If there’s a significant contrast between the color of your knees and elbows and the rest of your body, it can be embarrassing for some people. Most people want to be one color but unfortunately, it may not be possible especially if you’re darker skinned and that’s okay. Some are fine with it while others are not.
Despite all the home remedies you may find on Google that promise to get rid of dark knees and elbows (lemon juice, baking soda, coconut oil, etc), there really is no permanent solution for these areas but there are some things that you can do to lessen the darkness and roughness of your knees and elbows.
Bleach won’t do it
The skin on the knees and elbows is different which is why using bleach (hydroquinone, lemon, etc) won’t have much of an impact. The dark and thick skin on this areas can be hereditary but it’s also worsened by friction caused by bending and leaning so using bleach which targets pigmentation will be useless. The thickening and darkening of the skin on the knees and elbows as a response to constant friction is a natural protective response.
There is also excessive skin in this area naturally which is necessary to allow you to bend these areas with ease and this is also natural.
What you can do to lessen The darkness and roughness
- Protect this skin when doing activities such as working out that require kneeling , planking, etc, by making sure that these areas are covered so help “soften the blow.” Avoid rubbing, scratching, etc, and anything else which will cause friction in this area.
- Exfoliate these areas a lot more frequently to get rid of dead skin cells which enables other ingredients that you may be using to penetrate this thick skin a lot easier. Consider a glycolic cleanser such as Glytone Exfoliating Body Wash to buff this skin gently. You can also use a body scrub such as S.W. Basics Body Scrub two to three times a week. If it stings or feels painful, use less often or apply less pressure since pain or stinging means that you’re trying to remove healthy tissue.
- Moisturize these areas better with a thick cream, lotion or ointment but make sure that you use products that contain urea or lactic acid which help to break down and dissolve excess dead skin cells which allows other products to penetrate better. Try KP Duty Lotion, SkinCeuticals Body Retexturing Treatment or Avene Akerit Smoothing Exfoliating Cream. Using a urea containing cream plus a retexturizing treatment can help to lighten dark knees by removing the darker skin cells while also eliminating roughness.
- Don’t forget to use sunscreen because you are using ingredients that are photosensitive such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, urea, etc, so sunscreen will prevent these areas from darkening from exposure to the sun.