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How to Clean Dark Elbows

by
author image Jonae Fredericks
Jonae Fredericks started writing in 2007. She also has a background as a licensed cosmetologist and certified skin-care specialist. Jonae Fredericks is a certified paraeducator, presently working in the public education system.
How to Clean Dark Elbows
How to Clean Dark Elbows Photo Credit Laura Drilling/Demand Media

If you are a dark-skinned individual, meaning that you have more melanin in your skin than someone with a lighter skin tone, you may notice that your elbows sometimes appear dirty. However, what looks like dirt is actually a build-up of dead skin cells that can give your skin an ashy appearance. Removing these dead skin cells is sometimes all it takes to make your elbows look clean again. Stubborn skin may require the use of a natural lightener such as lemon juice.

Step 1

How to Clean Dark Elbows
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Exfoliate your elbows using a shower loofah and exfoliating body wash. Rub the loofah over your elbows to remove dead skin cells each time you shower.

Step 2

How to Clean Dark Elbows
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Slice a lemon in half using a sharp knife. Rub the lemon half over both of your elbows, releasing the lemon juice. Allow the lemon juice to remain on your elbows 15 minutes. Rinse your elbows with warm water. Repeat three times a week.

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Step 3

How to Clean Dark Elbows
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Create a stronger lemon solution by mixing ¼ cup of baking soda and just enough lemon juice to form a paste. Rub the mixture over your dark elbows using your fingertips. Continue rubbing for at least 20 minutes. The baking soda will exfoliate and work the lemon juice into your skin. Rinse and repeat three times a week.

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