Dark underarms can plague anyone from time to time and it is especially annoying in the summer when you want to show off your cute sleeveless shirts. Dark underarms can be caused by hair removal creams, too much shaving, too much sweating, fungal or bacterial infections, chemicals in deodorants, buildup of dead skin, hormones, certain medications, androgen based contraceptives and even diseases. If you’re nervous or unsure of what is causing your dark underarms, see a doctor.
If dark underarms are just an irritation and not something serious, you can use some natural solutions to get rid of them easily.
- Citrus juices. Lemon juice is especially helpful for lightening skin or hair. Rub a slice of lemon gently on your underarms for 10-15 minutes. You can also try other citrus juices.
- Baking soda. Scrub your underarm gently with a paste of baking soda and water. It is great for removing dead skin and lightening the skin. Don’t leave it on for too long though or it can irritate.
- Sandalwood powder. Sandalwood powder has antimicrobial properties, reduces pimples and greasiness. You can mix it with milk if you have dry skin or rose water if you have oily skin to lighten the skin.
- Coconut oil. Coconut oil is great for moisturizing and nourishing the skin. Put a little lemon juice in with the coconut oil and apply to your underarms to lighten the skin and smooth it out.
- Vitamin E oil. Vitamin E oil helps lighten skin. If you have vitamin E capsules, simply puncture one and apply the contents to your skin.
- Apple cider vinegar. Mix apple cider vinegar with rice flour to make a paste. Apply to your underarms and wash off after 10-15 minutes with warm water. It can also help fight body odor and bacteria.
- Papaya pulp. Make a thick paste using papaya pulp, lemon and pure honey. Put the paste on and rinse off after 15 minutes. It is great at getting rid of skin discoloration and acne.
- Use raw milk, plain yogurt and gram flour and spread the paste on your skin. Leave on for 15-20 minutes then rinse.
Once you heal your dark underarms, you’ll want to prevent getting them again. Here are a few tips:
- Wax instead of shave. Shaving too much causing a lot of irritation, especially in your sensitive underarms area. Hair removal creams can also cause skin discoloration.
- Switch to a natural deodorant if you think your skin discoloration could be caused from chemicals in your deodorant or antiperspirant. Try using fungal powders or alum powder as a natural deodorant too.
Have you ever experienced dark underarms or underarm irritation? How did you heal them?