How to Get Rid of Dark Knees Easily & Naturally

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Please tell me I’m not the only person out there who has suffered from a case of dark knees? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then consider yourself lucky.

Dark knees occur when the skin on your knees get so dried out that the area turns dark grey. It looks pretty unsightly!

Have you ever experienced this? If you’re looking for some advice on how to get rid of dark knees, look no further. Since I’ve suffered from this condition myself, I’ve researched and found numerous techniques to get rid of dark knees quickly, efficiently and permanently.

I’m going to explain some of the best all-natural ways to combat this issue. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll know that using nature’s remedies is always my favourite approach.

What Causes Dark Knees?

Let’s first get down to the root of the issue here. What causes someone to get dark knees in the first place?

The skin of your elbows, knees and parts of your feet don’t have oil glands. This means they tend to dry out extremely quickly and it’s our job to keep them lubricated or suffer the consequences.

According to LiveStrong, too many dead skin cells left on your skin can dry out and naturally darken over time, especially if they are frequently exposed to the sun.

A person in the sun covering their knee with a hat.

Sounds simple right? Perhaps, but if you let your knees get so bad that they are now dark and discolored, you’ll have a lot of work to do. Your knees are so dry you’ll need to reintroduce massive amounts of moisture several times a day for a few weeks before you’ll notice a change.

Before I explain how to get rid of dark knees, I do want to mention that aside from lack of moisture, there could be other underlying issues causing this. Diabetes is a culprit. Dr. Oz tells us that dark knees can actually be a symptoms of diabetes.

Acanthosis nigricans is a skin condition that is frequently caused by high insulin levels. High insulin levels can cause your skin cells to multiply, creating too much melanin.

The Mayo Clinic states that the symptoms show as “areas of dark, velvety discoloration in body folds and creases. The affected skin can become thickened.” I felt this was important to note because I don’t want you to confuse dry skin with this condition.

Acanthosis nigrican often appears in folks who are overweight or have diabetes. Rarely, but sometimes, this condition can be a sign of a cancerous tumour, so always check with your doctor before attempting to treat dark knees yourself.

Natural Remedies for Dark Knees

There are four key points when it comes to saving your knees. These are:

  • Scrubbing
  • Cleansing
  • Moisturizing
  • Lightening

Scrubbing will help remove dead skin cells from your knees. Cleansing will help you clean your knees of impurities. Moisturizing will of course give your skin much needed hydration and lightening is an extra cosmetic approach to help with the skin’s tone.

1. Plant-based Oil Massage

One of the oldest tricks in the book when it comes to soothing dry skin is oil massage. If you’re about to freak out over state of your skin then I highly suggest running to the cabinet and finding your closest plant-based, organic oil and lathering up.

Plant-based oils act as amazing, all-natural moisturizers for your skin. The added vitamins and minerals give a boost to your body too.

Avocado and leaves with a wooden spoon.

Many oils contain vitamins and more importantly, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These fatty acids help regulate high cholesterol as well. So you won’t just be fixing your brittle knees, but also nourishing your whole body.

Below is a list of some amazing plant-based oils you might already have in your home:

Is there anything on the list that you already have in your cabinet? My suggestion is to grab it and start rubbing it on as soon as possible. Don’t forget, oils can be greasy so massage it in well, let it sit for about an hour and then rinse with water to get the full effect without the grease factor. Repeat this trick daily until the symptoms get better.

2. Vitamin E Oil

Plant-based oils aren’t the only things that pop up when searching how to get rid of dark knees. Vitamin E oil is touted as a common solution. This oil is said to cure many skin conditions all on its own however you will find conflicting testimonies. Some people found no benefit or felt their condition worsened after use. Why not try it and see for yourself?

The Skinny Confidential states that Vitamin E helps prevent your skin from losing water and retain its natural moisture. This is perfect for reversing dry knees. Not only is it stopping moisture from leaving your body, it also helps keep it there. Sounds like a win to me!

In order to use this dry skin soother, simply grab some vitamin E pills from your local pharmacy. If you can’t find these oils at your local convenience store, you can find them online.


To treat your skin, poke 2-3 vitamin E oil capsules and release onto the affected area. You’ll want to thoroughly massage the oil into your knees until it is completely absorbed. Repeat this process regularly for a few weeks and you should begin to see an improvement in your skin discoloration.

Applying vitamin E to the skin short term is safe for most people. However, if you’re concerned, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Taking vitamin E supplements orally isn’t recommended for this purpose, but you should make sure your diet isn’t lacking. The best way to ingest vitamin E is through your food.

3. Mint

Mint leaves are one of my favourite things. Not only does mint taste fabulous in my favourite cocktail, it also boasts antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Mint tea with berries.

When I first started reading about mint I had no idea how often it was used for different ailments and conditions. Some benefits of mint that you may not be aware of include:

  • Aids in digestion
  • Helps relieve nausea and headaches
  • Relieves symptoms of depression
  • Decreases memory loss
  • Helps with oral care
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Helps with cancer prevention

According to Home Remedies for Life, mint also contains beneficial important essential oils that help create white blood cells and collagen. They also state it can help diminish scar tissue and rejuvenate your skin – including the skin of your knees.

To try a mint remedy at home, check this recipe from Home Remedies for Life:

Boil ½ cup of waterStir in a handful of mint leaves and continue to boil for a few more minutes.Squeeze the juice from ½ a lemon into the waterRemove from heat and stand to cool for a few minutesUse a cotton ball or rag to apply to your kneesLet mixture sit on skin for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with warm water

You’ll want to repeat this process on a daily basis until symptoms are relieved.

4. Gram Flour

When I first discovered this remedy, I didn’t even know what gram flour was. I learned that it’s a type of flour made from the humble chickpea. The cool thing about gram flour is that you can use it several different ways depending on other items you have in your kitchen.

Gram flour contains lots of essential vitamins, minerals, and proteins. On top of that, this flour helps to exfoliate your skin by removing dead skin cells and unwanted blemishes.

Gram Flour Recipe #1: Gram Flour and Yogurt

Yogurt has some amazing benefits. You likely already know how good it is for your digestive system, but it goes well above and beyond that.

The most important benefit of yogurt for our purposes here, is its ability to remove dead skin cells. Organic Authority states that yogurt contains a certain lactic acid called alpha hydroxyl acid. This is the ingredient that helps with dead skin cell removal. Removing the dead skin from your knees is an important step to consider.

In order to experience the moisturizing effects of yogurt, mix it together with gram flour in order to moisturize, soothe and remove dead skin.

Home Remedies for Life suggests the following recipe:

  1. Make a paste with 2 tablespoons of gram flour mixed with yogurt
  2. Apply the mixture to your knees and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes
  3. Proceed to massage the paste in circles for another 5 to 10 minutes
  4. Repeat the process until you experience relief

The article mentions that you should replace yogurt with fresh cream if you normally experience dry skin. If you happen to have oily skin, replace the yogurt with milk.

Gram Flour Recipe #2: Gram Flour and Lemon Juice

Home Remedies for Life suggests the following recipe:

  1. Make a paste by mixing equal parts gram flour and lemon juice
  2. Apply the mixture to your knees and massage
  3. Leave mixture on skin for a few minutes after massaging
  4. Rinse off with water

Repeat this method regularly. Unlike the other methods, this one claims to bring instant results.

Gram Flour Recipe #3: Gram Flour, Turmeric, and Milk

This Home Remedies for Life recipe calls for:

Once you gather your ingredients, start boiling the high fat milk until it is thick and clotted. You’ll then add in the turmeric and gram powder and start blending it into a paste. Once your paste is formed, massage it into your knees in a circular motion.

Leave the concoction on your knees for about ten to fifteen minutes. Once complete, rinse with water and repeat as needed.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is an extremely popular succulent plant. We’ve always used it as a remedy for sunburn at my house growing up. While it’s not proven to lessen the burn, it does feel extremely good when you first apply the cool gel to hot skin.

Despite many conflicting studies, alternative medicine industries repeatedly make claims about the moisturizing, soothing and healing benefits of aloe vera. It’s something you’ll have to try yourself to to see the results. There is proof that its anti-inflammatory properties are helpful for certain skin conditions.

Aloe Vera plant.

You can simply buy an aloe vera plant, cut the leaf and apply the gel directly to the affected area. If you don’t have green fingers, you can buy the gel too. You’ll want to leave it on for as long as thirty or forty minutes. Rinse with water and repeat as needed.

Home Remedies for Life suggests using aloe vera with honey. Honey is a natural moisturizer and when mixed with aloe vera can up the ante when it comes to healing and lightening your skin.

You should mix the aloe vera gel with organic or Manuka honey in a 50:50 ratio. Massage this concoction into your knees and leave it on for at least fifteen to twenty minutes. Rinse with water and repeat regularly.

The Last Word

So tell me, what do you think about these all-natural suggestions for getting rid of dark knees? As you can see, there are a multitude of ways treat this annoying condition. Many remedies use items that you probably already have in your kitchen so you can start treating yourself right now at home. These items include:

  • Plant-based oils
  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Mint
  • Gram Flour
  • Aloe Vera

Have you tried any of these tactics already? I personally switch between them all regularly and my knees look fantastic. If you’ve been struggling with how to get rid of dark knees, these tips should hopefully get you there ASAP. As always, tell me about your experience in the comments below!

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