Dark underarms or armpits can make us self-conscious especially when we are on the beach or when we are considering wearing a sleeveless dress.
Some causes of dark underarms or armpits include; excessive sweating, shaving, use of hair removal cream, alcohol-based deodorants/antiperspirants, dead skin cell accumulation, friction caused by tight clothes, smoker’s melanosis, and bacteria or fungal infections.
Below are 21 natural ways to lighten or get rid of dark underarms;
Cucumber has a mild bleaching action on the skin that makes it a perfect natural ingredient to lighten dark underarms.
Rub freshly cut slices of cucumber on your underarms. You may also extract the juice of a cucumber and mix it with some lemon juice and turmeric powder to make a powerful lightening mask. Apply it to the affected area and let it stay for 30 minutes. Wash it with water, thereafter, and do it every day for effective results.
2. Olive Oil
Olive oil keeps the skin hydrated and eliminates dryness that can cause darkening of the skin. It is crammed with antioxidants that nourish the skin and repairs skin damage.
Mix 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil with brown sugar to make a scrub. Massage the affected area with this scrub to exfoliate dead skin cells and hydrate it at the same time.
3. Lemon Juice
Lemon has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make it suitable for various skin problems. The mild bleaching action of the natural substances present in it may have skin lightening effects.
Rub a slice of lemon directly on your underarm and leave it for a few minutes. You may also extract the juice of a lemon and mix it with turmeric powder and honey to make a skin lightening mask. Since honey also helps in reducing pigmentation from your skin, it will naturally lighten the area. Leave this mask for 10-12 minutes. Wash the area with water, thereafter, and apply a moisturizer.
Like lemons, potatoes have a great bleaching action on the skin. The mild acidic properties of potato can help in reducing pigmentation and brighten up the skin.
Grate some potato and extract its juice in a bowl. Leave it on your skin for 15-20 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water, thereafter, and moisturize the skin. Using potato twice every day would help you get rid of dark underarms in an incredible way.
5. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera contains flavonoids, called aloesin, which is known to inhibit the enzyme responsible for pigmentation of the skin. This makes it an excellent ingredient to use on your underarms. It also hydrates the skin and reduces inflammation.
Squeeze some aloe vera gel from its leaves and apply it to the discolored area for 10-12 minutes. Wash off with water for a bright and problem free underarm skin. If fresh aloe vera leaves are not available, you may also use the readily available aloe vera gel.
6. Almond Oil
Almonds also help in reducing skin pigmentation. It contains flavonoids and phenolic acids that brighten a skin in a fast and effective way. Almond is also packed with vitamin E, which helps in healing damaged skin. Massage your underarm with a little almond oil every day to get rid of dark underarms.
Sandalwood is helpful in reducing blemishes and scars from the skin. Due to its skin lightening properties, it can be used to treat dark underarms. The strong fragrance keeps body odor away while making the skin soft and smooth.
Take 2 tablespoons of powdered sandalwood and add rose water to make a thick paste. Apply it to the affected areas on your skin and allow it to work for 15-20 minutes. When it completely dries, rinse your skin with cold water. Do this every day to get rid of dark underarms.
8. Baking Soda
Baking soda is great for reducing skin pigmentation. It causes a mild bleaching action on the skin and lightens it. It also helps in exfoliating dead skin cells that tend to make your underarms appear dark.
Make a thick paste by mixing baking soda with water and cover the entire affected area. Let it dry completely and wash your underarms with lukewarm water. Repeat this several times a week for desired results.
9. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has an excellent moisturizing power that helps in lightening the skin in an effective way. It contains vitamin E, which is essential for a healthy skin. Besides, it also acts as a deodorant to deal with body odor due to excessive sweating.
Use coconut oil to massage on the darkened spots. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and wash with lukewarm water and soap. Do this 2-3 times every day.
10. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains a mild acid that is soft on the skin but hard on the dead skin cells. It helps in exfoliating the dry and dead layer allowing the new skin to show up. This leads to a brightening effect. Being antimicrobial in nature, it helps in reducing bacterial and fungal growth.
Mix equal quantities of Apple cider vinegar and water. Now add baking soda to make a thick paste. Apply it on your dark underarms and let it dry. Then, rinse off the area with water.
Saffron helps in providing a beautiful skin. It has skin lightening properties that help in removing pigmentation from your armpits. It also removes bad odor from the underarms.
Simply add a pinch of saffron to 2 tablespoons of a mild lotion. Let the saffron mix well with it. Apply this lotion in your underarms to get rid of the dark patches.
Milk helps in softening the skin and lighten the skin tone. It contains fatty acids that remove dark patches from your underarms in a natural and effective way.
Take 2 tablespoons of milk (full fat) and mix with equal amounts of flour. Also, add 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt to make a thick paste. Apply this to your dark armpits and leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cold water.
Apples are great for the skin. It can reduce the growth of germs that cause darkened pigmentation. Furthermore, the mild acids present in apples lighten dark underarms.
Rubbing mashed apples on your underarm will exfoliate the dead skin layer and brighten up the area. Use it every day to get effective results.
14. Orange Peel
Orange peels contain citric acid that has skin lightening benefits. Dry some orange peels for 3-4 days and grind them in a grinder.
Take 2 tablespoons of ground orange peels and add rose water to make a thick, fine paste. Apply it on your underarms and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Rinse the area with water.
15. Castor Oil
Castor oil has a unique capability to absorb impurities from the skin and eliminate them effectively. Castor oil unclogs the pores and keeps the skin clean and healthy. It also exfoliates dead skin cells and excess oil to lighten the dark patches. Massage with castor oil for 5-7 minutes every day to get rid of dark underarms.
16. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is high in antioxidants that reduce skin damage. It acts as an antimicrobial agent that helps in keeping the skin free from infections. Tea tree oil also helps in fighting body odor.
Take a cup of water and 5 drops of tea tree essential oil in it. Mix well and pour the solution into a clean spray bottle. Spritz it on your underarm and let it dry. Use it every day to reduce pigmentation from your underarms.
Yogurt is one of the best remedies for dark underarm. Its skin lightening properties help in eliminating pigmentation naturally and effectively.
Mix some yogurt with honey and apply it on your underarms. Let it dry and wash it thoroughly with cool water. Doing this every day will reduce pigmentation and make the skin smooth and bright.
Turmeric is often used as a face mask due to its brightening and lightening properties. You can also apply turmeric to your underarms to help lighten dark pigmentations.
Take 2 teaspoons of turmeric and add a little rose water to it to form a paste. Apply this paste to the underarm for 10 – 15 minutes. Wash off thereafter.
19. Sunflower Oil
Sunflower oil is rich in vitamin E which helps to invigorate the skin and make it look radiant. Massage the underarms, with sunflower oil, for about 2 minutes. Leave, the oil, for 10 minutes. Then, rinse off with lukewarm water.
20. Fuller’s Earth
Fuller’s earth, also known as Multani Mitti, is effective in absorbing impurities from the skin. This natural clay also helps in unclogging clogged pores and exfoliating the skin which naturally leads to a lightening of the underarm.
Add water and a little lemon juice to fuller’s earth to form a paste. Apply this paste to your armpits. Leave the paste for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off thereafter. However, if you have a sensitive skin, this remedy may not be suitable for you.
Licorice is very potent in getting rid of dark underarms. Licorice contains glabridin, liquiritin, isoliquertin that help protects the skin from pigmentation as well as induce skin lightening by dispersing melanin.
Add milk to licorice powder to form a paste. Apply this paste to the underarms. Leave the paste for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing off.
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