Many times, when skin is flaking, it is due to several possible causes. One of the main ones right off the top of my head is dry skin. As skin dries out, it can crack, start peeling, and there you have flakiness. This is true for people who live in colder climates during the winter time.
Eczema can cause flaking skin. Eczema is a disorder that is chronic, and very annoying since it causes the skin to become not only flaky, but has rashes with it usually. This can lead to an inflammation problem. Other signs of having eczema are blisters that become crusty, rashes, and there is also intensive itching. Many people also have noticeable color changes in their skin too. Corticosteroids often help in treating eczema along with allergy medications.
Another condition known as Seborrheic Dermatitis commonly causes the scalp to become very flaky and dry, along with a lot of itching. Other areas such as the face, chest, and back, can become affected by this dermatitis type. This type of dermatitis, is commonly brought on by factors such as dry cold weather, stress, and in people with HIV.
Seborrheic Dermatitis is treated by topical creams that are corticosteroids applied to the skin, and sometimes doctors will use Lamisil as part of your treatment plan, which is taken orally. If the condition is in your scalp, special shampoos will need to be used in order to cure the flakiness.
Contact dermatitis is an inflammatory condition on your skin that causes a lot of intense itching and skin redness and flaking. This condition can also cause you to form some red bumps in the affected areas, (I know, I had it all over my feet,) and blisters that drain as well. Your doctor can give you oral medications along with topical ointments to soothe the itchy blistered areas. Taking Prednisone helped my condition a great deal. You also need to understand what caused the problem to begin with since contact dermatitis is from irritating substances.
Psoriasis is another skin condition that can cause flaking. It also creates red patches along with a lot of itching. This skin condition can even cause pain, and is usually chronic. The best way to deal with this skin problem is by the application of topical steroids which are anti-inflammatory and are very potent, helping to soothe the symptoms.
These are just some of the basic problems that cause skin become flaky and itchy. If you are having any of these bothersome symptoms which I have talked about briefly, see your doctor or dermatologist for the right medical advice.