A major reason for girls to avoid a sleeveless is because of dark underarms problem. You are not alone in facing this problem. Since the skin in this area is sensitive, it falls prey to a variety of problems. To avoid the problems dark underarms, we should understand the cause.
Top 6 Causes of Dark Underarms
Removing hair through shaving cuts the hair off at the surface of your skin. The darkness appears due to the hair follicles that are just below the surface of your skin. Shaving may also cause and leads to skin hardening and skin darkening.
There are so many deodorant brands that promise to whiten underarms. Some deodorants have so many harmful chemicals and sometimes can be responsible for darker underarms. As I have mentioned in the toxic beauty ingredients list, some ingredients in deodorant products can react with skin to cause discoloration. Make sure the product is safe or try out the homemade deodorant mentioned below.
3. Accumulation Of Dead Skin Cells
When proper exfoliation is not done, the dead cells are formed all over our body and accumulate on the surface of skin. This accumulation can be a reason for dark underarms.
Excessive sweating can be a cause of bacteria occurring in the skin in the underarms. The bacteria “Corynebacterium minutissimum” causes more sweat and body odor. This can cause a chronic infection called Erythrasma. It affects individuals in warm climates than in cold climates. Erythrasma can be treated using antibiotics.
5. Acanthosis Nigricans
Acanthosis Nigricans is a skin condition that darkens under arms. Diabetes and insulin resistance are two major causes of this condition. Obesity can also be reason for this condition. It affects any part of the body with folds (underarms). Areas affected are velvety and appears as a dark gray or brown color. Consult with a dermatologist in case of this skin condition.
6. Hyper pigmentation
Hyper pigmentation is a common condition in which certain spots on the skin appear darker than the surrounding skin. It is due to the excess melanin the pigment that gives color to the skin that deposits on the skin. It can occur in fingers, elbows and even underarms.
Tight clothes can be a cause of underarms. It does not allow the skin to breathe, the fat under the arm rubs against fabric and causes darkening.
Remedies to fix the underarms
As we got to know the reasons for causing darker underarms, let us discuss how we can remove them effectively
1. Wax or Epilate
As discussed above, shaving serves a major cause for darkening underarms. You can try other ways of hair removing which are safe to use like waxing and epilator. Waxing and epilator removes the hair follicles from the roots preventing dark underarms. On continued usage, the underarms get lightened.
2. Remove discoloration
If you have been doing shaving a long time and there has been lot of discoloration due to it then try this mask. It moisturizes and replenishes to reduce the potential for irritating dryness caused by shaving, while providing perspiration protection. Add some lemon juice or oil with brown sugar and apply this mixture on the underarms and rinse off after 15 minutes. This effectively removes darkness with continued usage every week.
3. Get rid of pigmentation
Vitamin E is essential for skin lightening. Olive oil, almond oil and coconut oil are amazing sources of Vitamin E. Massage oil of your choice every day in the affected area for a few minutes. Within a few days, you will see the amazing results.
4. Exfoliation is the key
Dermatologists recommend exfoliating underarms with a gentle cleanser and wash cloth. Hydrating defoliants will help to maintain smooth and healthy armpits. Mix honey, oatmeal and lemon juice in a bowl into a paste. This is a superb moisturizing exfoliator; it removes the dead cells and also helps in under arm lightening. Use it once or thrice a week regularly for the best result.
4. Natural Deodorant
Since chemical deodorants are a threat to the skin and most of us sweat daily you can use this homemade deodorant. Take a sprayer bottle; fill half the amount water and half the amount with aloe vera gel. Squeeze two lemon or lemon essential oil into it and shake it well. This is an additional step only. Skip it if you don’t need it. Add a few drops of tea tree essential oil. Tea tree oil’s antimicrobial properties will kill the microbes present and deodorize the area. If you are allergic to tea tree oil, then add any essential oil you love. This mixture serves not only as a deodorant but also as a moisturizer.
Also check: 21 Amazing Beauty Benefits of Aloe Vera!
5. Orange Mask
Oranges acts as a natural scrub for your armpits and prevents the darkness by removing the dead skin cells. Dry the orange peel in the sun and powder it. Mix this powder with rose water into a paste. Use it to scrub twice a week. This works as an amazing brightening mask.
6. Yogurt Mask
Yogurt helps removing impurities that cause dark discoloration on the skin. Mix yogurt, lemon, gram flour, honey and a fraction of turmeric powder (It stains so be aware). Apply this mask under arms and let it for 20 minutes and wash it off. Repeat it until the dark pit is gone.
7. Milk Mask
Milk is a wonderful source of many vitamins and fatty acids that not only lightens but also softens and brightens the skin tone. Mix milk with few drops of honey and apply on the armpits and let it dry well. Rinse off with cold water. Repeat it every day.
8. Potato Mask
The mild acidic property in potatoes makes it an excellent and natural bleaching agent. Potatoes and cucumbers are safe to use and rarely cause any skin irritations. It is very safe to use for all skin types. Mix potato juice and cucumber juice together and apply it on the affected area. Wash after 20 minutes. It helps in instant lightening.
Tip: This mask can also help in lightening under eye circles.
9. Sandalwood Mask
Sandalwood is a great option since it contains skin lightening properties. It has calming properties to calm down the irritated skin. The fragrance of sandalwood helps to get rid of bad odor caused due to excessive sweating. Rose water has many skin benefits such as brightening, moisturizing, and stimulates circulation in skin. Mix sandalwood powder and rose water in equal amounts and use it on the dark arm pits. Rinse it off after 10 minutes. Repeat it every day for best results.
Note: Natural methods can take time to heal but are never harmful to the skin.