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Ways to Get Rid of Dark Spots and Patches on Elbows and Knees

Updated on June 12, 2011

Quite often dark skin and dark patches on knees and elbows is caused by constant friction they receive during work or play. Such as leaning on your elbows while working on the computer or sitting on your knees if playing or entertaining children.

Other times it might simply be caused by overly dry skin. Luckily there are some easy remedies to lighten and/or eliminate these dark patches for good.

The important thing to remember is that it might take a little time and upkeep to keep your elbows and knees in great shape but it will be well worth it.

Exfoliate and Follow Up With Immediate Moistuizing

One of the quickest ways to get started getting rid of those dark spots is to exfoliate the dead and hardened skin that has accumulated there. 

There are a couple of things you can use such as body scrubs that are sold in most drug stores or you can try making your own by combining a few pieces of sugar crystals with some olive oil. Apply to elbows or knees in a gentle circular motion until the sugar desolves.

You can also try a product such as the Pediegg. Originally created to be used to exfoliate feet, when used gently and with a very light tough it can also work wonders in removing the dead skin on knees and elbows.

Be sure however to not overdue and make skin raw and be sure to follow up immediately with moistuizer. 

Moisturize Often.

Constant moisturizing is by far the most effective treatment for dark skin on elbows and knees. This should be done in addition to any other treatment or solution that you use.

Be sure to moisturize the area at least 2 or 3 times a day and use Cocoa butter or shea butter. These are much more effective that regular lotions because it is thicker and will better absorb in the areas.

Try Use Freshly Cut Lemons.

The acid in lemon can help break down the dark patches on knees and elbows.

Simply cut a lemon into two pieces and sit with each elbow embedded in each lemon half for about 10 minutes, or rub each sliced half over your knees for a few minutes.

When done, wash with water.

Use the Gel of an Aloe Plant.

The gel you find in aloe plants can be used for more than just burns. It also happens to work well eliminating these dark skin patches. Simply open up a leaf on a fresh aloe plant and rub the green gel on affected areas.

Using Sunscreen is Important for Prevention.

To keep these spots from getting any darker, be sure to apply at least a 30 SPF sunscreen to knees and elbows anytime those areas you will be exposed to the sun. 

Try Applying Coconut Oil.

One of the reasons these areas can get so dry is because they are devoid of oil glands. Rubbing virgin Coconut oil on these areas can help keep the skin moist and supple.

Try Skin Bleaching

For extremely stubborn dark patches on knees and elbows you can try gentle skin bleaching lotions. Two of the better ones recommended are Ambi Fade Cream and Nadinola Extra Strength Formula. Either one of these can be found in most local drugstores.

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      fired2win 7 years ago

      Thanks for the tips..I ll try it..!