How to Get Rid of Dark Knees Naturally

We all know that dark knees can be very embarrassing. It can be enough to make people nervous about doing basic things like swimming or sporting activities that require them to expose their knees. Dark knees are extremely common in people with very dry skin.

But you don’t have to feel embarrassed or ashamed of your knees. There are plenty of natural ways that you can get rid of dark knees. In fact, this article will show you 5 ways to get rid of dark knees naturally and easily. These remedies will help you to enjoy wearing whatever you like and not bothering about your knees.

The reason we give you 5 different remedies is because not every remedy works for everyone. You’ve got to try out a few different things and see what works. But by trying multiple different approaches, you should be able to tackle it just fine.

1. Scrub with Baking Soda

Quite often the cause of dark knees is dead skin cells that build up on the knees. This is especially common if you do a lot of kneeling down on the floor. To remove these dead skin cells you can make a scrub using only natural ingredients. Simply mix together some baking soda with a small amount of water to make a paste.

Apply the paste to your knees and leave for around 5 minutes to soak in. After this time rub vigorously.

The baking soda will gently remove the dead skin cells without causing any pain. After scrubbing, rinse the paste off your knees in the shower. This should be repeated for a few weeks until your dark knees start to reduce. But if you’re wondering how to get rid of dark knees overnight, this is the fastest of the 5 approaches set out here. And it’s as simple as reaching for the trusty old Arm & Hammer Baking Soda.

2. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice has natural bleaching properties. Although this is much gentler than conventional bleach you might use in the toilet, it will lighten your skin gradually over time. To use lemon juice, cut a lemon in half and keep it in the fridge cut side down to prevent it from drying out. Wash your knees with plain water in the shower.

If you have any cuts or grazes on your knees then you might like to avoid using lemon juice as it can sting. After leaving the lemon juice to dry you will need to rinse it off thoroughly because it will generally be quite sticky (you’ll also smell a bit like lemons).

3. Sunscreen

This one is more of a preventative matter than a treatment. But many people apply sunscreen to their body when they go out, but most will neglect the knees. Make sure that you apply plenty of sunscreen to the knees to protect them from harmful UV rays when you go out.

If the problem is caused by sun exposure then applying plenty of sunscreen each and every time you go out should be enough to reduce the darkness of the knees. This may take months before you will notice any change, but it’s worth being patient. Remember to apply sunscreen whenever you wear short skirts or anything that exposes your knees.

Make sure that the sunscreen you choose has a high UV protection to ensure your knees have plenty of protection. 50 SPF will normally be the best to block almost all of the suns UV rays.

This tip isn’t exactly fast, but if you’re to find out how to get rid of black knees over the medium/long-term, this is a useful approach.

4. Moisturize your knees

The knees can dry out quite quickly if neglected, this is even worse if your skin is naturally dry. You might lovingly smother your legs in moisturizing lotion, but you might leave out your knees.

Be sure to apply lots of moisturizing creams and lotions to your knees. Over time, and when used in combination with exfoliating treatments, it should reduce dark skin on and around the knees.

5. Using Almond Oil

This is one of my favourite approaches for how to lighten dark knees. Almonds have natural bleaching and lightening properties. Each night before bed clean your knees by carefully washing them. Then dry them and apply a liberal amount of almond oil. Almond oil is relatively inexpensive and is quite easy to find these days.

Leave the almond oil to soak into the skin for a few minutes and then massage it in. There’s no need to rinse the oil off, simply leave it to soak into the skin. Within a couple of weeks you should start to notice an improvement in the dark knees you are suffering from.


These completely natural remedies for dark knees will help you to recover from the very embarrassing and distressing condition. As all of the 5 remedies we’ve looked at use natural ingredients, they shouldn’t cause any harm or damage to the skin. Whichever remedy you choose, just remember to continue it for several weeks so you can get the benefits you desire.

If you have any questions about these approaches for dark knees, please feel free to leave a comment below.


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