How to Get Rid of Flakey Skin

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Getting rid of flakey skin requires only the right tools and the knowledge of how to use them. Get rid of flakey skin with help from a board-certified dermatologist in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Dr. Debra Jaliman, a board certified dermatologist in New York City and author of the book "Skin Rules," here for to talk about how to get rid of flaky skin. Flaky skin needs to be exfoliated. How can you exfoliate? Well there's lots of different methods. First, you could use a sonic cleansing system. Sonic cleansing systems are very popular these days and they come in many different varieties. You can get them over-the-counter in a drugstore. There are different brands that make them and what do they do? They actually vibrate off that flaky dead skin. Another way you can exfoliate is mechanically. You can do it with a loofah, you could do it with a scrub brush, you can do it with a sponge and you are actually taking of fall that flaky dead skin. You could even do it with cotton pads. You could do it with a washcloth. If you don't like that idea, you can do it with a scrub. You can get a scrub with micro beads, some of them heat up, or you can get, you can make your own. You can even take grains that you make. A lot of people like to make it, they take a mortar and a pestle and they chop up almonds for example and make their own scrub. So you can make it at home, you can buy an inexpensive scrub in the drugstore and then you take off all that flaky dead skin. Why do you have it? Some people just don't exfoliate normally. Some people do, some people don't. Once you get all that flaky skin off, what you need to do is moisturize. Let's say you have oily skin. Pick a moisturizer that's a gel or a lotion that's noncomutagenic. Let's say you have dry skin, then pick a cream moisturizer. Then seal your skin back up with whatever moisturizer agrees with your skin type and then the flaky skin will go away. If you happen to have red, flaky skin, you may need a little bit of Cortisone for a day or so just to get rid of that inflammation but as long as you are exfoliating the skin, the moisturizer will penetrate. Many people think that if their skin is flaky, it's dry and they just put moisturizer after moisturizer on their skin and the moisturizer doesn't get absorbed into that flaky skin. Why? Because the flaky skin acts as a barrier. So you have to remove the flaky skin and then put your moisturizer on so it gets absorbed. The one thing I caution you against is don't pull that flaky skin off with your hands. Please gently exfoliate it, gently and gradually it will come off and then you'll moisturize and you'll be much happier because you will have a glowing nice looking skin. So if you have any other questions at all, please go to


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