How to remove dark spots from underarms

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Many people suffer from dark spots on the skin in the underarm area. These spots can be caused by biological factors like naturally dark hair follicles and fungal infections, as well as certain activities such as shaving or using deodorants with alcohol or aluminium. Even the build up of microscopic dead skin cells can cause discolouration. There are a number of ways you can remove dark spots from your underarms depending on your specific needs.

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Things you need

  • Antiperspirant
  • Wax kit or appointment with beautician
  • Shaving gel or cream
  • Several lemons
  • Baking soda (as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon of lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon of cucumber juice
  • Pinch of turmeric powder
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Cotton washcloth

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    Switch to an antiperspirant instead of a deodorant to avoid toxic chemicals that could be causing your skin discolouration. The results may not be as effective on your body odour, but unwanted skin pigmentation may go away.

  2. 2

    Wax or pluck your underarm hair instead of shaving. This removes hair from the follicle's root and will prevent visible dark hairs just below the surface.

  3. 3

    Combat fungal infections with creams or pills prescribed by your dermatologist. If you suffer from hyperkeratosis (when brown skin thickens under the armpits due to an excessive build-up of keratin in the skin), your dermatologist can recommend topical creams that contain salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid with lactic or glycolic acid, urea, tretinoin or hydroquinone (2-4%).

  4. 4

    Use a shaving cream or gel every time you shave. Shaving without this can irritate the skin and cause it to scar over time.

  5. 5

    Treat a medical condition called Acanthosis Nigricans with prescription medication. This condition is typical in overweight people and can be treated using Retin-A, 20% urea, alpha hydroxy acids and salicylic acid. Monitoring your insulin levels to keep them in control can also help resolve this condition.

  1. 1

    Apply baking soda, vitamin E or coconut oil under your arms. These substances are all recommended to eliminate dark spots.

  2. 2

    Cut a lemon in half and rub each half under each armpit for 1 to 2 minutes a day. Over time, you may notice lightening of the dark spots.

  3. 3

    Combine 1 teaspoon of lime juice, 1 teaspoon of cucumber juice and a pinch of turmeric powder in a bowl. Using a cotton washcloth, spread the mixture on your dark spots and let it penetrate for 15 minutes. Rinse and repeat daily to remove dark spots.

Tips and warnings

  • Apply all creams or home remedies after showering to achieve maximum effectiveness.
  • Do not apply lemons or prescription medications to open sores, cuts, or wounds under your arms, as these can cause irritation and possible infection.

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