Is there a stupider part of the body than the elbow? It is best that it is so hard to see these strange, wrinkled, stretchy, pointed things if we do not really try. However, when neglected, especially when the cold winter air starts to dry from head to toe, these elbows can scream for help.
Doctors call the skin on the outside of the elbow a "stretching surface," "refers to all areas that need to stretch when you bend your joints (like your knees and ankles too), so they have a completely different texture than The rest of your skin Since most people do almost everything with their arms, their elbows are rubbed, bumped, and leaned on a lot when that elbow skin starts to itch or hurt, or when you see it is really dark or uneven (If you straighten your neck and just bend your arm), you need to do the following:
. Do not scratch, rub, or rub it.
"Many people, especially those with symptoms such as dandruff, want the skin Slimming, "says dermatologist Sejal Shah, MD" It makes the skin worse and worse. And pay attention to the way you may unintentionally irritate your elbows. "There are many things that people do without knowing how they can affect their skin," says Bella Schneider, Founder For example, if you do not wear SPF outdoors, use cleansers containing spicy ingredients, take hot showers, use scourers, or grow your arms. In addition, working at the desk can cause a lot of friction in the elbow area, which is sometimes unavoidable.
2. If you have bumps or dandruff, consult a dermatologist.
You can google your symptoms as many times as you like, but you run the risk of self-diagnosing yourself if you have something like psoriasis or have eczema (both often on elbows and knees) and do not know it, your self-prescribed treatment can irritate your skin even more.Bullows can be anything from completely benign keratosis pilaris or granuloma annulare to dermatitis herpetiformis, an autoimmune disease, which can be caused by a gluten allergy.
"It's always good to get a diagnosis," says dermatologist Doris Day, MD "The dermatologist can take a look if there is a cause."
3. Moisten with a keratolytic lotion.
This is a neat term for ingredients such as lactic acid, urea and salicylic acid. "Tue These will help to remove some surface layers of the skin, but they also have a moisturizing property to bring moisture, "says Shah. Just make sure that you really have no psoriasis or eczema, she warns, because keratolytics will irritate these conditions.
Keratosis pilaris can not be cured. This goose bumps can be caused by ingrown hairs on your upper arms and legs. But as with elbows, gentle exfoliation and hydration improves the situation.
For arms and elbows, Day Amlactin Ultra (with lactic acid) and for a moisturizing effect is recommended for the 12-hour wonder ointment SkinFix. She also suggests to pee with SweetSpot Labs' buff and brighten pads.
4) Hit the spa.
"There are many spa treatments that help with dry elbows," says Schneider. "When treating dry elbows and arms, I recommend starting with a gentle exfoliant, a microdermabrasion ointment like Biafin or Shea Butter, a cream based on coconut or olive oil, and of course SPF."
5) Choose the right natural remedies.
For those of you who would like to receive homemade skin care recipes from the Internet, Day has some guidelines: "Avocado oil, coconut oil or olive oil can help soften that skin," she says. "I would not rub lemon on it, because that can make you more sensitive."
The natural cure could be even easier than you think – like Schneider's tip to wear cotton shirts underneath these cozy, but scratchy wool sweaters. When winter comes, she protects herself as follows: "I make sure that I drink a lot of water, I agree with my shower time, and I do not use fragrance products."
Sabrina Rojas Weiss lives in Brooklyn, surrounded by her freelance writer and fellow contestant. Follow her on Twitter @shalapitcher .