Scaly Skin: Causes, Treatment And Prevention

Written by Aaron Guldager — February 19, 2018

Scaly Skin: Causes, Treatment And Prevention

If you’ve noticed scaly skin starting to form on your face, you might be feeling a bit worried. But there’s no need to panic! Just take a few deep breaths and keep reading. The beauty experts at SiO Beauty are getting ready to tell you everything you need to know to prevent this annoying problem.

First, we’ll explain all the different causes of scaly skin. Then, we’ll tell you the eight easiest ways to treat and prevent it. By the time you finish reading this article, you’ll have all the know-how you need to get your skin back to its original state of dewy, angelic luminance.

woman with peeling, scaly skin

What Causes Scaly Skin?

There are a bunch of different factors that might be causing your scaly skin. Several of these causes are probably working together as an evil, skin-damaging team to make your skin dry and scaly. Here are the most common factors.


We hate to be the bearer of bad news here but, in case you didn’t already know, aging is a major cause of skin problems. This is true for everything from crow’s feet and laugh lines to dehydrated and crepey skin. As you can probably guess, aging can also contribute to dry, scaly skin.

If you’re starting to experience the effects of aging, it’s time to add one more step to your nighttime skin care routine. And what might this extra step be? SiO Beauty patches, of course!

All you need to do is apply these patches after you’ve cleansed your face in the evening, and then get a good night’s sleep. You’ll wake up to skin that’s visibly smoother and plumper, with fewer wrinkles and creases. SiO offers patches for your eyes and mouth, brow, neck, and décolleté.

Dry Skin

We’ve all had dry facial skin before—no exceptions. Unfortunately, dry skin is just a part of life. If your skin becomes super dry, it may start to crack and become scaly. However, it’s not a guarantee that extremely dry skin will lead to scaly skin. Your skin type also plays a huge role.

Skin Type

Because we all have slightly different skin types, dry skin doesn’t affect each person in the same way. Some women may experience redness and irritation when their skin becomes dry. Other women’s skin might become flaky and start peeling when it’s dry. For others still, dryness can result in cracked, scaly skin.

Too Much Sun

We know this isn’t breaking beauty news, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention it: the sun’s UV rays can seriously damage your skin! This includes everything from scaly skin to melanoma.

woman sitting by a pool


The environment you live in can have a big impact on your skin. If you live in a dry climate, you’ll need to work a bit harder to keep your skin hydrated. This is especially true in the winter, when cold, dry air can remove all the moisture from your body and lead to scaly skin.

Skin Conditions

If you’ve had scaly skin for an extended period of time, or if scaly skin seems to keep coming back again and again, you may have one of the following skin conditions.

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Scabies
  • Ichthyosis Vulgaris
  • Actinic keratosis
  • Fungal infections (e.g. athlete’s foot)

If you’re experiencing prolonged or recurring scaly skin, it’s time to go see your dermatologist.

How To Prevent Scaly Skin

The best way to prevent scaly skin is to keep your skin hydrated and protect the natural barriers on the surface of your skin. Here are eight easy ways to do just that!

1) Wear SiO Beauty Patches

The number one way to prevent scaly skin is to use SiO Beauty patches each and every night. These reusable patches are completely safe, affordable, and effective. In fact, the science behind SiO Beauty patches has been tested by dermatologists in clinical trials on over 200 women. The results were clear! SiO Beauty patches boost hydration and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

The healing power of SiO Beauty patches comes from the medical-grade silicone from which they’re made. Dr. Lian Mack, a Cosmetic Dermatologist in NYC, agrees that SiO Beauty patches “hydrate the skin, causing the cells to swell making the area appear more youthful, smooth and rejuvenated.”

If these are the results you’ve been dreaming of, SiO Beauty patches are the treatment for you! Start wearing them now to achieve gorgeous, radiant skin.

2) Moisturize All The Time

We all know how important moisturizing is. But it’s not enough to apply a moisturizer once or twice a day! If you want to keep your skin hydrated and avoid scaly skin, you need to be putting moisturizer on every few hours. A good rule of thumb is to apply moisturizer every time you use the bathroom.

woman with beautiful not scaly skin

3) Bathe Carefully

While bathing is obviously a crucial part of taking care of your body, it’s important to make sure you’re bathing the right way. Follow these tips to bathe in a way that will prevent dry, scaly skin.

  • Use gentle cleansers instead of harsh soaps.
  • Bathe with warm water instead of hot water.
  • Take only one shower per day (unless it’s totally necessary to shower twice).
  • Limit showers to 10 minutes at most.
  • Use soft towels to gently pat (not rub) your skin dry.
  • Apply moisturizers immediately after showering or cleansing.

These simple steps will help keep your skin healthy and hydrated.

4) Beware Of The Sun

As we mentioned earlier in this post, the sun’s UV rays are seriously harmful to your skin cells. This means you should take precautions to avoid this unnecessary damage. For starters, you should apply a layer of SPF before you leave home in the morning. (Yes, every morning.)

If you’ll be spending lots of time outdoors, try to cover up as much of your skin as possible. Hats and sunglasses are essential accessories.

5) Use A Humidifier

A humidifier is a must-have item in your skin care toolbox. While it’s best to avoid dry air in general, sometimes you have no choice. Using a humidifier in your bedroom while you sleep is the best way to maximize results, as you’ll be spending roughly a third of your time there. You can also buy a small, portable humidifier to use at work.

6) Eat Right

If you want to prevent scaly skin, keeping a healthy diet is a must! Try to eat as many superfoods and anti-aging foods as possible. Natural supplements for beautiful skin are also a great idea. Finally, be sure to drink plenty of water so all of your body’s cells have the fluids they need.

happy young woman eating healthy foods to prevent scaly skin

7) Exfoliate

If you aren’t already doing so, exfoliate once or twice a week to prevent scaly skin. Every time you use an exfoliating product, all of your dead skin cells are scrubbed away, which reveals the younger, healthier skin cells underneath. There are a number of ways to exfoliate. Try an all-natural exfoliator, or make a homemade exfoliating mask.

8) Mask Up

Face masks can be a huge help in preventing scaly skin! There are masks for every skin type. Some facial masks reduce redness, while others fight acne. And there are also masks that will help increase hydration and stop scaly skin.

Dry, scaly skin is a huge headache. It’s unsightly and can cause discomfort. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to keep your skin healthy. Just follow the eight tips we’ve gone over in this article and you’ll have the glamorous, glowing skin you’ve been dreaming of.