Certain areas of the body are prone to darkening and discoloration, such as elbows and knees. The reason is that these areas are susceptible to a buildup of dry skin. While many products are on the market for taking care of this problem, they may be out of your budget or you may prefer natural remedies instead. Luckily, many home remedy solutions are available for you to lighten the skin on a dark knee.


The first step in lightening darkened skin on knees is to get rid of the dry, dead skin that can build up in this area. You can do this in several ways. One way is to use an exfoliating scrub. While you can buy one, you can also make an exfoliating scrub at home by mixing together lemon juice and salt. Lemon juice is also suitable for skin discoloration. Another alternative is to use a loofah and soap to scrub the area.


Papaya is a natural remedy for treating darkened skin on knees. Papaya contains an enzyme that blocks melanin, which is the pigment within your skin that produces color and makes your skin darker. You can apply the papaya to the skin directly, or you can purchase or make the papaya into a soap to apply to your skin. The riper the papaya, the better, so if your papaya is not quite ready yet, then leave it in a paper bag on the kitchen counter for a few days.

Tumeric and Lime

Another solution to dark skin on your knees might just be in your spice cabinet. If you mix a teaspoon of tumeric powder and the juice of half a lime, apply the resulting paste to the skin on your knee and with consistent 30-minute treatments, you should notice a change within a few weeks. Note that the paste will stain, so it is best to apply the treatment when you have time to let the color wear off, like before you go to bed.


The milk that you pour on your cereal each day can also be used to lighten darkened skin on your knees. Because milk contains lactic acid, it can work as a bleach on your skin that will not cause any of the irritation that chemicals can produce. Once a week, pour milk into your bathwater and soak for about an hour. Over time, you will see that you skin will appear smoother and whiter.