The summer has practically arrived, and with it the sunny, warm weather. We are bringing the summer clothes out of its winter bags and boxes, checking whether they still fit, are in good condition and fashionable enough to survive another summer. Sleeveless blouses, tank tops, summer dresses, swimsuits. All demand perfectly smooth armpits. And what if they are not? What if the armpit skin is dark and rough and wrinkled like that of elbows and knees? That means you belong to seven out of ten women, who, according to researches, have the dark armpits condition.
The colour of armpits, like the colour of the rest of the skin on our bodies, is determined by the pigment cells – melanocytes. The more melanocytes we produce, the darker our skin will be. The condition of dark armpits, which can also affect the inside of thighs, back of the neck, elbows, knees and groin, can be caused by the genetics (if your parents or someone in the family had it, you would have a higher chance of getting it too), natural skin colour (people with darker skin colour are more likely to develop this condition than people with light skin colour), and general health (diabetes type 2 is usually accompanied by this condition, and so are some hormonal disbalance syndromes).
Another reason of the condition of dark armpits is excessive weight – overweight people’s chance to develop it are double to those with average weight.
Some hormone based medications can be the culprits too.
But there are also some hygienic habits which can cause dark armpits: shaving makes the hair roots strong and dark which makes the whole armpit area darker. Moreover, frequent shaving and waxing can irritate the skin and provoke production of melanocytes; strong deodorants and antiperspirants block the pores of the outer layer of our skin, which can, again, initiate the increase in production of melanocytes.
It is obvious that we can’t influence our genetics, skin colour or health conditions, but some changes in our everyday hygiene routine can have magical effects. And it doesn’t mean expensive treatments, just simple ingredients prepared at home.
Here are 20 Home Remedies For Getting Rid Of Dark Armpits, easy and simple:
Coconut oil has marvellous effects, in general. Fatty acids in coconut oil are saturated, which makes them resistant to heat and therefore ideal for cooking and even frying. But there is even more possibilities for application of the coconut oil in cosmetics, having in mind that it contains vitamin E which works wonders with skin, enhancing its elasticity, but also removing the dark pigmentation. Extra virgin coconut oil can be used as a body cream, especially for very dry and sensitive skin. It melts in quite low temperature, and the body heat is high enough to make it liquid.
In case of dark armpits condition, it can be used as a gentle, nourishing cream, applied especially after hair removal. But due to its antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, which are coming from its medium chain fatty acids/triglycerides, coconut oil also makes a great natural deodorant. It can be used alone, applied like a cream, or mixed with baking soda. The mix of 6 tablespoons of coconut oil, 4 of baking soda, 3 of starch, will make a perfect deodorant and if you add couple of drops of an essential oil that you like the smell of (tea tree, rose, lavender, eucalyptus, etc) it will be better than anything market offers. Using it daily, you will be protected from sweating and bad odour, but your skin will be nourished and hydrated and dark patches will disappear.
Lemon is a well-known fact that lemon juice has a bleaching effect on almost all surfaces, including skin. Use it for dark patches in armpits too. Cut the lemon in slices and rub it into the skin of armpits. Leave to dry, then rinse and apply a hydrating crème or coconut oil. It will be necessary to patiently repeat the procedure until the skin goes back to its natural color.
Same as lemon, cucumber makes the skin lighter. You can cut it and rub it into the skin of armpits and wait for it to dry, or put the slices onto the skin, lay down and let it work. After it dries, rinse and apply a hydrating crème, or coconut oil.
Cucumber and curcuma
Wash one cucumber, cut it in pieces and process in blender. Add one tablespoon of curcuma and make a smooth paste. A juice of half of a lemon can also be added to the paste to enhance the effect. Spread on the armpits’ skin and keep for 30 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.
It works practically the same way as cucumber. You can cut it in slices or grate it and rub it in, or use a juice of it and let it work for a 15 minutes. Rinse and apply a hydrating crème, or coconut oil. It should be done twice a day to achieve a good effect.
Baking soda also has a bleaching effect and it can be used as a deodorant (mixed with some water and applied on skin, or in combination with coconut oil, as we already described) or as a scrub – just rub a small quantity of it into the damp armpits, rinse and apply a hydrating crème, or coconut oil.
Papaya contains an enzyme which works like a skin bleach. Cut a middle ripe papaya into small pieces and leave it on the skin until it dries. Rinse and apply a hydrating crème, or coconut oil.
If dark armpits have been caused by shaving (and in many cases they were) it would be useful to try waxing You can have it done in the salon, with any type of wax they use, or you can do it at home. If you are doing it at home, the best way to do it is with sugar paste. You can prepare it by yourself, but the procedure is lengthy – cook water and sugar with some lemon, until you get the right consistency.You can perform the waxing either by running balls of the paste in the direction opposite to the hair growth and then pulling it off in the direction of growth, or you can apply the same technique as with other types of wax. The sugar paste is very good for the skin as it is nourishing, calming and has the scrubbing effect. It will leave the skin soft and smooth.
You should mix one handful of flour with enough yoghurt to make a paste, then add juice of one lemon and a teaspoon of turmeric powder. Apply on the armpit skin and keep for 30 minutes. Rinse and apply a hydrating crème, or coconut oil. After two weeks you should see the improvement in the skin color.
Sandalwood powder and rosewater
These two ingredients are believed to have miraculous effects on skin. Sandalwood is a strong antiseptic which removes the skin blemishes and together with rosewater it also has a bleaching effect. Mix two tablespoons of sandalwood with three or four tablespoons of rosewater into a smooth paste. Apply it to the skin of armpits and keep it for 25 minutes. Rinse and apply a hydrating crème, or coconut oil.
Apple vinegar is an important ingredient of many recipes for skin treatments. Its acidity prevents the proliferation of bacteria, it eliminates a bad odour and enlightens the skin. Pour some apple vinegar on a cotton pad and gently rub in the skin of armpits. Rinse and apply a hydrating crème, or coconut oil. It should be done twice a day to achieve a good effect.
Yoghurt and chickpea flour
Mix them until you make a smooth paste and apply on the armpit skin. Keep for 15 minutes, rinse and apply a hydrating crème or coconut oil. It should be done daily to achieve a bleaching effect.
Curcuma, lemon juice and whey
Mix two tablespoons of curcuma with juice of one lemon and enough whey to make a smooth paste. Leave it for 15 minutes. Apply to the skin daily to achieve the bleaching effect.
Cucumber juice and honey
Squeeze a juice of one cucumber and mix with a tablespoon of honey, and apply to the skin of armpits. Leave it to dry, rinse and apply hydrating crème or coconut oil.
Baking soda and rosewater
Mix baking soda with rose water and make a paste. Use it to scrub your armpits. Rinse it, dry and apply a moisturizer or a coconut oil.
Vinegar and rice flour
Mix it to make a paste, spread on the skin of armpits and leave to dry. Rinse and apply a moisturizer or coconut oil.
Has twofold effect: it enlightens the skin and exfoliates it. Leave the orange peel in the sun until it dries and then grind it. Mix this powder with rosewater to get a thick paste and rub into the armpit skin. Leave for 15 minutes, then wash with cold water. Do it three times a week to achieve the bleaching effect.
The powder of orange peel can also be mixed with yoghurt and used in the same way, but you can let it work 5 minutes longer than the paste with rosewater.
Two or three times a week, while under shower, gently scrub your underarms with pumice stone. It will remove the dead cells, remains of deodorants and other skin products, it will enable the skin to breath, and it will look lighter.
Oats are a great exfoliant and can be used on the whole body. However, if you want to get rid of the dark armpits, mix two tablespoons of oats flour with one teaspoon of honey and juice of half of a lemon. Keep it for one hour, then rinse. Apply twice per week for the best results.
Lactic acid also works like a potent exfoliant, removing the dead skin cells and excess deodorants which often cause the darkening of armpits. Soak a cotton pad into milk and wipe the under arms. Use it twice a day, or more, to clean and calm the armpits.
General advice which helps in case you have a dark armpits condition:
- Avoid shaving the armpits
- Don’t use depilatory creams
- Avoid antiperspirants and deodorants in general
- Wear cotton clothes
- Avoid the clothes which are too tight in the area of armpits
- Lose weight (in case you are overweight)
In case that application of the suggested remedies doesn’t help the dark armpits condition, or even gets worse, you should consider consulting the doctor. In some rear cases, it can be a sign of a serious disease.