Having dark underarms can literally be the pits. It can be embarrassing and frustrating, especially if you cannot wear certain tops because of it. Dark armpits or underarms can come as a result of various reasons such as: improper hair removal, ingrown hairs, hormonal imbalance, medications, improper hygiene, elevated insulin levels, hyper-pigmentation, deodorant, lack of exfoliation, etc. The best thing to do if you suffer from dark armpits is to find out the reason for it, and then treat it according to the cause. One must also be careful what chemicals they apply to this area, as it is very sensitive. Lightening armpits naturally, that is with non-toxic chemicals, is the best thing you can do. Below are some tips for how to lighten underarms naturally.
Find the best hair removal method for you
The first tip to lighten armpits naturally is finding the best hair removal method for you. Shaving could be the cause of dark armpits for some people. Make sure you do not shave with a dull blade. If you do choose to shave also make sure to shave in the direction of your hair growth. A great hair removal method for people who have darkened armpits due to shaving is to wax instead.
If you wear deodorant every day, you probably have a buildup of product on your underarms which could cause darkening. One way to lighten dark armpits is by exfoliating. A great exfoliator is to mix some baking soda with water and lemon and create a paste. Baking soda has natural lightening properties as well as lemon.
In the video below, Lisa shows how to make a baking soda scrub. She also shows you how to use lemon juice as an exfoliant and make a mask with it. Scrub gently every day. Be sure you have not just recently removed any hair as it can sting since this is acidic.
Use natural/organic deodorant
Anti-perspirants and deodorants can be the cause of underarm darkening. If this is the problem for you, switching to an organic deodorant may solve the problem. You can even make a DIY deodorant if you want to save some money, since organic deodorants can be expensive. Some chemicals to avoid are: aluminum, parabans, and any chemical with numbers in it.
See your physician
If you have tried all these things and you still have dark armpits you should see your physician. You may have a hormonal imbalance or Addison's disease, a disorder that results when the adrenal glands fail to produce sufficient amounts of critical hormones. They may prescribe an over the counter lightening treatment with lactic or glycolic acid.
How do you lighten your underarms naturally? Let us know if you know of any good tips to lighten dark underarms in the comments below.