How to Lighten Your Dark Underarms


photo from bustle
photo from bustle

Dark underarms can be a reason to sink into low self esteem. You have probably stashed all your sleeveless tops away since you cannot afford to show off your armpits. Since summer is indeed fast approaching. it only means it’s the time for bikini season again which implies that all your sensitive areas will be on display. We often talk about dark spots on your face, but what about discoloration of the armpits and around the bikini line? It will all be exposed on the beach, too! has a simple solution. These particular dark spots are caused by constant friction. If you’re shaving every day, your skin says to your brain — I need protection — so it darkens up. Or maybe you’re waxing and the wax is too hot. Any kind of controlled injury to your skin will either keloid or create a stain.

The solution: salicylic or glycolic acid. Use the same pads that are prescribed for acne to lighten up your underarms and bikini line. Just make sure not to go too close to your lady bits (burning is bad). Kojic acid, which was a geisha favorite, is also a natural approach that won’t hurt even the most sensitive skin. You can re-purpose your favorite at-home peel as a brightening bikini treatment, too. Swipe it on, then jump in the shower and let the steam sink in for two minutes before rinsing it away.

There are also various over the counter topical treatments used to treat dark under arms by inhibiting natural melanin production in the under arm area making the skin in the area lighten. Natural armpit whitening takes up to a few weeks to make a positive change.

Armpit bleaching can also take an expensive course by using chemical peels with Alpha hydroxyl Acids, laser therapy or derma-brasion. These procedures remove the outermost layer of the skin and expose off the brighter layer underneath.

Baking soda, lemon and cucumbers are the most common home treatments for dark skin under arms. They contain bleaching properties, antibacterial and leave your skin feeling fresh. Here is how each one of them works to give back your freedom to strapless tops and sleeveless dresses.

Use Lemon to whiten dark underarms


If you plan to use lemon over large areas of skin, consider diluting it with water or creating a paste with honey or yogurt.

To lighten dark underarms, mix turmeric powder, plain yogurt and honey with lemon juice. Paste this to the underarms in circular motions and let it sit for ten minutes. Wash the paste off and pat dry your armpits. Do this three times a week.

Use Baking Soda for your armpits


Use baking soda to make a homemade scrub by adding water into it to make a thick paste. This effectively removes damaged and dead cells. It unclogs the skin pores and lightens skin. It also kills the germs in the area leaving you feeling clean, fresh and with lighter skin. Note that however gentle it feels, baking soda can have a drying effect on skin. To make a skin friendly paste with baking soda, mix soda with honey, apply the paste to the area in circular motions and let it sit for at least ten minutes before washing off.

Cucumber for Lightening Dark Underarms


These have similar properties to those of potatoes. It gently bleaches skin to give you lighter appearance. Simply rub a slice of cucumber to the underarm of apply cucumber to the underarm area. You can also make a thick paste with turmeric and some drops of lemon juice. Let it sit for fifteen minutes then wash off. Do this daily until you start seeing a lighter appearance then you can reduce the frequency to three days a week.

Orange peel

Dry out orange peels in the sun and grind. Make a paste by adding in rose water and milk. Apply in the armpit area in circular motions and allow it to sit for ten minutes. This effectively removes dead cells. Rinse with cold water and pat dry.

Sunflower Oil


Sunflower oil apparently contains moisturizing and whitening properties that can make the skin look radiant. Both Human Nature and Ever Bilena has sunflower oil from their line of products available in the market. Take sunflower oil and apply this on the dark armpits and leave on. This process works best it applied twice a day.

A word of caution: Remember that, if your dark underarms are caused by acanthosis nigrans, you should consult a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Natural armpit whitening works best if done alongside proper hygienic practices and safe hair removal in the underarm area. So, take regular showers, exfoliate, wax and keep off alcohol based deodorants. Remember to eat healthy and drink plenty of water to keep your skin cycle regular, healthy and glowing.

Vance Madrid

Freelance writer, lifestyle blogger, social media manager, events coordinator, scriptwriter, film buff, wanderlust and certified foodie. Zealous for a keyboard and new experiences, I wish to live and learn through my writing.