Soothing Your Scaly Skin: Best Practices for Smooth Results

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You could be that impossibly perfect person with flawless skin, no rashes, blemishes, or skin sensitivities or you could be like us and be asking yourself, “Why does my skin look scaly?” And how do I achieve smooth, flake-free skin? Luckily, we did the research and have the answers for you!

What Is Scaly Skin?

Scaly skin is a common yet manageable issue characterized by dry, itchy patches on the skin. This condition occurs when the skin's outer layer, the epidermis, loses moisture, leading to a scale-like texture. Scaly skin can show up anywhere on your body but is most often found on the arms, legs, and face. While it can be a bit of a bother, it’s usually treatable and sometimes just a signal from your body that it needs a little extra care.

What Causes Scaly Skin

Scaly skin can be frustrating, and understanding what causes it is the first step toward finding effective relief. Let's explore some common skin conditions associated with scaly skin and the various factors that can lead to it.

Dry Skin

One of the primary culprits behind scaly skin is dryness. When the skin lacks moisture, it becomes rough, flaky, and prone to irritation. Harsh weather conditions, excessive bathing, and low humidity can exacerbate dryness, leading to flaking skin. Ensuring proper hydration and using moisturizers formulated for your skin type can help restore moisture balance and alleviate dryness-related scaling.



Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a chronic condition featuring inflammation, itching, and redness. It can cause dry, scaly skin, especially on elbows, knees, and the scalp. The itch-scratch cycle can further exacerbate skin dryness and increase scaling. Gentle skincare, moisturization, and avoiding triggers manage eczema and reduce scaling.


Psoriasis, an autoimmune disease, speeds up skin cell growth, leading to thick, scaly patches. These patches can be red, itchy, and painful, often affecting the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. White, scaly patches on the skin are a type of psoriasis known as plaque, or plack, psoriasis. Genetics and environment contribute to psoriasis. Treatments aim to slow skin cell growth, reduce inflammation, and alleviate scaling and itching.

Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratosis, a precancerous condition, stems from sun exposure. It manifests as rough, scaly skin patches on sun-exposed areas like the face, ears, and hands. Protection from the sun with sunscreen, clothing, and seeking shade prevents actinic keratosis and reduces scaly lesions.


Ichthyosis, a genetic disorder, causes dry, scaly skin resembling fish scales, often appearing at birth or early childhood. It ranges from mild to severe due to a genetic mutation impairing dead cell shedding. Treatment focuses on hydrating the skin, softening scales, and relieving discomfort.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis, common and marked by red, itchy, and scaly patches, occurs on the scalp, face, and chest. Its exact cause is unclear, but factors like yeast overgrowth, hormones, and genetics contribute. Management involves gentle cleansing, medicated shampoos, and avoiding stress and harsh skincare products.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when the skin reacts to allergens, causing redness, swelling, itching, and scaly patches. Common allergens include metals, fragrances, and chemicals in skincare products. Identifying and avoiding allergens is vital for managing contact dermatitis and reducing scaling.

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When To Talk To A Doctor

Sometimes, scaly skin needs more than just home treatments. If your skin doesn't get better or worsens despite trying home remedies, it's time to see a dermatologist. Also, if your scaly skin is really itchy, painful, swollen, bleeding, or looks infected, you should definitely see a doctor. A dermatologist can determine what's going on with your skin and suggest the right treatments.


How to Get Rid of Scaly Skin

Getting rid of scaly skin requires a holistic approach addressing the underlying causes and symptoms. Start by adopting a gentle skincare routine tailored to your skin type. Use mild cleansers and moisturizers formulated for dry or sensitive skin to help restore moisture balance and soothe irritation. Avoid harsh exfoliants or scrubbing, which can further damage the skin barrier. Below is a list of scaly skin treatments to explore or discuss with a dermatologist.

  • Topical corticosteroids: Reduce inflammation and itching associated with scaly skin conditions.
  • Prescription creams or ointments: Target specific skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or seborrheic dermatitis.
  • Exfoliating treatments: Remove dead skin cells and promote skin renewal, improving texture and appearance.
  • Phototherapy: Exposure to ultraviolet light under medical supervision can help manage certain skin conditions like psoriasis.
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How to Treat Scaly Skin Under Eyes

Dermaclara silicone face patches are THE solution to dry, scaly skin under the eye. Our patches create a barrier that locks in moisture, boosts collagen and elastin, and helps soften and smooth the skin. To use them, simply clean and dry the area under your eyes, then apply Dermaclara and leave them on for at least 15 minutes. You can even wear them overnight! You’ll notice a difference right away and, with regular use, a permanent change in three months.

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How to Treat Dry Scaly Skin Around Mouth

Dry, scaly skin around the mouth can be treated with gentle skincare and targeted moisturization. Start by washing the area with a mild cleanser, like Claraprep, then follow up with a rich moisturizer and restorative oil. Avoid licking your lips, as this can worsen dryness, and protect your skin from harsh weather conditions by wearing a scarf or applying a barrier cream.

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How to Treat Scaly Skin on Face

Similar to treating scaly skin under the eyes, Dermaclara is your go-to for targeting scaly skin on your face. Just cleanse and dry your skin, and then apply Dermclara to the areas you want to treat. Repeat daily for best results.


Ultimately, to manage scaly skin, you must first understand the cause and then be patient and consistent with treatment. With Dermaclara at your side, there’s no way you won’t achieve the soft, flake-free skin you deserve.

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