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Having dark knees and elbows can be rather embarrassing, especially if you are a woman. It can make you self-conscious about wearing a dress or short sleeves. The primary reason your knees and elbows are dark is because oil glands are not present in these areas, causing them to be drier. Also, dirt tends to get trapped in the crevices if not properly cleansed, causing them to look dark and patchy. If you don't take proper care of your knees and elbows, they will become covered by a rough layer of skin. By following a few steps, you can have the even-toned legs and arms you desire.

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After each shower or bath, apply moisturizing coconut or olive oil to your knees and elbows. Use a moisturizing lotion throughout the day or whenever you notice any dryness. In addition, you can cut off the ends of two pairs of socks, and position it over your elbows and knees after moisturizing at night to seal in the lotion and prevent it from being rubbed off. For extra protection, wrap your elbows and knees in plastic wrap prior to covering with the sock.

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Apply fresh lemon juice to your knees and elbows. Lemon juice bleaches your skin, as it is a natural whitener. Cut a lemon in four sections and rub the juice from one section on the darkened areas. You can store the other sections in the refrigerator for later use. Leave it on overnight, and wash it off in the morning.

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Exfoliate your knees and elbows two times per week. Make a sugar scrub by mixing sugar and olive oil together. Add enough olive oil to the sugar until you have reached a slushy consistency. Pour the mixture in your hand and scrub the darkened areas. Exfoliating will get rid of dead skin, helping to soften the area and remove any dirt that is present.

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Make a mixture of almond powder and yogurt. Mix equal parts and apply to your knees and elbows. This mixture can be used to lighten dark areas.


To prevent your elbows and knees from darkening, avoid putting pressure on them.

Protect your knees and elbows from the sun by wearing sunscreen.


Do not exfoliate areas if you have an open wound, as it may cause discomfort or an infection.

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Margo Benjamin

Based in Atlanta, Margo Benjamin has been writing since 1999. She currently writes for various websites. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Georgia State University and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Strayer University.