How to Get Rid of Dark Knees

There’s no need to remain embarrassed by the appearance of your knees.
Thick, dry, blackened skin on the knees is a result of hyper-pigmentation. A combination of dry skin, friction and accumulating dead skin cells result in a callous-like darkened area on your knees. This condition is embarrassing and irritating, but needn’t be permanent. Although proper skin care and preventative measures help keep your skin smooth and moisturized, steps can be taken to restore your knees to a normal appearance and feel, allowing you to wear skirts and shorts without being embarrassed by the appearance of your knees.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need
Pumice stone
Dry skin moisturizer
1/2 tsp. lime juice
1 tsp. coconut oil

Lemons are an effective natural skin bleacher.
Slice a lemon in half with a paring knife. Prop up your feet so the lemon juice won’t drip completely off your knees during treatment. Rub the lemon halves on the black skin on your knees each morning and allow it to sit for 15 minutes to help naturally bleach and exfoliate the skin.

Squeeze lemon juice over a pumice stone and rub the skin on your knees in a circular motion to loosen dead skin cells. Rinse your knees off with water and dry with a clean towel. Apply a dry skin moisturizer to your knees. If you’re heading out of the house, apply sunscreen to your knees to prevent discoloration from sun exposure.


Coconut oil is used in many skin care products.
Stir together 1/2 tsp. lime juice and 1 tsp. coconut oil in a bowl to make a skin-lightening moisturizer. Massage the lime and coconut oil mixture into the dark skin on your knees. Allow the moisturizer to absorb into the skin for 20 minutes.

Blot your knees with a clean absorbent towel to remove any remaining lime and coconut oil. Rub dry skin moisturizer into your knees to seal in moisture.

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