The armpits are a very sensitive part of your body and their aspect can sometimes influence other’s opinion about yourself, but also can make you feel uncomfortable in public. And you cannot find a solution for those dark patches, no matter how much you look for it. Fortunately, we can save your day. But, first of all, it is very important to be aware of the factors that lead to dark armpits.
On one hand, there is a series of daily habits that can determine your underarms to get dark: lack of ventilation, usage of improper deodorants (rich in chemicals), excessive shaving, poor hygiene, too much sweating or buildup of dead skin. On the other hand, though, this change of skin color can be caused by an affection – Acanthosis Nigricans.
For those reasons that are generally caused by us, there are some natural remedies that make wonders. Try them and you will see their effect.
We all know that milk is a very delicious drink rich in calcium and other nutrients. Among them we remind of fatty acids and vitamins, substances that help your underarm skin get lighter.
Remedy 1: curd and milk
Curd is rich in lactic acid, preventing bacteria from establishing under your arms.
- 2 tbsp of milk
- 1 tbsp of curd
Combine the two ingredients until you obtain a paste, which you have to apply on the affected area. Let the remedy rest up to 15 minutes, then remove it with cold water. Repeat this procedure daily and you will manage to keep your underarms fresh and fair.
Remedy 2: turmeric, honey and milk
As milk can lighten the skin, honey makes it softer and turmeric has antibacterial properties. The perfect combination.
- 1 tbsp of honey
- 1 pich of turmeric
- 1tbsp of milk
- A couple of drops f lemon juice
Prepare a paste by mixing well all the ingredients, then apply the paste uniformly on the affected skin. Let the paste dry (should not take more than 15 minutes), then wash your armpits with water. Follow this procedure several times a week.
Apple cider vinegar
As we all know, ACV is a multi-beneficial ingredient, good-to-have in the kitchen. Apart its various properties we highlight the antibacterial and acidic ones, as they are of great importance in lightening the underarm skin.
Remedy 1: water and ACV
- 1 cup of water
- 2-3 tbsp of ACV
Combine the two ingredients and apply the resulting remedy on your skin, letting it sit for about 5 minutes. After the treatment, take a shower. You can follow this procedure before your daily shower. It’s so simple, but so effective…
Remedy 2: rice flour and ACV
As already mentioned, one of the main causes of dark armpits is bacteria. Both rice flour and ACV have antibacterial properties, making you feel fresh again.
- 2 tbsp of ACV
- 1 tbsp of rice flour
Prepare a paste by mixing well the ACV and the rice four. Then, let the past aside and take a hot shower. Apply the paste on the skin and wait until it gets dry. In the end, rinse the affected area with tepid water. You should follow this procedure 3 times every week.
Remedy 3: baking soda and ACV
Similar to ACV, baking soda also has antibacterial properties, but it also has the power to bleach the skin.
- 1 tsp ACV
- 1 tsp baking soda
Ina bowl, mix well the two ingredients so that you obtain a bubbling composition. Let all the bubbles disappear, then apply it on the affected area. Let the remedy action for 15 minutes, then remove it with tepid water. Repeat this procedure on a regularly basis.
Lemon has many benefits for your health and many properties that ensure this. The bleaching and antibacterial properties will help you get rid of dark armpits in no time.
Remedy 1: sugar and lemon
Sugar is an exfoliating agent helping you to get rid of the dead skin cells from your underarms.
- 1 tsp of sugar
- 1 tsp of lemon juice
Combine the two ingredients so that you obtain a sticky paste. Apply the resulting composition and rub it on your skin, using circular motions. After 5 minutes, rinse your skin with tepid water. Repeat this method two times every week and your armpits will shine again.
Remedy 2: yogurt, lemon, turmeric and honey
Combined, all these ingredients will ensure your underarm skin will be fresh and light again, but also smooth.
- 1 tsp of yogurt
- 1 tsp of lemon juice
- 1tsp of honey
- 1 pinch of turmeric powder
Prepare a paste by combining all these ingredients and spread it on the affected area. Let it sit for about 15 minutes and then remove it with warm water. Repeat the procedure daily.
Tips and tricks for fair underarm skin
Have a correct hygiene. As a poor hygiene is one of the causes of dark armpits, it is important to wash your skin with regularity in order to remove the dead cells. Make sure you exfoliate the skin two times a week.
Remove your underarms hair wisely. If you choose to shave your hair or use chemical creams to do it, you must pay a lot of attention as repeating it over and over again will lead to dark armpits. The best option to get rid of underarm hair is to have it waxed. In time, your skin will be fairer and smoother.
Say no to electrolysis. Even though electrolysis is said to be very good in removing your hair, it is not. On the contrary, it can stimulate pigmentation, darkening your skin.
Avoid birth control pills. Hormonal imbalance can also cause hyperpigmentation, but you can avoid this by failing to take contraceptive pills.
Have a daily shower. If you decide to leave the shower for tomorrow, keep in mind the fact that you will only determine the bacteria to grow and your skin to sweat. In order to prevent your skin to become dark, have a shower every day.
Avoid tight and synthetic clothing. Tight clothes will prevent your skin from breathing, favoring the sweating and in time the bacteria growth or the accumulation of dead cells. If, however, you wear larger clothes that will allow your skin to breath and you opt for cotton instead of synthetic ones, you will only have to win.
Balance your weight. Among the causes of dark armpits we also mention obesity. The more fats are accumulated under your arms, the more friction there is when you move your arms. This friction, leads to hyperpigmentation. Try to maintain a balanced weight if you wish to have fair armpits and fresh odor.
Refuse to use chemical deodorants. If you currently use chemical deodorants you should stop. They only stimulate the hyperpigmentation of the skin. You can prevent dark armpits by using coconut oil, baking soda, rosewater or citrus oil.
Keep your skin moisture. If you manage to keep your skin moisture you will avoid excessive sweating and bad odor. Applying a cream two times a day you will keep bacteria away.
Visit the doctor. If these remedies do not work for you or you suffer from Acanthosis Nigricans, your only option is to consult a specialist. A specialist will know what treatment you should follow and what advice to give you.