Dramatically Reduce Redness, Dry Skin, and
Redness, dry skin, and peeling are three different symptoms that often seem to go hand in
Often, but not necessarily always.
Because all three are such common symptoms, having them could relate to a million (okay,
maybe slight exaggeration) different problems or diseases. Still, it is possible to treat symptoms,
even if it is far better to find out the underlying problem.
In this book, we’re going to look at each of the problems one by one. That way, we can take a
look at what might be causing them, what tell-tale signs to look for, and how to deal with each
Basically, we’ll start from the ground, and work our way up.
By the end of this book, you should definitely be able to reliably take care of any and all skin
problems of this kind that you may have. What’s more, you should also have a fairly decent
handle on how some of these skin problems could be avoided.
After all, it would save you a lot of trouble if you could just prevent repeats of these same
With all that said and done, let’s jump straight into the thick of these three skin problems that
are all too common.
Exactly What Redness, Dry Skin and Peeling Each Entail
Now, you might think that redness, dry skin, and peeling are all pretty self explanatory… but are
Just to make sure we’re all on the same page, it seems to be worthwhile taking a moment to
specify exactly what we mean by each of these conditions. Then, you can be absolutely certain
that there’s not going to be any confusion.
As you probably expected, skin redness just refers to a patch of the skin that is more red-hued
than your normal skin. The type of hue, and just how it got there is something that we won’t get into right now.
In a nutshell, all that we’re going to classify skin redness as is any type of reddening of the skin
Likewise, dry skin is mostly what you’d expect of it too. When skin is ‘parched’, and for some
reason lacks moisture and is dehydrated, it tends to be ‘dry’ and can feel ‘tight’ or even cracked,
as you’d expect of dry earth.
Very common as it is, any kind of dry skin is applicable for our purposes.
When the outer layers of your skin start to peel off, that’s skin peeling. Now, admittedly, this
can actually be due to dry skin, but we’ll get into that at greater depth later. For now, as with
the other definitions, we’ll just leave skin peeling as it is on its own.
Yes, you probably haven’t learnt much that is new, but as you have gathered, there is so much
interlinking between these conditions that it is necessary to stress that we’re going to be
dealing with each on its own.
Naturally, we’ll be discussing how they can link too, but it is best to see each as it is by its own causes, and solutions. That way there’s less of a risk of thinking, “Well, my skin is peeling… so
maybe it is dry,” and then making a mistake because skin peeling does not mean for a certainty
that the skin is dry.
Now that we’ve got that sorted, we’re going to start looking at some of the factors behind each
of these conditions.
“What Causes Skin Redness?”
Unless you’ve drawn on your skin with a magic marker (which really isn’t what we mean by skin
redness), your skin has probably started to redden for a reason.
As far as underlying reasons go, there are thousands of possibilities, all of which cause different
types of skin redness. In essence though, what is happening below the skin’s surface is normally
For whatever reason, when your skin starts to redden it might mean that there is increased
blood flow just underneath the skin. Of course, this could be brought on by several different
factors, but it normally would involve the blood vessels dilating for some reason.
On the other hand, if your skin is irritated or inflamed for some reason, then it might also turn
red while it is ‘wounded’. Mostly, inflammations such as these are harmless, but can lead to
further infections, and other problems.
How about we take a look at some of the common conditions that cause skin redness?
In itself, dermatitis actually refers to a wide range of conditions, from eczema, to rashes,
and so on. Also, it can have varying degrees of severity, depending on the type of
In particular, contact dermatitis, and atopic dermatitis (like eczema) very commonly
cause skin redness. Contact dermatitis is something that you’d most easily know as an
Atopic dermatitis, however, is caused by a ‘hypersensitivity’ reaction, which may seem
to be an allergic reaction as well, but is subtly different.
Both of these would generally cause skin inflammation and redness though, which is
enough for us to know right now.
Seems like a no brainer, right? And it is. Sunburn is essentially just damage to the skin
that is caused by the Sun’s harmful rays, which first manifests as heavy red patches of
skin in the effected areas.
Basically, it is a cause of inflammation, and is definitely very common.
3. Drug Allergies
Slightly different from normal allergies as caused by contact dermatitis, drug allergies
describe a more specific set of allergies. If you’ve just started yourself on some new
medication, and your skin starts to redden, then it is very likely that a drug allergy is the
Be aware though, drug allergies can manifest themselves in many ways, and redness is
just one sign of it.
Yet another common skin condition, psoriasis is what appears to be an inherited
condition that causes skin redness and irritation. Normally, it does not appear
constantly, but rather can flare up and subside for no apparent reason.
Generally speaking, it is caused because new skin cells are ‘rushed’ to the surface,
causing a build up of dead skin cells and meaning that the skin appears to ‘redden’ due
to all the fresh cells now on the outer layer.
Common as it is, it can take a number of characteristic appearances, but we need not
get into those.
As a disease, acne is one that certainly needs no real introduction. Although it primarily
consists of the formation of whiteheads and blackheads on the skin, it also does tend to
inflame the skin, causing it to redden.
Depending on the type, and severity, of the acne, this inflammation could be
widespread, and thus would require treatment.
6. Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
Shingles are caused by a viral infection that stems from chickenpox. In some people,
after they’ve had a bout of chickenpox, the virus becomes dormant and remains in the
nerves, only to become active later on again.
When that happens, you end up with shingles.
As it manifests as a skin rash, the appearance of red patches on the skin is very common,
and it is blisteringly painful. Eventually, ulcers form, which then dry and form crusts.
Needless to say, it is far from a pleasant experience, but can be handled, to varying
From what you know so far, you should be able to see how tackling skin redness is not just as
simple as applying one set cream. Because it can be caused by a large number of factors (and
we’ve only looked at the 5 most common really), it could be much more complicated than you
Still, let’s move on and take a look at dry skin now.
“What Causes Dry Skin?”
Normally, skin is soft because it has a coating of fatty substances that make it extra supple by
locking in moisture. Of course, if you have patches of dry skin, then it means that something is
preventing this from occurring the way that it should.
And the really tricky part is that dry skin could end up actually causing a variety of other
problems, which is why it makes sense to tackle it before it gets too far.
Sometimes, the underlying cause of dry skin could really be hereditary, but these sort of
conditions are less common.
More often, it is due to outside factors, in particular, the environment that you live in. For
instance, if you live in a humid environment, where the air is generally moist, you’re less likely
to face problems with dry skin.
But if you’re living in a country with very dry weather, then you’ll find that in both hot and cold
weather, the moisture is practically being ‘leeched’ from your skin, leaving it dry.
Even such things as certain types of soaps, or taking prolonged baths, can wash away the
coating of protective oil and fatty substances that ‘lock in’ moisture. Thus, without this coating
fully intact, you’ll find that you’re more susceptible to getting patches of dry skin.
Also, your diet could be playing a very big role. If you have a balanced diet, then you’re much
less likely to suffer from dry skin, but if you’re lacking some core vitamins such as A and C, or
not consuming enough fruits and vegetables, then your skin could be generally unhealthy.
Furthermore, regular consumption of substances like caffeine and alcohol can automatically
dehydrate your entire body, including your skin. When this happens, it goes without saying that
the skin can dry up much faster than it normally would.
In effect, anything and everything that could either damage your skin’s protective coating, or
cause you to not be sufficiently ‘hydrated’ can lead to problems with dry skin.
Furthermore, some people actually suffer from oil glands that do not produce enough oil, and
this too can impact the protective coating that is keeping moisture in.
Although dry skin is most common from factors such as these, let’s just take a brief look at
some other conditions that could cause it too:
Earlier on, we covered psoriasis and how it caused a buildup of dead skin cells on the
surface of the skin. Well, because of this, the skin is able to lock in very little moisture,
so it is actually a lot of dry skin cells, initially, that eventually die off.
For mild cases of psoriasis, it is even possible to mistake it as just suffering from dry skin.
2. Thyroid Disorders
If your thyroid is not producing the level of hormones that it should, then that’s going to
affect the oil producing ability of your oil glands. As you already know, this could lead to
dry skin appearing, because the skin will be unable to keep moisture in.
Although this is much rarer, it is a definite possibility.
Just like psoriasis, the redness in the skin is very often accompanied by what appears to
be patches of dry skin. Due to the inflammation that occurs when you suffer from
dermatitis, dry skin is a very common side effect.
Similarly, even atopic dermatitis, i.e. eczema, can cause the appearance of dry skin over
the rash that appears.
Despite the fact that there are other conditions, particularly genetic ones, that can cause dry
skin, they aren’t at all common.
Still, if you have any sort of condition that is causing your dry skin, or suspect that you are after
you’ve tried to moisturize your skin and it didn’t work, then consulting a doctor would be a
Anyway, we’ll get more into the treatment options later. For now, let’s go ahead and take a
look at skin peeling.
“What Causes Skin Peeling?”
When your skin starts to peel, it can cause a lot of worry. Truth is though, skin peeling is,
normally, a very harmless thing, and can be brought on by a number of factors.
If for some reason, a patch of skin were to die, it would normally fall off eventually. However, if
all those dead skin cells are linked together and part of the same layer of skin, then it is seen to
peel, instead of just drop off.
Thus, generally speaking, any sort of condition that can cause a layer of skin to die off, would
cause skin to appear to peel.
Matter of fact, dry skin, which we were just discussing, is one of these causes. When you have a
patch of dry skin, it can start to crack due to a lack of moisture, kind of like you would observe
in parched earth.
When skin ‘cracks’, the edges slowly start to die, so the skin starts to seem as though it is
As we said, it is normally quite harmless, although, it definitely could be a sign of an underlying
condition that is not so harmless. Anyway, for reasons mostly connected to the unappealing
appearance of peeling skin, it is a problem that most people deal with as quickly as possible.
How about a quick look at a few common conditions that lead to skin peeling?
Seeing as it is so common, sunburn is quite easily the main cause for peeling skin. When
skin is overexposed to the sun, it not only gets dry, but it also can be damaged, hence
Eventually, new skin is grown to replace the damaged skin, and as that happens, the
damaged, dry skin is shed in swathes – or in other words, it starts to peel.
Once again, psoriasis is also a cause of skin peeling. If you remember, we mentioned
that the dry dead skin collects in clumps at the surface of the skin, and eventually, it
ends up peeling off.
As you have undoubtedly noticed, psoriasis is one of those conditions that actually has
all three of the symptoms we’ve been discussing.
Likewise, dermatitis also can cause skin to peel. Due to the fact that most all of the types
of dermatitis, including eczema, manifest with rashes, eventually that inflammation can
lead to the outer layer of skin starting to peel off.
Depending on the severity of the dermatitis, this may be very obvious, or not too
obvious at all.
Well, we all know what blisters are, which is basically just fluid that gets trapped
between two layers of the skin. Such a condition can be caused by damage within the
skin itself, and happens pretty regularly.
When a blister finally does burst though, it leaves behind a dead upper layer of skin, that
will start to peel off gradually by itself.
Without a doubt, this isn’t ‘peeling’ that is extensive or as worrisome as some other
types of peeling, as it is generally isolated to one or two blisters that pop up here and
Still, there are more serious versions, such as…
5. Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN)
Of all the conditions we’ve discussed so far, this is probably the rarest, but it is also the
most dangerous. If you have it, you’re bound to know about it since it causes blisters
that cover the entire body, and then subsequently peel off.
In essence, the peeling is pretty much of the same type as blister peeling, but far more
Once again, just like the other two symptoms we’ve discussed, there are many other reasons
that could be behind peeling skin. Still, these are the basics, and as you should probably see
now, there are many links between redness, dry skin, and peeling.
Which would hint that there probably are ways to tackle them in an all-in-one approach.
True, there are, but first you’ll actually need to know which condition (if any) is actually causing
the symptoms that you’re facing.
So first, let’s look at how you could prevent these from ever happening. Preventing Redness, Dry Skin and Peeling
Now, there are a number of steps which you could take to prevent breakouts of redness, dry
skin, and peeling. Most of them are really pretty easy, and won’t even need you to do anything
Which is part of the beauty of prevention – it really is easier than treatment.
If you think about it, any steps to increase the general health of your skin would be helpful, but there are some in particular that can specifically help you avoid redness, dry skin, and peeling.
These are the ones that we’re interested in, and we’re going to discuss them in greater detail right now.
Being well aware by now that the Sun can damage your skin pretty heavily through sunburn, you should take steps to avoid it, especially if you intend on spending long hours In the sun.
Thankfully, nothing could be easier, especially with the huge variety of sunscreen that are easily available. With the right type of sunscreen, preferably one that protects against both UVA and UVB rays (the two types of ultraviolet rays that are really harmful to the skin), you should be fine.
Go for a sunscreen with a high SPF number, which would mean that it is able to block out more of those harmful rays.
Just remember to slather sunscreen on all exposed areas of the skin, and you should be able to avoid the redness, dry skin, as well as peeling that often go hand in hand with sunburn. Simple, right?
Naturally, the easiest way to keep your skin from going dry, and then subsequently peeling, is to use moisturizer. So if you suffer from dry skin, then this should be your first port of call, as it is by far the simplest solution.
Some types of moisturizer even include sunscreen, so you could be dually benefiting if you use one of those.
Depending on your type of skin, you’ll find differing types of moisturizer that may be best suited to your needs. Most moisturizers that you’d commonly find come labeled with the type
of skin that they work best on.
So all you need to do is select one that is said to suit your skin type.
Some experimentation may be required, so don’t worry if the very first moisturizer you buy doesn’t give you the results that you want. Just try a few, and if your skin still appears dry,
consult a dermatologist.
As with sunscreen, be sure to apply it thoroughly to the area that is affected. Try using cream instead of lotion, as it is generally stronger, or rather, more concentrated.
Know Your Allergies
Do you know what you’re allergic to? If you don’t, then chances are that you may seem to be getting rashes caused by various types of dermatitis pretty often – simply because you’re
unaware of what you should be avoiding.
One of the easiest things that you can do is to find out what you’re allergic to. Now you can either do this by just observing the things that seem to annoy your skin, or you can actually visit a dermatologist for an allergy test.
Once aware of what your skin reacts negatively to, it would be much easier for you to steer clear of those things, and maybe even avoid dermatitis entirely.
Of course, atopic dermatitis (eczema) is an entirely different kettle of fish entirely.
All things said and done though, it is a very good idea to be totally aware of your allergies, as it could save you a lot of pain and discomfiture.
And avoiding most forms of dermatitis entirely would also mean that you won’t have to deal with the redness, dry skin, and peeling that comes hand in hand with it.
Particularly for those who already have dry skin problems, but really, for anyone at all, staying hydrated is crucial.
Unlike a potted plant though, you don’t have to water yourself, but just make sure that you
drink enough water each and every day. If you like, follow the ‘8 by 8’ rule, that basically just means drink 8 glasses of water with 8 oz. each, every day.
All that there is to staying hydrated is basically drinking enough water to replace the water that you lose over the course of the day.
Therefore, if you are going to be sweating a lot, due to exercise or just generally being out in the heat, you might want to drink even more water to replace what you’re going to be losing in that way.
Being hydrated is its own reward, as you’ll find that a lot of dry skin problems you may have had
will stop pretty fast. On top of that, your skin’s health in general will improve too.
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