I just want to start by saying dark underarms are completely normal. You’re not sick and it’s nothing major. But normally, your underarms should be the same color as the rest of your body.
Dark underarms have made a lot of people quite insecure about wearing certain clothes and with summer fast approaching, we can change that. You need to be confident about yourself.
Without any further delay, let’s get started:
What causes dark underarms?
We can’t treat a problem without finding out where the problem originates from. Here are a couple of things that cause dark underarms:
- deodorants and antiperspirants (chemical irritants)
- shaving (irritation and abrasion)
- dead skin cell accumulation (lack of exfoliation)
- friction (tight clothes)
- smoker’s melanosis (hyperpigmentation caused by smoking)
- hyperpigmentation (increased melanin)
- acanthosis nigricans (often a sign of diabetes, obesity, or abnormal hormone levels)
- erythrasma (bacterial infection)
- melasma (dark patches on the skin)
- Addison’s disease (damaged adrenal gland)
Some of these causes can be avoided and here are some of the changes you need to make immediately:
1.stop shaving: shaving is one of the top causes because the razor blades are abrasive and can damage the top skin layer. This causes irritation And dark underarms. Instead, Go for waxing or laser hair removal. I love to use hair removal cream like Veet and it works perfectly.
2.Exfoliate: please exfoliate At least once a week to get rid of the dead skin cells. When you don’t exfoliate, those dead skin cells build up and make the area look dark.
3.switch your deodorants/ antiperspirants to alcohol-free ones
4.Start wearing more loose-fitting clothes to avoid friction
How to get rid of dark underarms naturally
There are so many remedies out there that claim to work but I can’t try all of them so here are 5 that I have personally tried and they actually work.
Note: these won’t work overnight, unfortunately. You need to be consistent for At least 2 weeks before you start seeing the results you want. Don’t give up too soon.
Tumeric + lemon juice
Mix your Tumeric powder and lemon juice in a small bowl. Apply on your underarms and leave it for about 5 minutes. Repeat 3 times a week. Note: the Tumeric might stain your pits at first so bear that in mind.
Using lemons to lighten underarms can irritate sensitive skin, and cause rashes or some other kind of reaction. Potatoes aren’t as acidic as lemons but are a better option for sensitive skin. The citric acid in potatoes is milder and, even though they work at a slow pace, they give desired results too.
Cut your potatoes into slices and rub them on your underarms. Wash it after 10mins and repeat daily for best results.
Baking soda + apple cider vinegar
You can mix the baking soda with water if you have very sensitive skin but I like to mix mine with apple cider vinegar because they both help a lot when it comes to lightning.
Mix your baking soda with a little amount of apple cider vinegar to form a paste. Apply it on and leave it for about 5-10 minutes. Rinse off and repeat 2 times a week
I first used cucumber to get rid of my dark circles
and surprisingly it works great for lightening underarms. Cut your cucumber into slices and apply it to the affected areas. Repeat twice daily for best results.
I was shocked as well. Greek yogurt actually works. I first saw this on TikTok and I was like “ I need to try this” because it was too good to be true. It actually works. Just get any Greek yogurt (the one with no sugar) and apply that on your underarms. Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes and then wash it off. Repeat as frequently as possible for the best results.
That brings us to the end of this post. I hope you found a few things beneficial here and make sure you try At least 2 of these remedies and let me know if it works out for you. Also, you can use these on any other dark areas you have like your inner thighs, your knees, and elbows. It all works for them as well.
Thank you for reading and let me know in the comments how you get rid of your dark underarms.