There is no need to go through life, wearing long-sleeved shirts or holding your arms closely to your body, in an effort to hide your dark armpits. Dark underarms are commonly caused by frequent shaving of armpit hairs. It may also be the result of sweat, product and dirt build-up or friction caused by clothing. If your dark underarms embarrass you and affect your self-esteem and self-confidence, you can try to lighten them.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Baking soda, alum or talcum powder
Wax your armpits instead of shaving them. Shaving your armpits cuts off the hairs where they emerge from your skin. Because the roots of the hairs remain present, your armpits still appear dark. Waxing removes the hair including the roots resulting in lighter underarms.
Undergo laser hair removal treatments for more permanent underarm hair removal. During laser hair removal, laser heat is used to stop the hair follicles from producing hairs. Underarms will be lighter once all the hairs are removed.
Cut a lemon in half and rub it on your armpits on a daily basis, until they lighten up. Acids in lemon juice naturally bleach your skin. You can also use cucumbers in the same fashion.
Consult your dermatologist about underarm lightening treatments and bleaching creams. If your underarms are dark due to hyperpigmentation, prescription-strength bleaching creams may be recommended. If dead skin build-up is the cause of your dark armpits, your doctor may recommend prescription-strength exfoliating solutions or moisturisers.
Practice good hygiene. Wash your underarms with a mild soap and water on a daily basis to remove sweat and dirt that can build up and cause dark underarms. Exfoliate your armpits with a loofah on a regular basis to remove dry skin.
Avoid using deodorants on your armpits because they may darken them due to the metallic salts in them. Apply baking soda, alum or talcum powder on your armpits to keep them dry.
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