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How to Fix Dry Elbows, According to Dermatologists

Smooth, baby-soft skin is a few easy steps away.

Remember when your mom or dad said, “Don’t put your elbows on the dinner table”? Little did they know, that’s a good rule to follow for cosmetic reasons, too. Read on for the reason why, as well as the expert-approved ways to heal and improve (and in some cases, also brighten) dry and rough elbows so that they feel baby-soft and smooth.

1. Exfoliate

Dermatologist Valerie Callender, MD says the best way to eliminate dryness and thickened skin on the elbows is to use exfoliating products.

2. Moisturize Daily

“Ideally, one should moisturize their body once or twice a day, preferably after the shower,” says Miami dermatologist Dr. Deborah Longwill. “Moisturizing after the shower helps lock in the moisture on your skin, which will keep your skin soft and hydrated. Consistency is key. You will notice results when you follow a daily routine.”

3. You May Need Brightening Ingredients, Too

“In skin of color, dryness of the elbows may appear dark,” says Dr. Callender. “So, in addition to exfoliating and moisturizing, topical skin-lightening agents can be added to the regimen.”

4. What to Do If Your Skin Is Also Rough

If your elbows are dry and rough, Dr. Longwill notes that you should also refrain from resting your elbows on hard surfaces, as it promotes thicker skin. “Extra-dry elbows and knees probably just means you are active,” says Dr. Cassis. “Mom knees, writers’ elbows - its all extra pressure on the surface, but you really should let your board-certified dermatologist take a look at it to make sure you aren’t dealing with something like psoriasis, lichen simplex chronicus or granuloma annulare. You will have to work extra hard to correct xerotic elbows and knees, but it can be done. You may have to add in a hydrating serum to help lock hydration into your skin and you really need to apply it to damp skin.”

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