Dark knuckles are embarrassing discolourations caused by changes in melanin- the substance that gives dark skin its colour. It is common in people who use harsh chemicals as part of their skincare ingredients.
Tackling dark knuckles can crush your confidence especially in cases where you can’t help it (at least not till now). Sometimes, it’s just a plain case of uneven skintone, dry skin, sun exposure or hot water, excessive washing and the list goes.
Skin diseases including psoriasis and eczema are also top causes of this embarrassing skin issue. The major reason dark knuckles are pronounced is leaving the area not moisturized, when you skip moisturizing the area it tends to get very dry and then lacklustre and eventually highly pigmented.
To get started to reduce pigmentation in this area, it’s best to always moisturize the area as part of your daily routine and at intervals. You can even get products targeted at this skin discolouration for fast results. By all means avoid using products with harsh ingredients instead look for ones with intensely moisturizing properties.
Note that this discolouration can happen on different parts of the body like the elbows and the knees. If it happens to you, there are raved home remedies that are gentle – if followed through for a while- that works to get the area back even.
Fresh Lemon Juice
Lemon juice has great skin lightening properties! It’s definitely always a must-try to brighten areas of the skin.
What to do
Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and add 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
Soak your (clean) knuckles in the mix for about 15 minutes
This can be used often for fast results
(You can also apply the fresh lemon juice directly to the affected areas)
Baking soda has become one of the most used item in skincare. It has properties that work to lighten the skin and comes highly effective too. It’s a tried and tested way to get discoloured areas of the skin back to their original state.
What to do
Set aside a bowl of warm water and add half a teaspoon of baking soda
Soak your knuckles in the solution making sure they are submerged in the water
Leave this in for about 5-7 minutes at a time
Gently pat dry and repeat weekly for results.