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How to get rid of dry flaky skin on face

Learn what causes dry and flaky skin, its characteristics and measures you can take to get rid of it

If you've ever experienced flaky skin, you're not alone. It's a common condition that can happen to anyone. Flakiness can be a real spoiler for your skin's health and glow. But don't worry, in this article, NIVEA will tell all on how you could get rid of those flakes and welcome back your smooth, radiant skin. 

What Causes Flaky Skin?

Flaky skin can be caused by a number of factors, here are the most common ones: 

  1. Dryness:
    When the skin loses moisture and natural oils, it can become dry and prone to flakiness.

  2. Cold Weather:
    Harsh, cold weather can strip the skin of its moisture, leading to rough patches.

  3. Hot Showers:
    Excessive hot water can strip the skin of its natural oils, making it dry and flaky.

  4. Skin Conditions:
    Conditions like eczema and psoriasis can lead to flaky skin due to inflammation and skin cell turnover.

  5. Age:
    As people age, their skin may produce fewer natural oils, making it more susceptible to dryness and roughness.
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Dry Skin and Flaky Skin

Flaky skin can affect all skin types differently but it significantly affects people with dry skin. Dry skin lacks the necessary moisture and oils to maintain a smooth and supple texture, making it more susceptible to flakiness. 

When flakiness occurs, it can manifest as visible dry patches, fine scales, and sometimes even itchiness or irritation. This not only affects the appearance of the skin but can also lead to discomfort and a decreased sense of confidence. 

People with dry skin often need to be diligent about moisturising and adopting skincare routines that cater to their specific needs in order to minimise the effects of flakiness and maintain healthier, more comfortable skin.

How to Get Rid of Flaky Skin

Getting rid of flaky skin can be tricky, and is not always fully possible, however there are certain measures you can take to reduce its appearance. Here are some tips to address its appearance:

  1. Shorten your bathing time:
    Long, hot showers are not great for the skin as they strip it of its natural oils, making it dry. So use warm water instead and opt for showers no longer than 5-10 minutes.

  2. Use a humidifier:
    The combination of dry and hot air indoors can dehydrate the skin making it feel irritated and itchy. Installing a portable humidifier introduces moisture into your indoor environment

  3. Wear fabrics that are gentle on the skin:
    Although wool is a natural material, it can occasionally lead to skin irritation. So opt for a fiber like cotton instead as it enables the skin to breathe comfortably. 

  4. Ease itchiness:
    To temporarily ease the skin when it feels itchy apply a cool, damp cloth to the area.
Facts Overview

Flaky skin

Characteristics: Flaky skin often feels dry and rough, with visible flakes that may itch.

Causes: Low humidity, skin conditions, aging, hot water and over-exfoliation.

Prevention: Staying hydrated, using humidifiers, gentle cleansing, lukewarm showers, sunscreen and regular moisturising.

Treatments: Moisturising, gentle exfoliation and daily use of sunscreen.

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Flaky skincare routine

NIVEA Skincare Routine to Reduce Flaky Skin

Flaky skin requires a gentle yet effective skincare routine to restore moisture and remove dead skin cells. Here's a tailored regimen to help reduce flaky skin and minimise its reoccurrence:

1. Cleanser:

Use a gentle cleanser such as NIVEA’s Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash in the morning to cleanse your face. This product is formulated for dry skin and contains ingredients such as Almond Oil which soothes the skin.

2. Exfoliation:

Consider incorporating mild chemical exfoliants like AHAs or BHAs into your regimen to aid in dead skin cell turnover and improve the skin's texture, allowing moisturisers to penetrate better. 

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3. Moisturising:

Moisturising flaky skin is important to improve skin barrier repair, ease any feelings of tightness and provide hydration throughout the day. NIVEA’s Nourishing Day Cream enriched with Almond Oil, is formulated to deeply nourish dry and sensitive skin. 

4. Sunscreen:

UV damage from the sun can cause for your skin to become even more dehydrated and rough. In order to avoid this it’s good to wear facial sunscreen, especially after exfoliation to nurture smooth, flake-free skin. 

5. Body care:

if you are experiencing flaky skin on the body, try providing it with additional moisture to help calm it. NIVEA Rich Nourishing Body Lotion with Almond Oil and Vitamin E helps to deeply hydrate and nourish skin, for a soft and smooth feel.

NIVEA products formulated for dry skin have been carefully created to address the discomfort and challenges associated with it. By helping to lock in moisture and supporting skin’s natural barrier, NIVEA products assist in promoting a smoother, healthier-looking complexion for those with flaky skin.

Flaky Skin For Men

Flaky skin can affect men in various ways, often leading to discomfort and self-consciousness. For many men flakiness can worsen after shaving, resulting in redness and irritation. Additionally, flaky skin can make it challenging to maintain a well-groomed appearance, as it can be difficult to apply grooming products smoothly and evenly. 

NIVEA MEN Sensitive products are formulated to target 5 signs of irritation: burning, dryness, tightness and itchiness. Trusted by men, the range contains all the products needed to look after and promote healthier skin: from shaving and cleansing through to moisturising and deodorant. Suitable for daily use in skincare routines, they could help to relieve and reduce flaky skin.


Flakiness is a skin concern that can manifest across different skin types, particularly dry skin. With this knowledge, you can create a tailored skincare routine to effectively treat flakiness and achieve healthier, smoother skin. Just like any journey, achieving beautiful skin requires dedication and patience so keep a journal to track your progress. 

Flaky Skin - Frequently Asked Questions

What is flaky skin?

Flaky skin refers to dry, rough skin with visible pieces of dead skin cells that shed. It can be itchy and uncomfortable and is commonly found on the face, hands, arms, legs, and scalp.

What are the common causes of flaky skin?

Flaky skin can result from low humidity, skin conditions, aging, excessive use of hot water, and over-exfoliation.

How can flakiness impact skin health and appearance?

Flakiness can lead to skin tightness, itchiness, and impact overall skin comfort and health.

How Can I Get Rid of Flaky Skin?

To combat flaky skin, start with a gentle cleanser, incorporate mild chemical exfoliants and use a moisturising cream with hydrating properties.

Can flakiness occur on any part of the body?

Yes, flakiness can occur anywhere on the body, but it's commonly experienced on the face, hands, arms, legs, and scalp.

What's the role of age in flaky skin?

Aging can lead to less natural oil production, making the skin more prone to dryness and flakiness.

How can I protect my skin from cold weather-induced flakiness?

Harsh, cold weather can strip moisture from the skin. To protect it, use moisturisers and avoid excessive exposure to cold and wind.