Being the largest organ of the body, the skin accounts about 16% of the individual’s weight, and performs several vital roles including serving as a barrier between the external surroundings and the environment within the body. The characteristics of skin vary according to its location and function. The hands have two skin types—the dorsal which is found on the dorsum, and the palmar, which is the palm.
The palmar skin is unlike the dorsal skin—thick, glabrous, and less pliable. It is also firmly attached to the fascia by several fibers arranged vertically, and contains several sensory nerve organs to properly carry out its normal functions such as grasping and sensing.
The peeling of the skin including the palmar indicates loss of or damage to the epidermis, the upper layer of the skin. There are times that the peeling occurs because of an infection or an underlying disease.
What Causes Peeling Palms
- The peeling of palms is associated with several symptoms including dryness, redness, rashes, burning sensation, pain, and itchiness. There are many reasons why the palmar skin peels off, and a few of these are disorders such as:
- Exfoliative keratolysis.
- Hand dermatitis. More known by its moniker hand eczema, the hand dermatitis can be due to several factors like genes, injury, allergies, and irritants. In most cases, it is because the hands work more constantly following a demand from occupations like in metalwork, healthcare, and in industry such as cleaning, mechanical, and catering.
- Psoriasis. Although it can also happen to other areas in the body, psoriasis is a common infection that causes peelings of skin in the hands and in the palms. There are many contributing factors to psoriasis, including stress, obesity, bacteria, hormones, medications, and genes.
- Other syndromes that can cause palm peeling are:
- Athlete’s foot
- Dry skin
- Jock itch
- Kawasaki disease
- Scarlet fever
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome
Natural Treatment for Peeling Palms
Palm peeling can be treated by natural and medical means. The effects of natural treatments may not be easily noticeable unless done on a regular basis. A few home remedies include:
- Vitamin supplements such as Vitamins A, B, C, iron, minerals, and essential fatty acids.
- Healthy diet such as the inclusion of carrots, butter, eggs, meat, cheese, liver, and cereals.
- Consumption of nuts.
- Keeping hands dry but moistened by avocado and olive oils.
- Soak hands in an oatmeal bath for 20 minutes every day.
- Topical application of fresh aloe Vera extracts or grated cucumber onto the palms.