Dark coloration of the skin in the underarms region is usually not a disease or medical condition. Dark underarms can be thought of as the skin’s response to exposure to certain elements, similar to a suntan that results from exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Some of the main causes of dark underarms are shaving, regular use of hair removing creams, excessive sweating, poor ventilation of underarms, accumulation of dead skin cells, and use of alcoholbased deodorants and antiperspirants.
You can easily get rid of dark underarms using simple home remedies that are safe, effective, natural and affordable.
1. Coconut Oil:
Coconut oil is another good option to get rid of dark underarms. Coconut oil contains vitamin E that can help lighten the underarms. At the same time, it will also work as an effective natural deodorant.
- Massage the dark underarms with coconut oil.
- Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Wash it off with mild soap and lukewarm water.
- Repeat two or three times daily until you achieve the desired results
It is the ultimate natural bleaching agent. You can use it to whiten any parts of the body, and that includes underarms too. Nevertheless, lemons are also good antiseptic agents, thus they get rid of odor from your underarms. All you have to do is just rub a slice of lemon against your armpit, and leave it on for about 10 minutes before rinsing. But however, bear in mind that lemons can dry out your skin. Therefore, we advise you to apply some moisturizer or body lotion afterwards.
3. Baking Soda:
One of the main reasons for darkening of the armpit is the accumulation of dead cells in that area. We often skip exfoliating our underarms and as a result face this problem. Baking soda proves to be very effective in terms of exfoliation or scrubbing. Take two tablespoons of baking soda and a few drops of water. Make a slightly thick paste and apply it on the armpits. Rub it in circular motion gently. Doing this regularly for at least 3-4 times a week will help unclog pores and scrub away all the dead skin, thus lightening your underarms.
Potato contains an enzyme that helps in getting lightening underarms and potato has a bleaching property. Extract the juice from potato and directly apply on the armpits and gently massage for about 10 minutes. This is a natural remedy which gives you a positive result and you can repeat the procedure once in a day for about 2-3 weeks.
5. Sandalwood and Rose Water:
If you are not a fan of saffron a great alternative is to make a paste of sandalwood with rose water. Sandalwood contains natural lightening compounds and the rose water will help to soften the skin in your underarms.
Just apply the paste to your underarms and leave for 5 to 10 minutes before washing it off, if used every day you will start to see whiter underarms.
6. Orange Peels:
Orange peels are considered to be another great way to peel away those extra layers of dark and dead cells in your underarms. Orange belongs to the lemon family and therefore has a bleaching effect. It can lighten your underarms provided it is used the right way. You can add some milk and rose water to it to make it even more effective.
7. Sunflower Oil:
Because sunflower oil has whitening and moisturizing properties, it is considered as the effective home remedy on how to get rid of dark underarms. When it is applied, it can soften and whiten your skin. Moreover, sunflower oil is versatile remedy. It is used to treat not only the dark armpits but also stretch marks, acne, pimples and other marks appearing on your face or other areas of your body. You should take one tablespoon of sunflower oil and then apply the oil on your underarms. Leave it for a few minutes and wash it off. It will be better if you repeat the process twice a day after you take a bath and go to bed. You should repeat the treatment until the dark underarms or underarms odors disappear completely.
8. Gram Flour:
Gram flour is another ingredient that can be used as whitening pack to get rid of dark underarms. Make the pack using a handful of gram flour, yogurt, lemon and a bit of turmeric powder. Mix all these ingredients well till it forms a thick paste. Once it is done store it in the refrigerator and apply some of the paste on the underarms daily. Leave it for 20-30 minutes, and wash it off with warm water.