The skin on the palms of my hands and the bottoms of my feet just started to peel about a week ago. It doesn't really hurt but it looks terrible and it is annoying. I am a 20 year old male in excellent health. Help

Dry skin is caused by a variety of factors including sudden climatic changes, extreme weather, nutritional deficiencies, underactive thyroid glands or conditions such as dermatitis and eczema. Since you mentioned that you are in excellent health, it would mean that you follow a healthy diet which would rule out nutritional deficiencies. Since you mentioned that you are 20 years old, it is very possible that this sudden excessive drying is caused by a temporary hormonal fluctuation which is common in adolescents. However, since there is a chance that it may be a more serious skin condition, it would be advisable to visit a dermatologist or a doctor for a thorough examination and accurate diagnosis.   

You can also use a few home remedies for dry skin to moisturize your skin and prevent excessive drying. 
  • You will need to exfoliate the affected areas of your skin regularly. You can make your own moisturizing skin scrub by mashing a banana and adding a little sugar to it. You can also add a few drops of olive oil or almond oil to this paste. Mix the scrub vigorously for a few minutes as this causes the edges of the sugar crystals to dissolve and makes it non-abrasive. Massage the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet with this mixture to get rid of the excess skin cells. The banana in the scrub will help to nourish your skin while the olive oil will moisturize it and prevent it from drying. You can also soak your hands and feet in a tub of warm water to increase the effectiveness of this scrub. If you are unable to do so, you can have a warm shower and use the scrub right at the end for the same benefits as a warm soak.
  • You will also need to use a moisturizer on a daily basis on both your hands and your feet. You can make your own moisturizer by mixing 2 to three drops of almond oil, an equal amount of grape seed oil and a tablespoon of warm water. Pour these ingredients into a bottle and shake it well before you use it. You can use it once in the morning and once before you go to bed.
  • To ensure that your skin is well moisturized, you can apply the moisturizer and then put on a pair of old gloves and socks. This will help to keep the moisturizer from rubbing off onto your sheets and will increase the amount of moisturizer absorbed by your skin.
If your skin does not show visible improvement within a week of this treatment, visit a dermatologist as it is very probable that there is a more serious underlying cause to the excessive drying.

answered by a

Warning: does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. see additional information
Read more questions in Health Advice