Are you looking for a simple way to lighten your armpits?
This post will discuss the causes of dark underarms.
So you can get rid of the things that darken your armpits.
Then I’ll show you how to lighten dark underarms naturally.
So you can wear whatever you like and raise your arms whenever you want.
4 Things that darken your armpits
Here are just a few of the many causes of dark underarms.
Razors on their own do not darken our underarms.
But when you shave your armpits with a shaving stick, it cuts the hair at the surface of the skin.
And when the hair starts growing, it looks dark because the tips are blunt.
So imagine several dark blunt hair tips.
But shaving may also darken your underarms because razors take a thin layer off your skin with the hair.
Which can cause irritation or inflammations, hence darkening your armpit skin.
But the good thing is that it’s temporary.
And with good post-hair removal care and better shaving products, you can brighten your underarms.
Hair removal creams
Another culprit of dark underarms is hair removal creams.
Though the product on its own doesn’t darken your skin.
But when it’s left on the skin for too long, it can burn and darken your skin.
Because my underarm hairs were thick, I’d leave hair removal creams on longer than required.
And when washing the product off my skin, I feel the burn.
Which left my underarms dark.
So I stopped using hair removal creams.
Antiperspirants contain aluminum which blocks your sweat glands and makes you sweat less.
But aluminum also darkens your armpits.
Also, frequent shaving plus using antiperspirants work together to make your underarms darker.
Lastly, using antiperspirants repeatedly can accumulate dead skin and darken your underarms.
When dead skin cells and bacteria accumulate, they can block your hair follicle.
So the hair grows under your skin instead of out.
And this leads to small bumps, which can be itchy and painful.
Also, when bumps heal, they leave dark spots in your armpits.
So how do you lighten dark underarms?
How to lighten dark underarms naturally
- Remove underarms hair by waxing instead of shaving or using hair removal creams.
- Use deodorants instead of antiperspirants.
- Exfoliate your underarms regularly.
- Skip antiperspirants when at home.
- Do not scratch itchy underarms; exfoliate them instead.
Home remedies to lighten dark underarms
- At-home sugaring with DIY sugar wax is my number one step to brighter underarms.
- Always follow sugar waxing with a gentle baking soda water exfoliation, and moisturize with aloe vera or honey.
- Epsom salt scrub – Apply Epsom salt to damp armpits and scrub gently. Let it sit for a few minutes or until dry, then rinse and moisturize.
- Mix baking soda and water to make a thick paste. Apply it to both underarms, and rinse it out after 10 minutes. Dry your underarms and apply moisturizer.
- Wearing wet exfoliating gloves, scoop some baking soda and exfoliate your underarms, then rinse and moisturize.
- Apply honey or aloe vera gel to your underarms. Leave for as long as you want, then rinse off.
- Or make a homemade scrub with orange zest and sugar, and exfoliate your underarms with it.
That’s how to lighten dark underarms naturally and with home remedies.
Remember to exfoliate your underarms as often as – if not more than – you exfoliate your whole body.
When you’re at home, do not use deodorants or antiperspirants.
Let your underarms breathe.
I hope these tips help you get brighter underarms and rock your sleeveless clothes.
What methods have you tried to brighten your underarms?
Please share them with us in the comments.
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