How To Lighten Dark Underarms – Underarm whitening is actually pretty easy once you pinpoint the actual reason for it. There are various things that you can include in your skincare routine to treat underarm darkness.
Use gentle exfoliating gloves or a mild scrub in the shower to exfoliate the skin and also prevent product build up from Deo’s. Skip this if you are already using AHA/BHA’s.
WHAT CAUSES DARK UNDERARMS
There are various reasons like skin infections, hyperpigmentation and the like, but the most common reasons are,
- Shaving the armpit
- Hormonal problems(Diabetes, Hypothyroidism, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome are to name a few)
- Friction from tight clothes
Resolving any health problems and quitting a couple of bad habits will greatly help reduce the pigmentation.
DO YOU HAVE DARK SKIN IN YOUR NECK/GROIN AREA?
If your answer is YES, you have hormone related skin discolouration.
In simple words, Acanthosis Nigricans is skin darkening(pigmentation disorder) often seen in those with diabetes(Insulin resistance) or pre-diabetes although that is not always the case.
If you have a family history of diabetes, better get it checked just to be on the safe side.
HOW DO YOU GET RID OF DARK ARMPITS FAST?
The very first thing you need to do is obviously,
1. STOP SHAVING
There are better alternatives to shaving like,
- Natural honey or sugar based wax,
- An epilator
- Laser treatment to permanently remove unwanted hair.
Shaving may bruise your skin and cause skin irritations. Overtime, this may encourage excessive production of melanin and thus, hyperpigmentation.
If you are used to shaving, stopping it in itself may solve 80% of the problem.
Stop using deodorants and antiperspirants with ingredients like, aluminium, alcohol, fragrance and controversial preservatives in them.
Long term use of these chemicals certainly irritate the skin thereby causing hyperpigmentation and thicker skin.
So, switch to AHA/BHA based products and natural deodorants to solve this.
3. CHEMICAL EXFOLIATION
Include AHA(glycolic acid), BHA(salicylic acid) or lactic acid product to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and promote cell turnover.
AHA/BHA based products also work well as an alternative to deodorants and helps prevent bacterial growth and body odour. Isn’t that just great?😊Not only that, they also prevent ingrown hair growth too.👍
They are widely available in all forms like cleansers, toners, peels, medicated pads and even as a serum.
Medicated Acne pads or Cleansing/Toner pads like the one from STRIDEX which contain 2% salicylic acid or the COSRX pads can also be used to treat underarm darkness.
4. SKIN LIGHTENING
After the AHA/BHA step, Follow up with an Alpha arbutin/Vitamin C serum to block the melanin pigment and lighten the skin.
Use a mild and safe skin lightening product with ingredients like, Vitamin C, Azelaic acid, Niacinamide, Tranexamic acid, retinol, glycolic acid or mandelic acid.
Give this 2-step treatment a few weeks time to work.
WHERE TO BUY🤔
You can find AHA/BHA toner or peeling solution and serum from reputed brands like Beminimalist, COSRX or Deconstruct, Paula’s Choice online.
For Indian based products, Better go to the respective websites and directly buy it from there. For Korean products, checkout Beautybarn or Maccaron for authentic products.
DARK UNDERARM HOME REMEDIES
Patch test is advised for all the treatments mentioned here.
Skincare is subjective and as always what works for me may not really be the best choice for you.
These are the what i think would work as they help exfoliate and lighten the underarms.
DOES TOOTHPASTE HELP WITH DARK UNDERARMS?
Somehow this is my most favourite home remedy.
Here is how we do it.
- Toothpaste – 2 Teaspoon
- Coarse ground coffee powder- 1 Teaspoon
- Honey – 1/2 Teaspoon
- Aloe vera gel – 1 Teaspoon(optional)
- Lemon Juice or ACV – To make a paste
Filter coffee or coarse ground coffee works best but i think instant coffee may work too but i have yet to try that.
Massage gently with minimal pressure to avoid bruising and irritating your skin. Massage for 2 minutes and leave the pack on for 20 minutes.
Use this mask 3-4 times a week.
In case you find lemon juice too strong, limit the usage to 1-2 times a week.
DOES BAKING SODA REMOVE DARK UNDERARMS?
The first one is baking soda mix that helps
- Baking Soda – 1 Teaspoon
- Turmeric – a pinch
- Lemon juice/ACV – Enough to make a paste
Mix all these ingredients together and once it forms a smooth paste, apply it to your armpits.
Massage gently for 1-2 minutes.
Leave the paste on for 20 minutes
If you have sensitive skin, You can use rose water instead of lemon juice.
You can use this treatment mask 2-3 times a week for best results. It may take up to a few weeks to show visible changes in your dark underarms
Stop using deodorants and switch to natural alternatives
Stop shaving and try waxing instead
Exfoliate using either physical exfoliants(Sugar scrub, exfoliating gloves) or chemical exfoliants(AHA/BHA)
Follow up with a gentle skin lightening ingredient like Vitamin C, Alpha arbutin and so on.( Mentioned above)
Get yourself checked if you have hereditary/hormone related problems like diabetes, hypothyroidism, PCOS