Dark underarms or dark armpits is a situation when underarm portion of the skin, tends to get darker in color when compared to the rest of the body. This is a common situation in both men and women, but women are tend to become more worried of this as it plunders their chances of wearing sleeveless tops or dresses. But you need not worry about it now, as there are home remedies that can help you get rid of embarrassing dark underarms.
Before treating Underarm problem it is important to know the causes that give rise to such situation.
Causes of Dark Underarms
- Tight fitted and dark colored clothes, if wore on regular basis tends to create friction between the underarms and the cloth, giving rise to the chances of developing discoloration in underarms. Try out loose fitting clothes or material that eases your underarms to get enough air.
- Avoid using hair removal creams, deodorants, perfumes etc, they contain chemicals that are highly harmful to the skin and causes darkened armpits.
- Shaving is the major cause of dark underarms as it only cuts-off hair from the surface of the skin. This leads to thickening of the hair which increases skin pigmentation and darkens the area.
- Hereditary factors, overweight, excessive sweating are some of the other factors that leads to dark underarms.
Top remedies for treatment of Dark Underarms:
Now that we know what could be causing darker underarms, let us now focus on how to get rid of it.
One of the strongest reasons for discoloration of underarms is shaving or using hair removal creams. Therefore, it is advisable to go for waxing. Though it is a painful process and hurts much, but at least the hairs will be removed from the root and your underarms will appear fairer immediately. Moreover, waxing works as an exfoliating method too.
Rubbing a small quantity of lemon juice, every day before taking a bath, is one of the most effective ways to lighten underarms. Lemon is a natural bleaching agent and will slowly lighten the underarm area. After your bath, do apply a good moisturizer to soften the skin and skip the deodorant for few days.
Application of homemade whitening pack on daily basis also helps in getting rid of dark underarms. To prepare the pack at home you need a handful of gram flour, 1tbsp. yogurt, few drops of lemon juice and a pinch of turmeric powder. Mix the ingredients well and apply this mixture under your armpits. Leave for 15-20 min, and then wash it off. This is a natural treatment and does not result in any harmful side effects.
Potato and Cucumber Juice
Potato and cucumber both works as a natural bleaching agent. You can either apply a thinly sliced potatoes directly to your underarms or else grate the potato, squeeze out its juice and apply the juice to the affected area. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash. You will notice that soon the underarm skin appears to be lighter in color. Similarly, you can grate a cucumber and apply the juice under your arms.
An effective home remedy that works in two ways is mixing a pinch of saffron in two spoonful’s of milk or cream and applying to the underarms before going to the bed. Keep this for the whole night, and wash off the next morning. Not only does this lightens the underarms, but also kills all germs and bacteria that cause underarm odor.
Less Usage of deodorants
Try some natural remedies to combat body odor for a few days instead of using harsh deodorants. You can mix baking soda with a little water and wipe the underarms with this solution. Anti-fungal powders and alum are also great alternatives. Once your underarms look lighter, shift to specialized whitening deos made especially for sensitive skin.
Try Sandalwood and Rose Water
Another great way to treat dark underarms naturally is to create a paste of sandalwood with rose water. While the sandalwood has lightening properties, the rose water will cool down the skin and make it softer. Leave the paste for a few minutes before washing it off and use this every day to see a difference. To get better results, apply this mixture to your underarms and leave it for overnight. Then wash it off in the morning. This will give you instant results.
These small and easy to follow steps will remove your under arm darkening problem for ever and gives you your long lost confidence to go sleeveless.