Nipple Skin Peeling | Dry Skin on Nipples | Causes, Treatment, Remedy

Before you panic about your unusual skin peeling in the nipple, you should know that skin peels every once in a while, and there is no reason for you to worry, except on cases where skin peeling is associated with itching, pain, and soreness. Although the condition is not alarming, it is important for you to stop the peeling. Nipple skin peeling can be treated at home with natural remedies. But if the shedding off persists, you should consult your doctor right away because the peeling could be a sign of a serious disease.

Causes of Nipple Skin Peeling

The causes of nipple skin peeling vary from simple to complicated ones. Most reasons include:

  • Hormonal imbalance or imbalance
  • Dryness of the skin
  • Skin infections
  • Skin disorders
  • Unusual body changes
  • Medication side effects
  • Side effect of contraceptive pill
  • Allergic reaction to certain fabrics
  • Breast cancer or Paget’s disease


Home Remedies and Cures for Dry and Peeling Skin on Nipples

How Do I Treat the Shedding Off of My Nipple Skin?

Skin peeling in the nipple area is not a serious condition, and it can be treated with organic and natural home remedies. Make the peeling of your nipple skin stop with these following remedies:

  • Drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin.
  • Apply deep moisturizer every after bathing. For maintenance and daily care regimen, apply your ordinary lotion on your nipples
  • Prepare a paste of turmeric powder and clarified butter then apply the mixture on your nipples. You can also apply this solution to any dry or cracked parts in your body.
  • If the cause of your nipple skin peeling is a side effect of your contraceptive pill, consult your gynecologist for a brand change or for a different contraceptive approach.
  • A mixture of sandalwood powder and   rose water can also be applied on the nipples to stop the peeling
  • Use cotton underwear instead of using silk or satin. These fabric materials usually cause skin irritation because it traps in moisture.
  • Get a hot washcloth and place it on your nipples for a few minutes then apply coconut or olive oil in your nipples for dryness remedy
  • If the peeling of your nipple is due to skin infections, it is important for you to treat the underlying cause to treat the peeling of your nipple skin.


  1. Nancy said:

    I have a problem of dry itchy skin around nipples and skin is peeling every day, what are the possible causes of dry peeling skin on nipple?

    Can you advice some natural treatment I can try at home or some lotion to get rid of dry skin on nipple?

    March 17, 2010
  2. P.U .P said:

    Itching around the skin of the nipple area can be for many reasons:
    1. It can be due dryness of the skin around areola, the dryness can be of hormonal changes.
    2. Some skin infection like fungal in nature, occurring due to moisture in that area.
    3. Contraceptive pills, certain medicine, can cause itching and peeling of the nipple.
    4. Allergy of some undergarment fabrics.
    5. Breast cancer.

    Some treatment tips for itchy nipples:
    1. Generally drinking plenty of water, will hydrate the skin.
    2. Application of moisturizer will make the skin soft and reduce itching.
    3. Mixture of sandalwood and rose water is also beneficial.
    4. Turmeric powder paste prepared with mixing butter and applied to the cracked nipple is also beneficial.
    5. Treating the underlying skin infection will relieve the irritation on your nipples.

    March 17, 2010
  3. S P said:

    I’m 17 and have had this for a couple of weeks or so, it gets itchy but only sometimes. When its all dry and scaly I put cream on, then after a while it starts to flake off so I try to remove the flaking skin, but then in the morning it is just back to being all dry again. Does anyone have any remedies it’s really starting to get me down?

    January 5, 2011
  4. A Y said:

    I’m 20, and last week after New Year, I saw that my nipples had darkened, and seemed a little irritated. Now nearly a week later, my nipples began peeling. This is the first time this has happened to me and I’m not sure whether I should worry or not. HELP PLEASE!!

    January 9, 2011
  5. SJH said:

    I am 18 years old and this happened to me for the first time last night. My nipple was very itchy, and I tried to peel the skin off, but it just made me sore, and did not help the itching. I just got rid of a urinary tract infection and I have a feeling it is just a side affect of the medicine I had taken. It is only on one nipple and not the other, which I thought was odd. Please suggest me what it can be due to?

    March 23, 2012
  6. Melissa said:

    Hi! I have noticed a lot of peeling on my nipples since I stop breast feeding my daughter when she was 10 months old. She’s now almost 15 months and both nipples are still peeling. On the nipple I notice dry skin and when I rub it, it comes off easily but I notice little creases that also have holes in them. I’m not sure if these are the holes that the milk is expressed through. The holes have a kind of sticky, thick ball that comes out and I have no idea what it is. The creases get pretty deep when she skin peels off. Is this normal or should I be worried? I’ve tried the usual nipple cream they advise for nursing mothers and it’s of no help.

    August 6, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Peeling of nipple skin is normal in most cases. The tiny holes that you see in the nipples are meant for the breast milk to come out. You can try applying coconut oil or olive oil on the nipple area. Both are good moisturizer for the nipple. Apply the oil soon after you take bath since the oil will trap the moisture and prevent dryness. Also wear cotton bra instead of synthetic one. Try these methods for a week, if you find some relief you can try for few more days or weeks. But if there is no change or if the condition repeats again and again, you should consult your doctor.

      August 7, 2012
  7. Samantha said:

    I have irritation in right nipple, especially in the center. I checked it today, the skin is flaky and as I try to peel it off, it burns.

    February 20, 2013
    • PUP said:

      Avoid peeling the skin as it may cause many problems. You can apply a paste made from clarified butter and turmeric powder. It is an effective natural remedy for cracked nipples. Apply coconut oil or olive oil on dry nipple skin. Alternately you can try mustard oil. For better result apply warm washcloth on your nipples and then apply oil. Avoid manipulations and intimate contact till the condition is completely cured.

      February 22, 2013
  8. H said:

    My nipples have been extremely sore lately, and now, the skin has peeled and they feel really raw! It itches like crazy, and I try not to rub my breasts for relief because it makes them even sorer! A couple times, it felt like I had a zit in my nipple. I accidentally scratched at it a bit, and this little white glob came out of a hole or pore. I’m not pregnant and I don’t have any kids, so I’m really freaked out by this! Help?

    March 19, 2013
    • PUP said:

      Hormonal imbalance, yeast infection, allergy to fabrics, dry skin and too hard suckling can make nipples sore and irritated. Usually mild soreness heals itself within few days. However, with home remedies the healing can be faster.
      • Apply olive oil or almond oil on sore nipples.
      • Avoid using strong soaps, cologne, and deodorant. Avoid powder on nipples.
      • Cold sponging also relieves irritation and soreness.
      • If you are taking contraceptive pills, consult your doctor and ask him if it is required to be changed.
      • Avoid wearing fit bra.
      • Apply aloe vera gel. It is effective in reducing nipple soreness.

      March 19, 2013
  9. Ed said:

    I am 13 year old. My nipples have cracks and they have become dark. Sometimes I peel the skin but the cracks reappear after few days. How can I treat this problem naturally?

    January 3, 2014
    • PUP said:

      This is the age where many bodily changes take place. These changes occur due to hormones. Crack nipples occur because the skin becomes dry. Apply a good moisturizer over the area. Olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil are good moisturizers. Apply any one of them two times in a day. Also avoid wearing tight bra. Use cotton bra. Drink enough water to keep the skin well hydrated. If the trouble persists even after applying home remedies, than consult your doctor.

      January 4, 2014
  10. AP said:

    I am a 12 year old girl and my breast has begun to develop. One month ago the skin around my nipple was itchy and I was not able to resist scratching it. Few weeks later the area turned red and sore. The skin around nipple started peeling. All this is going on since few months. Sometimes the dead nipple skin gets stuck to the fabric of by brazier when I remove it. It hurts a lot. I am worried if it is related to breast cancer. Why does it happen? Is there any home remedy to cure my problem?

    December 10, 2014
    • PUP said:

      Hormonal changes in young girls are one of the main reasons for problems affecting breast. It can also be an allergic reaction to the fabric. Skin peeling is common and over a period of time it reduces on its own. It is not related to cancer of breast in your case. Apply coconut oil after bathing on your breast area and nipple. It is a natural moisturizer. You can also apply olive oil. If after few days the problem still persists, you have to consult a doctor.

      December 11, 2014
  11. SL said:

    My nipples peel whenever they are dry. Both nipples often itch when they are dry, especially after bathing. Is there any home remedy to cure the condition? …

    February 14, 2015
    • PUP said:

      Environment plays vital role in health of nipples. Skin dryness and friction with clothes often affect the nipple skin. In any case you should not peel off the skin, because of risk of scarring and infection. The best way is to apply a moisturizer if your skin is dry. Use coconut oil, turmeric powder and sandalwood powder as a paste to rejuvenate the dry skin on nipple. Apply cucumber juice on nipple and wash after 10 minutes with water. Cucumber acts as natural moisturizer for the skin.

      February 23, 2015
  12. YE said:

    I am 15 years old. Since few days I am seeing skin peeling off from my nipple area. Even the areola has become dark. What is happening to me?

    March 27, 2018
    • PUP said:

      There are different biological events taking place in a person’s body at different stage of life. Nipple skin peeling is something that may not be a reason to worry about if it occurs sometime, except if there is itching, pain or soreness. Nipple skin peeling can occur due to various reasons. One of the main reasons is hormonal change that occurs during puberty, menses and pregnancy. Dry skin, side effect of contraceptive pills, allergic reaction to brassier fabric all can cause skin irritation and peeling. Even areola and nipple can turn dark because of hormonal changes that normally occur in puberty and pregnancy. If a woman expects pregnancy, she must consult her doctor. Few home measures can be tried to treat nipple skin peeling.
      • Apply a moisturizer
      • Apply coconut oil as it is a good moisturizer on nipple area.
      • If the cause of peeling and darkening of areola is side effect of contraceptive pills, consult your doctor.
      • Apply a paste prepared from sandalwood powder and rose water. It helps to stop peeling.
      • Wear cotton bra instead of bra prepared from synthetic material.

      August 14, 2018
  13. Chels said:

    I have severe irritation in and around my left nipple. My age is 18. I am suffering from this problem since two months and still it has not gone. Along with itching and redness, there is slight amount of watery discharge, not from the nipple but from the area around the nipple. There is yellow dot but it does not look like pus. Sometimes may be due to the discharge the nipple sticks to the brassiere. Is there any easy and simple way to resolve this distressing problem?

    July 23, 2018
    • PUP said:

      Irritation of nipple and area around nipple is not uncommon. It can occur in any woman, but often the problem is more common in breastfeeding mothers. Nipple is sensitive area of the body. Dryness, soreness, skin peeling and itching around nipple can cause great deal of discomfort. Hormonal imbalance, wearing tight fitting bra, allergy to fabric of brassiere, fungus infection, trauma, dryness of skin during winter etc can cause nipple irritation. Certain home remedies are useful to alleviate skin dryness and itching around nipple. They are:
      • Apply thin layer of coconut oil around the nipple. Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties and it is effective natural moisturizer. Often nipple itching is because of dry skin.
      • Wear comfortably fitting bra, preferably a cotton bra.
      • Apply aloe vera on and around itchy nipple. Aloe vera gel has several minerals and other healing agents that can alleviate nipple irritation.
      • If the cause is due to fungal infection, tea tree is beneficial. Put one or two drops of tea tree oil in half cup of olive oil. Mix it well. Soak a cotton ball in the oil and apply it on the nipple. Let is overnight as the oil gets absorbed. Wash the area with cool water in the morning. Repeat the process for few nights.
      • Avoid using strong scented soaps, breast enlarging cream etc.
      • Keep the breast area dry after taking bath.

      July 24, 2018

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