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How to Whiten Dark Underarms, Elbows and Knees

Updated on June 11, 2013


Unknown to many, there is actually a way to lighten common problem areas of the body such as the underarm, elbows and even clumsy, hideous scars without having to undergo any dermatological treatments. The simple, very inexpensive solution to this problem can be found in your own homes actually.

The extract of the calamansi fruit or the Philippine lime (Citrofortunella microcarpa) makes a refreshing juice that can quench anyone’s thirst, and when mixed with hot water is an excellent drink for people with fever. Aside from these known and regular uses, the fruit also has whitening effect. In fact, it can also remove stains when the extract is applied to shirt dirts. The stain removing capacity of the fruit may make it seem like the juice might be a bit harsh to the skin but it is actually not. It doesn’t sting on the skin!

Slice 1 or two pieces in half and rub it on your underarms, elbows and knees either with seeds intact or removed, whichever you prefer. Do this every after taking a bath in the morning. Pat dry the body parts, rub the halved fruit putting some, but not too much, pressure on, and leave it for at least 10 minutes before washing it if you are going out for school or office. At night, do the same but leave it overnight and do the morning routine the following day.

This simple treatment can still be done even if you are already using your favorite whitening soap. It is all natural so it won't be a problem should you wish to continue your existing whitening routine. Just be sure to apply the calamansi treatment last, that is, after washing off the soap suds on your skin and wiping it dry.


Just a small piece of advice though, and this is with regard to buying calamansi. Calamansi is a fruit and therefore perishable. Meaning, it will eventually rot after a period of time. As soon as you decide to start doing the above regimen, be sure to also pay attention to the amount or number of Calamansi fruits you buy versus the frequency and the coverage of your whitening regimen. By frequency i mean whether you are doing it once or more than once a day, and by coverage i mean whether your target area is only the underarms, the elbows only, the knees only, just a combination of two or all three. This is because frequency and coverage will determine the quantity of calamansi fruits you use up in a certain period of time, and it is hardly possible, if not impossible, or grueling to buy calamansi every day for this purpose, which means that when you buy the fruit, what's readily available is in packs of say 1 kilo or a fraction. I have to point this out because I myself hates wastage. In my place, I have two sources: the grocery section of malls and the public market. In my experience, when it comes to freshness, the public market always offers the freshest fruits all the time. But, the catch is, either the public market is relatively less accessible than supermarkets, or it is just too inconveniently dirty to go to. So please do buy at grocery stores as you wish, just be a bit picky on choosing the better packs of Calamansi. Because, usually, if you notice, packs are mixed with fresh and not so fresh fruits. Only one rotten Calamansi will cause the rotting of the others. Avoid having to throw away fruits for nothing. And always remember to use fresh, succulent fruits for whitening!

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      Lhian 2 years ago

      hello ate ask ko lng if tlgang effective b yung calamansi sa kilikili para mkpg paputi, bfore kc hindi nmn maitim kilikili ko kya lng gumamit ako ng kung ano anong deo yung lotion deo at roll on deo umitim ung underarm ko pero pg ginagamit ko ay yung iniispray mejo nag lalight at bumabalik sya sa puti kya lng mejo mhal, kya gusto ko sna itry tong calamansi?

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      iamheaven 2 years ago from Philippines

      Hi dianne, calamansi is safe because it's all natural and it's not harsh on skin. yes, you can use it anytime. :)

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      iamheaven 2 years ago from Philippines

      hi rj. let me know your results soon. happy whitening :)

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      iamheaven 2 years ago from Philippines

      Hi greta, happy to hear your results :)

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      iamheaven 2 years ago from Philippines

      hi Blair, do the regimen regularly and you should see results in a month :)

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      dianne 2 years ago

      pwede po bang gamitin ang calamansi para pumuti ang singit? pwede po ba sa buntis?

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      rj 2 years ago

      Hi! I am a girl. I tried this treatment nung medyo nagsimula na akong maging conscious sa katawan ko. Sabi kasi ni mama gamitin ko to after or before maligo, so sinunod ko. I was using Dove deo along with this treatment. Glad it helped maintain precious, smooth, and white ua. Hehe. But as a teenager, I was eager to explore other products. Kung ano kasi gamit ko mula ulo, mukha, yun din gusto ko pati sa katawan. And since Dove soap didn't work well on my face, I tried other products. Baliw lang no? Hehe. But it was just few months ago nung gumamit ako ng Rexona (di ko nga alam ano pumasok sa isip koe). So ayun nga, it darkened. :( Nakakaiyak lang at nakakapagsisi. But I came across some articles and found this. And ting! Salamat po dito! Kasi I'll try this again. Hope it'll work better and faster now since wala na akong ginagamit na deo. :D

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      greta 2 years ago

      Hello!im using calamansi all over my body for a couple og weeks and its working..i can see now the results..

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      Blair 2 years ago

      Hi gaano po katagal bago sya umepekto? Hehe

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      iamheaven 2 years ago from Philippines

      hi Yani.. yes! try it on your knees :)

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      bambam 2 years ago

      Can i use calamnsi as my deodorant without washing it?

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      kitty 2 years ago

      mabuti pong gumamit ng calamansi ksi kung subukan nyo ito wala nmn magiging bad effect dahil hindi nmn to chemical dyaka talaga pong nakakaputi to at nakakawala ng body odor

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      Yani 2 years ago

      Hi po ate , ask ko lang po kung effective din siya sa knees? Kasi po maputi naman yung hita at binti ko kaso medyo maitim po tuhod ko eh. Ayos po ba kung gagamit ako ng calamansi? Do you think na puputi ito? :)

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      iamheaven 2 years ago from Philippines

      hi ella, try to apply calamansi and let me know if you see some positive changes after 1-2 weeks. :)

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      frinces 2 years ago

      thank you for that advise

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      ella 2 years ago

      Hello my problem was almost the same with others.can I use a paste baking soda as Underam scrub since nbasa ko na is a natural homemade whitening scrub sia kaya MAs prefer ko pang gamitin e2 kysa ibang products n png UA whitening scrub n my chemicals pa that it has bad side effect in our body I scared gumamit na ibang png scrub KC baka maslalong ngumitim ,the reason why I have dark UA is since I tried to use deo it darken my ua so my question is, is calamansi really effective whiten the skin? and how many days to see the result?

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      iamheaven 2 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Elle, sorry for the very late response. Yes, it's just fine :)

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      Elle 2 years ago

      hello po, okay lang po ba kung maglagay ako ng calamansi before taking a bath??

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      iamheaven 2 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Ei, sorry for the very late reply. Based on my personal experience, i saw some improvement in about a month of religious/regular application as mentioned above :)

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      iamheaven 2 years ago from Philippines

      hi Barbie26, sorry this is super late.. have tried the calamansi regimen? if you did already, can you share your experience? and results? :)

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      iamheaven 2 years ago from Philippines

      hi cess, in my case, i noticed the difference in about a month. :)

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      iamheaven 2 years ago from Philippines

      hi grale, sorry this is late.. want to ask if you were able to try out the calamansi regimen I wrote above? if so, how was it? :)

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      iamheaven 2 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Bella, sorry for the very late reply. Calamansi to the whole body? as whitening? it is ok, but i think it's somewhat grueling to do that. what do you think? if you have the patience, then it's fine :)

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      iamheaven 2 years ago from Philippines

      Hi ReynX, sorry for the very late response..yes, it should. I don't use brown sugar, but i have no problems whitening my UA with calamansi :)

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      iamheaven 2 years ago from Philippines

      hi jhomel, sorry for the late reply, have you tried just rubbing halved calamansi gently on those elbows? you can leave it overnight or if you're not comfortable, wash it off after 10mins,, Do this at least every night, and check on them after a month.

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      iamheaven 2 years ago from Philippines

      hi pink bebe21, sorry for the very late reply.. yes you can, they are in the same family. Calamansi and lemon. Calamansi is just way cheaper though. But if you can't find one, go ahead with lemons :)

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      iamheaven 2 years ago from Philippines

      :) good to hear your story :)

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      Edz 3 years ago

      Hi we have the perfect solution to dark underarms. Please check our website www.nicesolutionspasig.weebly.com

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      mhai2x 3 years ago

      Hi poh..ate ask lng me kong san ms mganda shaving or plucking ksi nag sisimula pa lng ako sa plucking at ang sakit.taz sbi nman ng friend ko kong shave dw pangit...

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      bbeeds:) 3 years ago

      calamansi really helps to whiten dark ua. i used many deos to whiten my ua but unfortunately it becomes darker. so I try to using calamansi and thank God nagwhiten tlga sya. use it regularly day and night, just be patience and you will see the positive result. :)

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      momo 3 years ago

      Namumula po sya then mahapdi pero di naman po ko hard maglagay as in . Tas nangangati po ..

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      pink bebe21 3 years ago

      Hi hello,i just want to ask if i can use lemon to my UA??tnx

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      Hi momo, i would like to ask for the reason of reddening of your armpit?..

      As for calamansi, yes, calamansi has deodorizing effect :)

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      Hi mimi, for as long as you wont do anything that may darken them again, it shouldn't.

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      momo 3 years ago

      Ok lang po ba kapag namumula ung UA ko?normal lang po ba yun?pls.reply po thanks

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      momo 3 years ago

      Hi. Is calamnsi helps to eliminate bad odor ? Or it is just used for whitening?

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      Yoshindale 3 years ago

      Hi ateh pde poh ba itung i apply sa ahm....

      singit heheheh ??

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      3 years ago

      Thanks, after 2 weeks. Na lighten underarm ko

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      starry sky 3 years ago

      Hi po.. :)

      Gusto ko lang po Sana i- tanong kung okay lang na ilagay ung calamansi sa cotton tapos ung cotton ung gamitin mong pang rub sa UA mo.. Thanks! :)

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      Lalalove 3 years ago

      Hindi po ba mangangamoy yung calamansi pag winash mo siya using water?

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      Jhomel 3 years ago

      Hello i'm a guy. I'm only 16 and am using lime juice on my elbow pits (i don't actually know what they're called). I'm not gay just because i do that i just became aware of how my elbow pits look like when i lost a lot of weight (i used to be fat and didn't mind those dark elbowpits but then i suddenly became eager to lighten them since i've lost some pounds). And my problem is a couple weeks passed since i started putting lim juice on em but i still don't see any changes in the appearance. Can you help me out deal with my dark elbow pits. I also have stretch marks around em but don't mind them since i found out that they're unlikely to vanish.

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      Bella 3 years ago

      Hello is it okay to apply calamansi to the whole body?

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      ReynX 3 years ago

      Hi po ate iamheaven pag po ba nag apply ka ng calamansi puputi na po ba yung underarms mo kahit d ka na gumamit ng brown sugar for exfoliation if my dead skin ka?

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      Lian2526 3 years ago

      Hi! Ask ko lang po if ilan days puputi ang UA if you use calamansi + tawas after taking a bath/shower 2x a day? Mid dark UA lang naman po. Thanks hopefully ma-sagot niyo.

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      Lian2526 3 years ago

      Hi! Ask ko lang po if ilan days puputi ang UA if you use calamansi + tawas after taking a bath/shower 2x a day? Mid dark lang naman po ang UA. Thanks. Hopefully masagot niyo.

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      cess 3 years ago

      How many weeks or months did you see results? ;)

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      grale 3 years ago

      Hi po .. I'm 14 pi tpos I have a dark spots in my UA . help po . salamat

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      grale 3 years ago

      Hi po .. I'm 14 pi tpos I have a dark spots in my UA . help pro . salamat

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      Ei Myatnoe Aung 3 years ago

      I want to ge my knees n my elbows whitened in the quickest way..if i use lemon how long will it take to get whiteb knees and elbow?

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      Barbie26 3 years ago

      hi, i have very dark underarms since grade 5 , what treatment i have to use?

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      margoroth 3 years ago

      hi iamheaven sana active pa rin to may peklat kasi ako sa tuhod simula pa nung bata pa ako effective ba yung calamansi pampatanggal nun? saka may peklat din ako dahil sa jellyfish makakatulong ba yung calamansi? sana masagot niyo tanung ko.salamat

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      Shiela 3 years ago

      Do you use removal hair cream when shaving? Is it really true that the creamm can help darken your UA? And nakakatulong din po ba yung calamansi na matanggal yung parang chicken pox na cause ng pagsshave? Thank you po :)

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      Howard 3 years ago

      Hello, does it also work on intimate areas like butt, crotches? :)

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      mimimi 3 years ago

      ateeee . kapag hindi po ba pinag pa tuloy yung pag lalagay ng calamasi sa kili kili . pwedeng bumalik yung pangingitim ?

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      yaneh 3 years ago

      Hi again ate

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      hi yaneh, really sorry for the late reply... regular application would give you faster result ;-)

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      hi yaneh, do you mean calamansi has stinging sensation on your face? that is normal because calamansi has acid.. it does subside when it dries up... how long do let it stay on your face before washing it off?.. are you applying calamansi extract on your face to get rid of dark acne marks?.. try to do it once a day, leave it for about 10-30 mins before washing. :)

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      Yaneh 3 years ago

      Hi po ulit. Pahabol lang. :-) I used calamansi po on my ua every night after taking a shower and leave it overnight and I'd noticed mejo my pgbabago. I've been using it for how many months na. Kya lang minsan po kasi nag iiskip po ako ng ilan days. Ok lang po na magskip ng ilan days tas mglalagay ulit? Or dpat continuous lang ulit yun paggamit pra mas lalong magimprove yun paglighten at para mas mabilis? Pretty please reply...

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      yaneh 3 years ago

      HI miss iamheaven after taking a bath po naglalagay ako ng calamansi sa mukha kaso namumula po siya at mejo mahapdi sya kahit wala nman sugat. Is it normal po ba? Mnsan ko lang din sya gawin. Ok lang po ba yun? Or dpat continuous ang paglagay? Please response. Thanky in advance. :-)

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      hi truly, thank you for sharing your experience =D

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      thank you for sharing, Em :)

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      hi LuV U, personally, I really am not a fan of mixing. haven't tried baking soda as well. I'm contented with just Calamansi. I have read an article though that baking soda + white vinegar paste is a good remedy for dark UAs. I find it a bit complicated (sorry), so I stick with just calamansi =D

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      Hi kittenskiee, i prefer water only for rinsing :)

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      hi melody456, that's ok. if you're not in a hurry to whiten your dark areas, skipping is ok.

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      hi towni, you should notice difference after religiously doing it once a day for a month :) i couldn't tell you, however, how white your underarms will be after a month because result varies from person to person. But surely, you should see some changes in a month :)

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      hi la love, sorry for the late reply. yes, tawas should be fine. :)

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      Truely 3 years ago

      Hi everyone..based on my experience calamansi works effectively..before taking a bath i apply it and then leave it for 5-10 mins then rinse and i also use yoko papaya salt scrub for my UA first u to apply soap before apply the papaya salt scrub then rub it gently in a circle motion..then rinse it again..you can do it 3x a week or daily. Hope this tips would help!!

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      Em (Pilipinas) 3 years ago

      Hi there. I am fair-skinned but i have some discoloration in my pits. Not too dark though. Main reasons: plucking (when i was in HS), wrong deodorant, shaving. After browsing several blogs, I was convinced to try calamansi.

      My routine: Morning-put calamansi juice and let it dry. Then shower. Then deo [Human Nature All Natural Deodorant ;)]. Note.: You may or may not put deo. You may reapply the calamansi juice.Let dry.

      After work: Wash your pits then apply Human Nature's Beauty Oil. This is to moisturize your pits since calamansi is very acidic.

      Storage: I am squeezing one medium-size calamansi in a small container and store it in the ref.

      Hope this will help.

      And yeah, I have seen changes after a week. Be patient. natural way po ito unlike those products promising you instant fair skin yet loaded with silicons and parabens.

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      Luv U 3 years ago

      Hi po

      Pwde po bang gumamit ako ng baking soda at calamansi at the same time?.

      And after 1 week of using it puputi na po ba yung UA ko?

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      Kittenskiee 3 years ago

      Hey :) diba po pagtapos maligo..pupunasan ko po then i aaply yung calamansi..and leave it for 5-10 min...pagkatapos po nun..aanlawan po ba sya with soap? Or ok lang kung water lang? :)

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      Melody456 3 years ago

      Hi! Ok lang po ba mag skip ng isang araw? Pero po isang beses lang po ako naglalagay a day dahil nalalate na po ako sa school every morning :( thanks po !

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      Towni 3 years ago

      Hi po! Is it ok lang po ba kung Once a day lang maglagay? Hindi nman po ako nagmamadali :) pero tingin nyo po kung once a day lang ako maglalagay..mga ilang weeks po bago pumuti? Thanks :)

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      lalove 3 years ago

      Hi! Im using calamansi for 3 days already and hopefully ill see some progress soon. Im a bit reluctant to use deo now coz im afraid the calamansi regimen wont work, i use calamansi twice a day after taking a bath and before going to sleep, after putting calamansi i put tawas. Is that ok? I no longer trust deos esp those whitening deos they made my ua darker and i tried a lot of brands already. So im trying calamansi for whitening and tawas for deo.

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      hi candy, yes, but please do avoid tight footwears too! you can't achieve results of a solution when you also keep the root of the problem ;)

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      hi candy, by logic and by experience, given the same circumstances or conditions, less dark skin takes less time in returning to it's natural color than darker ones. In a way, it is like when you erase a pencil mark in a paper, it is faster to erase less visible writings than really dark and heavy scribbles :)

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      hi tin, you should be able to see results in 1 month religious application :) you should see the difference by then :)

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      hi love. sorry for the late reply. yes, you can definitely follow the calamansi regimen I posted in your bikini area in any weather. as for using it with baking soda, I'm personally not comfortable with it, to be honest.

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      Guillermo putik 3 years ago

      Hi! panu po ba yun i apply pag kalagay ng calamansi di napo ba kailangan hugasan yun or huhugasan tas mag lalagay ng deodorant? Panu po ba? Thx po....

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      candy 3 years ago

      Additional query: can this also be effective on dark toes? im really desperate on whitening dark toes since it is darker than my UA... as in DARKER.. and im so shy to wear slippers or zandals as well... so hope you could give me advice on how to whiten toes due to maybe shoes that so fitted. i stopped using shoes like that so my problem now is to whiten.. thanks so much in advance! :)

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      candy 3 years ago

      hi! my UA is not that dark. i can say that my underam is not 100% light skinned but maybe only 90-95%... the remaining percent is the dark portion. hahaha, sorry if i converted it to percentages just only to show you how dark it is... anyway, i do waxing it by visiting salons but very often. so most of the times, i have hairs on this area but not that long maybe its the effect of waxing to lessen growing back the hair. but i still wanna achieve that 100% white or maybe 98% only. hehe. so i heard clamansi works, even the salons i've visited, they really recommend this. so ima gonna try this from now on and hopefully it also works for me. you said from your previous advices that for those who have not so dark UA usually whitens for shorter time only. does that also apply to me since its not that dark? your comment would be highly appreciated. Thanks :)

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      tin 3 years ago

      Hi po. In 1 month of using po ba, puputi na po yung ua? :D

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      love 3 years ago

      Hi miss heaven. May i ask if can i use calamansi also to lighten my bikini area? And can calamansi alone really effective even in hot weather? Lastly, can i use calamansi together with baking soda mix with water as a scrub? Please do a reply. I'm suffering from dark UA for 5years and i'm so sick about it. :( Thank

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      hi ptaainr, did you mean that Milcu is the deo that you are comfortable with?.. if so, suggest you wash off calamansi after it dried up on your skin.. then let your UA dry again, then apply Milcu.

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      Hi spongebii, with regard to your concern, i would just like to ask how sure are you that your wounds are fully healed? because wounds or cuts on healing stage are really itchy and scratching the itches is no good. there is a scientific explanation on the itching sensation during healing process of wounds.

      did you also mean that you started applying calamansi again?

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Jane, i would like to clarify a few things:

      1) which part did you rub the calamansi? because as you said you noticed rashes on your arms..

      2) how did you apply whitening lotion? right after rubbing calamansi? appreciate if you can explain in details. :)

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      hi akff, yes, you may preserve the other half inside the fridge and use it in the evening. but normally, that half will be a bit dry by then. just try to squeeze it a bit more when rubbing. :)

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      hi jet, i have not tried potato. but i suggest, use only one at a time.

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      ptaainr 3 years ago

      Hi po! Ok lang po ba kung MILCU ang gamitin ko na deo? Pagkatapos ko po kaseng maligo..tsaka lang po ako naglalagay..ang ginagawa ko po..

      -pupunasan ng malambot na pamunas sa UA ko.(para po matuyo)

      -maglalagay po ng calamansi tas hihintayin ko po hanggang matuyo.

      -saka ko po ilalagay yung MILCU na deo.

      OK LANG PO BA TO? :(

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      Spongebii 3 years ago

      Hi po ulit :( gumaling na po yung sugat ng UA ko. PERO ANG KATI KATI parin po nya at hindi ko po talaga matiis na i-rub sya...Advice naman po kung ano ang pwedeng gawin ko para maSTOP ung pagkakati nya :( natatakot na po ako maglagay :(

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      Jane 3 years ago

      Miss, I tried using calamansi, after 2weeks there are rashes on my arms .all I did is use a whitening lotion and rubbing calamansi on my entire body, I leave it as a lotion and never washed it away. :-( I developed some rashes after 2 weeks routine, is this normal?

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      akff 3 years ago

      Thanks po! :) If i used the half in the morning, can i put the other half on the refrigerator. then i'll used it in the evening? :D

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      jet 3 years ago

      can i use potato and calamansi at the same time?

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      hi shin, yes! it's the best place to find them in my opinion :) BEST = cheap, abundant, you can choose good fruits only :)

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      hi akff, put a little pressure when applying. but just a little. Do not rub it hard. No need for that. Half of the calamansi is actually enough for both your underarms :)

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      hi akff, put a little pressure when applying. but just a little. Do not rub it hard. No need for that. Half of the calamansi is actually enough for both your underarms :)

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      shin 3 years ago

      is it okay po ba if i bought calamansi on public market?

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      akff 3 years ago

      kailangan po ba may pressure ung pglalagay? Then lhat po b ng juice ng half ilalagay sa 1underarm lng? Or onti lng po dpat.

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      akff 3 years ago

      kailangan po ba may pressure ung pglalagay? Then lhat po b ng juice ng half ilalagay sa 1underarm lng? Or onti lng po dpat.

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      Hi k8, if you're in a rush mode preparing for an upcoming event, 3 days is more likely too short a time to have a noticeable change in your armpit skin color.

      Applying calamansi on wet skin is fine but I do suggest you pat it dry first. Apply calamansi and leave it for about 5-10 minutes. During this time, you can do your normal bath routine-- shampooing, soaping and your other rituals :) So your 5-10 minutes wait should not bore you :)

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      iamheaven 3 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Mia Dipsy, you may apply if you like.