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How to Get Rid of Dark Underarms Fast

Updated on September 23, 2013

Underarm Discoloration

It’s summer time and you can’t wait to buy a new swimsuit you will wear at the beach party. You first take a look in the mirror to see what kind of swimsuit will fit your figure. But instead of picturing yourself flaunting that fancy swimwear, you see yourself just inside your room, far from the shores, your skin covered with your usual clothes. The reason: dark underarms. Dark underarms can cause you to lose self-confidence and feel embarrassed. You avoid sleeveless clothes for fear of people seeing your dark armpits. But you do not have to lock yourself in your room and throw all those sleeveless clothes out of your closet. Fortunately, there are ways on how to get rid of dark underarms fast. Read on and find out home remedies that will help you lighten your underarms.

What Causes Dark Underarms?

In order to solve your underarm problems, you first need to know and understand what causes dark underarms. There are three main culprits: hair growth, accumulation of dead skin cells, and hyperpigmentation. When dark hair grows under your skin, it shows through the thin skin layers, causing your underarms to appear darker. Dead skin cells also accumulate on the surface of your skin if you do not exfoliate regularly. Dark underarms are also caused by hyperpigmentation or excess melanin production. This is hereditary and often requires medical treatments. Skin irritation due to shaving and use of underarm products can also lead to dark underarms.

6 Ways to Get Rid of Dark Underarms Fast

1. Use lemons.

Slice a lemon in half and rub one half on your armpits. The acidity of lemon helps lighten your skin. This is also used to remove age spots and freckles. Do this three times a week. Take note that lemon may dry out your skin so consider using a moisturizer after doing this technique.

2. Try baking soda.

Form a paste by mixing baking soda with a small amount of water. Apply the paste on your underarms then massage gently. The baking soda helps remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, revealing lighter skin.

3. Exfoliate regularly.

If your dark underarms are caused by accumulation of dead skin cells, use a gentle exfoliant. It is recommended to consult your doctor and ask which exfoliant will work best for your condition. Remember that skin regeneration takes several weeks. You need to be consistent with this skin care routine to see the effects and get rid of dark underarms.

4. Use topical ointments.

If your underarm skin discoloration is caused by excess melanin production, see your dermatologist and ask for prescription topical ointments that will help lighten your skin. A common treatment that doctors prescribe is a topical ointment that contains hydroquinone, a natural bleaching agent. This ingredient also helps reduce melanin production.

5. Avoid skin irritation.

If you have sensitive skin, you are more likely to suffer from dark underarms. What you need to do is to simply avoid things that irritate your skin. Avoid excessive use of deodorants or antiperspirants. Many of these products contain harsh chemicals that are not friendly to your skin. It is best to use one that is designed for sensitive skin. Also avoid shaving your underarms and try waxing instead.

6. Lose weight.

Sounds odd? Maybe, but this is one effective way to lighten your underarms. If you are overweight, there’s a higher chance of friction due to skin-to-skin contact. This leads to underarm discoloration. It is recommended to eat healthy and maintain your ideal weight. Not to mention, it is also great for your overall health. When trying to get rid of dark underarms, also avoid wearing tight clothing as the friction it creates with the skin can cause irritation.

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      Åñdręå 5 years ago

      I have an underarm freckle and need help to make it dissapear fast!!

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      Cliff Mendrez 5 years ago from Philippines

      Dark underarms has always been an issue for women. Thanks for reading, Hubert.

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      Hubert Williams 5 years ago

      Interesting hub. My wife always tries to keep them light.

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      Cliff Mendrez 5 years ago from Philippines

      MarleneB, you are right. It takes time to see results so one must be consistent at using the remedies to successfully get rid of dark underarms.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Excellent information. I like all of your suggestions. I use lemons to lighten my elbows and knees, too. It takes a long time to see results, but it works.