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How To Lighten Dark Elbows?

If smooth, glowing skin is the accessory every mini dress needs, dark knees and elbows are its kryptonite. Not only are dark patches on the joints unsightly but they can also make an entire outfit look unappealing. Luckily there’s a solution for it.

What causes dark elbows?

Dark elbows occur when your elbows accumulate darker skin than the rest of your arm. This can be caused by:

  • an accumulation of dead skin cells
  • hyperpigmentation increased by sun exposure
  • birth control pills
  • melasma (dark spots) from a recent pregnancy
  • freckles and age spots
  • certain skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema
  • inflammation from a previous injury

While such causes can affect any part of your skin, your elbows are perhaps more vulnerable due to a lack of attention and care compared with other more prominent parts of your body, such as the face.

People with naturally darker skin tones are also at an increased risk for dark elbows.

Home remedies to lighten Dark Elbows?

Home remedies are the most desirable for lightening dark elbows. For one, they’re relatively inexpensive. They also don’t pose side effects like medicated products can. Try one or more of the following methods:

Baking soda

Baking soda has both exfoliating and skin lightening properties that may help treat dark elbows. Start by adding a teaspoon at a time with water to a bowl. Keep adding and mixing well until you have a desired amount of product. Then, apply directly to your elbows.

Treat the process as a face mask, where you leave the product on for about 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse off. Repeat twice per week. But avoid using baking soda on your face.

Aloe vera

One 2012 studyTrusted Source suggested that aloe vera can lighten the skin. This is because of a process called alpha adrenergic receptor stimulation, which occurs when you apply the product to your skin. Look for gels or lotions with aloe vera, and apply up to twice per day.


This ingredient comes from an Indian root plant that’s like ginger. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative HealthTrusted Source, turmeric powder may help a variety of skin conditions when used as a paste.

Mix the powder with water, and then apply directly to the elbows. Leave on for up to 10 minutes and then rinse off.

Oatmeal and yogurt

Both oatmeal and yogurt have soothing qualities that can add extra moisture to dry skin. Like baking soda, these two ingredients work best as a mask.

Combine equal parts oatmeal and yogurt until mixed well, then apply to your elbows. Leave on for up to 20 minutes at a time.

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