With the summer on our doorstep, we’re sure you want to wear your bikinis, strapless gowns and sleeveless tops. However, most people are ashamed to do so due to their dark armpits which look pretty unpleasant. The discoloration is not usually a sign of a bigger medical problem, although factors such as obesity, hormonal imbalance and other health problems may be the culprits.
Most times, however, the dark patches on your underarms are caused by excessive sweating, frequent use of antiperspirants and deodorants, improper ventilation and hair removal creams. Although the problem of dark underarms is quite difficult to resolve, there are a variety of natural remedies that can help, and we have the ten best for you.
Home Remedies for Dark Underarms
Below you can see a list of 10 simple home remedies which can be easily prepared and work wonders for your dark underarms.
1. Baking soda
The accumulation of dead skin cells in the pores is one of the main reasons for dark underarms. Luckily, they can be removed with the help of baking soda, a powder with exfoliating properties that can unclog your pores. Baking soda will also neutralize your body odor and remove the discoloration bit by bit. To use it, mix a bit of baking soda and water to create a paste, then rub it on your underarms. Massage the paste for a minute or two, then take it off with water. Alternatively, you can mix the baking soda with rosewater. For best results, use the remedy 3-4 times per week. If you want to eliminate body odor, mix a bit of baking soda and cornstarch and use it on your underarms.
Lemons have great skin-whitening, antibacterial and antiseptic properties which can work wonders for your dark underarms. The citrus fruit is acidic in nature and will exfoliate your skin while also whitening it.
Cut a few lemon slices and rub them on your underarms gently for a couple of minutes, then let the juice work for 10 minutes before cleaning with water. Repeat the process every day to get rid of the discoloration.
Mix ¼ teaspoon of honey with ½ a teaspoon of lemon juice as well as a bit of turmeric powder and some yogurt. Apply the paste on your underarms and rub it in, then let it work for 15 minutes and clean it off with water. Repeat the process 2-3 times per week to whiten your underarms.
If you want to exfoliate your skin as well, you can sprinkle a bit of sugar on a slice of lemon and rub it on your underarms.
Warning: if your skin is sensitive, dilute the lemon juice with water to prevent irritation.
Potatoes are slightly acidic and a natural skin-whitening agent that can remove the discoloration. To use it, cut a few slices of potato, then rub them on your underarms. Rinse with water after 10-15 minutes and repeat the process twice a day for best results. You don’t have to worry about irritation as potatoes are safe for all skin types.
4. Aloe Vera
Fresh Aloe gel can whiten your underarms while also improving the quality of your skin. It can also soothe rashes and irritation and redness caused by shaving. To use the gel, simply extract it from an Aloe leaf, then rub it on your underarms and leave it to work its magic for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with water in the end and use the gel every day.
Milk is full of fatty acids, vitamins and other nutrients that can whiten your underarms and soften your skin. The process of using it is simple – just rub some milk on your underarms, then remove with water after 10 minutes. There’s no risk of irritation, so you can use the method every day to whiten your skin.
Here are a few milk remedies that can also help:
Mix some gram flour with a tablespoon of yogurt and full-fat milk, then rub the paste on your underarms. Leave it on for 15 minutes, rinse with water and use the method 4 times per week at most.
Mix a tablespoon of honey and milk well, then add a bit of lime juice and a sprinkle of turmeric. Use the paste on your underarms and rinse with water after 10 minutes to get rid of the discoloration.
6. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is great for your skin. Besides hydrating it and reducing the inflammation, it will also nourish it with vitamin E (which will keep it elastic) and whiten your dark underarms. To use it, massage a bit of coconut oil on your underarms, leave it on for 15 minutes, then rinse with plenty of water. Use the process a few times per day for best results.
Besides whitening your dark underarms, vinegar will also neutralize any bacteria and germs which might cause body odor. Make a paste of vinegar and rice flour, then rub it on clean underarms and let it work for 15 minutes max. Wash it off with warm water and repeat the process 2-3 times per week.
Honey is a great natural remedy against a variety of skin problems, dark underarms included. The nectar has soothing and antibacterial properties which will destroy any bacteria and help your skin heal from irritation. Here’s how to use it:
Mix a bit of honey on your underarms and leave it to dry, then gently remove it with water. Use the method every day for best results.
Mix a bit of honey with the same amount of lemon juice, then rub the mixture on your armpits and leave it to work for 20 minutes. Wash with water in the end and pat your underarms dry.
To exfoliate your armpits and whiten them, you can also use an exfoliating mixture made of honey and sugar. Rub it on your underarms, then rinse with water after a couple of minutes. You can safely use this method twice a week until the discoloration goes away.
9. Egg oil
Eggs contain a lot of omega-3 fatty acids which can regenerate your skin cells and keep the skin smooth and soft. It’s best to use them in the form of an oil which you can get from most health stores. Rub the oil on your armpits, massage it in and go to bed. Take it off with a pH balanced soap, then repeat the process until you see positive results.
Cucumbers are great natural skin-whitening agents that can easily deal with the discoloration. They will also hydrate your skin and keep it soft, smooth and elastic.
To use a cucumber against dark underarms, cut a few slices and rub them on the affected area. Leave the juice to work for 2-3 minutes, then rinse with water. Use the process a few times per day and your skin should be lighter in a few weeks.