Removing Dry And Dark Skin On Your Neck, Elbows, Knees And Underarms

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Acanthosis nigricans, or otherwise known as skin pigmentation, matures under direct sunlight and is the main reason for dark skin patches.

These patches can appear around the neck area, the knees and the elbows and can be a real aesthetic nightmare for some people.

Because there are no organs around our elbows and knees, the skin is generally thicker and has a tendency to be more dried.

If we neglect these areas, the skin patches will become darker. By using low-quality antiperspirants or shavers, we risk the occurrence of dark patches in our armpits area. And developing skin patches under your armpits can make you seriously embarrassed to ever raise your hands up high. So, it is necessary to be very careful about choosing any kind of cosmetic or skin care products if you want to solve your problem since most of them contain harmful chemicals and artificial fragrances that can only worsen the situation.

That is why we recommend you to turn to natural remedies that you can make at your own home. We have tried several and today we are going to give you the most efficient ones.

The most efficient home remedies to treat dark skin on your neck:

Baking soda

Baking soda is a great skin exfoliant that will gradually clean your skin and help you get rid of dark freckles. Mix it with water to create a thick paste to get rid of that hyper-pigmentation around the neck.

  • In order to form the thick paste, you need to mix three parts of baking soda with one part water.
  • Apply the paste directly on the affected area and let it dry for several minutes. Once it dries, rinse it off with warm water.
  • Repeat this procedure twice a week

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a natural skin lightener. It can provide a significant help in balancing skin tones since it can decrease the difference between skin and spots. Because it contains several anti-cancer agents and other mighty skin renewing compounds, it can easily repair and deliver new skin cells.

The application is super simple. Just rub some aloe vera directly on the affected area. Leave it to act for 20 minutes and then rinse it off. Repeat daily in order to get best results.


Potatoes contain a crystalline called Catecholase. This crystalline has the ability to lighten the skin on the neck. Just grind some potatoes or make a potato juice. Apply the solution on the neck area and leave it to act for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water.

Another thing you can try is to blend lemon and potato juice. Use this juice in the same way and repeat this procedure daily in order to obtain optimal results. This juice can also be used to treat dark spots in acne prone skin.

The best natural remedies for your dark elbows and knees:


The fatty acids and the vitamins contained in milk can lighten the skin under your armpits. The lactic acid will brighten your skin without causing any side effects. The recipe for this remedy is super simple:

  • 2 tablespoon of milk
  • 1 tablespoon curd
  • 1 tablespoon flour

Blend all the ingredients together and apply the paste-like mixture directly under your arms. Let it work its magic for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.


We all know that lemon is rich in vitamin C and vitamin C provide great help in removing dead skin cells. It can also enhance skin regeneration and improve skin tone.

Massage the affected areas with lemon juice for a couple of minutes. Then wash with warm water and apply your favorite moisturizer.

You can also add honey to the lemon juice (1 tablespoon of honey for every 1 lemon juiced) in order to enhance this remedy. Use the same application method.


Sugar can be used to exfoliate dead skin cells. Sugar scrubs can work wonders for the skin on your knees and elbows.

Just combine equal parts of sugar and olive oil. Rub the mixture directly on the affected area with circular movements for no longer than 5 minutes. Wash it off with warm water and repeat daily until the skin on the knees and elbows gets a lighter color.


The almonds have rich skin nourishing properties and can maintain optimal skin health.

Use warm almond oil to massage the affected areas for 5 minutes a day. It is preferable to do this treatment before bedtime and you will wake up with amazing results.

You can also combine ground almonds with yogurt to form a thick paste. You can use this paste as a mask on your knees and elbows in order to lighten the skin tone. Once the mask has dried, massage the area for 5 minutes and rinse with cold water. You will be able to enjoy wearing summer clothes in no time.

The best homemade remedies for dark armpits:


The amazing lightening properties of the cucumber can be enhanced when combined with lemon juice. This combination can act as a great lightening and moisturizing agent.

You can even add turmeric to the mix. The lemon juice will eliminate dead skin cells, the cucumber juice will cool and moisturize the skin while the turmeric will greatly reduce dark spots. This might be the most powerful healing combination that we have mentioned today.

If you don’t want to or don’t have the other ingredients, just slice one cucumber and apply the slices under your arm. This will lighten the skin within a few days.

Chickpea flour

This remedy also presents an excellent whitening product.

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon chickpea flour
  • 1 tablespoon yoghurt
  • 1 pinch of turmeric

Blend all the ingredients together. Apply the mixture directly onto your armpits, and rinse it off after an hour. This mask will significantly lighten the skin under your arms. Use it daily for 2 weeks until you get the desired skin tone and then only twice a week as a black spot prevention.


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