Dark Knees

Is It Normal To Have Dark Knees?

Dr. Shireen Singh
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Dr. Shireen Singh, MBBS.

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Dark knees are a very common occurrence among the populous brown-skinned community, and it is not something that you need to worry about. But if you have ever felt like it aesthetically displeases your appearance when you wear short summer dresses or sleeveless tops, we promise you that you are not the only one on that boat. Don’t worry because there are multiple DIY recipes, dermatologically tested products, and over-the-counter creams and serums that you can try to tackle dark knees.

Why are your knees dark?

Dark Knees

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The dark patch surrounding someone's knee, resulting in it looking much darker than the rest of the body, is due to the melanin content in our body, which results in the color of a person’s skin and hair. And when this melanin is produced in abundance in areas around the knees, it causes hyperpigmentation.

Researchers have found that friction in the knee area, unprotected sun exposure, dead skin buildup, and skin dryness most often cause pigmented knees.

Although pigmentation is harmless if you find that in addition to dark knees, you are also experiencing itchy and flaky skin that burns, it might be time to pay a visit to your trusted physician.

Also Read : What Is Post -Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation?

How to lighten dark knees

If you want to lighten your knees for aesthetic reasons, there are multiple ways to do so, and if you’d like to know how, take a glance at our comprehensive list of how you can tackle your dark knees!

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

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Aloe Vera has been part and parcel of homemade DIY masks and packs for generations, and its properties are particularly revered in the beauty community. Aloe Vera contains aloesin which has the magical property of treating skin pigmentation which is a result of sun exposure.

Also Read : The Ultra Soother- Aloe Vera And Its Benefits For Skin

2. Turmeric


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Turmeric has been an integral part of not only the spice trade during the British period, but it was also well appreciated for its healing and skin-brightening remedies since ancient times. Turmeric contains curcumin, which has the ability to limit melanin synthesis, thus being able to treat dark patches of sin. To make the turmeric in your kitchen for this purpose, mix a tsp of turmeric with a tbsp of honey or Aloe Vera, slather it on your knees, leave it on for 15 minutes, and rinse it off for lightened knees.

3. Oatmeal and Yogurt

Oatmeal and yogurt

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As we mentioned before, dark knees can also be a result of dead skin cell buildup, which could be tackled through a gently exfoliating oatmeal yogurt mask. To do this, combine equal ratios of oatmeal and yogurt, blend it well, and apply it to your knees. Leave it on for 20 minutes for brighter knees!

4. Other treatments include over-the-counter (OTC) concentrates and creams

  • Vitamin C serums
  • Retinoids.
  • Alpha-hydroxy acid exfoliants

But if you are looking for a one-shot formula that attacks the dark knees, the perfect product for you would be ThriveCo Dark Patches Corrector, which is packed with four powerful ingredients: Retinal, acetyl tranexamic acid ester, niacinamide, and lactic acid act as a triple-action formula that speeds up skin cell turnover, exfoliates dark skin, and regulates melanocytes all at the same time!

Also Read : Dark Underarms: Find Out causes And Derma-Approved Solutions

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Dark knees are a very routine occurrence, and if you are a brown-skinned person, you will likely experience dark knees at least once in your life. They are a natural occurrence and are harmless, but if they have been impairing your body image and are constricting you from being confident in your skin, it is important that you address them for your mental peace. At the same time, it is also important to realize that skin pigmentation and soak spots are phases that your skin goes through and are not a major cause of concern. It is pertinent to understand that and love yourself.


About Doctor :

Dr. Shireen Singh

Dr. Shireen Singh, MBBS, MD Dermatology, is a trusted dermatologist with over 8 years of specialized experience. Passionate about empowering individuals to achieve their hair and skin care goals, she combines cutting-edge technologies with personalized treatment plans tailored to each individual's needs. She's dedicated to helping you achieve vibrant hair and glowing skin. Dr. Shireen loves research and is here to share her expertise for your health and happiness.



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