Dark Knees and Elbows

Dark knees and elbows are commonly seen in most people. Many women are too ashamed to expose these dark areas so they avoid wearing skirt or sleeveless clothes. You don’t need to live with this problem though. Just learn what causes these types of dark sports and follow the following tips and treatment to get rid of dark knees and elbows.

What CauDark knees and elbowsses Dark Knees and Elbows?

Knowing the causes that trigger your knees and elbows to darken helps you treat the problem properly. Common causes of dark knees and elbows include:

- Improper hygiene and lack of personal care: Lack of exfoliation can lead to the buildup of dead skin cells on these areas.

- Dirt and grime: Your knees and elbows tend to attract more dirt and grime due to the manifold on them.

- Constant contact with clothes: Your knees and elbows usually rub against clothing you wear so they become darker than any other parts of your body.

- Kneeling or leaning your elbows: The skin on knees and elbows constantly rub against surfaces it gets in contact with.

- Too much sun exposure with no sunscreen protection: Overexposure to the sun causes your skin to increase the production of melanin, darkening the exposed areas and causing uneven skin tone.

- Dryness: Knees and elbows have fewer oil glands than other parts of the body, resulting in dryness. Dryness makes it easier for the skin to get darker.

Dark Knees and Elbows Treatment & Tips

- Washing knees and elbow regularly to prevent dirt and grime from depositing on the areas.

- Exfoliate them once or twice a week to get rid of dead skin cells, dirt, and grime and release new skin cells. Use a loofah, scrub, or wash cloth to and scrub on wet skin in a gentle circular motion. Don’t overdo it as too much friction can lead to darken skin.

You can make a homemade scrub by mixing 1/4 cup of baking soda or salt and lemon juice to make a paste. Scrub your knees and elbows with this mixture for a few minutes and leave on for 20 minutes. Then wash off with warm water.

- Moisturize your skin regularly. Massage the cream onto knees and elbows in circular motion. Look for ingredients such as shea butter, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil to hydrate your dry skin or alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) to lighten the dark spots.

Olive oil is a good alternative to body cream. Massage on knees and elbows before you go to bed.

- Rub a slice of freshly cut lemon onto the affected area of the elbows and knees. Leave the lemon juice on for 10-15 minutes. Then Rub a warm damp towel on the treated area to remove loosened dead skin cells and dirt. Do it three or four times a week. Lemon juice has bleaching properties that can fade the dark discoloration.

- Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 15 on these areas.

- Drink lots of water to hydrate your skin.

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14 Responses to “Dark Knees and Elbows”

  • michelle says:

    hello i play alot of sports and i take a shower twice a day. and all of a sudden i have dirt spots on my elbows and knees and neck area and under my armpits. which is better to use? the slice of lemon? or to make the lemon juice and making soda paste? and will it work or my under arms and neck? and what should i srub with? just a regular rag?

  • admin says:

    Try a slice of lemon and dont forget to rub a warm damp towel on the treated area to remove loosened dead skin cells. You have to do it regularly though. It may take a few weeks before you can notice the improvement. However, I am not sure if the darkness is caused by a medical condition, sweat, or sun exposure because you said it happened suddenly.

  • Leesh says:

    I have dark knees eve since i was a child. I evn tried to used lemon but it doesbt work :(

  • emidaka passah says:

    hey….i also have the same problem..i tried to use almost all the home tips bt i dnt see any difference…cn smebody hlp….plzzz

  • VINAYAKI says:

    If you have dark skin since childhood then may be these things wont work out for u.
    But still there is something u can do which will make your knees and elbow just a little light.
    Apply cleanser to your knees and elbows and keep on massaging for few minutes and then wipe it with cotton.
    Follow this regularly for a month and your knees and elbows will be visibly fairer compared to other parts of your body

  • admin says:

    VINAYAKI, thank you for the good tip :)

  • Mary says:

    Hi,
    My knees have been dark since I was 7.
    So what do is when I go to the beach use a little wet sand and rub it on ur knees,arms, neck or wherever it really does work.try it

  • Darien says:

    I discovered a treatment that sounds silly but it has worked for me. I apply liquid bandage to the dark areas. Any time my knees aren’t shoeing it’s on and the results are more protected knees that are starting to look like the rest of my leg! Yay!

  • Health Freak 69 says:

    Diabetes ….

  • Mesha says:

    I have a dark knees and elbow just want to know the Reasons of darkness in elbows and knees to be aware of it again

  • Zaya says:

    this actully worked omg

  • rosita says:

    Can we apply this paste on armpits?

  • admin says:

    Hey Rosita, my friend and other people I know have used this paste on their armpits. It works for them :)

  • Sara says:

    i hope dis treatment will work for me, i ‘ve had a problem of dark knees ever since i was a child until today, really dis is embarrasing..

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