Skincare for Knees and Elbows - Discolored, Dark or Dry

Skin on the knees and elbows can tend to be dry, partly due to a lack of oil glands in the area. These body parts usually get used more than others so they need a little extra skincare or flaky, chapped, rough, scaly skin can appear. This condition can usually be repaired with regular moisturizing. It helps if you exfoliate first to get rid of any dead skin cells on the surface. If the skin on your knees and elbows is dark or discolored, this may be due to dry skin, prescription medications, nutritional deficiency, or it may be hereditary. If you've applied a sunless tanning lotion, you may have applied too much to your knees and elbows, thus making the skin in these areas darker. In a pinch you can always try applying liquid foundation to the areas to camouflage them. Just make sure the shade blends in nicely with the surrounding areas.

Try the exfoliation routine followed by moisturization on your knees and elbows. It's best to moisturize is after a bath or shower when the skin is still damp. Simply apply the moisturizer on the elbows and knees, and rub gently until the moisturizer has been absorbed.

Sunscreen can be a great weapon against dry and discolored knees and elbows. Make sure to apply it when you're outdoors. Remember to dry skin thoroughly and apply moisturizer and sunscreen after swimming.

If you're an avid gardener, use knee pads made for this purpose. This will help keep the skin on your knees from getting damaged.

If you do not notice improvement within one to two weeks of the repeated exfoliation and moisturization treatments, you might want to consult a physician or dermatologist. The dry skin on your knees and elbows may be from psoriasis, eczema, or another medical condition and your doctor may be able to solve the issue with a stronger moisturizer and/or medication and therapy if necessary.

The information provided is not intended nor implied as a substitute for professional medical advice. Consult a dermatologist if you have a specific question or concern about your skin.

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