R.M. asks from Salinas, CA on June 17, 2012
Skin Issue - Sacramento,CA
Not sure if anyone else has this problem, particularly those with darker skin coloring. I am Hispanic and have medium brown coloring. However, my elbows are super dark brown. They have really always been that way. Does anyone else have this issue? Has anyone found anything that will lighten to a natural look? They are not really dry. I have tried basic scrubs and lotions. I just think it looks kind of weird.
R.R. answers from Los Angeles on June 17, 2012
They actually may be dry without you realizing it. My knees and elbows get this way so try mixing a 1/2 cup olive oil (adjust as needed to get the consistency you like), 1 cup raw (turbinado) sugar, and a teaspoon or so of an extract you like, vanilla, lemon, peppermint, etc., store in a covered glass container in the refrigerator. Rub on your elbows before showering, it removes dry skin, softens the skin tremendously and in time may lessen the darkness. I make this as Christmas gifts and my sister just asked me to make some for her the other day, she's picky so trust me, it's good! ; )
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N.W. answers from Eugene on June 17, 2012
You can lighten dark elbows by cutting a lemon in half crosswise, then rubbing the lemon half around your elbows or you can stick one elbow in each lemon half and let sit for 10 minutes then wash well.
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R.K. answers from Appleton on June 17, 2012
You are who you are ----- accept yourself as you are.
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B.M. answers from Pocatello on June 17, 2012
I agree with Nancy. I am Hispanic also and in the summer I notice some areas of my body get darker than others. Like the sun tans them way more. So if you're going to be out in the sun a lot then put sunscreen on your elbows. So as the rest of your body darkens up your elbows won't and that will help to even the tone out more. Also I know you can buy skin lightening creams. It is used for just this purpose. To lighten areas of the skin. I'm not sure where it is sold, I would assume beauty supply stores. I bet you could by some online too.
M.O. answers from Sacramento on June 18, 2012
Thank you for asking this question! I have always had the same issue. I have tried different types of lotions and keeping them moisturized, but it never works. I would not consider myself pale, but I am lighter skinned - however my father is from South America which is where I figured I got it from. Unfortunately I dont have any idea how to fix it, but I just wanted to let you know you are not alone, and again, I appreciate you asking as I will be very interested in the answers!
G.P. answers from San Francisco on June 22, 2012
hi R., you are sooo not alone! ive always had this problem also and im so embarassed about it that i always try to wear longer sleeves to cover them up! i have tried so many treatments from lemons to many whitening creams but none worked. hopefully someone here knows the remedy!
D.S. answers from San Francisco on June 18, 2012
I am African American and have the same issue. As with you, it has always been this way. My Dad had it as well. Don't know why. None of my brothers and sisters are like this either. They get dry and shed often. I use scrubs and lotions. The best so far is actually sunscreen. It helps to lighten it some.
If you find something that helps, please share with me.