(Closed) HELP! HOW DO I GET RID OF DARK ELBOWS?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

When my mom was little, her mom rubbed lemon halves onto her elbows every day. If you don’t want to do that, I just used lotion on mine. But I put the lotion on, then didn’t rub it in. Just sat there with my elbows coated in lotion for a minute or so to let it soak in, then I rubbed it in. Worked for me.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

If you don’t have the time for the proper cure, you could always purchase spray tan and make the rest of your skin match your elbows. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

i read somewhere that hydrocortisone [ however you spell it ] works

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Get a hand cream for age spots and use it on your elbows. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I was going to recommend lemon halves until I read your post. lol  Unfortunately I don’t have any other suggestions, but it really doesn’t take that long to do the lemon thing. I do this every couple of days and it only takes me about 5-10 mins each time from the time I open the fridge to get the lemons to the time I rinse the juice off and dry.  (I do my fingertips too though to help with cuticle health).  It would probably take about half the time if I only did my elbows.  Maybe if you do it every other day instead of every day it won’t feel so cumbersome?

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I have this same problem, I’m extemely fair skinned so I feel like it’s noticable. I’ll try the lemons also.

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@ocbride119:  I think it might be worth a try, but I’ve never done it on my underarms so I’m not sure if it would burn or not.  You probably have a better chance of it not burning if you do it before you shave.  After you shave your skin is always more sensitive and there’s more chance of nicks/ingrown hair/razorburn which would of course make the lemon juice burn.  Good luck!  Make sure to let us know how it goes 🙂

P.S.  I can totally understand being lazy, I am too with most things lol  It really isn’t as time consuming as most people think it is though.

On an unrelated note, if you put some sliced lemons in boiling water that’s supposed to kill bacteria in the air (not sure if it really works or not, but I’ve been doing it for years and it smells nice so I like it) so you could always use the leftover lemons for that if you end up not using them on your elbows.  Lemons also take forever to spoil so don’t be afraid to buy a lot.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

From a more clinical perspective, dark spots on the skin, especially the under arms can be a sign of high insulin/insulin resistance.  You might as your doctor to do a blood test, as if you get your sugar/insulin in line, the dark spots may go away on their own. 

If you don’t think this is the issue, I would look into something like bum bleach which is (I am pretty sure) what they use on celebrities to lighten certain spots. It should be safe on other areas of the body as well.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

Go the African-American beauty product section of the grocery, drugstore or beauty supply and get skin lightening cream.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I had his problem. I used lotions with higher concentrations of shea butter, like at least 20%, twice a day and they went away before I even realized it. 

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