Let There Be Light Elbows: 5 Home Remedies for Dark Elbows.

5 Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Dark Elbows

People tend to treat elbow skin as if it weren’t a part of their body, thereby ignoring its care and maintenance.


Genetics, some medications, poor hygiene habits, hormonal imbalances, overexposure to the sun and dry skin are some of the common causes of dark elbows. Moreover, these are high friction areas and have fewer oil glands for lubrication. All these reasons contribute to dark elbows. However, this can easily be changed, from the comfort of your home no less.

Here, we’ve listed 5 home remedies for dark elbows which are sure to answer the commonly asked question, ‘how to lighten dark elbows?’

1. Baking Soda

Being a gentle cleanser and a natural scrub, baking soda helps get rid of dead skin cells.

- Simply mix baking soda with water to form a paste.
- Using circular motions, rub it on your elbows.
- Using lukewarm water, wash it off.
- Pat it dry and moisturize your elbows.

Repeat daily for best results.

2. Olive Oil & Sugar Scrub

Olive oil is always great forskin, making it soft, smooth and supple; sugar aids exfoliation.

- Mix some sugar with warm olive till a medium thick paste is formed.
- Apply it on your elbows and gently massage it with your fingers for 5-10 minutes.
- Using warm water and a mild soap, wash it off thoroughly.

Repeat daily for best results.

3. Mint Leaves

Mint, besides being a natural antiseptic, contains oils which speed up the formation of collagen and white blood cells, which in turn lightens skin.

- To boiling water, add a handful of mint leaves.
- To this, add freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Take it off the flame and let it cool.
- Soak a cotton ball in this solution and then dab it on your elbows.
- Let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.

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Repeat every other day for best results.

4. Vitamin E Oil

This oil is known to contain potent antioxidants that help repair damaged skin and lighten it too.

- To 1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil add an equal quantity of lemon juice and glycerine.
- To this add 10 tablespoons of milk.
- Apply this mixture on your elbows and allow it to sit for 20 minutes.

As often as you can is good.Also, check out how Almond oil which is a great source of vitamin E helps to reduce dark circles as well.

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera really helps reverse the effects of sun damage, ageing, and helps treat dead cells and dryness.

- Cut open a fresh aloe leaf to expose its flesh.

- Squeeze out the gel and apply it on your elbows.

- Just let it sit for approx. 30 minutes before using warm water to wash it off.

Do this every day till you notice a change, then shift to every other day.

By using any of these 5 home remedies, the colour of your elbows will be consistent with the rest of your skin.

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