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Want to set yourself FREE from dark armpits? Follow along

Updated on:12 August 2021, 11:11am IST
If you smoke, it’s time to check the colour of your armpits right away. According to science, smoking leads to hyperpigmentation, which further causes dark underarms.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Home hacks can save your underarms from darkening. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Shaving or waxing your underarms is not the only criteria to rock a noodle strap or a corset. You underarms need to look and be healthy as well. No, we are not talking about body odor but hinting at those dark underarms that you’ve been neglecting for quite some time. 

For your information, it is not okay to give it a blind eye, because having dark underarms is also a sign that your health might be in trouble.

The major reasons behind discoloration of your dark armpits can be:
  • Overuse of deodorants
  • Shaving it and not moisturizing it properly
  • Accumulation of dead skin
  • Bacterial infections, due to excessive sweating
  • Wearing tight clothes which can lead to abrasion
  • Diabetes and obesity can also lead to dark armpits
  • Smoker’s melanosis, which is hyperpigmentation caused by smoking 

Figured out what your cause of concern is? It’s we tip you a little.

Here are some home remedies to lighten your underarms

1. It’s time to manage your weight sistah!

We just revealed that obesity and weight gain is one of the major reasons behind dark underarms, that’s why this needs to be tackled ASAP. And to be honest, it’s not a bad idea at all.

2. Aloe vera is the best

“Aloe vera is known as the medicinal plant that contains antibacterial properties that soothe inflamed skin and lighten discoloured armpits. Massage your underarms with the aloe vera gel, letting it dry for about 20 minutes. It helps to remove dark underarms,” suggests renowned dermatologist Dr Ajay Rana.

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Soothe your armpits with aloe vera. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.

3. Give apple cider vinegar a shot

The thing is that apple cider vinegar is the prime ingredient that is rich in amino and lactic acid. This helps to clear dead skin cells and lessen scars. It contains major astringent properties that unclog the pores and reduce the appearance of skin darkness. Take apple cider vinegar on a cotton pad, pat it into the armpit area and leave it, until it dries completely before washing it off. So, there is no harm in trying.

4. Vitamin D creams can be a good solution as well, since they help in reducing skin pigmentation.

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Vitamin D is also an essential for your armpits. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Baking soda to the rescue

“Baking soda is a natural exfoliator that unclogs the pores and lightens dark underarms. Lemon also contains antiseptic properties and is known as the natural bleaching agent. To use this, mix baking soda and lemon to make a paste. Then apply this scrub over your underarms for a few minutes, wash it off using lukewarm water, and finish up by moisturising your skin,” says Dr Rana.

6. Potato juice can also be used

Who would have thought that a humble potato can be your armpit’s saviour? Potatoes are great to tackle pigmentation and discolouration in the underarms. To apply it on the underarms, peel a potato and squeeze its juice out, apply it directly on the armpits and rinse it off after 10-15 minutes. Trust us, it helps in smoothening and softening the skin.

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Potato juice or potato scrub is a great way to lighten your underarms. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

7. Last but not the least, turmeric

Dr Rana suggests that turmeric contains major skin healing and lightening properties, so applying it to the underarm area will brighten the skin as well as offer relief from itching.

So ladies, make the most of these tips and set your underarms free!

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.