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Have you ever taken a picture with your shaved, dark underarms showing? It looks like you haven’t shaved at all! For most people, this is an annoying cosmetic issue; a result of shaving, regular use of hair removing creams, excessive sweating, poor underarm ventilation, an accumulation of dead skin cells, or the use of alcohol-based deodorants and antiperspirants.
With summer around the corner, you’re going to be baring a lot more skin, and you would rather not have this darker Luckily, dark underarms aren’t something you have to “live with.” There are many natural ways to get rid of this issue. Here are five of them you can try out:
Rub a thin slice of potato on your underarms or grate the potato and apply its juice to those dark areas. Allow your arms to dry for 15 to 20 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water. Do this twice daily and allow the potatoes bleaching properties work their magic, without the irritation. You can do this with cucumbers as well.
Rub a lemon wedge on your skin for a few minutes. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then wash it off thoroughly. Lemon can be harsh on the skin, so make sure to apply a moisturizer afterwards.
3. Baking Soda
Mix baking water and soda to make a thick paste. Scrub your underarms and then wash the paste off and pat it dry. Do this a few times a week. Baking soda and cornstarch can also help to neutralize odor.
Mix rice flour with vinegar. Take the resulting thick paste and apply it during a hot shower. Allow the paste to dry for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. Repeat a few times a week.
Mix two tablespoons of full fat milk, one tablespoon of flour, and one teaspoon of plain yogurt to make a thick paste. Apply this paste to your underarms and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing it off with cold water. Do this a few times a week.
Once your dark underarms are gone, you want them to stay gone right?
Here are some ways to avoid darkening your underarms once you’ve cleared up the issue:
- Try waxing your arms instead of shaving – when we shave, we raise the risk of developing ingrown hairs, which can generate a dark underarm appearance. Waxing will ensure that the full hair strand comes right out of the follicle.
- Try using coconut oil in place of shaving cream; it will leave your skin feeling smooth and soft the natural way! Rubbing coconut oil on your underarms works to clear up dark underarms as well.
- Exfoliate your underarms once a week to prevent the buildup of dead skin cells.
- Try a natural antiperspirant to control sweating and keep your arms smelling good without applying a layer of harmful ingredients on your underarms.
In some instances, dark underarms can indicate a medical condition called acanthosis nigricans which is often linked to insulin resistance, obesity, hormonal disorders, certain medications and cancer. Talk to your doctor if you suspect a deeper issue regarding your dark underarms.