Discoloration on your knees and elbows could occur due to various reasons. The most common reason for the skin getting darker in these regions is due to aging. This however can not only be prevented from happening but can also be treated in case you have dark skin on your elbows and knees. This darkening of the skin is a cause of concern especially among women who find it embarrassing. Wearing a sleeveless or a short dress makes them feel conscious. You can avoid this and get rid of the discoloration quickly by using a few simple natural home remedies.
It is important that you exfoliate your elbows at least twice a week. You can do this by using a loofah combined with a sugar scrub to get your elbows really clean. The skin on this area of your body is much rougher and thicker compared to the skin on other parts of your body and therefore requires more attention and maintenance.
The cracks that are present in the skin in this area of the body tends to hold onto dirt which doesn’t come off even if you wash it and therefore requires to be scrubbed periodically. Exfoliating the skin on the elbows regularly help dislodge the dirt present and prevents it from looking dark even though the skin is clean.
If the skin darkening is acute then you should cut a lime and rub the cut lime on the affected area. Once you have done this take a few drops of coconut oil and rub that into the elbows as well and leave it in for about half an hour before washing it.
Use warm water to wash the mixture and avoid using plain cold water. You should repeat this procedure every night just before going to bed. If you notice that the skin becomes very tender or becomes dry and has developed cracks then avoid using lime juice and oil massage for a day or two or till your skin heals completely.
Avoid putting pressure on your elbows and knees. If for example you tend to lean on your elbows while you’re sitting or working avoid such behavior. If you get on your knees while cleaning the house then you should avoid that position and try something else. Putting pressure on the joints could cause dark spots to develop causing darkening of the skin in these areas.