What causes dark armpits?
Dark armpits can be caused by a number of things that include shaving, an accumulation of dead skin cells, excessive use of deodorants and antiperspirants, friction, and health conditions. Many women find these discolored areas unattractive and desperately want to lighten them.
Here are some ways to lighten those dark areas:
- Cucumber Lemon Paste:
- Grate the cucumber into a juice. Add lemon juice and turmeric. Apply the paste to your armpit and leave on for 30 minutes then wash off. Moisturize.
- Orange Powder: Set the peels of an orange out to sun dry. Grind them into a powder and add rose water and milk. Scrub your underarms with the paste for 15 minutes then rinse. You could also use the same formula created for the lip exfoliant described in the DIY section.
- Vinegar Paste:
- Mix vinegar with rice flour. Rinse arm pits with hot water to open pores then apply the paste for 15 minutes. Rinse.
- Try Waxing instead of shaving.
- Switch to a natural deodorant (paraben free, no PEGs, synthetic ingredients, petrochemicals or aluminum). It is believed the chemicals in deodorant can be the cause of dark underarms. I've been seeing the commercial a lot for Dove's new Clear Tone Skin Renew Deodorant. I have not used it or done any research on it but I'm sure it doesn't hurt to try it out.
I have never had a problem with dark armpits and did not realize it was such a big problem for women until my friend and I were discussing it a while ago. After I shave my underarms, I immediately exfoliate. I had no knowledge of the benefits of doing so when I first started doing it. I have been exfoliating my armpits since my mother first allowed me to shave them. I exfoliate my underarms about 2 - 3 times weekly. I got the notion to exfoliate them because I love how soft my face is after exfoliating so I was using facial exfoliants for the longest time under my arms. I still do occasionally. But, when I get out of the shower, I apply cocoa butter and/or AMBI Fade Cream under my armpits. PS. I never sleep with deodorant on. I never have and probably never will. Depending on how much you sweat overnight, I would advise sleeping with freshly washed underarms or use coconut oil, as it is a natural deodorizer. Remember, what works for me may not work for everyone. Make sure you comment below on the method you used and how effective it was!
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