What do I use in removing dark spot on finger knuckles?

Dark spots on the skin are mainly caused due to the skin pigment known as melanin. Exposure to sunlight increases the production of melanin which acts as a defense mechanism to protect the skin from the UV rays of the sun. Hormonal imbalance can also increase melanin production causing skin discoloration. Dark knuckles are a common occurrence and require adequate skin care to treat them. Hands are exposed to various external factors such as harsh chemicals, detergents, cosmetics and weather changes. These damaging elements can cause skin discoloration and dryness. Home remedies are very effective in treating various skin conditions including this type of blemishes.

Lime juice applied on the dark areas is known to have a bleaching effect. Buttermilk is also known to have a bleaching affect on the skin. Grated horse radish simmered in milk also makes an effective bleaching solution for dark skin. Soak your hands in a mixture comprising of fuller's earth and carrot pulp or grated papaya skin. Rinse the mixture with cold water to leave your hands looking fresh and attractive. Sandalwood powder, rosewater and lemon juice can also be added to fuller's earth for a cooling effect. Applying mustard oil with basil juice on the affected areas is also known to treat skin pigmentation problems. Apply powdered oatmeal mixed with sour yoghurt and cucumber juice on dull areas to brighten the skin. The mixture needs to be applied and left on for half an hour before you rinse it off with cold water. Another effective remedy is to rub half a teaspoon of sugar granules with lime juice or honey over dark skin or pigmented areas. Soaking your knuckles in bowl of warm water mixed with glycerin, rose water and baking soda can reduce dark spots.

Nourishing the skin with a Vitamin E capsule mixed with castor oil on your hands every night can improve your skin condition. Applying a granular mixture made of coarsely ground almonds or broken cereals mixed with honey or a mild cream will nourish the skin and reduce pigmentations. Home made exfoliators such as equal measures of green gram and gram flour powdered with dried rose petals can be used regularly to reduce skin discolorations. Applying milk cream with turmeric is also an effective remedy to lighten skin color. Apply the paste over the hands every night and rinse with cold water after ten to fifteen minutes. Another effective remedy to brighten knuckles is the application of lemon juice mixed with barley powder or boiled barley water. Apply this mixture over knuckles, allow it to dry, reapply the same mixture, scrub and rinse with cold water for soft and bright knuckles.

answered by G M

Advice on dark spots on finger knuckles

A majority of people experience dark spots on their knuckles and elbows. These dark discolored spots take shape primarily because of constant rubbing or friction and vitamin inadequacy.

Before you go in for a bath cut a fresh lemon in two halves and rub these on the dark spots of your knuckles, with the lemon pulp pressing on the spots. Let the juice stay on the knuckles for five minutes. Wash it with water and apply almond oil to the knuckles. Massage well into the skin and leave on for 10 minutes. While bathing scrub the knuckles gently with the use of a loufah sponge. Use this method three times a week for a period of eight weeks or till such a time you notice a visible difference that the skin has lightened.

You can also make homemade bleach using basic ingredients. Take three teaspoons of concentrated fresh lemon juice squeezed from fresh limes. Do not discard the lemon halves after you have extracted the juice from it. Add to the juice two teaspoons of sugar and half a teaspoon of glycerin. Take one of the lemon halves, soak it in the solution and gently scrub it on the dark spots. Use the other half of the lemon to scrub the other hand. Let this solution stay on your knuckles for 15 minutes. Wash it off ell with tepid water. Continue this procedure for the next seven days.

answered by C B

Dark spots on finger knuckles health advice

You could try a variety of natural lightening agents to lighten dark skin. Lemon juice is one such natural remedy to brighten dark skin. Dip half a lemon in a mix of glycerin and oatmeal or sugar. Scrub it over the hands in soft circular motions. Leave the mix on for about fifteen minutes and then rinse it off with rosewater or plain water. The oatmeal/sugar will scrub away any dead skin and leave hands feeling soft and fresh.

Blending fresh, unsweetened milk cream or plain milk with half a teaspoon of turmeric and half a teaspoon of sandalwood powder creates a paste, which can be used on the hands as well. Coat your knuckles with this mixture, which should be the consistency of toothpaste, and leave it on for about ten to fifteen minutes or till it starts flaking. Gently scrub it off with a dry loofah or sponge. Wash off the remnants. Caution: turmeric has a tendency to stain skin yellow so make sure you don't leave it on for too long. The yellow color fades away naturally over a couple of days.

Another home remedy you could try is making a pack using Fuller's earth, papaya pulp, sandalwood powder and rose water. Apply this pack to hands and leave it on for twenty to thirty minutes. You can do this before a shower and wash it off.

Moisturize your hands with a homemade moisturizer. Blend a few drops of almond oil with aloe vera gel and apply it to your hands and leave it on overnight.

answered by G R

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