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    Dramatically Reduce Redness, Dry Skin, and

    Peeling

Redness, dry skin, and peeling are three different symptoms that often seem to go hand in

    hand.

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

    problem, individually.

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

    problems.

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

    they?

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.

Skin Redness

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

    whatsoever.

Dry 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.

Skin Peeling

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

    quite simple.

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?

    1. Dermatitis

    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

    dermatitis.

    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

    allergic reaction.

    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.

    2. Sunburn

    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

    cause.

    Be aware though, drug allergies can manifest themselves in many ways, and redness is

    just one sign of it.

4. Psoriasis

    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.

5. Acne

    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

    degrees.

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

    realize.

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:

    1. Psoriasis

    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.

    3. Dermatitis

    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

    good option.

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

    peeling.

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?

    1. Sunburn

    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

    the sunburn.

    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.

    2. Psoriasis

    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.

    3. Dermatitis

    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.

    4. Blisters

    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

    there.

    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

    widespread.

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

    drastic.

    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.

Wearing Sunscreen

    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?

Using Moisturizer

    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.

Stay Hydrated

    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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