We are entitled to strive to look our best and it is the fact that sometimes details can ruin an otherwise splendid appearance. Frankly, I wouldn’t dismiss black knees and elbows as details and having black skin in these areas is something that I consider to be simply unacceptable.
There is a difference between how things should be and how they actually are and well too often we have nothing to do but to confront the problem. Black elbows and knees are not a pleasure to look upon and when you wear short skirts or dresses, you need to make sure that such a persistent problem will be swiftly dealt with.
Causes that Trigger your Knees and Elbows to Darken
Addressing the underlying causes would be a durable solution to the problem, even if in the short run it won’t fix the issue of black knees and elbows.
Given the fact that some activities such as praying can only be practiced on your knees and some jobs require extensive use of elbows, it is easier said than done to address the underlying cause.
The same goes for the pressure applied on knees and elbows which translates into a buildup of thick skin of dark texture. On the other hand, it is easy to reduce the frequency of exfoliation because it is also among the leading causes of dark skin on elbows and knees.
① Baking Soda mixed with Milk
Baking soda is very effective in cleaning the skin and reduces darkening of the skin. Milk bleaches and cleanses the skin as well. Mixed one tablespoon of baking soda and mix it with milk just enough to make a thick paste.
Apply this paste to your elbows and knees and rub it in circular motions. Repeat this treatment every day or every alternate day, till your dark knees and elbows are lightened.
Precaution: If the affected area on your elbows and knees is bruised or cracked, avoid using lemon or salt ingredients thereon.
② Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera reduces the sun damage caused to the skin due to overexposure of the elbows and knees to the sun. It also moisturizes the skin and prevents the dryness which may lead to darkening of the skin.
Take fresh leaves of Aloe Vera and take out the gel by breaking the fleshy leaf.
Apply the fresh gel to the knees and elbows and leave it for half an hour to get the fresh looking skin on your elbows and knees.
③ Sugar And Olive Oil
The sugar present in this home remedy work as exfoliate and the olive oil will moisturize the skin.
Mix equal quantities of olive oil and sugar to make a thick paste
Apply this mix on to the black knees and elbow
Rub the skin using this mixture for about five minutes.
Wash using mild soap and water
④ Lemon And Honey
Lemon juice has natural bleaching property and honey moisturizes the skin preventing darkening of the skin. Repeat this remedy at least thrice a week to get better results
Take the juice of one lemon and mix it with one tablespoon of honey
Apply the mixture of lemon and honey to the affected areas and leave the mixture to act for at least 20 minutes
Wash the mixture off with water to get the lightened skin
⑤ Turmeric , Honey And Milk
Turmeric has antiseptic properties and milk act as bleach. Honey moisturizes the dry skin and also has antiseptic properties. These natural properties of the ingredients will help to get rid of black elbows and knees.
Mix some turmeric with milk and honey to make it a smooth paste
Apply it to the dark areas and leave it there for at least 20 minutes
Wet your hands and rub it for 2 minutes and then wash it off with water
⑥ Gram Flour And Lemon
Gram flour can cleanse the area and also provides mild exfoliation. Lemon is a natural bleach and this will help to reduce the darkness.
Add some lime juice to gram flour to make it damp
Apply the mixture and rub in circular motion, allow it to dry and wash it off to get the light colored skin.
⑦ Olive Oil
This oil has natural bleaching properties and it also softens the rough skin on the knees and elbow giving it smoothness and glow. This is one of the cheapest remedies for dark skin formed by friction and dryness.
Rub warm olive oil to the knees and elbows every day for 10 minutes
⑧ Exfoliating Brush
You can use any exfoliating brush or loofah to remove the dead cells from the knee and elbow
Use the exfoliating brush or loofah while taking bath, when the skin is moist and scrub the skin in circular motion
⑨ Cocoa Butter And Shea Butter
These natural fats act as good moisturizers and help to make the skin soft. This helps to remove the darkness caused by the dry and flaky skin.
Apply cocoa butter or Shea butter on the darkened skin every night before going to bed.
<⑩ Use Sunscreen Lotions
Using sunscreen lotions while going out reduces the chances of developing dark skin on the exposed parts.
Apply sunscreen while going out in the sun during the summer season.
You can also use it as moisturizer after shower on elbows and knees to lighten the skin color.
⑪ Vinegar And Yogurt
When used together this home remedy to reduce the dark color of the skin as they cleanse and moisturize the skin.
Apply a mixture of vinegar and yogurt to the affected areas and leave it to dry
When the mixture becomes dry rub the area in a circular motion for two minutes and wash.
⑫ Bleaching Fruits
Fruits like lemon, tomato and grapes have bleaching property and help to get rid of black skin when used regularly.
Apply the juice of any of the bleaching fruits regularly to the skin
You can use different fruit juices on different days
Potato which is a good source of skin lightening enzymes may be the solution to your problem. Take a potato slice and rub it to your knees and elbows. Repeat it daily and in a few days darkness of skin will fade and your skin will become fair.
⑭ Natural Oils
Natural oils will retain the moisture of the skin and reduce the darkness of the skin
Apply any natural oil like olive oil, sesame seed oil or coconut oil on the skin to reduce the dryness and darkening of the skin.
⑮ Pumice Stone
Rub the dark skin using a pumice stone. This helps to remove the dead cells of the skin.
Use pumice stone to remove the dead skin while bathing