As you know, the skin on the elbows is slightly thicker and rougher than on the rest of the surface of the arms. Therefore, some believe that this area does not need to be given much attention and spend time caring for it. This opinion is erroneous and often leads to the appearance of cosmetic defects, for example, every second woman complains that her skin on her elbows is peeling, and sometimes it even itches and darkens. To cope with such problems, you first need to find out their causes.
Why does the skin on the elbows peel off and crack?
The described symptoms are typical for such provoking factors:
- hormonal imbalance;
- endocrine diseases, usually diabetes mellitus and hypothyroidism;
- deficiency of vitamins A, E in the body;
- frequent washing in hard, chlorinated water;
- insufficient skin hydration;
- sudden changes in temperature;
- professional features in which a person leans on his elbows all the time (office workers, journalists, writers);
- susceptibility to stress.
If dryness and cracking of the skin is caused by the first or second indicated reason, you should contact an endocrinologist.
In other cases, it is enough to adjust the diet and daily routine, take a course of vitamins, pay more attention to moisturizing and nourishing the epidermis.
Why does the skin flake and itch on the elbows?
Characteristic itching and discomfort with simultaneous dryness of the considered areas of the skin occurs with such diseases:
- fungal infections;
These factors require complex targeted treatment, which should be prescribed by a dermatologist in accordance with the results of laboratory tests.
Also, the reason that the skin on the elbow has darkened and peels off may be the neglect of personal hygiene. It is important to remember that due to the need for constant flexion and extension of the elbows, there are folds on them that need to be thoroughly washed with a washcloth.
Why is the skin on the elbows red and flaky?
Hyperemia, burning and even rashes in the form of small red dots, pimples are characteristic of the following pathologies:
- allergic reactions (to cosmetic or hygiene products, rough, synthetic clothes);
These problems also need to be addressed after consultation with a dermatologist. It is also advisable to make sure that skin care products are made from natural ingredients, and clothes are made from natural fabrics.