Much like watching those strangely addictive pimple-popping videos from Dr. Pimple Popper, peeling your flaking, sunburned skin can be incredibly entertaining. Is it a bit nasty? Sure. But for whatever reason, once you start peeling a sunburn, it’s difficult to stop until the dry skin is all gone. Peeling a sunburn “can provide psychological satisfaction. Some find it relaxing and even soothing, almost like scratching an itch,” explains Sonia Batra, MD, a dermatologist and co-host of the television show The Doctors. But your skin doesn’t find it nearly so satisfying. Peeling seems incredibly harmless-hey, you’re just tidying things up-but you really need to resist the urge, says Shari Lipner, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of clinical dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College. “You’re going to further damage the skin and make yourself more vulnerable to infection,” she says. Here’s why. When you get a sunburn, your skin is damaged by that UV light that felt so good to sit in, run in, and party in. “There’s nothing good about getting those UV rays other than it feeling good. It doesn’t do anything good for your skin,” says Dr. Lipner. “Peeling is a sign th...