How to keep your armpits white

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How to keep your armpits white
Your deodorant can cause your armpits to darken. (Stockbyte/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Whenever you shave or wax your armpit hairs, you expose the underarm area to trauma, which triggers darkening of the skin in and around the armpit. Improper hygiene and build-up of dead skin cells also contribute to dark armpits. This embarrassing skin condition can affect your self-esteem and keep you from wearing tank tops and swimwear during warm summer months. There are various remedies that help eliminate your underarm darkness so you can maintain white armpits.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 2 tsp sugar
  • Lemon
  • Soap

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  1. 1

    Exfoliate your armpits once a week to remove dead skin build-up. Make your own scrub. Juice one lemon. Place 1 tsp of sugar on your armpit. Apply lemon juice to your armpit with your fingers and massage the area. The sugar crystals scrub the skin while the lemon has a natural bleaching effect. Massage your armpit until the sugar melts. Rinse your armpit with warm water. Avoid shaving beforehand because lemon juice applied to shaved skin burns.

  2. 2

    Switch to another deodorant or antiperspirant because some can irritate your underarm skin and contribute to the darkening of your armpits.

  3. 3

    Practice good hygiene to keep your armpits white. Wash your armpits daily with a mild soap and warm water. Washing your armpits will keep them clean and prevent dead skin and dirt build-up.

  4. 4

    Undergo a chemical peel of your underarm area to remove discolouration and maintain white armpits. During a chemical peel, topical acids are applied to your skin. These acids remove the upper layers of the skin so new skin cells can grow. After the peel, you must apply sun protection during the day and a bleaching agent at night to maintain the results.

  5. 5

    Avoid shaving or waxing, and have your underarm hair removed with a laser. Laser hair removal gets rid of the entire hair, including the root, and stalls hair regrowth significantly. Unlike shaving, there is no stubble afterward that darkens the underarms. Four to six sessions may be needed to remove the hairs, and upkeep is required once every six to 12 months.

Tips and warnings

  • Consult your doctor before undergoing in-office procedures.

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