If you've thrown away all your tank tops, don't dare to lift your arms or cover them all the time because your armpits are dark in color, worry no more, there are solutions. Quickly learn how to regain beautiful armpits and your self-confidence.
Method 1 of 2: Use home remedies
Step 1. Try a natural bleaching agent
The acidic and antiseptic properties of certain fruits and vegetables help lighten the skin naturally. Potatoes, cucumber, and lemon can help remove dark skin under your armpits.
- Potatoes - Thinly slice a potato and rub a slice on the dark area. You can also grate a piece of potato to extract "juice." »Apply this juice to your armpits, let dry for 10 minutes then rinse.
- Cucumber - As with the potato, you can rub the dark area with a slice of cucumber or grate a piece and use the juice. You can take it a step further and add a few drops of lemon juice and turmeric (enough to make a paste) to the cucumber juice. Apply the paste, wait half an hour and rinse.
- Lemon - Rub a large slice of lemon on the dark area; the fruit will remove dead skin cells and lighten the skin. Then wash off with soap and if necessary and apply moisturizer (with continued use, lemon can dry out the skin). Add a little turmeric, white yogurt or honey to lemon juice to make a paste that you will leave on your armpits for 10 minutes, then rinse.
- Egg oil - Gently massage the affected area with egg oil and let sit overnight. The omega 3 contained in egg oil promote epithelialization by making the skin softer. Wash the area the next morning with water and a neutral pH soap.
Step 2. Moisten the area
The best thing you can do to avoid darkened armpits is to wash at least twice a day. Preferably use products based on lecithin or aloe vera.
Step 3. Exfoliate
Darkened armpits can be caused by accumulated dead skin, so exfoliating helps remove this skin and brightens the skin.
- Sugar - Mix a cup of brown sugar with three tablespoons of virgin olive oil. Apply to damp skin for a minute or two while showering or bathing, then rinse. Try to use this mixture twice a week.
- Baking soda - Make a thick paste of baking soda and water to make an exfoliant. After you exfoliate, rinse, and dry your armpits, you can apply a little talc or yeast to your armpits to lighten them.
- Orange - Peel an orange and leave the skin in the sun to dry it. Grate the skin to make a not too fine powder and make a paste by adding rose water and milk. Exfoliate your skin for 10 to 15 minutes to remove dead skin, then rinse with cold water.
- A pumice stone - Gently remove the dead skin under your armpits using a pumice stone. This light, volcanic abrasive stone is sold in supermarkets, perfumeries and pharmacies. Wet the stone well and gently exfoliate the dark area.
- Baking soda with rose water - Prepare a fairly thick paste composed of baking soda and rose water. Apply it under your arms then wash off with lukewarm water. Continue until you notice improvement.
Step 4. Try a liquid treatment
Open your fridge or cupboards to find home remedies that can not only lighten, but also soften and refresh the skin.
- Milk - These are the vitamins and fatty acids in milk that effectively lighten the skin. Create a paste with two tablespoons of milk, a teaspoon of soy cheese and a tablespoon of flour. Apply to the skin, leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with cold water. The skin should be clearer and free from dead skin.
- The vinegar - For a lightened look and underarms without germs and unpleasant odors, mix vinegar with rice flour to form a paste. Take a hot shower then apply the paste on your armpits, let dry 10 to 15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
- Coconut oil - Vitamin E contained in coconut oil helps lighten black armpit skin over time. For best results, use daily or every other day. Before showering, work the oil into the skin for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off with mild soap and lukewarm water. Another benefit of coconut oil is that it is a natural deodorant.
Step 5. Make a lightening pack
If you want to start a special treatment to lighten your armpits, you can try a whitening mixture made with chickpea flour. Mix the flour with white yogurt, lemon juice and a little turmeric to form a thick paste. Apply and leave on for at least 30 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water. Apply this whitening paste every day for two weeks and then three times a week thereafter to speed up the whitening process.
Step 6. Stop shaving and start waxing
Black armpits can be caused by thick black hairs that are under the skin. As the waxing removes the hair at the root, the area will be lighter and softer.
Step 7. Do not use deodorant
Deodorants contain strong chemicals that can darken the armpits due to inflammation. Most people don't have a real body odor problem and don't need the deodorants that advertised a lot.
Method 2 of 2: Medical treatments
Step 1. Seek the advice of your doctor
Home remedies may not help you if you have a dermatological condition called black skin, which creates brown or black marks in areas like your armpits.
- This disease can be linked to obesity or to an endocrine disorder. It is also common in people with diabetes or who are descended from people of African descent.
- Other possible causes of this dermatological disorder are Addison's disease, pituitary gland dysfunction, increased hormones, hyperthyroidism or oral contraception.
Step 2. Change Your Diet If your disease is linked to diabetes, lowering the amount of carbohydrates and sugars in your diet may help
Step 3. Stop taking the pill
If oral contraceptives are the source of your problem, you can try another form of birth control to see if a change occurs.
Step 4. Get a prescription from your doctor
Retina-A, 20% urea, alpha hydroxides, and salicylic acid can help, but be aware that their effects are minimal.
- One of the most well-known ingredients for lightening the skin is hydroquinone, a product regulated by the pharmaceutical and food industry. Dermatologists can prescribe lightening products containing 4% hydroquinone. Lighteners sold in pharmacies do not contain more than 2% hydroquinone. Always seek the advice of your doctor before using any product containing hydroquinone.
- Use products from recognized brands. Although the use of mercury is prohibited in lightening products, unfortunately some creams may still contain this product. These products may have been made overseas, but are sold in western stores, so read the labels carefully before buying.
Step 5. Stop the electrolysis
All women, but especially those with dark skin, are at risk of hyperpigmentation (the skin darkens) when they use electrolysis to remove hair from their armpits. If you have started electrolysis treatment to remove hair from your armpits, stopping the treatment should stop your underarm pigmentation process.
- Have your armpits waxed by a professional for best results
- Exfoliate your armpits often if you have hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
- Discoloring the skin, just like exfoliating it too often, can severely damage it and cause scarring. Hair follicles, pores, and sweat glands under your armpits can become infected. Proximity to lymph nodes can be dangerous, as even the smallest infection can quickly seep throughout your system, potentially creating septic shock. Weigh the pros and cons before taking any action on your skin. See a doctor first.
- If you don't have hyperhidrosis, be aware that dark skin is quite normal in areas with very thin skin, including the eyelids and genital and anal areas. It is not a physical disorder. Consider the fact that the women you see in commercials or on television are often retouched to make this area appear brighter thanks to the special effects of postproduction. Actresses in adult films often have discolored genital and anal areas.