Does your elbow skin need help?
The skin of the elbow thickens and becomes coarse and flaky, because it is subjected to great friction. The skin of the elbow is an extensor skin, like the skin on the knees and joints.
Extensor surface is located on the outside of the joint, which means joint movement in this direction. Skin surface flexor located on the closing side of the joint, which means that the skin will touch when the joint is completely closed. You notice with your hands that the extensor surface is thicker, more exposed to the sun, and often erodes. With your elbows this is also often rude.
What are the common reasons why elbow skin becomes thick, bumpy or dry?
In dry weather, the thickened skin of the elbow can become very rough. This can occur when it is cold outside, and the air in the room heats up and dries. It can also occur in arid climates. Friction will also cause elbows to thicken. If you rely heavily on your elbows, your skin can feel like a coarse callus with bumps, scale and thickness.
What can you do to soften the rough and rough skin of your elbow?
Do not choose scales or rub them. This leads to more friction and injury, with the result that the skin of the elbow becomes even stronger. We call it "Lichenization"that translates as lichen. We no longer think of lichens, but the first dermatologists thought that rough, faded skin looked like lichen on wood or stone! Rubbing causes thickening and lichenification of the skin of the elbow.
Many people with rough elbows have the habit of rubbing and poking around in their rough skin. This causes chronic thickening called simple lichen chronic – simple thickening from chronic rubbing. Try not to rub rough elbows and develop a more effective treatment using keratolytic.
The best remedy for coarse elbows is to use a keratolytic, such as alpha hydroxy acid, to soften the rough skin of the elbow.
The best AHA to soften rough, thick and uneven elbows is glycolic acid. You must use higher strength creams to get through the skin of the elbow. Aim for a product that has at least a 10% free acid content. 15% is even better. For really rough elbows it may take 20%! Although 20% cream can cause irritation.
Glycolic acid is an excellent keratolytic agent for removing rough and thickened skin. Keratolytics chemically destroy dead skin cells so that they can shed and clean. They are used in skin care products and acid skin peels for treating warts, seborrheic keratosis and corns. They can be used in lower concentrations to rejuvenate the skin. Glycolic acid is an excellent keratolytic agent for home use. Other skin care product options include urea, salicylic acid (BHA or beta-hydroxy acid) and lactic acid (also AHA).
In my 30+ years of dermatology practice, I have seen that glycolic acid is the best keratolytic agent for softening rough and thick skin of the elbow. In my practice, the easiest and best product to use with glycolic acid at home is my 15% glycolic acid lotion. We begin by using this product daily to treat rough elbows. If this product does not soften the skin of the elbow enough, then I recommend Geltone 20% cream for heels and elbows, but it is very strong, and I advise my patients to relax using it only once or twice a week until the skin becomes soft. Always apply AHA creams and lotions immediately after a shower or bath for best results – within a magical 3 minutes after the towel dries.
What is the best natural remedy for bumpy and rough elbows?
Moisturize deep moisturizer containing ingredients to soften the skin. These include glycerin, butters such as apricot kernels, avocados, and oils, such as shea butter and cocoa butter.
My natural face and body cream contains all these deeply moisturizing organic herbal remedies for coarse elbows.
I designed it for the most difficult problems with dry skin.
If your elbow skin is really tough, you will benefit from Bag Balm. This time-tested ointment was created in the United States to soften the udders of cows in the winter when they become cracked and rough. It softens really thick and rough skin. It is greasy and dirty though.
All moisturizers are always most effective when applied immediately after a shower or bath, for a magical 3 minutes after the towel dries.
This is because they trap water that is absorbed into your skin while bathing. Apply a deep moisturizing moisturizer when you do not exfoliate AHA moisturizer, such as my body lotion with 15% glycolic acid (also applied within a magical 3 minutes after the towel dries). Use it daily when your elbows are soft.
Avoid friction to help heal rough elbows.
Wear soft clothing to minimize friction. For example, wear a cotton shirt under a rough sweater. Do not poke around. It will make rough elbows worse.
When should I see a doctor if you have elbows?
If the bumps get worse, consult a dermatologist. A variety of rashes can begin on the elbows. The most common are psoriasis and granuloma granuloma.
Here are some helpful tips for treating dry skin.
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