5 Ways Devoted Muslimahs Can Eco-Clean “Dirty” Prayer-Knees

Dark knee skin from praying

Kneecaps darkened by repetitive prayer in a kneeling position just ain’t pretty.  Even if your gams aren’t publicly paraded, it’s not a look most of us want to achieve. You can slather on harsh chemical bleaching creams, but how about trying an eco-remedy instead?

Islam requires followers to pray five times daily. The ritual involves kneeling on a prayer mat and touching the ground with your forehead. Done vigorously over time, a dark “prayer bump” may develop smack in the middle of the brow. This patch of calloused skin, called a zebiba, is considered by some as a sign of religious dedication.

Muslimah also pray, but few women end up with a prayer bump. A woman likely takes better care of her facial skin than a man does, and if she chooses to wear a hijab her forehead is further protected from contact with abrasive prayer mat fibers.

Do fervent women get a “mark of faith” elsewhere on their bodies?

Performed prostrate on hard surfaces, frequent prayer can be brutal on knee joints, and on the papery skin that covers them. Clothing may protect skin from embedded dust, but it will still bruise and callous from repetitive kneeling. And to makes matters worse, melanin-rich ethnicities are prone to dark patches caused by the slightest friction or hormonal imbalance.

Lighten up dark skin with these eco-friendly home treatments:

1. Exfoliate skin regularly to get rid of dead skin cells, one of the main causes of darkening skin.(Just check that your chosen product doesn’t include pollution-causing plastic microbeads!

2. Lemon juice contains natural bleaching properties. Dip a cottonball in fresh lemon juice and rub it gently on the knees. Allow the juice to stay on the skin for at least 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse. Repeat several times a day.

3. Hydrogen peroxide has excellent bleaching properties too. Dip a cottonball in hydrogen peroxide and apply it to the knees. Repeat several times daily.

4. Aloe also works well to remove dark spots. Pull a frond off an aloe plant, open up the leaf and rub the gelatinous inside over the affected areas daily.  Let dry completely, then rinse.

5. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

And do check your blood-sugar levels next time you visit your doctor.  Dark spots, including zebiba, can be a type of acanthosis nigricans which could be a sign of insulin resistance caused by type 2 diabetes.

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7 thoughts on “5 Ways Devoted Muslimahs Can Eco-Clean “Dirty” Prayer-Knees”

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  2. Mariam says:

    Thank you so much for this! I’ve recently started praying and with 5 prayers a day, its made my knees darker and thick callous just like you described (and in the picture). I’ve been looking for a solution which is how I stumbled on this page. I’ve never had dark knees only until I started praying.

    Thanks again!! I will try this.

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  4. Lobna Al-wadeiah says:

    It caught my attention how you think praying causes dark knees. I would like to clarify with you that dark knees are the result of pigmentation which may arise from genetic inheritance as well as friction and stretching as a result of daily activity such as walking, wearing tight pants, etc. It has little to do with praying. If it did, then would you please explain to me why elbows get dark? How can getting down on your knees for a few seconds which may add up to a few minutes a day be the sole reason for dark knees?

    “The pigmentation is a reflection of the type of skin around the joints and the fact that there is constant friction between these thickened areas and the environment.” R. Karamanoukian, MD, FACS


    “The skin in these areas are always in motion because they are over some of the most utilized joints in the body.” M. S. Green, MD

    Source: http://www.realself.com/question/procedures-for-dark-elbows-and-knees

    These are answers from real doctors who give real reasons as to why skin on certain areas of your body can become dark.
    Yes, we pray five times a day and therefore get down on our knees often; however, this is not the reason for your dark knees. Please do not foolishly blame something like this on prayers as if they were a burden. My little sister is only 3 years old and is already showing signs of darkened knees. I also have non-Muslim friends who have this condition.

    If I wasn’t muslim, the first thing I would have thought would be, “wow! those poor girls have to dirty their pretty little knees everyday just to bow down to their own creator five times a day! Oh! what a waste!”

    Also, you mentioned that praying can cause dark foreheads. I have never in my entire life seen a muslim, male or female, with dark foreheads. So I have no idea where you got that one. 🙂

    Lobna A.

    1. MI909 says:

      So true! I have seen some of my friennds who are muslims with fair knees too!!! So that possibly means that darkening is not caused due to praying! And it is so embarassing for the author to mention dirty prayer knees! So what about the non-muslims? Do they have dirty “non-prayer” knees ???

  5. Arganfarm says:

    Cosmetic Argan oil does also wonders on healing and regenerating damaged skin 😉
    Keep up the good work!

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