Skin Dream Meaning

A few months ago I had a dream about my skin, I was putting on suncream and this turned into a bit of a nightmare where my skin was burning and peeling off. I woke up worried about the whole experience. When we have dreams of our skin this is normally a symbolic meaning that is associated with a change in life, protection and understanding our own life better.

Skin dreams are associated with:

  • Removing a problem in life.
  • Make sure you are stronger at dealing with problems.
  • Take care of yourself.
  • Worrying about other people.
  • Exposure to the truth.
  • Having to show a degree of strength.
  • Covering up problems.
  • Feeling vulnerable or insecure.
  • Protection of mental and spiritual health.

Think of the skin as an onion. We need to peel back the layers spiritually to understand what is underneath. Everyone has had those dreams that they wish they didn’t. It's not pleasant to have dreams about your skin rotting, dissolving, being pulled off or even missing. Actually, I put off writing the meaning for quite some time.

According to the American Dermatology known as (AAD) skin is made up of 19 million skin cells and 1,000 nerve endings interestingly skin protects us and is the latest organ of the body. Think of the skin spiritually as a protective barrier that covers our body. Remember the term “thick as skin” when we need to show strength. Our skin has different colors too, ranging from light hues to dark depending on culture and exposure to the sun. All skin is different, it has moles, birthmarks, cellulite and scars. I am here to share what your dream about skin means.

Any dream that focuses on the skin including being naked or having a skin enhancement such as a tattoo is similar to those dreams involving clothing. Both the skin and the clothes are symbolic and demonstrate how you see yourself, and how you feel others see you. Having tender skin symbolizes how vulnerable you may be in your life. Any dream which involves tough skin will suggest some type of emotional defence and attachment.

To dream of being skinned alive or skinning something alive (such as a dog or cat) means that you feel unprotected in waking life. This dream may be horrific and extremely disturbing. It is important to know that protection is with you. To see a pet or animal skinned means that you need to let things go in life. This dream suggests your desire to improve your general well-being.

What does the meaning of skin dreams?

Skin is the soft layer and as I have already mentioned our body's largest organ. Everybody has dreams about weird things in their sleep. If the skin dream was a nightmare then this can be associated with stress. The skin dream could include anything from ants crawling over one’s skin to being at home in the garden and seeing an animal missing skin. If you have a dream about your skin, it could indicate that you are feeling unmasked. The truth is that skin protects us all throughout our lives.

You might be getting messages from your subconscious mind while you sleep about taking better care of your body. Skin dreams may indicate vulnerability or insecurity, according to my belief. Skin cancer, dermatitis, and acne are among the most serious skin conditions. These skin conditions may have appeared in your dreams or you may have pictured them in your mind. Dreaming about any of these conditions or skin problems (such as spots, cancer, or diseases of the skin) could signal that you need to protect your mental and spiritual health. We all need to protect ourselves from difficult people. The fact the skin is being infected in the dream indicates something external may be attacking you going forward - it is a warning-type dream.

What does it mean to dream about skin that is rotten in your dreams?

Have you dreamed of rotting skin? Let's take a closer look at what this might mean. One of the most serious complications of wounds is gangrene or skin rotting. The presence of rotten flesh can result in amputations and even death. A condition known as gangrene (or rotten flesh) causes a decrease in blood flow to a particular area. This can be interpreted as a clue to the dream's meaning.

Rotten skin is an indication of aversion or repulsion in a particular aspect of your life. Also don’t forget that rotting skin is normally quite smelly. Think back to olden times, pirates often ended up with rotting skin on boats. A dream about rotten skin may indicate that you need to review areas of life. You could interpret this dream as a warning to take better care of yourself. It is possible to dream about rotting skin if you are experiencing some difficulty in your life. 

What does it mean to dream of rotting animal skin?

In real life, rotten skin contains harmful bacteria that can cause infections. Rodents, birds and flies are also attracted to the smell of rotten flesh. You may have dreamed of an animal eating rotten skin. Alternatively saw a dead decomposed animal. This dream is about being unclean, feeling that you need to spiritually cleanse yourself.  I also need to mention is also possible for disease-carrying insects to breed on rotten skin so spiritually watch out for people putting you down. 

What does it mean to dream of skin diseases?

Dreams about skin diseases could be interpreted as feelings of defenselessness and anxiety. The dream of skin problems can suggest that you may encounter disappointment. Dreaming about skin diseases may be a subconscious message to be more cautious. It shows you that there may be certain issues about letting go of things in the past. The dream is often reflecting on events in the past and tells you that the future can bring a new perspective on things. Don't ignore the things you're doing now. If you have dreams about skin diseases such as rotten skin, you should take some time to reflect on what makes you happy in life.

What does it mean to have dreamed of skin peeling off?

Dreams about your skin peeling off could indicate feelings of instability or exposure to difficult situations in daily life. Our dream mind may interpret skin-peeling dreams to be a warning sign to take better care of your finances according to older dream books. To dream of peeling the skin off yourself (nightmare dream) can indicate some sort of change or ending that you are dealing with in waking life. Our subconscious mind will show that the change is needed in order to better understand yourself. Dreaming of someone else peeling off the skin can indicate that you are processing information about another.

  • Skin peeled off legs in dreams: If the skin is being peeled off your legs in a dream this is about mapping out your goals and life path. After all, our legs denote moving forward.
  • Skin peeled off hands in dreams: To dream of skin being peeled off your hands is connected to a work situation where you feel exposed.
  • Skin peeled off the face in dreams: If the skin was being peeled or removed from the face this is a dream about your own identity. It could mean that you need to think about who you are and what you want to achieve in life.
  • Skin peeled off arms in dreams: If the skin was missing or being peeled off your arms this is associated with handling problems in life.
  • Skin peeled off the back in dreams: engage in activities you both enjoy with your children, family, or partner. Spending quality time together is essential to maintaining a healthy relationship. Don't forget to do the little things.
  • Skin peeled off the stomach in dreams: The importance of showing your love and appreciation for your loved ones cannot be overstated if you had this dream, the stomach is by the heart which in dreams shows love.

What does it mean to dream of being skinned alive?

Dreams are a way for us to process the information sent to us in life. If you are being skinned alive in a dream then you may wake up worried about this nightmare. This can be a scary dream. It is about your inner feelings at the moment - how you are feeling about others and your life in general, it also denotes feeling exposed. Maybe you feel that you cannot communicate with someone close to you.

I do feel that this dream provides clues about how you are emotionally frustrated at the moment. Timelines and places might also seem mixed especially if this is a nightmare. If you dream of someone you love being skinned, the same criteria apply in that you might be feeling worried about them. We as humans are effective at picking up signals from others and this dream indicates something maybe exposed.

What does it mean to dream of dead skin?

Dead skin in dreams could indicate change or transformation. Remember, skin signifies what is external around us. This dream could be your subconscious mind warning you to be more careful. It is important to pay closer attention to the things you are doing wrong. Skin is associated with covering up and to dream of dead skin is about renewal. Think of how a snake sheds its dead skin, it is about transformation. Therefore, this dream in my view indicates change.

What does green skin in a dream mean?

Green skin in dreams represents safety and comfort. When I think of green skin I think of the superhero hulk hogan. In dreams seeing yourself have green skin is connected to nature, growth, and life force. Dreaming that someone you know harboring green skin can indicate a connection that you are feeling with this person. Green is also seen as a symbol of luck and good fortune in many cultures, thus it could be a lucky omen.

In the real world, green skin is the result of a pigment called chlorophyll. The green skin is most commonly seen in infants and young children, but it can also occur in adults. The real-life green skin is typically caused by jaundice, liver disease, and chemical exposure. If any of these are featured in the dream then it may represent frustration and it might be time to engage with others. During waking hours, you are not aware of anxiety or insecurity that may be present in your conscious mind.

What does it mean for a person to have a dream about skinning an animal?

Anger or rage could manifest in a dream about skinning animals. When people dream about animals it has to do with our own emotional state, it may be a warning for you to slow down and be calm. Think about what type of animal was featured in the dream. It is a sign to be more attentive if you have dreams about killing a dead animal.

What type of animal was in the dream: was it a cat, dog, bird, or deer? Dreaming is a bridge between your dream and waking mind and in most instances dreaming of animals is quite common depending on how we are feeling. I also recommend that you look at the type of animal featured in the dream and think about the characteristics of this animal and how it reflects to your own traits. Dreaming of skinning an animal in a dream can literally mean that you need to uncover some inner emotions. Remember that with every dream it is common for us to understand challenges in waking life. 

What does dreaming of removing skin?

Research in dream analysis has shown that 60% of our dreams are about other people. If you are a female dreaming of removing skin is a sign that there will be a focus on a relationship with a male in waking life. For a male to dream of skin removal indicates that you will need better control over your life  Alternately, the removal of another person's skin in a dream could be interpreted as a signal from your subconscious mind to show you that you may need to give more attention to those you love. For example, working hard to earn more money can give you more control. Removing the skin is about removing our emotions in dreams. Skin removal in a hospital or during an operation during a dream is a positive omen and shows healing traits. Consider the potential messages this dream could be sending from your spiritual guides.

What is the biblical meaning of a skin dream?

Skin is often used in the Bible as a metaphor for protection. An example can be found in Psalms 119:105. The bible states, "Your word, O Lord, is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path." The skin is likened to a lamp that lights the way ahead in this verse. Skin is also used throughout the bible in regards to animal skins, protecting people from the weather. This can signal that biblically the dream about skin is associated with protection under difficult times. As a symbol of God's protection, the skin can be viewed as a dream symbol. According to Deuteronomy 32.39, God protects Israel "under His skin." Skin is used to describe God's divine protection.

What does it signify to have a dream about someone removing your skin?

The dream of someone removing your skin could be a sign that you need to let go of something that is not serving you well. It could also mean you just need more time for yourself. This dream could also indicate a concern for your emotional or physical health. Do you feel vulnerable and exposed? If you see someone taking off your skin during a dream this can indicate someone is trying to break down the walls with you emotionally. This dream could also be a sign that you need to let go or give up on something or go for it.

What does it mean for you to dream of animal skins?

The desire to connect with your primal nature may be symbolized by dreaming of animal skin. This dream could also remind you to take care of your emotional and physical health. This dream could also be a sign that you are feeling unbalanced in your life. This could be an indicator that you are not taking care of your health and well-being by dreaming about skin from an animal that is ill or injured. To wear animal skin is an omen of rest and warmth. 

What does it mean for you to dream of skin that is burned?

Burned skin could be a sign that you need to let go of something that is not serving your needs. This dream could also be a warning dream that you need to protect yourself from someone or something that is causing harm. This could be an indication that you feel vulnerable and exposed if you dream of your skin burning. This dream could also be a sign that you need to take care of your emotional and physical health.

What does it mean to dream of missing skin?

Missing skin in a dream is about letting down your barriers. If the dream is about your own missing skin then this is often associated with the fact you may have neglected your own self. Perhaps you are not reaching your goals. To dream of someone else missing skin is about believing that you can achieve your own goals and be the best version of yourself. Often, when we dream of someone else's skin it can indicate they are part of how we reach that goal.

If you see people with missing skin in a dream (a group maybe) this can be a rather worrying dream but it is about making sure you stop sacrificing what you want. It is about making sure you follow through with your own desires in life. The dream of seeing animals missing skin is about improving your life - or yourself. The animal is connected to how you typically balance your life. If the animal missing skin in a dream is a cat or dog it can indicate small steps are needed to get this balance.

What does brown, black, white, gray, red, purple, blue skin in a dream mean?

Colored skin in dreams is associated with clearing out the clutter in life. If you are busy and stressed out it is not uncommon to have this dream. It is interesting why the skin was highlighted. Maybe you have changed skin color during a dream or noticed pure white, lime green, pink or jet black skin. This dream regardless of color is about finding yourself again. Maybe you just need to get to know yourself better. Also, how long has it been since you treated yourself to a new set of clothes or that massage? The dream about skin color is about healing and making sure you focus on yourself.

What does it mean to dream of bugs crawling on your skin?

Bugs in dreams crawling on or under your own skin is considered a nightmare dream. There are many people who know what it feels like when a bug crawls on their skin. While this can be a nuisance, it is generally harmless in real life. However, there are some bugs that can burrow under the skin. These insects are often very small and difficult to spot. The most common symptoms of a bug under your skin are intense itching and swelling and in dreams, you could perhaps even see the bug. I do feel that this dream is about how we navigate relationships, the bugs could be a sign something in waking life is simply “bugging you” it is important to understand what might be making you feel this way so you can address it. To see bugs crawling on your outer skin during a dream (and not buried underneath) is a sign that something in the next few weeks is likely to actually make your skin crawl. It could be something as innocent as a carton of milk going off in the fridge or a newspaper report that shakes your view of humanity. 

What is the 1930s meaning of skin dreams?

I like to review older dream books for clues on what the dream about skin means. These meanings are sketchy at best, but I think it is worth mentioning. During olden times people believed our dreams were omens of good or bad situations in life.

  • The Chinese tradition states that if you dream about skin, you will be left without supplies and without money and moreover, you will be involved in scandals, and be put in awkward situations.
  • The skin in a dream of folklore foretells sorrow, but also that you will get a win. Animal skins suggest that you are experiencing spiritual development. To dream of an animal being skinned suggests that you may be about to offload something that is troubling you.
  • Skin in dreams can suggest lost judgment, sadness and unhappiness. If the skin in your dream has an infection, this foretells fragile health ahead, but also ugly quarrels. Healthy skin is the omen of wealth and gains, as well as relaxed tensions. 
  • Dreaming of an animal's skin means worries, anger, and sadness. A ferret's skin is the symbol of luck in love, melancholy and dissatisfaction. More than one skin is usually a good sign, and it can portend a trip with good business deals.

Conclusion of the dream of skin

In summary, dreams we have are just figments of the different mash-ups experiences we have in daily life. From a scientific point of view, it is impossible to understand our dreams although many scientists have tried. I am a medium and I believe that some of our skin dreams could be a spiritual sign as I have outlined above. Dreams I feel are given to us by our guides and the dream about skin can be either a pleasant or disturbing dream. It can be hard to interpret dreams about skin because there are so many meanings. Consider the context and personal experiences that you may have had when the dream is about skin. This will allow you to understand what your dream might mean. Dreams are often symbolic. Take the time to think about what your skin means before you try to interpret it.

In your dream, you may have

  • You see a skin.
  • Your skinned alive.
  • Your skin.
  • Animal skin.
  • Skinned skin.
  • Naked skin.
  • Skin enhancements.

Positive changes are afoot if

  • You are able to treat the condition successfully.
  • The dream resulted in peace and happy times.
  • The dream was a pleasant experience.

Feelings that you may have encountered during a dream of skin

Worried. Disgusted. Concerned. Surprised. Content. Amazed. Curious. Anxious.

By Florance Saul
Oct 16, 2012