Many are taking it for granted, but changes on the skin on your elbows are much more serious than you think. If you get the warning, you can react on time and take the necessary measures upon it.

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Dry skin on the elbows can sometimes be so rough that it starts to burn and hurt very badly. The skin in this area warns about the deficiency of vitamin A and vitamins of B group. It also points to skin conditions such as psoriasis, and various allergies.

To better understand what causes the dry skin on your elbows, think carefully about what you’ve been doing lately.

What Causes Dry Skin On The Elbows

The potential causes of dry and itchy patches on elbows are:

  • Soaps, perfume, and lotions
  • Hot baths and showers
  • A sudden drop in temperature
  • Swimming in the pools
  • Infections
  • Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Diabetes
  • Scleroderma

How to solve the problem

  • Shorten the time of the shower. You can also lower the temperature of the water you are showering with.
  • If you use lotions with perfume, replace them with those without it.
  • Use creams and lotions with olive or coconut oil, as well as cocoa or shea butter.

If any of these tips don’t help you, then you should visit a dermatologist because it may be a skin disease.


Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that most often occurs on the knees and elbows. It forms red patches covered with silver flakes on your skin that crack and bleed. If you have psoriasis, apply coconut oil generously on the area that is affected. You can also use olive oil, avocado oil, and aloe vera gel.


Infections on the skin of the elbow are the first sign of this disease. Fungal and bacterial infections, which dry out the skin, are the general side effect of diabetes. The elbows can be both hot and red, and skin biopsy is the best way to determine the exact cause, according to the American Diabetes Association.


This skin condition causes itching, redness, and inflammation, and is usually caused by an allergic reaction to chemicals or fabrics that come into contact with your elbows. The skin that has this condition develops blisters, which can lead to severe pain and itching. The type of dermatitis that occurs on the elbows is called dermatitis herpetiformis. Antibiotics help control the dryness and itching.

It is also caused by the sensitivity of the organism to gluten.


This is a chronic illness that affects the skin on the elbows. It causes swelling of the skin and makes it sore and dry. The elbows can be very painful to touch, and the cause of the disease is usually excessive collagen production. To reduce the symptoms of scleroderma you should take immunosuppressive agents.

Reference: Causes of Painful, Dry Skin on the Elbows
What Causes Dry Elbows, And Ways To Get Rid Of It

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