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Donkere knieën en ellebogen: oorzaken en oplossingen

Dark knees and elbows: causes and solutions

Some people with a tinted to dark skin color sometimes suffer from dark knees, back of the knees and elbows. This is actually completely normal. However, it can affect their sense of self-confidence and personal grooming. But what causes these discolorations and what can you do about it?

What Causes Dark Knees and Elbows?

Dark knees and elbows can have different causes. Often it is a combination of factors:

  • Friction: Knees and elbows often experience friction. Friction can thin the skin and cause pigment to build up.
  • Dead skin cells: Dead skin cells often accumulate on knees and elbows, which can lead to discolorations.
  • Sunlight: Sunlight can damage and discolor the skin. Knees and elbows are often exposed to the sun and can darken as a result.
  • Heredity: Dark knees and elbows can also have a genetic cause. It may be that the pigment in these areas is naturally darker on you.

How can you prevent dark knees and elbows?

You can prevent dark knees and elbows by taking care of good skin care and by changing certain habits:

  • Exfoliate: Exfoliating regularly can remove dead skin cells and make the skin smoother. This can help prevent discoloration.
  • Hydrate: It is important to moisturize the skin well, especially on dry areas such as knees and elbows. Use a moisturizer to keep the skin soft and supple.
  • To protect: Protect the skin from the sun by using a sunscreen. Also try to cover these areas if you are in the sun for a long time.
  • Loose clothing: Wear loose clothing to reduce friction. Tight clothing can cause friction and damage the skin.

How can you reduce dark knees and elbows?

If you already suffer from dark knees and elbows, there are several ways to reduce the discolorations:

  • Skinlight Creme: Special whitening creams are available that can help lighten the skin. An example of this is SkinlightCrème. This cream contains natural ingredients that reduce the production of melanin, making the skin lighter. SkinlightCrème can be used on knees, elbows and other dark areas of the body.
  • Exfoliate: Exfoliating regularly can remove dead skin cells and make the skin smoother. This can make the skin look lighter. Use an exfoliating scrub or a special exfoliating glove to exfoliate the skin.
  • Lemon juice: Lemon juice has natural bleaching properties and can help lighten the skin. Apply some lemon juice to the dark spots and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing off. Don't use this method too often, though, as the acid in lemon juice can irritate the skin.


Dark knees and elbows can be uncomfortable for some people as it can affect their appearance and grooming. Fortunately, there are several ways to prevent and reduce the discolorations. By taking good care of your skin, using Skinlight and avoiding friction and sunlight, you can ensure that your knees and elbows look healthy and radiant. If there are any questions, we would like to hear from you.

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