If you have dark underarms you might hesitate from wearing sleeveless shirts or blouses. A number of factors are responsible for this malady- primary one being friction causes by skin on skin contact, excess use of harsh hair removal products, too much sweating along with the use of harsh chemical based deodorants, perfumes, shaving creams etc. There are many commercially available underarm whitening products that claim to lighten and brighten the skin effectively. However, why spend money on them when there is Nature for help? Presenting all natural remedies to whiten underarms quickly:
1. Lemon juice
Rub some lemon juice all over the dark armpit areas. Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent and when used regularly on the armpits, can lighten them considerably. After applying the lemon juice, let it remain on the skin for 10-15 minutes. Avoid using this skin whitening remedy if you have open cuts or wounds as lemon juice is acidic and can cause a stinging sensation. Also avoid wearing sleeveless clothing when using this remedy as lemon juice makes the skin even more sensitive to sun damage. The key to seeing positive results with lemon juice armpit whitening remedy is that you will need to use it daily for at least 6-8 weeks.
2. Baking soda
After a shower, rub baking soda on the armpit region and rinse clean after half an hour. Baking soda is the easiest and most effective remedy to lighten and brighten dark armpits.
3. Turmeric with cucumber and lemon juice
Turmeric is an antioxidant and also one of the most effective and all-natural skin brightening agents. Mix one teaspoon of organic turmeric powder with juice of half a lemon and some cucumber. Rub the mixture all over the darkened skin of the armpit region. Wash off after half an hour. Be careful while using this arm pit whitening remedy since turmeric can stain clothes and skin.
4. Potato juice
Potato juice is a wonderful remedy for under eye dark circles which also works on dark armpits. Grate potatoes using a fine toothed microplane and apply the juice on the armpit area. Wash off after 30 minutes. Repeat every day until the skin is visibly lighter.
5. Papaya Juice
Like potatoes, the compounds in papaya can also brighten dull and dark skin. Grate some papaya and apply the pulp and juice on the dark armpits and inner thighs. Wash off after 15 minutes. Eat plenty of papayas as they contain antioxidants and bromelain which can keep the skin healthy and glowing.
6. Stop shaving
Shaving is the worst thing you can do for your armpits. This method of hair removal makes the skin darker by causing excess friction on the skin.What is worse is that shaving also leads to ingrown hair and razor bumps. The best hair removal method is waxing since it puts minimal stress on the skin. Even hair removal creams cause ingrown hair and contain chemicals and toxins that do more harm than good for the skin. If you can afford it, go for permanent laser hair removal. You can also talk about dark underarms treatment with your dermatologist.
Also read my article on natural ways of natural hair removal.
7. Exfoliate once a week
Just like the skin on your face, your armpits also need gentle exfoliation methods to remove dead skin and ingrown hair. You can make a simple homemade exfoliating scrub for this purpose. Mix a teaspoon of brown sugar (you can use white sugar too) with a teaspoon of olive oil. Rub the required quantity in each armpit in gentle circular motion. Wash off with warm water. Repeat weekly. This remedy will not just remove dead skin, it will also keep your armpits soft and smooth.
8. Avoid wearing tight sleeves
Tight dresses lead to friction on the armpits which have very delicate skin. The sweat makes things worse and aggravates the abrasion and causes skin darkening. Avoid tight clothes as far as possible.
9. Keep sweat at bay
Sweating or excess perspiration can also cause abrasion and friction followed by eventual skin darkening. To keep sweat at bay, use a good quality deodorant. Check out these easy natural remedies to stop sweating and body odor. You can also make a homemade deodorant by mixing together coconut oil and essential oils like lavender.
10. Use essential oils for underarm skin whitening
Massaging essential oils on dark underarms and inner thighs can also lighten the skin in these areas. Essential oils like Carrot seed oil, Rosehip oil, Lemon oil, Lemongrass oil and Sandalwood oil are known for their skin brightening properties. Rub the oils on the skin and massage in gentle circular motion. Repeat once a week. If the oils are pure and concentrated, you might need to dilute them with a bit of coconut/jojoba/olive oil prior to use.
We hope these 10 remedies to whiten underarms quickly and effectively help you. Good luck!