Suddenly the skin around the knees becomes dark in colour. An increase in melanin, also known as Hyperpigmentation results in darker skin color. 

Lemon Juice, Potato, Olive oil, Tomato, Baking soda, Green Tea, Sandalwood, Turmeric, Oatmeal, Curd, etc are Home remedies to say goodbye to black knees at home. 

Are you worried and feel embarrassed to see your darkened knees? 

Are you going crazy because you cannot wear the choice of dress you want because of those darkened knees? 

Have you ever felt shy just to see your knees looking darker than another part of your body? 

Relax!!! It is time to say goodbye to your Black knees just by rushing towards your kitchen without wasting any time further. 

Yes, it’s all about home remedies which we will focus on to get rid of the dark knees naturally at home.

What Is Darkening Of Knees?

What Is Darkening Of Knees

When we are small kids we have glowing knees and the color tone of our knees is the same as our skin tone. But have you noticed as we grow older our knees get darker and it’s annoying to see our darkened knees. Isn’t it?

You will be a wonder to know that the skin of your knees is very thin and so has more chance of getting affected and damaged. 

The reason for darkening in some of the parts compared to others is the tendency of deposition of more melanin which is the main reason for the darkening of skin. Knees have been one of them. 

Causes of Dark Knees

  • Friction
  • Unprotected sun exposure
  • Dead skin cell buildup
  • Inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis
  • Skin dryness

13 Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Dark Knees

Lemon Juice


Have you heard about it !!! Bleaching can reduce darkness and dark spots. But artificial bleaching can harm your skin. Right!!! What if you come across Natural Bleaching? Happy!!! 

Yes, now you can get the benefit of bleaching naturally in your kitchen too effectively. Lemon !!! The Natural  Bleaching, enriched with the goodness of citric acid, can break the deposits of dead skin as a scrubber in the folds of Knees and elbows.

  • Squeeze one lemon.
  • Massage your dark knees with lemon juice.
  • Leave for 10 minutes.
  • Wash off with lukewarm water.
  • Enjoy effective results when used for regular intervals.


Vegetables can also be used as natural bleaching to get rid of dark skin effectively. Potato !!! your favorite vegetable will now become your favorite remedy to say goodbye to your dark knees. 

  • Cut potatoes into slices or make potato juice.
  • Massage over your dark knees.
  • Mix some lemon juice with the potato juice to get more efficient results.
  • Leave it for 10-15 minutes. 
  • Wash it off with cold water.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera, Sun exposure, and Hyperpigmentation!!!! Aloesin present in aloe vera has the greatness of lightening of skin and hence effective in getting rid of dark knees.

  • Scoop out at least one tbsp of aloe vera gel.
  • Apply it on your dark knees gently.
  • Leave it for at least 5 minutes.
  • Aloe vera gets absorbed in the skin.

Olive Oil and Sugar Scrub


Say goodbye to Dead skin and also Goodbye to dark knees. Yes, dead skin is also one of the reasons for the darkening of skin or say dark knees. Olive oil hydrates and reduces the friction of the skin while sugar acts as a scrubber to reduce the dark skin. 

  • Mix 1:2 tablespoons of olive oil and sugar. 
  • Add some citrus and essential oils for better results.
  • Apply this mixture to your dark knees. 
  • Massage gently to your skin.
  • Leave it for 5 minutes.
  • Wash off with soap or body wash and water.

Baking Soda and Milk


Want to know the kitchen remedy to say goodbye to black dark knees? Say Hello to the combination of milk and baking soda. It not only has natural bleaching properties but also has the property of scrubbing. Lactic acid in milk can brighten and give a soothing effect to the skin.

  • Combine 1 tbsp of baking powder with milk to make a paste.
  • Mix well to create a paste.
  • Apply it to your dark knees.
  • Wash it off with lukewarm water.


Tomato Hair Mask

Tomato!!! Ingredients of most of the food preparation and even we cannot even of think of any food item. Who all go to the bazar to buy vegetables and do not come back with tomatoes? 

Here we goes, that this tomato has an antioxidant which has anti-inflammatory properties resulting in brightening and lightning of dark knees. 

  • Cut the tomato into pieces and rub them over your dark knees.
  • Leave them for 20 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with water.

Green Tea 

Green Tea

Green Tea!!! The first thing that comes to mind is weight loss but do you ever wonder that this green tea can also give a miracle result for Dark knees? 

Yes, the compounds epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), present in green tea prevent the accumulation of melanin responsible for the dark knees and black knees. 

  • Brew a cup of green tea.
  • Use cotton balls to apply on your dark knees.
  • Do it regularly for effective results.

Turmeric, Honey, and Milk

Turmeric, Honey, and Milk

Haldi, is used as a natural medicine in almost every kitchen. Do you ever know that haldi has effective anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic properties, and hence used to cure many health issues? One more property is hyperpigmentation, which can help to reduce dark knees. 

  • Apply this paste to your dark knees.
  • Leave it for 15- 20 minutes.
  • Wash it off with warm water.


Hearing the word Sandalwood, and imagining a religious activity of pooja. Yes, the most common ingredient used by Hindus in Hindu pooja. 

But have you discovered that lightening and brightening of skin along with giving a cooling effect can also be beneficial effects of sandalwood? 

Yes, now rush towards your pooja room to say permanent bye to dark skin.  

  • Mix chandan powder and a little turmeric to make a smooth paste.
  • Apply this over your dark knees.
  • Leave this paste for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with water.

Coconut Oil For Dark Knees

Head Massage and Coconut Oil!!! Just a Wow feeling, isn’t it!! Now apply coconut oil to your dark knees and enjoy the effect of enriched Vitamin E at your home abd reduce the blemishing and eventually tone your skin with time. 

  • Mix coconut oil and walnut powder together.
  • Make a thick paste.
  • Scrub for 2-3 minutes on your dark knees.
  • Rinse with water.


You do not like raw papaya as vegetables or papaya as fruit. Wait!! Papaya can still be part of your life as a skin treatment when used externally. Papaya is found rich in vitamins A and C and skin enzymes known as papain are very effective in getting rid of dark skin when used continuously. 

  • Mix mashed slice of papaya and curd in a bowl.
  • Blend the mixture and apply on your dark knees.
  • Leave for 30 minutes
  • Wash it off with warm water


Curd is a natural bleaching agent and also cleanses the skin at the same time making it infection-free. Glow your skin naturally getting rid of those dark and black knees easily at home just by accesing to your freeze. 

  • Add vinegar, gram flour, and sour curd to form a paste.
  • Apply the mix.
  • Leave for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Oatmeal and Curd

Oatmeal and Curd

Without getting permission from us, hyperpigmentation starts residing and making in our body permanently if we do not bother to care to take steps to get rid of it. Oats and curd when together used can act as a good scrubber and nourish the skin and lighten the dark knees. 

  • Curd and oats are mixed together to form a paste.
  • Gently scrub into dark spots.
  • Wash off after 10 minutes with cold water. 

How to Prevent Dark Knees

  • Avoid sun exposure.
  • Keep skin moisturized by applying daily moisturizer. 
  • Use Sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher containing zinc oxide (8%).
  • Avoid activities that cause skin friction or chafing.

When to Contact a Doctor

  • Dark knees will generally not cause any additional symptoms except for scrabs, itching, or flaking
  • Psoriasis may be another skin condition for darkening of skin.
  • You may consult your healthcare provider for prescribed recommended OTC or prescription medications and creams.

The Bottom Line

Dark Knees are a frustrating and unacceptable truth most of us face in our life. Girls!!! You certainly can understand and feel it more than anyone out there. Many home remedies can give you relief and effective results against the darkening of knees. It’s time to say goodbye to your dark and black knees permanently.

But Hold On!!! If you do not get proper results within a couple of months then consult your healthcare professional. They can provide you with a proper treatment plan and give you other recommendations as needed.