(Closed) DRIEST SKIN EVER on my elbows. I've tried so many things… help!

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 17
975 posts
Busy bee

@Miss Fish:  Maybe consider seeing your doctor? It could be something like psoriasis if its not going away with regular moisturizing.

Post # 19
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@stillme:  Yeah, nice to hear that it is working for you!  Coconut oil has really become my go-to product for everything! 

My brother suffered from dry skin for years and I often got him stuff to try — from the expensive stuff all the way to the cheap stuff.  Nothing really worked.  Somehow I stumbled across coconut oil a little over a year ago (I think thanks to Pintrest) and never looked back since.  Got my brother a jar of it… it sits on the bathroom counter and uses it every night religiously.  He absolutely loves it. 

It is so cheap too!  I 500 g of organic cold press coconut oil only set me back about $25 dollars.  I’ve only finished about 3/4th of it and over the year point.


Post # 21
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Coconut oil =)

Post # 22
77 posts
Worker bee

Have you tried Aquaphor? It’s the staple of the hospital dermatology department. Coconut oil is nice, but the smell gets annoying really fast. 

Post # 23
1563 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I use The Honest Company’s healing balm for this very reason on my husband’s elbows. He runs in the winter, and his elbows are painfully rough and dry. It almost instantly heals them!

Post # 24
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Eucerin Plus is my best friend as far as lotion goes. I had serious dry skin problems as a kid (so much so that I ended up at the doctor for it), but once I discovered Eucerin all my dry skin problems went away. It’s a tiny bit expensive (compared to other lotions), but a little goes a long way and it’s worth every penny since it gives me super soft skin.

Post # 25
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Vaseline, coconut oil, Aquaphor, or bag balm. Cut the feet out of socks, slather s thick moisturizer on and sleep with it covered. It will soften up and disappear.

Post # 26
269 posts
Helper bee

Try Vitamin E oil, its great for the skin and hydrating.

Post # 27
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Miss Fish:  Mary Kay makes a 3-set of really intense lotions, one is a hand wash so you’re not getting rid of the oils you need every time you wash your hands, another  is a really thick lotion. You can rub it in though and none have a scent, perfume can also be drying


Another really really off-the wall option… LARD. I kid you not. I have NEVER used it but I used to work in a hospital and I once heard our head pediatrician who is reknown and very experienced  recommend it to a family. The family mentioned the little guy had really bad eczema and suffered from really dry skin, they said they had tried a lot of  things and he was like “try lard. the kind  you use for cooking/” I thought it was sooooo weird! But according to him it works!  

Post # 28
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@julies1949:  +1 to major exfoliation first. I use the foot scrubbers, which are the same as pumice stones basically, but less natural. 

I have used Clinique Dramatically Different lotion when nothing else worked to great success. And often you can get them free as samples. 

Post # 29
667 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

@Miss Fish:  I’ve had eczema for the last 12 years. I have to put on lotion 3 times a day but in winter it gets so dry even lotion 3x doesn’t help and I wake myself up at night scratching. It itches constantly while I am awake but I refuse to scratch or it would cause leathery, bleeding, scarred skin. 

Go to the doctor and see if it is eczema (probably not, most people have dry elbows) and you can get a prescription that helps a little bit. 

I have a coral type bath sponge that is good at getting the dry bits off. I get a huge tub of st.ives, mostly because it is cheap so I’m not wasting the expensive stuff when I go through it in a week. I also huge lotion bars that apply like deodrant and dry pretty quickly so they are easy to put on before work or lying in bed. Right after coming out of the shower put lotion on a few times. I also smother vitamin e tablets on the bad spots. 

Post # 30
2029 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Miss Fish:  I’ve tried all kinds of lotions and coconut oil and almond oil…but the one thing that works for me is Corn Huskers Lotion…seriously!!! It’s super cheap too, doesn’t leave a residue and has a pleasant smell. Great for dry winter hands too! Especially for people like me who don’t like to use lotion on our hands during the day. But yeah, one of my elbows is incredibly dry and I rubbed just a little on it and it felt GREAT throughout the entire day!!

Post # 31
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have this problem – to the point it flakes off sometimes. Try adding AmLactin lotion to your rotation (i.e. alternate amlactin and coconut oil, etc). I would talk to your doctor about it though – something like this so suddenly could be a symptom of thyroid problems, etc. 

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