How to Get Rid of Dark Elbows and Knees


Do you find yourself saying things like, I have dark knees and elbows? So, let’s get to know how we can make our dark knees and elbows lighter. We often have darker patches of skin in certain areas of our body like elbows, knees, etc. The dark spots occur on the knee and elbows because of dead skin cells.

Scrubbing to remove these dead skin cells can be effective to some extent. But scrubbing harshly might damage the skin on our knees as elbows, as they are quite sensitive in nature. Hence, special care should be taken while scrubbing, which we will get into as we go further in the article. Having dark elbows and knees can also affect one’s overall appearance. And appearance matters when it comes to confidence.

Causes of Dark Knees

Mostly dark skin patches are a result of the accumulation of dead skin cells. Long hours of sun exposure is another common reason for having dark skin patches. Melasma due to recent pregnancy can be the reason for the new moms. Inflammation from recent injuries can also create dark patches for which consulting your doctor will be a wise idea.

How to Get Rid of Dark Elbows and Knees

Here some ways to lighten dark knees and elbows quickly and naturally at home

How to Exfoliate Dark Elbows and Knees

Scrubs for Dark Elbows and Knees

Baking Soda and Milk Scrub
Baking Soda

Since exfoliating can be tricky for sensitive skin, using a natural scrub can help. To make a scrub for you will need just two ingredients, baking soda, and milk. Take 2 tablespoons baking soda and 2 tablespoons of raw milk. Mix these two ingredients and make a paste.

Now, simply apply the paste on your knee and elbow and gently scrub it in a circular motion. Scrub for 2-3 minutes and rinse it off with cold water. For best results, repeat this every alternate day.

Coconut Oil for Dark Spots
Coconut Oil for Dark Elbows and Knees

To make this scrub you will need 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of walnut powder. Mix both of these ingredients to make a thick paste. Apply the paste on to the dark spots and scrub for 2-3 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water.

Repeat twice or thrice every week. You can also use coconut oil every day after shower on the dark knees and elbows. Also, before going to bed, massaging your skin with coconut oil is a good habit that can help you get rid of dark patches on the skin.

Vitamin E Oil Scrub

To prepare this scrub at home, you will need a vitamin E capsule and 1 tablespoon of sugar. First, split open a few vitamin E capsules and pour out the oil in it. Take about 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons of this oil. Then, add the sugar to the oil and mix well.

Now, use this mixture to scrub your dark knees and elbows. Scrub gently in a circular motion and rinse off with lukewarm water. You can use this scrub every alternate day. The sugar in this scrub removes the dead skin cells and vitamin E oil helps in depigmentation. Thus, they work together to give you lighter, brighter, and healthier-looking skin on the knee and elbow. This scrub also hydrates the skin giving you younger and finer looking skin.

Pumice Stone for Lightening Dark Spots
Pumice Stone

For this method, you only need a good quality pumice stone and some warm water. You can apply this method when you take a warm shower. Gently scrub your knee and elbow with the stone in a circular motion during the shower and rinse with cold water afterward. Scrub your knee and elbow twice or thrice every week with a pumice stone. The dark area in the knees and elbows is nothing but dead skin. Using pumice stone helps in removing that layer of dead skin cells.

Some Other Home Remedies for Dark Knees and Elbows

Aloe Vera gel for Dark Knees & Elbows

Dark Knees and Elbows Remedies

Aloe Vera is a great option for getting rid of dark spots and areas of your knees and elbows. And for this, you just need Aloe Vera leaf. Simply cut the Aloe Vera leaf and extract the gel. Aloe Vera gel is available in the market too, but the leaf is a more natural alternative. Apply this gel on your knee and elbow and leave it for 15 – 20 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water. You can use Aloe Vera twice every day until you get rid of dark knees and elbows. Aloe Vera helps improve skin tone and also heal dry knees.

Potatoes for Getting Rid of Dark Knees and Elbows

Potatoes have mild bleaching properties and thus help in lightening dark spots and dark knees and elbows. They also help nourish the skin and brighten up dull dry skin. To use potatoes for your dark knee and elbow you will need to cut the potato in slightly thick slices. Then rub the slices in your knee and elbow for few minutes. Then leave it for 15 minutes and let the juice do its work. Rinse it off. You can do this once or twice every day for good results. Follow through until you get satisfying results. You can massage some coconut or almond oil onto the dry skin after rinsing off the potato juice.

Lemon and Curd for Dark Skin

Lemon is known for its bleaching properties and hence helps even skin tone. Take freshly squeezed lemon juice and apply it to the skin. Massage gently and leave it for 10 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water. Repeat every day for a couple of weeks. You can add sugar to lemon juice and use it as a scrub too.

Dark Elbows

Sour curd helps in lightening skin tone. To use curd to lighten up your knee and elbow, mix a teaspoon of vinegar and gram flour with sour curd. Mix well and make a paste. Apply this pack on your dark patches and leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Curd is also a good moisturizer.   

Can you cover up Dark Skin of Knees and Elbows with Makeup


Makeup can cover up your dark skin patches if you are in a hurry. You can use a body foundation or skin-perfecting liquid to lighten the appearance of dark skin. Or else you can use a full coverage or high coverage foundation that matches your skin. Remember to use a water-resistant product and also cover it will powder to protect your clothes stained with makeup.

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