Home Remedies for Dry Elbows

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Sometimes, the elbows don’t receive as much tender loving care as other body parts because of their location. They also undergo everyday stress when propped up on wooden desks, chair arms, and dining room tables. This kind of wear and tear along with certain medical conditions could benefit from home remedies for dry elbows.

Causes and Symptoms

Dry elbows are characterized by skin dryness and sometimes involves itchiness, redness, cracks, and in the worst cases, bleeding and signs of infection. The symptoms of your dry elbows depend on the cause, which may include the following:

• Climate – Temperatures that are very cold or extremely hot will affect the health of your skin. The more dehydrated your elbows, the drier the skin. Changes in room climate, such as shifts in air conditioning and heating, can also cause dryness of the elbows.

• Lifestyle and Activities – Exposure to extreme weather causes dry elbows, which can come with the type of lifestyle you lead. Examples of this include sitting out in the sun for too long or enduring a daylong ski trip.

• Choice of Bathing Products – The kinds of bathing products you use will affect the quality of your skin. Wash with harsh soaps and the skin loses natural oils that help prevent dehydration.

• Medical Conditions – Medical conditions, such as atopic dermatitis (a form of eczema that causes dryness and itchiness) or psoriasis (which causes faint dry patches on the skin [1]), are behind some cases of dry elbows.

• Excessive Use – From leaning on your elbows while sitting at a table to propping yourself against a concrete wall, your elbows take a beating with your everyday activities and habits.

Dry Elbows Home Remedies

You don’t want a case of dry elbows to worsen to the point of developing painful cracks. Sometimes, you need more than just a moisturizing lotion. In order to stay healthy and keep your arms looking pretty, consider the following home remedies for dry elbows:

a) Brown Sugar:

Mix ¼ cup of brown sugar and 1/8 cup of olive oil to make a sugar scrub to treat dry elbows. Massage the remedy into elbows and wash off after 30 minutes. You can also mix one tablespoon of brown sugar with a ¼ cup of honey to make a weekly exfoliating remedy.

b) Crisco:

Before going to bed, rub Crisco into the dry patches of skin on your elbows. Cut a pair of clean socks to create elbow protectors to wear during the night. Repeat this process every night until dry patches fade away. Any other lard can replace the Crisco.

c) Choice of Soaps:

Antibacterial soaps are notorious for robbing the skin of its hydration. Choose cleansing products that are gentle on the skin or religiously moisturize after washing.

d) Aloe:

Apply the gel from an aloe plant on dry elbows to encourage healing and soothe irritated skin.

e) Lemon and Salt:

Take the juice from two squeezed quarter wedges of a lemon. Add salt to the juice, and then gently scrub into your dry elbows. This remedy will help remove dead skin and treat dark patches.

f) Lemon and Baking Soda:

Combine fresh lemon juice and baking soda to create a thick paste that is applied to dry elbows. Gently rub in the remedy to exfoliate the skin. Allow the ingredients to sit for around 15 minutes. Wash off, and follow up with an application of Vaseline.

g) Loofah:

Exfoliate dry skin on elbows with a loofah pad. Follow up by soaking elbows in warm water for 10 minutes.

h) Sock:

To protect your clothes and bed sheets from lotions and other home remedies for dry elbows, cut a clean sock to make two open ends. Slide the sock over your elbows after applying a treatment before going to bed.

i) Plastic Wrap:

Another way to keep moisturizing treatments in place, wrap your elbows with plastic wrap.

j) Vaseline:

Apply Vaseline (or another petroleum jelly product) to dry elbows after a gentle exfoliation. Use this remedy to moisturize the skin after a hot bath or shower.

k) Honey:

After exfoliating or scrubbing dry elbows, apply honey to soften and heal the skin. Leave on for 30 minutes before washing away.

l) Lemon Juice and Baking Soda:

Exfoliate dry elbows by combining fresh lemon juice and baking soda to create a thick paste. Gently rub on the paste – leaving on for about 15 minutes. After washing off the remedy, apply a moisturizer to the skin, such as petroleum jelly.

m) Don’t Scratch:

Resist the temptation to scratch dry elbows to avoid inflammation and redness. Constant itching can also lead to infection.

n) Butter:

Try melting a small amount of butter in the microwave for a quick fix for dry elbows. Massage into the skin to see results.

o) Castor Oil:

Add castor oil to a lukewarm bath to prevent dry skin. The oil will help seal in moisture on your elbows.

p) Oatmeal:

Relieve itchy, dry elbows by grinding oatmeal in a food processor or coffee grinder to create a fine powder that is added to a bathtub filled with cool water. Soak in the bath for soothing results.

q) Vegetable Oil:

Before going to bed, coat your elbows with vegetable oil to prevent dryness.

r) Cold Compress:

When the dryness and itchiness of dry elbows get too much, apply a cool compress. One way to soothe the skin is to rinse a washcloth in cold water, wring out, and apply directly to the elbows.


[1] http://www.medicinenet.com/psoriasis/article.htm#what