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Flaky Skin

The skin can become flaky and dry when the outer layer of the skin is lost in large scales. Some conditions that can cause flaky skin are actinic keratosis, allergic skin rash, ringworm, contact dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and ichthyosis vulgaris.

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How can I manage the pimples on my face, neck, and chest and dry, flaky, and rough skin on my legs and arms?

Query: Hello doctor,I am an 18-year-old girl. My skin feels dry, and the skin on my legs and arms is flaky and appears wrinkled. I have pimples on my face, neck, chest, and back. The pores on my body are small and visible. My face tends to be oily most of the time, and I have used many products. Some remov...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The skin of the face is different from that of the legs and arms. Facial skin is rich in sebaceous glands, thus making it oily and prone to acne. I suggest you use an intensive moisturizer like urea or Ammonium lactate-based moisturizer twice daily for the skin on th...  Read Full »

Why does my mother's skin condition worsen upon stopping treatment?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 76 years old and had skin conditions for six years. We diagnosed her condition with many doctors and they were confused between eczema and psoriasis. She has patches on her skin that can look pink or red, and are distributed all over her body. Sometimes flakey patches and...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Kindly answer the following questions which may help in further evaluation, 1. Does she has winter aggravation? 2. Is she diabetic or hypertensive? 3. Is she on certain medications or painkillers? 4. Is there excess scratching and rubbing? 5. Does it bleeds on scra...  Read Full »

What could be the cause of a dry patch and skin peeling on my penis?

Query: Hello doctor,About a week ago, I noticed a dry patch of skin on my penis in the form of a circular area. It was flaky. Then, yesterday, I observed that the skin peeled off, revealing shiny skin underneath. Besides the visual appearance, I do not experience any discomfort such as itching or burning. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Based on the information and photos provided (attachments removed to protect patient's identity), it does not appear to be anything serious. It seems to be a case of xerosis, which is dry skin. There is no need to worry. I suggest you to ...  Read Full »

I have had lines on my two fingers that did not grow out. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am concerned about some lines present on my two fingers as they did not grow out, and also, I have been wearing fake nails for some years. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. It might be longitudinal melanonychia, a benign condition, and there is no need for treatment. But, on the other hand, it can be due to some physiological conditions and trauma. In most cases, they are self-limiting cond...  Read Full »

I have dead skin peelings on my face. What is the reason for the white patches in my cheeks?

Query: Hello doctor,I have white patches in both the cheeks. It appears like a dandruff and the dead skin peels off.   Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the images attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), your condition is suggestive of seborrheic dermatitis. Follow the below instructions. Apply Ketoconazole 1 % lotion 20 minutes before bath for 20 days. Use Ketoconazole soap for bath for 30 d...  Read Full »

How do I get rid of the flaky patches on the forehead and oily skin on the nose and chin?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a combination of skin. I have dry flaky patches on the forehead and oily skin on the nose and chin. How to get rid of these? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Combination skin is simply having oily skin in some areas of your face and dry skin in other areas. Typically, there is a mix of oily and dry spots on dif­ferent parts of your face, with the t-zone (forehead, n...  Read Full »

Is a mole that is elevated and flaky be a concern?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 52-year-old male 6.1 feet tall and weighs about 167 pounds. I am in very good health. Since my childhood, I have always had moles on my body. My body color is normal, and my eyes and hair are brown. I have this mole on the top of my back that has been there for years, but I now ...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to Do not worry; I will help you with your concern. I went through your photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity); yes, this mole does look irritated. See moles become a matter of concern when they suddenly start to increase in size, it starts to blee...  Read Full »

The skin next to both sides of my nose gets red and flaky with dry skin. Kindly give your opinion.

Query: Hello doctor, I have questions concerning the skin on my face. The skin next to both sides of my nose gets red and flaky with dry skin. It is itchy and appears often. I do not scratch it, and I have used shea butter and aloe vera. It helps a little bit, but so far still the same condition exists. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It can be seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammatory response because of seborrhea, caused by a superficial fungal infection. Do you have dandruff? Seborrheic dermatitis is usually associated with dandruff. Kindly send me a picture of your face from a distance (not in a cl...  Read Full »

How to cure dry and flaky skin?

Query: Hi doctor, My hands are dry and flaky. How to cure it?  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your concern and examined your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Though your given picture is not that much clear, I can make out ichthyosis in your forearm (genetic skin disorder - dry and scaly skin). I suggest you use Moisturex soft ...  Read Full »

My left elbow had a few changes in skin color. Does it indicate a skin disease?

Query: Hi doctor, Before 20 days ago, I noticed an appearance of white skin on my left elbow. I thought it was due to change of weather. My left elbow had few changes in skin color when compared to the right elbow. My body is weak and lean. I have attached the picture to you. Is this a skin disease or not...  Read Full »

Dr. Suneetha B S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It does not look like a severe problem. So there is no need to worry. There are drying and flaky scaling of the skin in the elbow area. It is a simple pro...  Read Full »

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