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 Causes 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.