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Adriana Bailey • May, 2023

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Dark knees are common. Honestly, probably way more common than you think. It’s actually a type of hyperpigmentation and tons of people have it. And if you have it, you probably already know that it’s tough to get rid of. This guide takes a deep dive into dark knees, what causes them, and how to treat them. — here’s a sneak peek at what’s inside:

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  • 1.  Causes of Dark Knees
  • 2. Symptoms of Dark Knees
  • 3. How to Treat Dark Knees
  • 4. Effective Home Remedies for Dark Knees
  • 5. Medical Treatments for Dark Knees
  • 6. Prevention Tips for Dark Knees
  • 7. Myths and Misconceptions about Dark Knees
  • 8. FAQs: What you Want to Know About Dark Knees
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Causes of Dark Knees

Dark knees are usually caused by higher concentrations of melanin, or the pigment that colors our skin, eyes, hair, and so on. Where there’s more melanin, there’s darker colors. You’ve also probably heard the term “hyperpigmentation” before — it’s the same thing. Things like excess sun exposure, dry skin, excess friction, or a buildup of dead skin cells can cause dark knees. In most cases, dark knees aren’t a cause for serious concern. But if your skin is itchy, flaky, or irritated, you may have an inflammatory skin condition (like eczema or psoriasis). For some people, it’s genetic. And in other cases, it can be caused by a vitamin deficiency or even hypothyroidism. If you experience discomfort, talk with a doctor.

Symptoms of Dark Knees

The most obvious sign you have dark knees is that your knees are darker in color than the rest of your body. Other symptoms may include dryness, thicker skin, darker skin along wrinkles or creases, and “patchy” dark spots. In some cases, dark knees are accompanied by itchiness or feeling as though your skin is tight. This is usually because your skin is dehydrated, but in some cases, it’s caused by an underlying medical condition like eczema.

How to Treat Dark Knees

If you’re worried about how your knees look, there are some things you can try at home or with the help of a professional

#1: Effective Home Remedies for Dark Knees 
Home remedies can help save you time and money when it comes to treating hyperpigmentation around the knees. Here’s a list of common at-home remedies for dark knees:

  • Aloe vera
  • Lemon juice
  • Turmeric
  • Green tea
  • Natural exfoliants

Keep in mind that for some people, home remedies work. But for others, they don’t. If you don’t want to use a home remedy or if there isn’t a safe or effective option for you, medical treatment may be your next best bet.

#2: Medical Treatments for Dark Knees
Medical treatments are usually more expensive than home remedies, but they can also be more effective — especially if you have stubborn hyperpigmentation. Some common medical treatments for dark knees include:

#2: Medical Treatments for Dark Knees
Medical treatments are usually more expensive than home remedies, but they can also be more effective — especially if you have stubborn hyperpigmentation. Some common medical treatments for dark knees include:

  • Chemical peels
  • Vitamin C brightening treatments
  • Retinoids
  • Laser therapies
  • Acid exfoliants (glycolic, lactic, etc.)

Many people find that a balance between at-home and medical treatments work wonders for dark knees, dark spots, and hyperpigmentation. Regularly moisturizing with acid exfoliants can help reduce hyperpigmentation, without having to spend thousands on medical treatments that aren’t covered by insurance. Experience the Evertone difference with our Dark Spot Treatment Duo, perfect for all skin types. Professionally formulated with willow bark, squalene, lemon peel, lactic acid, glycolic acid, and vitamin E, our Glow Bundle helps reveal brighter, rejuvenated skin.

Prevention Tips for Dark Knees

Hydrated skin is happy skin, and happy skin is less likely to develop hyperpigmentation. Apply a moisturizer, cream, or lotion to your whole body everyday and spend a little extra time working it into your knees. Another way to prevent dark knees is with SPF, or sunscreen. Use it every day, even if you don’t think you’ll spend a ton of time in the sun. Sun damage is a primary cause for hyperpigmentation. So if you’ve got sunscreen, slather it on. And don’t forget your knees!

Bonus Points: Use a moisturizer that has SPF in it to save time.

If you kneel a lot for work or taking care of your kids, try to use knee pads or squat instead and avoid loose clothing. Excess stress on your knees can thicken the skin, which leaves it darker than it was before.

Myths and Misconceptions About Dark Knees

Hyperpigmentation can be frustrating — sometimes, just as frustrating as the common misconceptions about hyperpigmentation like:

  • Dark knees are caused by poor hygiene
  • Dark knees are permanent
  • Dark knees are contagious
  • Only women get dark knees
  • Only people with light skin, or dark skin, get dark knees

The truth is that there are several reasons why people have dark knees, it’s way more common than you think, and just about anyone can develop them.

So if you have dark knees, know that it’s normal. And if you want to manage your hyperpigmentation, you have options.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can dark knees be a sign of underlying medical conditions?

If you have dark knees, it’s probably not a cause for concern. But sometimes, yes, dark knees can be a sign of an underlying medical condition.

Things like eczema, psoriasis, hypothyroidism, and even vitamin deficiencies can make your knees look darker than the rest of your body.

If you aren’t sure, or if your dark knees cause anxiety or discomfort, talk with your doctor. They can help you identify why you have hyperpigmentation in that area.

Can dark knees be prevented through diet and lifestyle changes?

Yes and no — it depends on why you have dark knees.

If your knees are dark because psoriasis runs in the family, there’s probably not much you can do to prevent that from happening. But you can help manage it by moisturizing and talking with your doctor.

If you have dark knees because you kneel a lot, using knee pads may help. If you have dry skin, moisturizing can help (and even if you don’t have dark knees, you should moisturize daily anyway). If you’re out in the sun a lot, SPF can help.

Although it’s not common, some people have dark knees because of a vitamin deficiency. In which case, introducing more vitamins into the diet may help as well.

How long does it take to see results from medical treatments for dark knees?

Results depend on your body, the treatment you receive, and how well your body responds to that treatment.

Some people successfully lighten their skin at home with DIY remedies. Others will need several sessions with a dermatologist to get the results they want. But in general, don’t expect immediate results.

Hyperpigmentation can take a while to treat — so in the meantime, use SPF, moisturize daily, and be patient.

Adriana Bailey

Meet our talented content writer Adriana Bailey. She has dedicated her career to creating informative, engaging, and relevant content for readers who want to learn more about the latest beauty products and techniques.In her free time, Adriana enjoys experimenting with new makeup styles or researching inspiration in the latest beauty trends.

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Adriana Bailey

Meet our talented content writer Adriana Bailey. She has dedicated her career to creating informative, engaging, and relevant content for readers who want to learn more about the latest beauty products and techniques.In her free time, Adriana enjoys experimenting with new makeup styles or researching inspiration in the latest beauty trends.

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