. The water levels in the outer layer of your skin diminish because the blood vessels in your skin constrict, which can affect the water levels in your cells, leaving your skin peeling and dry.
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    Understand that sunburn can also lead to skin peeling. Skin acts as a natural sun blocker because it contains proteins, lipids and nucleotides that can protect the rest of your body from UV rays. However, the UV rays can harm your skin, even with the help of sunscreen.[4]
    • When you get burnt, your skin is more than likely to peel.
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    Be aware that Kawasaki disease can lead to peeling skin. This disease is usually seen in children below the age of five years. Aside from peeling skin, this disease can also cause[5]:
    • Redness in the eyes.
    • Swelling of the hands and feet.
    • Long lasting fever.
    • “Strawberry tongue”, when the tongue because enlarged and red.
    • It presents with conjunctivitis (redness in the eyes), Swelling of hand and feet ( edema), fever which lasts for a week , peeling of skin, Fat red tongue called as “strawberry tongue”.
    • So far the cause is unknown but it is mostly seen in Asian kids or people who would have travelled to an Asian country.
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    Realize that bacterial infections may cause peeling skin. Bacteria like staphylococcus aureus invade the skin through a cut or abrasion. They enter the body and produce a toxin which causes the keratin in the skin to break, causing the skin to peel.
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    Understand that peeling skin may be a symptom of an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases are caused by a mutation in the genes that are responsible for skin and its properties. These types of disease can cause the skin to peel.
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    Realize that certain people are more at risk of suffering from peeling skin than others. These people include:
    • People who don’t maintain their hygiene.
    • People who don’t have a habit of using moisturiser.
    • People who like sun bathing and getting tan.


  • If your skin continues to peel, seek the help of a dermatologist.

Sources and Citations

  1. The green pharmacy: New discoveries in herbal remedies for common diseases and conditions from the world's foremost authority on healing herbs. New York: St. Martin Press; 1997.
  2. Mayer P, Pittermann W, Wallat S. The effects of vitamin E on the skin. Cosmet Toiletries. 1993;108:99–109.
  3. Schlossman D. Sunscreen Technologies for Foundations and Lipsticks. Nice (France): Kobo Products, Inc; 2001. pp. 1–8.
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