You use your elbows more than you probably even realize. For instance, these rather prominent body muscles are working when you type, drive, eat, or play music.
This frequent use of your arm joints causes them to become very dry. One symptom of dryness in this area is flakiness or chapping. You can correct this situation if it bothers you.
Some Remedial Options
You have several options as far as remedies are concerned. Most of these remedial efforts can be applied right at home even without doctor’s prescription. Of course, this does not replace expert medical advice, but it can get you started.
Here are a few home remedies people have often tried to get rid of dry elbows:
- Loofah Rehydration soak – A loofah is a common skin scrubbing material used for baths. You can use this to gently scrub your skin. Then, you can soak your elbows for 10 minutes in the water. Then, after a hot shower you can apply Vaseline.
- Sugar scrub – For this treatment method you need 1/8 cup of olive oil and ¼ cup of brown sugar. You can blend together these ingredients and use this mixture to scrub your elbows. After that, wash is off after it has absorbed on your skin for 30 minutes.
- Lemon salt scrub – The first step is to squeeze the juice out of two lemon wedges and then add salt. After this scrub it into your dry elbows, and gently scrub as you could hurt your skin. Then, rest your elbows for 15 minutes. Repeat every day until the dryness is gone.
- Crisco – Before you go to bed, you should scrub your elbows with this substance (a brand of shortening). While doing so you should wear elbow protectors and do so regularly before you go to bed. Then, wait until the patches are gone.
- Soft lemon exfoliate – You can create a thick paste from baking soda and fresh lemon juice. First, use this to exfoliate your skin and then leave it sit on your skin for about 15 minutes. Afterwards, you should rinse the solution thoroughly and then apply an oil or moisturizer.
Other tips used to help you get rid of dry elbows involve using a moisturizer that has alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) present in it, and a store-bought home microdermabrasion kit. You can first observe your elbows in the mirror and notice how dry they are and then you can begin the regular exfoliation process.
This exfoliation process usually requires the use of a body scrub, a cloth, and a textured sponge. Be careful that you do not over-scrub or you could cause skin redness or irritation.
The third step is to dry your elbows after you shower and then apply the AHA moisturizer. This will help along the cell renewal process quite nicely while smoothing out the flaky areas.
If you are trying to get rid of dry elbows and see no progress after a week or two you should consult a doctor. This could confirm whether or not you have elbow dryness or some other problem.