Chemical Peel for Very Dark Knees?

i am a female with a light brown skin but my knees are very dark. it is so different from the rest of my body, that its very embarassing. i am wondering what my best option(s) would be to getting them to be like the rest of my body. chemical peel???

Doctor Answers 3

Chemical Peels or Dermabrasions plus bleaching creams help dark knees and elbows.

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Dark knees and elbows do improve with exfoliating techniques such as dermabrasions and chemical peels but need prescription bleaching creams and moisturizers as well to prevent the problem from returning right away. 

Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Dark knees may be normal but...

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Many people with brown skin may naturally have noticeably darker knees and elbows. Darkening may also be secondary to friction or an inflammatory skin condition. A TCA peel and be helpful for any of the above, however, a bleaching cream may also be required. If the condition is your natural state, you may need to repeat the peel from time to time. Don't use bleaching creams long term as they can have side effects.

Dina D. Strachan, MD
New York Dermatologist

Dark knees

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THe most likely causes of this condition are either genetic or related to post inflammatory hyperpigmentation due to repetitive friction. Unfortunately, peels do not work. Bleaching creams may be tried but realistically this is a very difficult condition to treat effectively.

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon

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