Like skin blemishes and discolouration on other parts of the body, dark underarms can be trigger lack of confidence and low self-esteem in most people. This can keep some people from dressing in sleeveless tops, wearing bathing suits in public, and participating in sports.
Dark underarms can be caused by a variety of reasons such as shaving, sweating or the accumulation of dead skin cells in the area.
There are several skin products that claim to help you lighten your underarms and clear any dead skin cell residual but as with most cosmetic products, reviews and applications vary.
However, there are natural options that are guaranteed to clear and lighten your dark underarms. Most of these natural bleaching agents can be found in the kitchen and are not only safe, but cost-friendly and effective. If you want to learn ways to lighten your underarms, read on to find out more.
Types of natural bleaching agents
- Egg oil
- Baking soda
- Orange peels
- Coconut oil
- Aloe Vera
How to lighten your underarms with natural bleaching agents
Disclaimer: Though there are some anecdotal evidence supporting these recommendations, there is no reputable clinical research to support all of them.
When applied on the skin gives out a basic exothermic reaction which scrapes off dead skin cells from the epidermis to give way to clear skin. To lighten your underarms, mix baking soda and water. Use the paste as a scrub to clean the accumulation of dead skin cells from your underarms. You can mix baking soda with other ingredients, such as coconut oil, lemon juice, avocado, glycerin, cucumber and honey.
Cucumbers have bleaching agents that lighten the skin. They can be applied to the underarms to soothe and calm the area. Cut slices of cucumber and rub on the skin. After 10 minutes, wash it and pat dry. Repeat twice a day.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera contains anti-bacterial properties which help soothe and lighten your skin. To lighten underarms, cut a leaf of aloe vera and extract the gel. Then, gently massage the aloe vera gel onto your underarms. After 20 minutes, rinse it off with lukewarm water. Repeat this process everyday to better lighten your underarms.
Lemon with its bleaching and antibacterial property is one of the best remedy to lighten underarms. You can rub lemon halves directly onto your underarms or add honey to soothe your skin with aiding the process. Apply to your underarms and leave for 10 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Repeat daily.
Potato is also a great natural bleach and an anti-irritant that helps to lighten underarms and provides instant relief from itchiness. You can place a thin slice or apply potato juice on your armpits and keep it for 10-15 minutes. For effective results, use it twice a day.
Remember that it’s consistency in using any of these tips that can give you the desired result.
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