Lots of people are bothered about dark underarms as this sometimes causes embarassing situations. A variety of things can go wrong in the area as the skin is highly sensitive. Some of those include irritation, abrasion, pigmentation. Having brighter underarms boosts confidence and gives the freedom to wear anything ranging from sleeveless tops to swim wears.
Dark underarms are caused by numerous factors. The most prominent are:
While some prefer shaving underarms with razor, it causes irritation and abrasion which then results in darkening post-healing. Instead, some people select hair removal creams, waxing or laser hair removal.
Lack of exfoliation
Its not just the face that needs to be exfoliated, exfoliate the rest of your body too, especially underarms. This helps remove dead cells.
This is mostly caused by tight-fitting clothes. Sometimes, wear loose-fitting clothes so the underarm can breathe.
These are chemical irritants which can gradually darken underarms. Some would rather go natural with apple cider vinegar, which also helps to kill harmful bacteria.
Dark underarms can also be as a result of health conditions such as melasma(dark patches on skin), addison’s disease(damaged adrenal gland), erythrasma(bacterial infection).
To lighten underarms naturally and effectively, try these:
Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix two teaspoons of Banking soda to two teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar, and let the mixture bubble. Once bubble subsides, apply to the underarm, leave to dry. Repeat this thrice a week.
Cut an aloe vera leaf and extract gel. Apply on underarms and leave for 10-15mins. Rinse with water. Repeat this four times a week.
Cut lemon into thick slices and scrub underarms with them. Leave for 10minutes, then rinse off with water. Repeat thrice a week.
Mix one teaspoon of Turmeric powder, one teaspoon of honey and one tablespoon of milk in a bowl. Apply mixture to underarm, leave for 10-12minutes. Rinse off with water. Repeat twice a week.
Rub cucumber slices on underarms, let juice stay for about 10minutes. Rinse off with water. Repeat daily.
Gently scrub underarm with wet pumice stone for some minutes before bath. Repeat two to three times a week.