Healthline lists a number of possible causes of dark armpits, including genetics, hormonal changes, friction, inflammation and the use of certain products and medicines. Dark armpits may be more common in some people than others due to skin colour or health issues.
Many people with dark armpits are unaware of natural ways to get rid of them. In this article, Healthline would like to briefly educate you on natural ways to get rid of dark armpits, as written by Healthline.
The natural whitening properties in lemon juice can be applied topically to the armpit. Alternatively, a mixture of equal parts honey or yoghurt and lemon juice can be applied to the armpits and left on for 15 minutes before washing off.
Sodium bicarbonate or baking soda.
Baking soda helps to lighten dark spots and exfoliate the skin. Apply a mixture of baking soda and water to the armpit and rub gently in a circular motion until the odour disappears. Use water to thoroughly remove the dirt.
When used topically, the natural whitening properties of cucumber can lighten the dark skin under the armpits. Use a paste of grated cucumber, turmeric and milk or apply freshly grated cucumber juice to the armpits; leave for 15 minutes and then wash off.
Almond oil: almond oil is a natural whitener and can lighten the appearance of dark armpits. Apply almond oil to the armpits and massage every night before bed.
Turmeric has whitening properties and can reduce the appearance of dark armpits. Apply a paste made from a pinch of turmeric and milk or water to the armpits and leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing.
These natural remedies are not suitable for everyone and it may take some time (perhaps several months) before you notice an improvement. In addition, using sunscreen and not shaving or waxing the underarms can prevent skin irritation and further discolouration. If you are concerned about underarm discolouration, the best option is to see a dermatologist for professional and individual advice.
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