It is very embarrassing to have black knees, elbows and underarms. It can happen to any person whether his/her complexion is fair or dark. This is often due to the accumulation of dead and thick skin that causes the skin to turn black. Too much sun exposure can also cause darkness in the skin. Too much dryness can also turn them black because oil glands are not present in these areas. You can easily get rid of them by following these home remedies.
Rub lime or lemon or lemon juice on the black areas of knees, elbows and underarms. Leave for 15-20 minutes. Soak a towel in a hot water and rub it on the affected areas.
2) Baking Soda:
Mix one tbsp. of baking soda in some milk. Apply this paste on knees, elbows and underarms and rub it in circular motion. Repeat this remedy after every one or two day and you will surely notice some change in the colour.
3) Milk, Honey and Turmeric:
Mix some turmeric with milk and honey. Apply this smooth paste on dark areas and leave for 20 minutes. Rub it for 2 minutes with wet hands and then wash it off. Turmeric acts as antiseptic, honey as moisturizer and milk as bleach.
Lemon, tomato, grapes are fruits having bleaching property and they are very helpful to get rid of dark skin when used properly. You can apply the juice of any bleaching fruit regularly or apply different fruits on different days.
5) Yoghurt and Vinegar:
Make a mixture of yoghurt and vinegar. Apply it on affected areas and allow it to dry. Then rub the area in circular motion for 2-3 minutes and wash. These two ingredients moisturize and cleanse the skin and when use together, they reduce the black colour of the skin.
6) Hydrogen Peroxide:
Dip a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide (around 3.5%) and apply it on dark areas. Repeat it two times a day. It has an excellent bleaching property and cure discoloration.
Potato has a natural bleaching agent. Scrub the dark areas with a thin slice of potato or make juice out of potato and apply on those areas. Rinse with lukewarm water after drying.
8) Sugar Scrub:
Add olive oil and sugar together until you reach a slushy consistency. Scrub the darkened areas with this mixture. This will remove your dead skin, soften the areas and remove the dirt if present.
9) Olive Oil, Turmeric and Sugar:
Mix ½ teaspoon turmeric in 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon sugar. Apply this paste on darkened areas for 20 minutes and rinse off.
10) Coconut Oil:
A combination of lime juice and coconut oil works best for getting rid of dark and patchy areas of skin. Mix 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of lime juice, apply it on dark areas and scrub with a towel soaked in hot water.