How to clear dark knuckles is a major skin care problem. I have come across several ladies and even men hiding their hands under the table, because they were embarrassed by their knuckles. And while we are all down for self-confidence and loving yourself the way you are, would you not rather have flawless hands than dark knuckles? The process of darkening knuckles is one that could be gradual and might develop over a period of time. Some other time we will discuss this process but today we are going to discuss how to clear your dark knuckles in some very easy steps.
After following these steps, you would be flaunting those hands in no time.
Dark knuckles mainly affect people of color. By people of color I mean Africans and African Americans. Whether or not you are light skinned or dark skinned, so long as you have Melanin, there’s the tendency of you developing dark knuckles. There are so many lotions and creams out there that claim to have a quick fix for the issue of dark knuckles, and many of them are cheap knock offs and pretty much do nothing. If you are tired of these fake products I got you covered.
Alright, before I begin sharing these secrets with you, I would like to touch briefly on the genesis of your dark knuckles. As with every solution, you must find out the cause or reason for your ailment so you can tackle it with the velocity of its attack.
What causes dark knuckles?
Skin Conditions; including Psoriasis and eczema
Exposure to harsh chemicals
There are several reasons that can be responsible for dark knuckles.
Bleaching/Toning creams – The most common culprits of dark knuckles are Skin bleaching or skin toning lotions.
For some reason, while it works on lightening the skin, it appears to make all the melanin concentrate on the knuckles, elbows, and knees.
Skin conditions – Having skin psoriasis and eczema can cause dark knuckles.
Exposure to harsh chemicals – Sometimes it is safer to put on gloves before engaging in cleaning activities which involve chemicals or strong detergents. Most of these chemicals result in dark knuckles.
Genetics – Yes, some things are just thanks to our mamas and papas. So are dark knuckles. I have seen ladies and even men who have never touched a toning or bleaching creams in their lives, with knuckles so dark.
How to clear dark knuckles.
The following methods listed below and both tested and proven to clear or minimize dark Knuckles.
The first step to take when you want to clear dark knuckles is Exfoliating. In fact, it is the first step in any basic skin care routine. You have to shed your skin of those dead cells to reveal a fresher you.
Exfoliate [to remove dead skin cells] your hands and knees or whatever area you need to lighten.
Get an apricot based exfoliating agent like the cult classic, ST Ives or make a DIY sugar, honey and lemon home scrub.
Go natural On affected areas.
It’s very easy to think that bleaching the skin can help to clear dark knuckles, however this is wrong. In actual fact, when you do this, it will only make other areas of your skin lighter, which will in turn make the knuckles more visible. If you are applying dark knuckle treatments, concentrate on the knuckles only. That’s where you want to lighten, right?
- Natural oils – Get yourself a bottle of original, unprocessed coconut oil or Shea butter [you can get both].
I use the African Shea Butter by RA Cosmetics. It is as real as it gets.
Use it as your staple hand lotion .Whenever your hands need moisturizing, reach out for that coconut oil or Shea butter. It works wonders to unify your skin tone and clear scars and dark knuckles.
- Lemon juice – Lemon juice should be your new best friend.
Make sure you rub some fresh lemon juice on your knuckles, preferably before you go to bed at night. It should be the last thing you do.
How to clear dark knuckles with lemon
- Mix a spoon of lemon juice, a spoon of honey and a spoon of sugar.
- Mix the contents and scrub the affected area for about 5-10 minutes. Rinse off.
Clearing Dark Knuckles with Baking Soda
Baking soda is a holy grail when it comes to skin care.
It is very effective for dark spots and acne. So it is only conceivable that baking soda would clear dark knuckles.
- Mix baking soda and lemon juice to form a thick paste.
- Rub all over the knuckles and let it sit for 20 minutes.
- Rinse off and follow with your coconut oil or Shea butter.
How to clear dark knuckles with coconut oil
Do this preferably at nights when you are preparing to go to bed.
Remember, consistency is key .So do this for about a month and see how clear your knuckles would become.
How to avoid Cream induced dark knuckles
I try out so many body lotions, even ones which have strong toning ingredients. How do I keep my knuckles dark free?
Fastest way to clear dark knuckles
I make sure I wash my hands after and slather on coconut oil or Shea butter. If I am too busy to wash them off, I just slather on my coconut oil. That would reduce the potency of the lotion which causes dark knuckles. Hope you enjoyed my simple steps on how to clear dark knuckles.
Is there any other method I forgot to mention? Feel free to share yours in the comment section.