How to treat rough, dry elbow skin


A few days ago, I noticed that I was having dry elbow skin and they were so rough, peeling and dark! This is so embarrassing cos’ it means I can’t wear short sleeved tops. I do admit that I haven’t been special attention to my elbows but I can’t remember the last time I had this issue.

Anyways, I decided to do a little research on dry elbows.
You can treat rough, dry elbow skin by following the following steps:

  1.  Exfoliate the skin around the elbow. You can use a loofah, sponge or pumice stone. Don’t be too aggressive because that could worsen it. I have been using a very soft sponge to take my bath but today, I bought a bath glove to really exfoliate my elbow tonight. body benefits bath gloves
  2. Moisturize/treat. You can use an elbow cream, a heel cream or a good thick oil i.e castor oil, almond oil, shea butter or even butter!! You can moisturize your elbows as many times a day as you feel is necessary but don’t forget the exfoliating step.
  3. Wrap with plastic or cling film for up to an hour.
  4. Continue treating it for at least ten days. If symptoms persist, see a dermatologist. You might have psoriasis or eczema. He/she might prescribe something else for you to use.
  5. Prevent its recurrence by regularly exfoliating and moisturizing the skin around the elbow.


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Well, I’m off to go to treat my elbows! Have you ever had an issue with dry elbows? How did you solve it?

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Nigerian-born Dr Fomsky is a God-lover, a wife, a mom of three, a medical doctor by day. Plus she owns a Nigerian-based online hair product store called Sizzelle.
Dr Fomsky is very passionate about hair, skin and weight management. Since she's had her babies, she's been struggling to keep her weight and her tummy down!
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3 Comments to How to treat rough, dry elbow skin

  1. Morenikeji says:

    Reading this reminded me of one time when i had the same issue,i did not do any research though but i concluded in my mind that i wasn’t washing my elbow enough,so i bought the bath glove used for a few days and applied shea butter morning and night.That was the end of my troubles.

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