The Most Common Causes for Dark Knees and Elbows

Are you tired of dark skin patches on your knees and elbows? Dark patches can technically appear on any part of our body and the skin on our knees and elbows is much more vulnerable due to the lack of care and attention these areas generally get. In some cases, discoloration is totally avoidable, but in other cases it’s not. In this blog, we’ll explore the common reasons for skin discoloration, as well as ways you can avoid it.

3 Common Reasons for Dark Knees and Elbows

  1. Exposure to dirt – Dirt can get caught on your knees and elbows, causing them to darken. Over time, dirt can embed itself into the skin as a way to protect it. This causes the area to appear darker than the dirt itself.
  1. Extra amount of friction – Friction activates the creation of melanin (dark color) in the skin as a way to protect the area. Any time your knees and elbows rub against something hard and rough, your skin will become harder and darker.
  1. Sunlight – Sunlight will darken spots greatly if not properly accounted for and can even darken pre-existing spots.

Avoiding Dark Knees and Elbows

Exfoliating these areas regularly can help prevent dark spots from forming and spreading. The more you exfoliate, the more dead skin you’ll remove, making it less likely for discoloration to occur. Sometimes, simply washing trouble areas can reduce darkening. We also recommend covering the skin with sunscreen any time you’re exposed to the sun. Sunscreen is a lifesaver in preventing dark spots, so be generous with it and don’t forget to reapply often!

For professional treatments, intimate bleaching can provide effective and immediate results. As your old cells die off, they’re replaced with new ones containing less melanin. This results in a natural brightness to your skin tone and your elbows and knees will appear much lighter.

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