It is often said that a beautiful face attracts everyone but have you ever noticed that beautiful hands and legs draw an equal amount of attention.
We often take care of our hands by moisturizing them all the time to make them soft and delicate looking. But, a lot of times we miss the knuckles and that results in causing dark knuckles.
A lot of times, it is the dark skin that appears on the knuckles that are the issue. It creates a very bad impression on the person looking at the hands.
Well, you do not have to feel guilty as there are ways that can help you get rid of the damage on your hands. So, let’s all first discover today what causes the knuckles to get dark and what can be done to treat them at home.
Causes of Dark Knuckles and Spots on Knuckles
The number one reason behind the darkening of knuckles is hyperpigmentation. This occurs because of the production of too much melanin. This happens when you are exposed to too much sunlight. And a lot of times it happens due to some underlying health conditions.
Some of the common causes observed behind the darkening of knuckles are mentioned below:
- Diabetes or Prediabetes
- Addison’s Disease
- Drug Reactions
- Vitamin B12 Deficiency
- PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)
- Systemic Sclerosis
The most common reason however is hyperpigmentation. This often results in causing dark spots on knuckles.
5 Effective Home Remedies to Treat Darkening of Knuckles
Now that we know the reasons behind dark knuckles, know that home remedies don’t work on medical conditions. Although the home remedies can work great in lightning off the dark skin of knuckles if they have been darkened by sun exposure.
Let’s all find out the ways that can be used to treat the darkened knuckles and the dark spots at home.
1. Use a Great Exfoliator
An exfoliator helps you exfoliate the skin in a way that you get rid of all the dead skin. Now the dead skin when accumulated on the knuckles gives them a darker look. A good scrub is what is needed to get your skin exfoliated.
You can make the scrub easily by making a mixture of lemon and sugar. This can be done by mixing ½ teaspoon of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of sugar.
Now, make a paste and use it on the fingers.
The trick is to massage the scrub on the fingers in a circular manner. Do this for almost 10 minutes and then rinse it with warm water.
For best results, try and do it regularly for a few days in order to achieve the desired results.
2. Make Use of Gram Flour
Gram Flour can work great in making dark knuckles look brighter and lighter in shade. You can use gram flour by mixing it with raw milk and lemon juice. To make this, you will need 1 tablespoon of gram flout=r and a few drops of lemon juice. You can mix these with 2 tablespoons of raw milk.
Apply it on your knuckles or on the affected area and leave it until it dries. You can wash it after it dries with water at room temperature.
For this home remedy, you will have to wait around a month in order to get the desired results. All of the three ingredients used in this remedy work as lightening agents and exfoliate dead skin cells.
3. Make Natural Bleach
Dark knuckles can be bleached at home naturally to make them appear lighter. The bleach can be made at home by using two simple ingredients that are available at home at all times. Any guesses? Well, it is honey and lemon.
Mix lemon and honey together and apply it to the knuckles for a few days. Put it on the skin for 10 minutes and then wash it off using lukewarm water. Lemon is said to be a natural bleaching agent and honey plays its role in moisturizing the skin.
Another natural way to bleach the skin is by using raw lemon and cutting it into slices. These slices can then be rubbed on the knuckles for 10 minutes before you take a bath.
4. Baking Soda Rinse
You can pamper not only your dark knuckles but also your hands by making a baking soda rinse. This is made by mixing glycerin, rose water, and baking soda. This is made by taking a medium-sized bowl and filling it with lukewarm water. You can then add all of the three ingredients in equal amounts to the water and rinse.
Then, it is time to dip your hands in the bowl for a minimum of 5 minutes. Once you are done rinsing, wash your hands with water. This helps a lot in reducing the darkness that is present on the knuckles.
5. Apply Almond Oil
Almond oil is very good for improving the health of the skin and it helps a lot with brightening the skin. You can take almond oil and just take a few drops. Then massage the oil on the knuckles for around 10 minutes.
You can leave it overnight and then wash it off with water the next morning. This can help a lot with dark spots on knuckles that occur due to sun damage. It also reduces the pigmentation of the hands, if applied to the hands overnight.
Try and do it regularly for better and quick results.
Wrapping it Up!
Dark knuckles are not very pleasant to see on someone’s hands. It is very important to equally take care of the knuckles as we do of our hands. Try and use the home remedies as much as you can. In case of any medical condition, I would recommend you first consult with the doctor and then make use of them.