Peeling Skin on Fingers
The outer layer of the skin, epidermis, peels off roughly every 28 days, as part of a natural cycle and is replaced by a new layer. However, sometimes the rate at which skin cells are lost exceeds the rate at which new skin cells are regenerated. This problem commonly affects the fingers, as they experience a very great degree of pressure and friction in the course of our everyday activities. This makes the peeling of the skin painful around this region. Mostly, nutritional deficiencies in the diet are responsible for this condition. Lack of hydration, sunburn, exposure to harsh chemicals, excessive perspiration and changes in the external environment may also cause skin to peel. Less frequently, peeling skin may be caused by more serious ailments like Kawasaki disease, exfoliative dermatitis, psoriasis and the Peeling Skin Syndrome.
Home Remedies for Peeling Skin
There are a few home remedies that you may find useful in solving this problem. Grate a fresh cucumber and apply its juice or the pulp on your fingers. Leave it on for at least 20 minutes and then wash your hands with cold water. This not only moisturizes the skin but also soothes cracking, flaky and itchy skin, thereby leaving your fingers soft and smooth. Similarly, the topical application of the juice of a handful of fresh mint leaves is known to be very effective in treating parched or peeling skin. For another remedy, mix equal portions of turmeric and sandalwood powder with a little honey and add few drops of olive oil to it, smear this paste on your fingers. Let the mixture dry naturally and then wipe it off with a ball of cotton wool soaked in water. This brings relief from itching and burning caused by peeling skin, as well as prevents microbial infections from occurring in the cracks of the skin.
A mixture of the pulp of a ripe banana or avocado, some sour cream, a pinch of powdered sugar and a tablespoon of olive oil is also an excellent natural remedy for treating peeling skin. Also, before going to bed every night you should soak your fingers in an infusion of some powdered oatmeal in a bowl of lukewarm water for around 15 minutes. Following this wipe your hands dry very gently using a soft cotton towel. This effectively removes dead skin cells from the surface of your fingers. Now massage a little clarified butter or milk cream on your fingers. You will find your fingers feeling soft and smooth the next morning.