Did you recently buy a pretty sleeveless top? You must be very excited about wearing that? Isn’t it? Well! Wait for a second! Are you scared of flaunting the top? Do you generally like winters because you can hide those dark underarms beneath your clothes? Here is the good news! It’s time to stop worrying anymore.
Discolored and dark underarms are not a medical issue and can take place due to many reasons including shaving, excessive sweating, accumulation of dead cells, improper ventilation, usage of deodorants and certain medications, etc. But being cautious every time you go out takes away your freedom and, to be honest, we don’t want you to do that at all. Here in this blog, you will get to know the accurate causes, prevention, as well as troubleshooting ways by which you can lighten dark underarms.
What are the reasons for dark underarms?
There are numerous reasons for or darkened skin in the underarm area and it is very common. It can also be genetic like other skin changes and those who do have darker skin have more chances of getting darkened armpits. Your health also has a significant role in skin changes. Have a look at the things that cause this condition
Having type 2 diabetes can make you suffer from this problem
Obesity can have a significant impact on the reduction of fairness from your underarm. The thing is that the people who are overweight resist insulin that regulates blood sugar. And when the insulin levels are high in the blood, it can lead to the formation of skin pigment cells
If you have certain hormonal disorders it can also have an impact on your underarms. People who are suffering from following hormonal problems actually have more chances of getting their underarms darkened
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Crushing syndrome
There are certain medications that can result in darkening your underarms such as high dose niacin, human growth hormone, corticosteroids, and birth control medicines
This condition takes place genetically too. If any of your family members are going through it, you will be victimized too.
What to avoid?
The most helpful measure will be to quit shaving as it is one of the major causes of getting dark underarms. It’s better to go for waxing and tweezing. Singh reduces armpit hair over time and hence you do not need to stress upon it with the passage of time.
You can find various fragrance options in the market but in case you are suffering from dark armpits, it’s better to go for the one with strong antiperspirant properties. You must check the label when going to buy deodorant and make sure there are no nasty chemicals. Prefer using natural deodorants if possible
Wearing tight clothes regularly can also lead to darkening because of the friction between your armpits and the material. So to prevent this it is suggested to wear loser fabrics and clothes that are better for summer. Losing weight will also play a great role.
What are the ways to get rid of dark underarms?
Vinegar enriches lactic acid and content of amino that works great in clearing dead skin cells and lessening scars from your skin. It has astringent properties that help in reducing skin darkness and unclogging the pores. Simply applying some organic ACV on a cotton pad and patting the same into the underarms area will be enough. You just need to leave it until it completely dries it out and then you should wash it off. For effective and quick results, you must do it every day.
Aloe Vera Gel
Being a natural sunscreen, aloe vera has an antibacterial nature that helps in smoothening inflamed skin and lightening discolored armpits. You just need to cut a fresh leaf from your balcony or any nearby garden. Then, you should extract some fresh aloe vera gel and use a layer on your underarms. Now dry it for around 10-15 minutes. Use water to rinse it and then use this solution every alternate day for effective results. If you cannot find a plant, you always have an option to use the aloe vera gel that is available in the market.
Baking Soda and Lemon
Baking soda is an amazing exfoliator that works wonders in unclogging the pores and lightening dark underarms. Lemon is also a natural bleaching agent and a powerful antiseptic. Use lemon and 1 tablespoon of baking soda and make a paste. You need to scrub it all over your underarms for around 5 minutes and rinse it off by using lukewarm water, and then moisturize your skin. If you want amazing results, you must do it 3 or 4 times a week.
Give a try to Olive Oil and Sugar
You must use 2 tablespoons both of sugar and olive oil and then mix them together. Scrub the mixture in your underarms and then leave it for around 5-10 minutes. After that, wash it off. Being an incredible exfoliating agent, it works miraculously when mixed with nourishing and hydrating olive oil. Use this mixture to lighten dark underarms.
Cucumber enriches a number of minerals and vitamins, along with its amazing bleaching properties. Rub some cucumber slices on your dark underarms for one or two minutes and let the juice stay on your skin for another 10 minutes. Wash it off with water. So, if you want to reduce skin darkness, using it every day will be a wonderful decision.
Using expensive products comes out to be worthless sometimes and hence you can ask your mom for the amazing old-magic product, Multani mitti, in order to remove darkness from your underarms. Use 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of fuller’s earth and add some water. Apply the paste on your underarms and rinse it after 10-15 minutes to let it dry. It is one of the best treatments to lighten dark underarms.
So, applied all the methods? Get that sleeveless top, flaunt it, and impress everybody around you.
Megha Sriamb is an aspiring blogger and writes about different fashion n beauty trends in general. She hails from Aurangabad, Bihar, and currently lives in Gurgaon. She has a Bachelor’s degree in computer science. She is an ardent follower of Ayurveda and natural beauty products motivated her to write on it. She is positive, chirpy, and full of life.
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