Scaly Skin

Scaly skin occurs when the outermost layer of your skin becomes rough, dry, flaky and peels. Affected skin may feel irritated, itchy and inflamed. Scaly skin can affect any part of the body and for many people, scaly skin on the face hands and feet can cause embarrassment, social anxiety and even difficulty sleeping.

Types of scaly skin

Actinic Keratosis

Typically caused by long-term sun exposure. Most commonly found on the face, lips, ears, back of hands, forearms, scalp, and neck. Acntinic keratosis presents itself as rough, scaly skin patches that grow over time. As some cases may become cancerous they are usually removed as a precaution.

Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis pilaris, often referred to as “chicken skin” is a common, harmless skin condition that causes dry, rough patches and tiny bumps of the upper arms, thighs, cheeks or buttocks. These bumps generally don’t hurt or itch and result from a buildup of keratin—the hard protein that protects skin from harmful substances and infection. The keratin clogs and blocks hair follicles, resulting in patches of small bumps known as keratosis pilaris.


A chronic condition that can affect the skin, knees, elbows, feet, scalp, nails and joints. Psoriasis is caused by skin cells that multiply up to 10 times faster than normal skin cells causing an increase in the number of dead skin cells that accumulate on the top layer of skin causing raised, red plaques with white scales. Recent studies suggest that the immune system and genetics are the main causes of psoriasis and certain triggers can exacerbate the condition.


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Causes of scaly skin

Dry, scaly skin can be caused by a number of external factors, including your environment, over exposure to hot water and irritating soaps or detergents.

How to treat scaly skin conditions

There are a number of treatments that your healthcare provider may prescribe to improve the appearance of scaly skin. The mainstay of treatment for this affliction are topical modalities.





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