How to Get Rid of Dark Spots on Elbows and Knees
If you’ve ever experienced dry, dark spots around your elbows and knees, you may know how difficult it is to get rid of them. Unlike other, more delicate parts of the skin, these dry spots often put up a fight against typical creams and lotions.
There are many reasons why these dry, dark spots develop. One major reason is that both our knees and elbows are very exposed areas of the skin that are more likely to experience friction and contact with the external world. Especially if they come into contact with dirty or rough surfaces, dead skin cells can accumulate, leaving a dark appearance. Conditions like eczema and psoriasis can also make skin darkening more likely, as can hormonal imbalances that occur during pregnancy, menstruation or menopause or that manifest in conditions like PCOS. Failing to consistently moisturize our knees and elbows can also lead to dryness and a weakened skin barrier, as can sun damage.
If you can identify the root cause of this darkening, you can formulate a targeted response to more effectively combat it. However, certain conditions can’t be so readily resolved. But this doesn’t mean that there are no solutions! Regardless of the cause, there are a number of tips and remedies you can try out to alleviate dark, dry spots on the elbows and knees.
Don’t rest on your knees or elbows
While this adjustment may seem simple, you might be surprised how often you lean on your elbows or kneel down on a hard surface. Oftentimes, these actions occur without our even noticing them: we rest our elbows on a table as we talk to the person across from us, we get onto our knees to pick up something dropped on the floor. As dermatologist Corey L. Hartman tells Byrdie, “The more pressure that you apply to the area, the thicker the skin will become in defense.” The more aware you are of these unnecessary applications of pressure, the less likely you’ll be to cause friction-induced dryness.
Avoid hot showers
Many of us love the feeling of a hot shower after a long day, especially during the cold winter months. However, hot showers have the effect of drying out our skin, which can exacerbate not only rough elbows and knees but the skin all over our body. To prevent your skin from drying out and to promote greater hydration and softness, opt for a warmer and milder shower temperature.
Apply aloe vera
Aloe vera has been revered in Ayurvedic tradition for centuries for its healing, reparative properties. In addition, it also contains Aloin, which naturally lightens dark areas. As a result, aloe vera has the capacity to provide deep hydration, to strengthen weakened skin barriers and to lighten dark spots on the knees and elbows all at once. You can reap these hydrating, soothing benefits by using fresh aloe vera gel as a moisturizer for these areas.
Make your own DIY Ayurvedic moisturizer
In addition to aloe vera, there are countless other Ayurvedic ingredients whose healing, hydrating and nourishing properties enable them to combat dry, dark spots. What’s more, many of these ingredients can be found in your kitchen. Here are a few easy, DIY moisturizers you can whip up at home.
Try out soothing, hydrating essential oils
In addition to at-home treatments, you can also try applying a targeted, soothing essential oil to the knees and elbows. A few particularly brightening, evening and hydrating oils include: