Ask The Expert
October 02, 2012
The skin on your hands and feet can peel for many reasons. Some include:
Inherited conditions can also result in skin peeling, either all over your body or just your hands and/or feet. One rare inherited skin disorder is the Peeling Skin Syndrome. Skin peels in sheets from hands and/or feet. It leaves an underlying soft pink skin that gradually thickens before turning pale and peeling again. It may happen to your palms and soles of feet and/or the backs of hands and tops of feet.
Having hands or feet in water for long periods of time, sweating, high temperatures, high humidity or friction may make the problem worse.
As you can see, there are many different causes of skin peeling. So itís important to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. If the condition is inherited, there is no effective treatment. But keeping hands dry and applying cream to soften skin can help. Skin that peels may be more likely to get infected. So see a doctor if redness or soreness persists.