How to prevent dark elbows and knees?

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Try These 5 Home Remedies for Hyperpigmentation Around Elbows & Knees

Dark elbows occur when the skin's elbow area is darker than the rest of your arm. These are the things responsible:

  1.       Excess accumulation of dead skin cells
  2.       Hyperpigmentation due to excess sun exposure
  3.       Consuming birth control pills
  4.       Melasma caused due to recent pregnancy
  5.       Age spots and freckles
  6.       Skin-related conditions like eczema and psoriasis
  7.       Inflammation or scars caused by the previous injury.

While the stated reasons could affect any part of the skin, the elbows are more vulnerable due to a lack of attention and care when to the rest of the body. It’s a known fact that people with darker skin tones are further prone to the risk of dark elbows. These do not necessarily require treatment. However, home remedies could assist in reducing dark elbows.

One can also use Saturn by GHC Intimate Depigmentation Serum to lighten the dark elbows and knees.

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The link between diabetes & skin problems

Along with other body components, the skin may be affected by diabetes.

A person's skin issues may be the first indication that they have diabetes.

Some of these are alarming, while others can just be superficial problems (harmless). In any case, you should be vigilant for any changes in your skin and discuss any worries you have with your doctor; it's always better to be safe than sorry. Fortunately, most skin disorders may be avoided or are simple to cure if discovered early.

Skin diseases like any of these may affect anyone, but diabetics are more prone to developing them. These consist of itchiness, bacterial infections, and fungal infections. Other skin issues mostly or exclusively affect diabetics. These include eruptive xanthomatosis, diabetic blisters, diabetic dermopathy, and necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum.

Home remedies for hyperpigmentation around elbows & knees

Home remedies are one of the sought-after ways to lighten dark elbows and knees. They are easy, effective, inexpensive and do not pose any side effects.

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1. Aloe vera

As per various studies conducted, aloe vera is known to lighten skin. This is because of a process called alpha-adrenergic receptor stimulation, which occurs when the product is applied to the skin. Hunt for lotions or gels whose main component is aloe vera and use them twice a day for best results.

2. Baking soda and milk

This is considered one of the best remedies but it is advised to perform it twice a week. In a bowl, mix baking soda and milk to form a paste-like consistency. Scrub it on the affected area in gentle circular motions. Leave it for 15 minutes and wash with warm water. Pat dry with a clean towel. Baking soda helps in getting rid of dark skin and milk acts as a nourishing agent.

3. Colloidal oatmeal

Prepare colloidal oatmeal. Grind the oats into a fine powder and combine it with bath water or other liquids to help it absorb into the skin.

Colloidal oatmeal has several potential health benefits like

  •       Protect the skin from the effects of skin
  •       Moisturise the skin
  •       Treat skin related conditions
  •       Citrus fruits

Various studies have proved that oral supplements containing citrus fruit extracts were especially efficient in reducing dark spots caused due to sun exposure. However, you could enjoy the benefits of these fruits by simply using the ingredients found in the kitchen. Just squeeze out the juice of the fruits into a cup, then using a cotton ball or a cloth apply the contents directly to the affected area. This process can be repeated daily.

4. Papaya

Papaya is a great source of antioxidants and has bleaching properties which work amazingly well on dark knees and elbows. All you have to do is rub a slice of papaya or some pulp on the skin for a few minutes, let it sit for 10 minutes and wash it off. Do this thrice a week.

5. Turmeric

Turmeric originates from a root plant in India. It has been proved that turmeric has many medical benefits. To use turmeric to lighten elbows start by mixing the powder with water until a paste-like consistency is obtained. Apply to the affected area in gentle circular motions. Leave it off for 10 minutes and rinse it off.

Preventive measures

Investing time and money in long-term skincare routines and products can be very beneficial. Daily skin care rituals like cleansing, moisturization and protection can aggressively decrease the dark patches around the elbow while also keeping the skin healthy. 

Cleanse and moisturise

Always devote a certain amount of time to washing your elbows during showers. Following this, slather a generous amount of moisturizer. A thicker moisturiser like coconut oil or aloe vera gel can be used over the regular one for extra benefits. Skin lightening products may also be found in soy, lignin, ellagic acid, and vitamin B-3.

Exfoliate the elbows

In addition to moisturizing the elbows, exfoliation is also an essential step to get rid of dry and dead skin cells. The exfoliation process should be carried out twice or thrice a week. For added intensity, you may use a sugar scrub or a body cleanser that exfoliates. Make careful use of a smooth, circular motion while applying the ointment to your elbows. Precaution should be taken to ensure you do not rub too hard as this will only irritate the skin and make imperfections more visible.

Wear sunscreen

Sunscreen should be applied every day. If the arms are exposed to the sun, a generous amount of sunscreen should be applied for 15 minutes before stepping out.  Take special care in applying the product to your elbows. You'll probably need to reapply your sunscreen often since bending your elbow causes a natural stretch in this region of the arm. It is worth noting that apart from protecting your skin, sunscreen also preserves the effects of treatments in use.

Take Away

If home remedies and skin care products do not seem to have any effect on your elbows, you might have to consider using something stronger to address the underlying hyperpigmentation condition.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

1. What cream is good for dark elbows? 

Intimate Depigmentation Serum by Saturn. This contains Kojic Acid, Lactic Acid, Aloe Vera Extract and Glycerin. 

The aforementioned potent but delicate ingredients in serum assist battle skin conditions and offer you smoother, flawless skin. It's time to get rid of those dull spots of hyperpigmentation and dullness on your dark elbows, knees, and private parts so you can flaunt your glow.

2. What causes dark elbows and underarms? 

The main causes of dark skin patches on the elbows, underarms, and thighs include excessive sun exposure, chafing, wearing restrictive clothes, and continual fabric contact when moving or exercising.

3. Does diabetes cause skin colour change?

Yes, Diabetes causes skin colour change.


  1. Diabetes and Skin Complications 
  2. Xinmiao Lv, Siyu Zhao, Zhangchi Ning, Honglian Zeng, Yisong Shu, Ou Tao, Cheng Xiao, Cheng Lu, and Yuanyan Liu, Dec 2015, Citrus fruits as a treasure trove of active natural metabolites that potentially provide benefits for human health