How to Lighten Dark Underarms at Home -10 Home Remedies

How to Lighten Dark Underarms at Home

Dark underarms are often a big problem faced by many ladies like me. They become a hindrance to our dressing style and we need to cut down on certain dresses just because we got to hide the dark patches on our underarms. Many girls are facing the same problem of dark underarms and want to know how to lighten underarms.

I have tried many home remedies to lighten dark underarms. Some of them shows no response and some of them worked. So, I thought to share those home remedies for dark underarms with you.

Before going further let’s discuss what causes dark armpits.

What causes dark armpits?

  • The dark appearance of the skin in the underarms is caused due to the usage of hair removal cream, deodorants containing alcohol, excessive sweating, accumulation of dirt and dead cells.
  • Acanthosis nigricans is a kind of skin condition which leads to discoloration in body folds and creases. It is also one of the main reason of dark armpits.
  • The armpit discoloration can be hormonal. If you are suffering from hormones dis-balance then it may lead to dark armpit and dark bikini area.
  • PCOS plays great role in causing dark underarms.
  • Shaving underarms
  • Friction due to tight clothes

These all are the main reason for dark underarms. Be careful about using chemical products as the skin of the underarms is really thin and you need to treat it gently.

Well, here we come to the rescue and provide you with some cure on how to whiten dark underarms in just a few days. These are homemade remedies to lighten the underarms.

Home remedies for dark underarms

how to lighten underarms

Chemical-based products are always harsh to your soft skin. Underarms are a very sensitive part of your skin. So, if you are using any product there, be careful.

We are listing here some homemade remedies for dark underarms. Always start with washing your underarms with hot water as it opens the pores and the constituents get absorbed into the skin properly.

1. Flour, Honey and tomato juice as a pack

Prepare a pack made of flour, honey, and tomato juice. You can replace tomato juice with beetroot juice or carrot juice if you want. Apply and keep the pack for 15 minutes and wash it with water. You can see the difference just after one use.

Flour acts as a scrub for the skin and removes the dead cells. Honey acts as an excellent moisturizer and keeps it smooth. Tomato juice acts as a natural bleach. Beetroot juice has vitamins and certain properties that whiten the underarms to a great extent just after one use.

2. Turmeric, Baking soda, and Honey as a natural bleaching cream

Prepare a bleaching cream made of turmeric, baking soda, and honey. Apply it on your dark underarms for 15-20 minutes and wash it.

The best part about this cream is it can be kept in the refrigerator for 15-20 days and can be used for a long time. Turmeric has antiseptic properties and lightens the skin. Baking soda does the whitening role mainly but always be careful not to use it on your face as it may cause harm. Honey acts as a moisturizer.

This homemade prepared cream not only will lighten your skin but will also reduce hair growth. That is really alluring and you can see the result in just a month!

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3. Massage with grated potatoes

Massaging with potatoes can lighten the underarms without causing any irritation. The slightly acidic property of the potato makes it a mild bleaching agent. Cut the potato and grate it. Apply the juice to your dark underarms and leave it for 30 minutes. You can also leave it overnight if you want.

4. Use lemon and baking soda together

Lemon is a great natural cleanser and also lightens the skin tone. Baking soda can definitely act as a good scrub apart from lightening the skin tone. This is a wonderful remedy to be used twice a week to get fast results.

Take a tablespoon of lemon juice and half a tablespoon of baking soda and mix the two ingredients. Apply it on your underarms for 15-20 minutes and wash it. This is one of the best home remedies to treat dark underarms.

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5. Sugar and coconut oil as a scrub

As we know accumulation of dead cells and dirt can make our underarms dark we must scrub them properly. A mix of sugar and coconut oil can act as a wonderful scrub and moisturizer. Coconut oil contains vitamin E which lightens the skin tone gradually with time.

6. Orange peel powder with rose water and milk

During the time when oranges are easy to get, we must use them fully to get white underarms. Orange peel has lightening and exfoliating properties thus can be used as a wonderful scrub.

Dry the peels and produce them in a powdered form. Mix it with rose water which acts as a toner and milk acts as a whitener and moisturizer. This paste must be left on the skin for 15-20 minutes and wash it with cold water only to get the best results.

7. Egg oil

Egg oil is another ingredient you can use to lighten the underarms. This is the easy way to do it. Just buy egg oil and it is ready to use. 

Massage your armpit with the egg oil at night before going to sleep. Wash it in the morning when you take shower with mild PH-balanced soap.

8. Cucumber

Cucumber is a natural whitener. It has natural bleaching properties and can be applied on underarms in the same way as potatoes. Repeat this 2-3 times a week. Just cut thick slices of cucumber, crush them and rub them on the dark areas of underarms. Rinse your underarms with cool water after 10 minutes.

9. Masoor daal (Red Lentil) Powder

Red lentil powder can be used as a natural scrubber. Scrubbing removes dead skin and keeps skin clear. Take 1 tablespoon of Masoor Dal powder, add rose water and lemon juice to it. Mix it well and apply it to underarms. Remove it by scrubbing underarms after 10 minutes and wash it off with water.

10. Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera gel is a natural exfoliating product.  Massage aloe vera gel on your underarms and keep it for 5-10 minutes. It helps in exfoliating, moisturizing, and making pits soft.

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Apart from using these tips make sure that you are never using any hair removal cream. Hair removal creams contain harmful chemicals in a huge amount causing darkening of underarms. Choose the kind of proper wax which does not cause darkening and apply a moisturizer immediately. Aloe Vera gel the ‘miracle cure’ can be applied here too for effective results. Use alcohol-free deodorants and roll-ons. Using razors does not darken your underarms it is seriously a myth.

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If you are also facing dark circles problem this How to Remove Dark Circles at Home Naturally is for you.

Well following all this will definitely perk up your wardrobe and you can make the ‘beautiful you’ more fashionable without having to worry about your underarms.

Stay beautiful. Stay Happy.

Expert Answers to FAQs:

1. What makes your underarms dark?

As we discussed previously, there are various reasons for dark armpits:

  • deodorants or other chemical sprays
  • shaving the armpits
  • dead skin cell buildup
  • friction due to tight clothes
  • dark patches on the skin
  • damaged adrenal gland
  • hyperpigmentation due to smoking or increased melanin
  • Abnormal hormone levels
  • bacterial infection
  • PCOS
2. Does waxing lighten underarms?

Yes. Waxing works as an exfoliating method. It removes the dead skin cell from your armpit and makes underarms lighten. Doing frequent waxing can help lighten the underarms.

3. Why do armpits get dark when you shave?

When you shave your underarms, irritation may cause due to shaving which can lead to dark underarms. There is one more reason for this. When you shave your underarms, the hairs do not get removed from roots but get trimmed. So, you can see trimmed hair tips which cause the illusion of a dark armpit. 

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