Dark Skinned, Rough, Scaling Elbows

By rbergman Latest Reply 2016-12-06 00:23:17 -0600
Started 2009-02-10 19:43:18 -0600

I know that one of the signs of Diabetes is the darker colored skin in the creases of the back of the neck, I was wondering about the elbows, both my daughter and I have the darker skin (dirty looking) scaling, rough patches on our elbows, I've tried several types of lotions and nothing seems to take care of it. Does anyone know if this is caused by being diabetic, also, any idea's of a good lotion that will get rid of it. I've tried all sorts of things including peroxide to get rid of that dirty looking color and nothing has worked, I think if I could find a good lotion to get rid of the roughness maybe the color would go back to normal, its really bad on my daughter and she takes a bath nightly so I know its not dirt, I've scrubbed them myself lol

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Leslie S
Leslie S 2011-10-06 21:43:00 -0500 Report

Good stuff here. I was always told I had eczema. I used to have it bad on my arms and legs(about 10 years ago). My feet and elbows have always been bad, but I never associated that something was wrong - until I was diagnosed. Now I wonder if everything is related to diabetes! :) I had no sores on my legs until about a week ago, now they itch all the time!!!!

GabbyPA 2009-02-15 17:18:27 -0600 Report

When I used to be in a diabetes clinical study, they always checked my elbow, knees, feet and neck. So I am going to say that it is related to diabetes. I use Flexitol Heel Cream on my feet and sometimes on my elbows. I don't have really dry ones, but I too lean on mine a lot while I draw, so sometimes they get kind of rough. Flexitol softens them right up. You have to apply it every day until it clears up, then just as you need it after that.

Karmul 2009-02-11 10:26:37 -0600 Report

I used to have the dirty looking elbow patches…I didn't associate it with my diabetes at the time though. I used to lay on the floor and work crossword puzzles…so I blamed it on the fact I "leaned" a lot on my elbows.
I got rid of the brown crusty spots by using an exfolliating wash. Worked just fine and it never returned.

Bluebutterfly 2009-02-11 11:28:34 -0600 Report

I use oil of olay, quench. I put in on my arm elbows,legs and feet, This i has worked great for me.Watch the temperature of your bath water also. Real hot water dries my skin real bad. Hope this is a help.

dj7110 2009-02-10 19:55:18 -0600 Report

unsure if it is,, but mine are like this also.. calused.. not as bad as my feet though which are thick calused & cracked to the point they bleed once in awhile. Have my heels ground down by podiatrist every 6 weeks.. been this way for yrs.

Anonymous 2016-12-06 00:23:17 -0600 Report

Please make sure you use cream on your feet every night,don't walk bare foot and put on socks after cream at night.This should help your feet.

rbergman 2009-02-10 20:34:55 -0600 Report

no foot issues here yet but the elbow one is kind of embarrassing cause it looks like you don't wash well lol

sparkysmom 2009-02-10 20:39:33 -0600 Report

I have rough discolored skin on elbows and legs. I also have rough dry cracked feet. I use Udderly Smooth Cream. It works for me.

svengali35 2009-02-10 21:03:20 -0600 Report

I use the ped egg and lotion on my feet but havent solved the elbows just yet

rbergman 2009-02-11 08:38:28 -0600 Report

LOL, that makes me think of my daughter, every time that Ped Egg is advertised on TV she cringes, she says that has to hurt its like peeling a carrot!

Karmul 2009-02-11 10:22:45 -0600 Report

Doesn't hurt a bit…I use it all the time. It shaves off the dry skin and then you can apply lotion or cream. Another thing I use is a buffer thing to "shave" my legs. It really just buffs the hair off …kind of like a sander…in fact you might say it is a very fine sandpaper…but it doesn't hurt either and leaves the skin so very soft.

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