How to Stop My Face From Peeling

By Contributing Writer

While the skin goes through a natural peeling process all the day, excessive peeling is not normal. Visible peeling skin is generally due to sunburn, a skin condition or severely dry skin. If you're experiencing a peeling face, there are various things you can do to remedy the situation. With some diligent treatment, you can effectively stop your face from peeling.

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Treat peeling skin on your face.
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Wear a wide-brimmed hat in the sun.

Step 1

Stay out of the sun. If you must be outside, cover your face with a high-SPF sunscreen that guards against both UVA and UVB rays. For additional protection, wear a wide-rimmed hat.

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Apply fresh mint to your face.

Step 2

Mash fresh mint leaves in a bowl, extracting juice from them. Apply the fresh mint juice to your peeling face. This home remedy will help counteract the peeling process and promote healthy, smooth skin.

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Apply aloe vera gel.

Step 3

Apply aloe vera gel to your face. Aloe vera gel is a natural treatment that has long been used to treat peeling skin. It is deeply hydrating, helping to restore moisture to parched or burned skin. Refrigerate the aloe vera gel for approximately 20 minutes before applying it and you'll experience an added cooling effect.

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Moisturize your face.

Step 4

Restore moisture to your facial skin. Since peeling skin is often due to severe dryness, you must moisturize your face. Opt for deeply hydrating creams and lotions that are designed for dry skin. The exact amount of cream or lotion to use will depend on the size of your face, the thickness of the particular cream or lotion, and the severity of your peeling. Try a quarter-sized amount on average, using more or less for your particular situation.

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Apply hydrocortisone cream.

Step 5

Use hydrocortisone cream. Hydrocortisone cream soothes irritated skin, including dry, peeling skin. Apply a thin layer to your peeling facial skin daily. Use a dime-sized amount to treat your entire face.

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Hold a cool washcloth on your face.

Step 6

Hold a cool compress on your face. If your peeling skin is due to a sunburn, a cool compress can help to draw heat out of the burn. If heat can be removed from the skin and moisture restore, peeling can be stopped. The coldness will also alleviate swelling and pain that are due to the burn. Simply soak a washcloth in cold water and hold it on the affected area.

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Drink a lot of water.

Step 7

Hydrate. In order to truly moisturize your skin, you must hydrate your body from inside. Drink at least 64 oz. of water daily to treat your facial peeling and keep skin supple.

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Apply olive oil on your peeling face.

Step 8

Spread olive oil on your peeling face. Olive oil is deeply hydrating, helping to nourish the skin and stop peeling. If the oil is too heavy for your skin, leave it on for approximately 20 minutes before rinsing it off.

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See a dermatologist.

Step 9

See a dermatologist if you are unsure of the cause of your face peeling. In some instances, facial peeling could be due to a skin condition or disease. If your skin peeling is due to a sunburn or dry skin, you can generally treat it at home. If you have a different underlying skin issue, you may need prescription medication.