Dark underarms are something that many overlook. To some people, it isn’t a problem at all—they don’t quite care about the state of their armpits. However, in some areas of the world, dark underarms are an embarrassing problem that prevents people from wearing sleeveless shirts, keeping them conscious so that they won’t even dare raise their arms.

Lightening the underarms has been a goal of many women today and they try just about every method on earth that will help them achieve the effect. But the foremost question is: how do underarms get dark in the first place?

Causes of Dark Underarms

One of the biggest causes of dark underarms is the use of antiperspirants that have harsh chemicals in its formula. The daily application of the product irritates the skin and affects it in such a way that it will darken over time. Although this cause has not exactly been proved in a laboratory setting, many do attest that after stopping the use of certain antiperspirants, their skin began to lighten.

Another big cause is unfortunately something that billions of women do—shaving. Shaving armpits cuts the hair in such a way that they remain under the surface of the skin. This gives the armpit a dark shadow or appearance of a dark spot when in reality it is nothing more than the hair under the surface.

A condition called Acanthosis Nigricans, which produces some brown/black markings in the under arms, in the groin area or on the neck, may also be the culprit of armpit darkening. This condition is most common in persons who are overweight. Dead skin cells trapped in arm pits may be another reason why one may have dark patches or spots.

And of course, hyperpigmentation, wherein the skin produces far more melanin than normal, can also be a reason. However, this does not frequently affect armpits.

Remedies for Dark Underarms

Lightening the underarms is no easy task. Some people have a lot of trouble finding an effective method for them, while others find success with something as simple as applying lemon juice on the area for 5 minutes every day quite effective. This method is natural, and works to some degree if done consistently (just don’t do it when your skin is irritated or broken!).

Some dermatologists will suggest bleaching the underarms or getting laser treatments (both for lightening skin and removing hair). Skin bleaching is not quite recommended due to the use of hydroquinone, which may damage skin over time. You may also try waxing or plucking instead of shaving in order to pull out hair from the roots if you do not wish to get laser treatments.

There are also products on the market today such as soaps and lotions and even deodorants and antiperspirants  which are also targeted for the whitening of the armpits. Regular exfoliation in the shower may also help, although since armpit skin is rather sensitive it may be a good idea to be gentle in doing so.

More remedies:

*Try rubbing baking soda on your armpits after you take a shower or bath.

*Use 1 teaspoom of lime juice, 1 teaspoon of cucumber juice and a dash of turmeric powder and make a paste. Rub the paste on your armpits, leave it for 15 to 2o minutes and rinse it off.

*Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice and a tablespoon of honey then apply to the armpits. Leave the mizture on for about 20-25 minutes and rinse with warm water.

*Mix almond paste with milk and honey and rub on the armpit area. Rinse after 15-20 minutes

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