Many of us face the problem of dry elbow skin during winters due to low humidity and cool weather. This problem usually occurs in winters as the elbow skin, which is thick by nature, is susceptible to dryness and moisture loss. Moreover, your elbows undergo a lot of wear and tear as most of us have the habit of leaning our elbows on all kinds of surfaces which in turn contributes to the problem of dry elbows. Given below are some ways by which you can cure as well as prevent the problem of dry and cracked elbows.
The skin of our elbow is thicker in nature as it has to protect the bones underneath it. Thus, they are more susceptible to dryness and lots of care needs to be taken, especially during dry winter season, to keep them in a healthy condition. To treat dry elbow skin, you first need to exfoliate the area to remove dead surface skin. You then need to moisturize it to soften and nourish it. Do not use cleansing or exfoliating products with alcohol in them as that can further dry and crack the skin. After the exfoliation process is done, you need to thoroughly moisturize and hydrate the area. Petroleum jelly is one such effective moisturizer and so is almond oil or olive oil. After you apply the moisturizer, you need to wrap and cover the area with a fabric or plastic wrap so that the moisturizer is kept intact. This is a simple method which helps in most of the cases. However, if you still have rough and dry elbows despite this treatment for a couple of days, then you must visit a skin specialist as skin problems like eczema and psoriasis can also lead to dry scaly and cracked elbows.