Home Remedies To Lighten Elbows And Knees: I have dark elbows and knees? How do I reduce the color and bring them to normal skin color?

The appearance of dark skin on the knees and the elbows is very common in many people. There could be several factors that cause the skin on the elbows and the knees to become darker. Some of the most common causes for dark elbows and knees are excessive exposure to the sun, heredity, extra friction on the knees and elbows, dryness, improper skin care, certain diseases and the reaction to some types of medication. While dark elbows and knees are not a problem, they can cause quite an embarrassment, especially for women. Therefore many people look for different methods to lighten dark elbows and knees. Home remedies for dark elbows and knees There are certain chemical peels, commercial creams and lotions, as well as bleaches that can help lighten dark skin. However, most of these products contain harsh chemicals that could have adverse effects on the skin. Hence, it is better to use simple home remedies for dark elbows and knees. Most of the home remedies that are used for lightening the skin are fairly effective and have fewer side effects, as compared to most commercial products. Moreover, they are a lot cheaper and can easily be found in the kitchen. Given below are some of the most commonly used home remedies for dark elbows and knees:

  • Exfoliate the skin regularly, especially in case of dark elbows and knees. There are several mild, but effective scrubs that are easily available at most stores, which could be effectively used to get rid of the dead skin cells, which is one of the main causes of darkening skin.
  • Lemon juice contains natural bleaching properties, but is much gentler on the skin than bleach is. Dip a piece of cotton in fresh lemon juice and rub it gently on the knees and elbows. Allow the juice to stay on the skin for at least 15 to 20 minutes, before rinsing it off. To maximize the effect of this exercise, repeat it couple of times a day.
  • Hydrogen peroxide has excellent bleaching properties too and can help cure discoloration, making it one of the most effective home remedies for dark elbows. This is why it is used in several commercial whitening products too. Dip a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and apply it to the knees and elbows. Repeat this exercise a couple of times a day, to enhance its effectiveness.

Apart from using home remedies for dark elbows and knees, it is also important to stay away from the rays of the sun, especially during the peak hours. The use of a strong sunscreen lotion would help protect the skin and can further help lighten dark elbows and knees.

answered by M W

First up, it is important to bear in mind that skin disorders are not always responsible for bringing about dark elbows and knees. Although, darkened elbows and knees are commonly seen in most people, improper hygiene and lack of effective personal care can be the main factors that could contribute to this condition. In addition to flawed postures while leaning and sitting, the grime and pollutants deposited on the knees and elbows during normal routines are also responsible for the darkening of the skin. Since our knees and elbows are joints, they have several folds in the skin that collect on the exterior of the elbows or the knees. Grime, perspiration and pollutants, which are ensnared in the skin folds lead to layers of dry skin on the outside of the joint, thus causing the darkening of the skin.

The ideal solution is to ensure that the affected area is cared for regularly. This can be done by using a process known as exfoliation. Prepare a mixture of coconut oil and walnut powder. The mixture can be applied on the affected area to exfoliate the dead cells of the skin and help in rejuvenating the skin to usual degree of suppleness. However if you know that you are allergic to any of these ingredients or that the exfoliation process has led to a sudden dryness of the skin with excessive itchiness, wash off the areas immediately and seek the assistance of a dermatologist. Dermatologists usually prescribe a steroidal ointment to be used on the affected area. The ointment when applied on the affected skin may help to revert the skin back to its original softness.

Another popular home remedy for skin lightening is lemon. Take a slice of freshly cut lemon and use it to gently massage the affected area of the elbows and knees. The dark discoloration of the elbows and knees may be reduced by a frequent application of fresh lemon juice which is believed to be rich in naturally occurring bleaching properties. Some folk remedies also call for a mixture of vinegar and yogurt to be applied on the affected area to reduce the discoloration of the skin. Another tried and tested natural remedy for dark elbows and knees is the multi-faceted substance, honey. Applying some honey to the darkened skin approximately 10 minutes before taking a shower, may help in moisturizing and softening the skin considerably. Please ensure that you drink plenty of water to replenish your skin cells internally, and hydrate your body.

answered by G M

Cause of dark elbows and knees: It is generally caused by a built up of dead skin cells from the amount of abuse these two areas get. Always treat your knees and elbows with care and they will be beautiful for you!Remedies for dark elbows and knees: Cut a lemon in half, and scrub your knees with it. Leave the juice on for as long as possible. You could also do this at night and leave the juice on overnight. Also, make sure your knees are well moisturized constantly, try to find a cream (or make your own) that contains green tea and cocoa butter. Scrub them gently with a pumice stone daily when taking bath to get rid of dead skin. Also, don't kneel on your knees, and treat them with care. As always, drinking plenty of pure water is the key to beautiful skin. Also, drinking herbal teas with rose hips, honey, green tea, and chamomile help to promote healthy skin. Spreading honey on the skin is another good way to naturally moisturize.

Always be careful to avoid commercial “skin bleachers” as these can cause very serious damage to the inner most layers of skin, including scaring that can be worse looking than the discoloration.

answered by R P

A very effective treatment to lighten elbow and knees is to make a paste of milk cream, a dash of turmeric, and 3 drops of basil leaf extract. Put on this paste on the darkened regions and leave it overnight and wash off next morning. Repeat for a week to find great results.

To get rid of dark and rough skin, rub a piece of lemon regularly on the knees and elbows. Lemon is a natural bleach and has a lightening effect on the skin.

Take a mixture of 1 teaspoon coconut oil and half teaspoon lime juice and apply it on the knees and elbows. Insert a towel in hot water and scrub the areas on the knees and elbows.

To get rid of dry and dead skin that gives the knees and elbows a dark appearance, prepare the following scrub and use it once a week. Make a smooth paste using gram flower and curd. Apply it on the dark areas and let it dry. After a while scrub off the pack with circular motions and rinse off with water.

answered by A W

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