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Beauty Q&A: How Do I Lighten Dark Elbows and Knees?

It's not a lost cause!
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When we talk skin issues, we almost immediately zone in on pimples, dark undereye circles, too large pores, uncontrollable blackheads, and so on. But skin problems don't just happen on the face, it happens on the whole body, too. We've got the whole dark underarms situation, dry legs (yes, it's a skin issue), and one of the most usual skin problems of college girls: dark elbows and knees!

The darkening of elbows and knees don't happen overnight. It usually starts during your childhood back when you couldn't care less about your skin. But the good news is, it's not a lost cause, Candy Girls! With the right skin care routine, dark elbows and knees are still 100% reversible! To help you out with this common skin problem, we asked a dermatologist to give us the lowdown on how to lighten dark elbows and knees with ease.

Q: How do I lighten dark elbows and knees?

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Dr. Rhoda: Darkening of the skin is usually caused by friction. You can avoid the darkening of your elbows and knees by avoiding too tight clothes that constantly rub against these areas. Also, physical injuries like mild skin abrasions or scrapes also contribute to the darkening of skin—especially the elbows and the knees. Luckily, skin darkening is not a lost cause and is fixable. Fruit acids and AHAs do the trick of naturally lightening darker areas of the skin. Also, lightening soaps and creams are great for maintenance, but make sure that the products that you use are prescribed by a dermatologist and always discontinue use if your feel any skin irritation to avoid any complications. Make sure that you always keep your elbows and knees moisturized as well to avoid skin drying, too.

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Dr. Rhoda B Espino graduated from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila College of Medicine and received her training in dermatology in New South Wales Australia for Cosmetic and Aesthetic Medicine followed by Fellowship in Aesthetic Dermatology in the Philippine Academy of Aesthetic and Age Management Medicine and the Philippine Academy of Medical Specialists. She is currently a member of the Philippine Society in Anti-Obesity, a board director of PAAMMI, and is the CEO of EliteAsia Aesthetics Center.

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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