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Treatment for dark skin on elbows and knees - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am 33 yrs old male and I am fair-skinned. But I have extremely dark elbows and knees since I was a teenager, which look very ugly compared to the rest of the body. I have been trying to clean them with soap and rubbing lemon juice and lemon skin on them and trying fairness cream etc, but dosent help !! any suggestion ??? pls
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am a General Physician
Doctor :   I can give you general /home remedies
User :   hi
User :   ok
Doctor :   Dark skin can be a bane for people who crave a fair complexion. Though a lot of people have naturally dark skin, darkening of skin could also be due to hyperpigmentation and various other reasons. A dark colored skin has more of skin pigment Melanin, as compared to a fair skin. Unfortunately, increased quantity of melanin can cause the skin to look blemished and patchy.
Doctor :   Mix 1 tsp of milk powder, 1 tsp of honey, 1 tsp of lemon juice, and ½ tsp of almond oil. Apply on dark spots and wash off after 10-15 minutes. This pack helps bring shine to the skin and also removes tan.
Doctor :   This is #1
User :   ok
Doctor :   #2Mix oatmeal with curd and tomato juice and apply on the face. Keep it on for 20 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. It helps remove the tan and lightens the skin.
User :   my face and all are very fair
Doctor :   #3Applying turmeric powder along with lime juice removes the tan. Lime juice is a natural bleach.
User :   only elbows are dirty
Doctor :   i a sorry apply on dark elbows
Doctor :   #4Dried orange peels mixed with curd also help reduce blemishes and scars. Wash off this mixture with cold water after 15 minutes.
User :   i have heard rubbing with lemon skin is good ? true
Doctor :   yea
Doctor :   mix with turmetic
Doctor :   lemon+turmeric , not just lemon
Doctor :   So any of these if you do regularly the skin will become fair
User :   i am confused which lemon skin to rub ?? i mean the inside fibrous area or the outside tough area...rind
Doctor :   Apply turmeric powder along with lime juice removes the tan. Lime juice is a natural bleach.
User :   i got that !! but what about rubbing with lemon skin
Doctor :   Just lemon i have no idea
Doctor :   i have no idea
User :   so just apply juice and turmeric with fingers
Doctor :   YES
User :   leave for how long ??
Doctor :   3-4 hours
Doctor :   better if u r at home
Doctor :   it will discolor ur dress
User :   so like i apply at night and go to bed ?
Doctor :   yes
User :   but how will i protect that area from the juice and turmeric coming off ?? i mean cant keep it lifted for 4 hrs
Doctor :   it is a paste
Doctor :   paste will stick to the skin'
Doctor :   it works for few hours
Doctor :   so do it daily
Doctor :   it is not one day process
User :   ok
User :   and how to get rid of the accumulated dirt, dead cells etc ??
User :   just rubbing with soap dosent help?
Doctor :   Wash with regular soap
Doctor :   U can only fasten the natural process to some extent
Doctor :   scrubs are are fine
Doctor :   rub with scrubs
User :   ok
User :   do fairness creams for face, so many in the market, will help here ??
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   Absolutely
Doctor :   Mechanism is the same
Doctor :   removing excess melanin
User :   but they dont work ! instead of the famous otc creams, any allopathic medical creams are there for hyperpigmentation ???
Doctor :   no
Doctor :   there are no medicated creams
Doctor :   All herbals
Doctor :   It is a slow process
Doctor :   You can go for skin grafting '
Doctor :   I understand it is expensive though
User :   but like
Doctor :   SD
User :   there are sp many topical creams anti-biotics, anti-fungal, for varicose veins etc etc. nothing for discolouration ??
Doctor :   no
User :   topical steroids
User :   ?
Doctor :   no
Doctor :   Thjey cause harm
Doctor :   not benefit
Doctor :   they cause hyperpigmentation
Doctor :   meaning too much pigment from microscarring
User :   so if i am using home remedy, say lemon and turmeric, no need of any cream etc??
User :   ??
Doctor :   try and stick to one cream or method
Doctor :   do not try too many
User :   if i use everyday how long it takes ?? years ??
Doctor :   May be 5 years
User :   fainess creams claim result in 2 weeks
User :   ?
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   may be they experimented on face
Doctor :   not on knees
Doctor :   or elbows
Doctor :   the skin on elbows and knees is tough not like face
Doctor :   rotate different methods
Doctor :   one method for 2 months
Doctor :   like that...
Doctor :   Do you follow me?
User :   yup
User :   and scrubber can be used daily during shower ??
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   Do you have any other questions
Doctor :   It was nice chatting with you
User :   no
User :   than
User :   thanx
Doctor :   Bye
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