Are you suffering from dark knuckles? Do you desire beautiful, clean and fair knuckles? Would you like to learn about what causes darkening of your knuckles and how you can whiten them? If so, you’ve come to the right place.
Dark Knuckes Causes
Dark knuckles are mainly caused as a result of friction unlike other cases of skin darkening. Darkening in other areas of your body is often caused due to hyperpigmentation, dirt accumulation and so on. But with knuckles on the other hand, darkening is mainly caused due to friction.
When there is friction or intense mechanical trauma inflicted on a delicate skin area such as your knuckles, your body naturally reacts to it by either thickening the skin layers or making it darker.
With knuckles, your body reacts by darkening the skin layers and making it darker at the same time. And therefore, typical remedies such as scrubbing your knuckles until they turn fair won’t really help you. You will only cause further damage to your knuckles if you try to scrub the dirt off.
Dry skin is also another reason that contributes to darkening of your knuckles. There are many factors that contribute to dryness in your knuckles such as excessive washing, hot water exposure, use of harsh chemicals and intense sunlight exposure.
There are also other inflammatory skin conditions that can contribute to darkening of your knuckles such as psoriasis, eczema and so on.
Your body type also contributes to darkening of your knees, elbows and knuckles. Most of your body weight is carried by your knees, elbows and knuckles. These are essential “levers” of your body. Overweight people tend to inflict a huge amount of mechanical trauma on these areas thereby promoting darkening.
Fortunately, there are some effective procedures that you can follow to whiten your dark knuckles. But what’s required of you is patience. Changes in appearance of skin and their texture don’t happen overnight. The problem is likely to be deep and it will take time before you see any significant results.
Unlike other forms of hyperpigmentation or skin darkness where there are quick fix surgical methods available, there’s no such method for treating dark knuckles. Dark knuckles mainly need to be treated with the application of various topical agents and lotions .
With that said, here are some of the most effective ways to whiten your dark knuckles quickly…
1. Moisturizing your knuckles
Dryness is a factor that contributes to darkening of knuckles, knees and elbows. People from the South Asian and African communities are more likely to have dryness in their skin than other counterparts. And therefore, it’s important that you constantly nourish your skin cells by applying a suitable moisturizer on a regular basis.
There are lots of things you can do to ensure that your knuckles are moisturized and nourished all the time. Some methods include…
1. Commercial moisturizing cream
Applying commercial moisturizing creams multiple times daily (3-4) every 3 – 4 hours will keep your knuckles soft and supple. The number of times you may have to apply in a single day largely depends on the weather. If the weather’s humid, you may not need to apply a moisturizer every now and then.
However, if it’s cold and dry, please make sure that you carry a commercial moisturizing cream or lotion with you so you can apply every now and then.
2. Sesame Oil
There are certain oils which are more powerful than commercial creams when it comes to moisturizing your skin and rejuvenating the skin cells. One such oil is sesame oil with its high concentration of fatty acids. The oil not only moisturizes your skin but also helps bleach away dead skin cells thereby bringing the newer skin cells to the front.
2. Protecting it with a sunscreen
Sunlight is another factor that leads to knuckle darkening. What most people don’t realize is that exposure to sunlight causes an enzyme called tyronsinase to be overstimulated which in turn causes your skin cells to produce more melanin.
Reducing one’s sun exposure will ensure that this doesn’t happen. However, it’s impossible to stay without exposing yourself to the sun.
That’s where sunscreens come in handy. Make sure that you apply a sunscreen every single day before you step out in the sun. We also recommend covering your knuckles with gloves or other materials if possible.
3. Topical Whitening Creams
Apart from following these methods, it’s also important that you focus your efforts on whitening your skin naturally. There are lots of ways to do this. The most effective way to accomplish this is with the use of skin whitening creams.
Skin whitening creams are composed of complex ingredients. Most of these ingredients are natural tyronsinase inhibitors (i.e. they prevent tyronsinase from functioning to the fullest). This helps reduce melanin production thereby helping with whitening of your knuckles.