One particular issue that can irk people of all ages and genders is dark underarms. It isn’t a medical condition or any disease but generally due to skin’s exposure to certain elements or chemicals. This effect is quite similar to the sun-tan one gets from excessive and unprotected exposure to the UV rays of the sun.
Shaving, use of harsh chemicals found in hair removal creams, profuse sweating, lack of ventilation, wearing tight clothes which prevent air passage to the underarms, accumulation of dead skin cells, excessive use of alcohol-based deodorants and antiperspirants can account to other causes of prevailing darker underarms.
Sometimes, the darkening of underarms might as well be attributed to a certain skin condition called acanthosis nigricans in medical terms. This condition is associated with obesity, hormonal disorders, insulin resistance, a reaction of certain medications, and cancer. If any of the above conditions are the reason behind your dark underarms, a doctor’s diagnosis would be most advisable.
Nevertheless, this issue can be solved by using some inexpensive home remedies which are safe and natural.
Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of dark underarms.
Potatoes are natural bleaching agents due to their natural composition of mild acidic properties Unlike the strong bleaching agents which are harsh on the skin, potatoes cause no harm or irritation to the skin.
Here are the remedies which involve the use of potatoes to get rid of dark underarms.
- a) Rub a thin potato slice directly on your underarms. This can be repeated twice a day for faster results.
- b) Alternatively, grate a potato and dab the juice on the affected area. After 15-20 minutes, wash it off with lukewarm water. This can be repeated twice a day for faster and better results.
Similar to the skin lightening ability of potatoes, cucumbers too act as natural bleaching agents by virtue of their natural bleaching properties.
Here’s how you can use cucumbers to get rid of dark underarms.
- a) Rub a thin cucumber slice on to the affected area. You can even grate a cucumber and gently apply the juice on the underarms. This can be repeated once or twice a day for better and faster results.
b) Alternatively, extract the juice from a cucumber and mix it with a teaspoon of turmeric powder and some drops of lemon juice. Apply this paste on the dark part of the underarms. Leave it on for 30 minutes and rinse it with lukewarm water. Repeat it once a day for better results.