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How to get rid of dark toe knuckles

Updated April 17, 2017

On a warm, sunny day it’s natural to want to wear open-toe sandals whether it’s to prevent your toes getting hot and sweaty by giving them air or to show off your pedicure. However, some people are hesitant to do this because they have dark toe knuckles. No matter how clear, even and glowing the rest of your skin is, you may find that the skin on your toe knuckles is dull and dark. It is possible to remove this dark skin by taking steps that specifically target the knuckles. Over time, the skin on your toe knuckles will lighten in colour and become as smooth, soft and radiant as the skin on the rest of your body.

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  1. Pour some extra virgin olive oil into a cup and heat it up by microwaving it for 30 seconds.Massage your toes with the warm oil for a few minutes. This will moisturise the area, alleviating the dryness that contributes to dark knuckles.

  2. Mix baking soda and water together in a mixing bowl, stirring it until it forms a paste. Using your fingers, scrub your toes with the mixture for up to two minutes. This will exfoliate your knuckles, taking away hard and dead skin.

  3. Apply lemon juice to the toe knuckles using your fingers, leave it on for a few minutes and rinse it off. Apply almond oil to the area. Lemon juice not only has bleaching properties but is also an exfoliator, making it great at speeding up the process of fading dark areas on your skin.

  4. Wash and dry the mixing bowl with a soft tea towel. Grate some papaya and mix it with some fuller’s earth in the bowl. Fuller’s earth is a type of clay that improves the appearance of skin, drawing out impurities such as oil and grime. Juice a carrot in your juicer. The process will produce a fibre known as pulp. Add the carrot pulp to the bowl and stir well to fully combine it with the mixture of papaya and fuller’s earth. Carrot removes pigment and peels away dead skin, leaving even-toned skin. Put the mixture onto your toe knuckles with your fingers and leave it on for a while. Rinse it off with cold water.

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Things You'll Need

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Cup
  • Microwave
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Lemon juice
  • Almond oil
  • Tea towel
  • Grater
  • Papaya
  • Fuller’s earth
  • Carrot
  • Electric juicer

About the Author

Based in London, Autumn St. John has been writing career- and business-related articles since 2007. Her work has appeared in the "Guardian" and "Changing Careers" magazine. St. John holds a Master of Arts in Russian and East European literature and culture from University College London, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in modern history from the University of Oxford.

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