My 16 year old daughter has dark elbows and knees. What should she do?
By Mina from Dubai
There is this stuff called pretty hands and feet or the reversal, need to go get another bottle. This is sold at Walgreens or rexalls usually. Its a sloughing cream i have never seen before that works like a miracle. I even used it on my face several times because I had little lines around my eyes (do not get in eyes ) and you wouldn't beleive the layers of dead skin that came off my face. This could be layers of dryed dead skin on her elbows and knees. Test a small patch when using to make sure skin is not allergic or to sensitive. Great stuff!
Use lemon. Cut lemon in half and sit each elbow in the lemon for about 10 minutes. Then wash with water. This helps.
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How could I clean my brown knees?
By mary knight09/04/2012
It is difficult to answer because you did not explain the cause of your brown knees. Are you a dark-skinned person with darker pigmentation on your knee area? Are you aged, and the skin is discolored due to aging and liver spots and roughness? Or...is it just dirt that is hard to reach for you? Each cause would require a different approach. For pigmentation issues, lemon juice comes to mind as a brightener, although I have not done any research on this; and perhaps some hydrogen peroxide solution? (not too strong, now, or you will damage your skin!). Try a soak in the tub, if possible, for a thorough cleansing of dirt, using a loofah sponge.
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I would like to know if someone has a homemade recipe for cleaning elbows and the knees. I have a dark circle on them. I don't know how to return them to as they used to be. I don't like them the way they look right now. I tried to use oil and lemon, but that's not working. I use cream and butter cream everyday, but they are not doing what I really wanted.
Hanouda from St. Louis, MO
Editor's Note: Brillo is a brand name for a steel wool pad with detergent added to it. Another brand is called SOS. These are very abrasive and I would not recommend using them on skin. (08/21/2008)
I have a dark elbow (probably because I lean on it more than the other one) and yes I'd love to clear it up, but there is no way in the world I'd put stuff like bleach, Ajax, and Brillo pads anywhere near my skin. There's a reason why it says "In case of contact with skin flush with water and call Poison Control" on the labels of those products. They're caustic and not meant to be put on human skin!
Simpler (and safer) remedies such as lemon juice, sugar, and olive oil make more sense to me than using Ajax. And a loofah which is meant for skin will suffice as opposed to a Brillo pad. Please don't put those household cleaning products on your skin. They're meant to clean houses, not skin. (02/11/2009)
You also should NOT use all these things on your skin too often which leaves you with a period in between treatments where your skin is damaged and dark. Plus, the sun damages skin that has been bleached with more ease leaving you cancer prone and spotty.
I am fairly light skinned, but not white white and I have problems with brown spotting of the skin you know on the knees and elbows. Some people are more prone to it than others, but if you give your skin the time to heal it will be very different over the years.
If you think a year is too much time, think about the fact that you are most likely not going to find a treatment that will get rid of the spots overnight so you might as well prepare so that in a year you won't be where you are now.
Good luck everyone! And for those who have beautiful skin already, you should also care for it.
REMEMBER: Do not exfoliate or rub your skin too much or it will make it dry, rough, and the dark spots darker in the long run. If you want naturally nice skin then care for it naturally and nicely. (02/24/2009)
My elbows are very dark. I have used all types of things, but none help to lighten the skin. Can someone please give me some tips?
Good luck sweetie. I've been battling dark elbows and knees, Ambi works there too, all my life, but I have success with this. Use a sunblock after you rub it in well and wait ten minutes. Good luck! (06/15/2010)
How can I clean the darkness from my knees? I can't even wear a skirt due to that problem. Please suggest something.
I have used lime before; it does not work.
By Roan from London
Cut the lemon in half and rub it on elbow and knees, soak elbows and knees in the lemon half for at least 30 minutes, rubbing it around. you might have to do it again in a few days. use a scrub brush to remove the dead skin after the soak. Get in a habit after this to use a good moisturizing body cream daily on the spots. You can also try the liquid salons use to do a manicure. It dissolves the dead skin away. Buy at a beauty supply store, it is cheap. Good Luck! (11/19/2010)
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