Want to get rid of dark underarms?

by tejas on April 24, 2012

Today at my work place, while I was doing body and skin analysis of one of my client, I noticed that she was shy to show her arm pits, as they were darker than her original skin colour. This struck me that many women might be facing this problem. I also realised that this problem bothers them personally and socially as well. How? Question They do not have the freedom to clothes they wish, because if they wear clothes which would show their underarms it would look bad. This also affects the personality of the person. People who notice anybody with dark underarms assume that, that person is unhygienic or doesn’t keep herself clean. In short people start making judgement on their personality.

What are the causes for dark underarms?

Some of the causes of dark underarms are as follows :

  • Friction due to tight clothing that brush against the skin.
  • Excessive sweating can lead to dark under arms as well. Sweat
  • Unhygienic conditions –  due to improper cleansing of underarms there are high chances of infections as there is excessive sweating in underarms which helps bacteria breed easily.
  • Shaving – every time you shave or pluck, you cause micro abrasions. When healed, these wounds cause darkening. These abrasions are not visible. I don’t know if you guys have experienced this, but when you apply deodorants on your underarms after you pluck or shave it stings like hell and is very painful because of these abrasions. Shaving and plucking can also cause armpit hair to stand straight up , which makes hair poky and causes irritation to skin making it sensitive thereby making it darker. Since shaving removes the top layer of skin along with the hair, the newly exposed layer can darken instantly when exposed to sweat. Thinking
  • Dead skin buildup – as earlier mentioned due to improper cleansing there are chances of dead skin being built up which makes skin appear leathery and dark.
  • Strong chemicals such as hair removal creams etc. disturbs the pH of the skin , making it alkaline and dark.
  • Alcohol based products and strong fragrance in deodorants lead to pigmentation in underarms.
  • Extra weight also darkens  underarms and rubbing of the armpits against each other can cause underarm darkening. Pain

What are the remedies for dark underarms?

  • First and foremost, visit your dermatologist,  the right person to tell you about the exact cause for under arm darkening and will tell you the most effective customised remedy. Doctor
  • Avoid using hair dissolving/removal agents and depilatory creams and you may notice your dark armpits getting lighter. These products contain strong acids and other substances to remove hair, but they can also darken the skin beneath because they disturb the pH of your skin.
  • Get your underarms bleached by professionals because the skin there is sensitive.
  • For home remedies Bowl – Rub lemon slices on your armpits.You may also try lemon juice or lemon skin and sugar.
  • Use alum powder instead of deodorants.
  • After a shower rub some baking soda on your armpits.
  • Apply vitamin E oil or coconut oil on your armpits at night.
  • Mix lime juice, milk powder, and honey into a paste and apply to underarm skin. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. After several weeks of this treatment, your skin will become lighter.
  • Stir a paste of white vinegar and baking soda and apply to your underarms twice a day. Baking soda, a natural cleanser, combined with vinegar, a natural stain remover, can help lighten the skin.
  • Make a paste using 1 tsp of lime juice, 1 tsp of cucumber juice and a pinch of turmeric powder. Apply it on your armpits and rinse after 20 minutes. All three of them are natural lightening agents.
  • Apply a paste of 1 tbsp. curd, 1 tsp. gram flour, pinch of turmeric and 1 tsp. milk on your underarms. Rinse with cold water when it dries.
  • Use anti-fungal powder instead of antiperspirants
  • Wear cotton clothes instead of synthetic clothing. Cotton clothes absorbs excess sweat thus keeping underarms dry thereby reducing bacteria.
  • Do not shave your underarms, instead wax them regularly, that too from a professional. It will not only remove hair but also the dead skin .
  • Use a scrub that has some AHA in it.(Alpha hydroxy acids) these are acids derived from natural sources and are concentrated , an effective solution for dark underarms. Yes
  • Apply grated potato for 10 mins and rinse off.

The most important point to be considered is, that , these remedies need loads of patience as the results will be slow. The ingredients mentioned in above remedies are milder because the skin at your underarms is naturally sensitive , hence will give slow results. Angel

So which remedy would you want to try and why? You can mention it in our comment section.

Which you find is the best remedy? Secret

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Revathy April 27, 2012 at 3:45 PM

a portion of my underarms hv gone dark due to one of the aforementioned reasons… using depilatory creams.. :(

i hv totally stopped wearing sleeveless clothes due to the dry & dark skin in this area….

i m gonna try the baking powder & vinegar mixture tat u mentioned.. sounds simple.. hope it doesnt create any allergic reactions… :)


2 tejas April 27, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Yes definitely try it out let me know the results. but always remember it will needs lots of patience !!!


3 Revathy April 27, 2012 at 3:47 PM

a portion of my underarms too hv gone dark due to depilatory creams.. i hv stopped wearing sleeveless clothes now.. :(

gonna give this baking soda & vinegar mix a try.. hope it doesnt cause any allergic reactions.. :)



4 Revathy April 27, 2012 at 3:47 PM

my comment is not appearing :(


5 tejas April 27, 2012 at 4:03 PM

hey Revathy,
the comment was actually waiting for moderation. sorry :)


6 Revathy April 27, 2012 at 3:49 PM

i m gonna try baking soda + vinegar .. hope it doesnt cause any allergic reactions…



7 tejas April 27, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Hi Revathy,
I do’t think it should give any allergy. always remeber anything edible is always accepting by our body and skin easily.


8 Revathy April 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM

tat sounds cool Tejas.. wil surely give this a try… :)


9 Dream September 3, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Hi tried the vinegar & salt mixed together.salt is good for scrubbing too so i assume it will make good result it’s been 2 days now.suits me good.no smell and slight perspiration.i have dark underarms since pregnancy.my baby is 7weeks now.i hope this will have good results coz my old deo dont fit me anymore i sweat a lot on it thus makin’ smell bad.hideous..i think i’ll use potato too.can i use potato on my knees?they are dark too and my panty lines


10 tejas September 11, 2012 at 8:30 PM

I am glad to know you tried it.Yes you can definitely apply potato on your knees as well.however the results would be slow, so you need to be patient and consistent on it.


11 patty garcia May 21, 2013 at 9:03 AM

the lemon slice kinda works :))


12 tejas May 31, 2013 at 11:30 PM

hey Patty,
Glad to hear that.


13 Arundhati Banerjee April 25, 2015 at 6:13 AM

I’d used Veet Wax Strips for my underarms. Previously, I used to shave. When I used the was strip for the first time, there was redness on my skin, my pores started bleeding and then my skin started to hurt a lot. It had become very much sensitive. There was a burning sensation. After it had healed within a day or two, the wounds had left a dark patch in armpits. I started using lemon slices and it’s been a month now. I see very minimal visible results. Can you suggest anything else?


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