How To Remove Elbow Stains

By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How To Remove Elbow Stains

As a result of friction, hormonal changes, sun exposure and neglect, our elbow sometimes darken and can look dirty. If your elbows are looking grubby, or start turning black, worry not! There are some simple yet effective home remedies that will leave your skin looking clean and radiant again! So, if you want to know how to remove elbow stains, keep on reading this OneHowTo article for all the tips and tricks.

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Steps to follow:

First of all, make sure you clean your elbows thoroughly when you're bathing or showering. During the day, we rest our elbows on numerous different surfaces - from our work desk to the dinner table - so it's natural that dirt accumulates in this area.

How To Remove Elbow Stains - Step 1

After a bath or shower and before going to bed, apply a nourishing moisturizing cream to the area. There are some moisturizers on the market created specifically for the hands and elbows which will keep the area beautifully soft and smooth.

How To Remove Elbow Stains - Step 2

Exfoliators are also great for keeping your elbows smooth and removing any ingrained stains. To prevent your elbows from darkening further, we recommend applying sunscreen to the area.


An incredibly effective home remedy is to soak your elbows in a bowl of lemon juice for about 5 minutes. Afterwards, wash the area well and apply some nourishing moisturizer. Lemon has natural bleaching properties and, after a few weeks, you'll see a remarkable difference. However, make sure you don't expose the area to the sun in the meantime because this can further stain the skin.

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You could also try mixing the lemon juice with sugar and use it as an exfoliating cream. Another soothing home remedy is to mix a tablespoon of plain yogurt with a tablespoon of oats and apply the mixture for 5 minutes. Rinse with water and, once again, apply some moisturizer.

How To Remove Elbow Stains - Step 5

A powerful moisturizer which can help to remove elbow stains is olive oil, which you should leave to absorb into your skin. If you follow our tips and trick and do these on a daily basis, you'll see remarkable changes in your skin.

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For specialized advice, we recommend seeing a dermatologist who will most likely prescribe some rich moisturizing creams.

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  • Make sure you apply sun protection on your elbows to prevent the black stains from appearing again.

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