What is Scaly Skin?

Scaly skin happens when the layer found at the outermost part of the skin feels dry, rough, flaky and starts to peels off. People affected by this condition may also experience itchiness, irritation and inflammation in the affected area. Scaly skin can affect any part of a person’s body. For many folks, scaly skin on the face, hands and feet can be the cause of embarrassment and social anxiety.

There are several physical conditions and skin disorders which can lead to scaly skin. Often, it is a sign of an underlying issue when this happens. Conditions and diagnoses related to it can include:

  • Skin Ulcers
  • Ingrown Toenail
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Allergic Eczema
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Ringworm
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Seborrheic Eczema
  • Kawasaki Disease
  • Toxic Shock Syndrome
  • Stasis Dermatitis

What Scaly Skin Treatment Are Available

There are various treatments that you can get from a trusted healthcare provider today. They may give you a prescription after identifying the type of scaly skin as a means to improve its appearance. The primary mainstay of scaly skin treatment would be topical modalities.

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The Types of Scaly Skin

Actinic Keratosis

This condition is often caused when a person has been exposed to the sun for a long time. This can affect areas of the body such as the face, ears, lips, hands, scalp, neck and forearms. You will know that a person has actinic keratosis when the affected skin feels rough and has scaly skin patches that continue to spread as time goes by. Actinic Keratosis is usually removed with care because some cases have the potential to become cancerous.

Keratosis Pilaris

Usually called “chicken skin”, Keratosis Pilaris is a benign skin condition which causes the skin of the affected individual to have rough patches, tiny bumps and dry skin on the upper arms, cheeks, thighs or buttocks. Generally, these bumps don’t itch or hurt since they are simply a result of excess keratin on the skin – the hard protein that acts as a protection of the skin from infections. This keratin will clog and block the hair follicles which then results in these small bumps.


This is a chronic condition which can affect the knees, feet, elbows, nails, joints and scalp of an individual. It is caused when skin cells that multiply so fast that an increased amount of dead skin cells start to pile up on the top layer of the skin. This then would result in raised, white scales and red plaques in the affected area. The latest research studies have suggested that genetics and one’s immune system are the primary causes of psoriasis and that there are specific triggers that make it worse.

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