Your elbows are important. Since we do almost everything with our arms, our elbows are bumped, rubbed, scratched, and leaned on several times a day. During the winter months, the skin on the outside of the elbow (known as an ‘extensor surface’) can become dry, bumpy, and even itchy. Luckily, there are five easy ways to relieve the pain as soon as possible.

Don’t Scratch It

It’s human nature to scratch the dry, itchy skin. But according to dermatologist Sejal Shah, M.D., “That’s aggravating it and makes the skin worse.” Don’t scratch it. In addition, using detergents with harsh ingredients, taking hot showers, applying abrasive scrubs, waxing, and working at a desk cause more friction and irritation to the elbows.

Use A Banana Peel

Bananas are rich in vitamin C, which often aids in the healing process for dry, itchy skin. The banana peel contains both antifungal and antibiotic components. The next time you notice bumpy, dry skin on your elbows, rub a banana peel in a circular motion. It might sound silly, but we promise it works.

Other Home Remedies

Many people prefer to try home remedies before seeking medical advice. Rubbing avocado, coconut, or olive oil on your elbows helps soften the skin. Avoid products with fragrances. Dab on some petroleum jelly and slip on an open-ended sock before bedtime. In addition, apply Vaseline and then take a shower to moisturize the skin.

Change Your Lotion

It may be time for you to change your usual lotion for an emollient cream. Emollients help maintain skin hydration and provide a skin barrier. During the chilly winter months, it’s common for your skin to become dry and bumpy. With an emollient cream, your skin will not only look smooth, but it’ll maintain its smooth texture all year long.

Visit A Dermatologist

If you notice bumps on the elbow or prolonged dry skin, it’s best to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist as soon as possible. Bumps can mean anything from benign keratosis pilaris to dermatitis herpetiformis, and more. A dermatologist can examine the skin and determine if there’s an underlying cause.