Top 15 Home Remedies To Lighten Your Dark Underarms November 14, 2016

Winter is around the corner – and you are glad because you won’t have to worry about people taking a sneak peek at your dark underarms. Those cute, snuggly sweaters are finally here to your rescue! But, what if I tell you that instead of dreading the sleeveless outfits, you can flaunt smooth, even toned arms this summer? Yup, it’s true.

The underarm area rarely gives us any trouble, apart from sweating, and we conveniently forget all about it. Unfortunately, the skin in this area is very sensitive and is susceptible to a variety of problems like rashes, pigmentation, infection, ingrown hair, and even pimples. There’s a lot that can happen in such a small area! However, one of the most common complaints by both men and women is pigmentation or discoloration.

Don’t let your dark underarms stop you from wearing your favorite clothes as we have effective remedies to lighten and brighten your underarms. Let’s take a look.

How To Get Rid Of Dark Underarms

Imagine there’s a wedding coming up that you must attend and that gorgeous sleeveless dress you wish to wear. But you don’t. Because of dark underarms. No more worries! Here are some home remedies for dark underarms. They are perfectly safe and have no side effects.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar
  2. Aloe Vera
  3. Olive Oil
  4. Turmeric
  5. Castor Oil
  6. Tea Tree Oil
  7. Almond Oil
  8. Lemon Juice
  9. Cucumber
  10. Pumice Stone
  11. Sunflower Oil
  12. Multani Mitti
  13. Rosewater
  14. Potato Remedy
  15. Alum

Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Dark Armpits

1. Apple Cider Vinegar For Dark Underarms

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You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
What You Have To Do
  1. To the baking soda, add the vinegar and let the mix bubble.
  2. Once the bubbles have subsided, apply this mixture on the underarm area and let it dry.
  3. Rinse with cool water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this thrice a week.

Why This Works

ACV contains mild acids that will remove the accumulated dead skin cells and also lighten the darkened underarm area. Additionally, it will also act as a disinfectant and kill the microbes present (1, 2).

Caution

If you have sensitive skin, use one teaspoon ACV, one teaspoon water, and baking soda mix.

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2. Aloe Vera For Dark Underarms

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You Will Need

An aloe leaf

What You Have To Do
  1. Cut open the leaf and extract fresh aloe vera gel.
  2. Apply a layer of this gel on your underarms and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Rinse with water.

If you do not have an aloe plant at home, you can also use organic aloe vera gel.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every alternate day.

Why This Works

Aloesin found in aloe vera gel is a tyrosinase inhibitor, an enzyme that is responsible for skin pigmentation. By hindering the activity of this enzyme, aloe vera can lighten discolored armpits (3). It is also antibacterial in nature and soothing for inflamed/irritated skin (4).

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3. Olive Oil For Dark Underarms

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons brown sugar
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the brown sugar to the oil and mix it gently.
  2. Dampen the underarm skin and apply the mixture.
  3. Scrub for a minute or two and leave it on for five minutes.
  4. Rinse with lukewarm water.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a week until you get the desired results.

Why This Works

Olive oil is very hydrating and nourishing for the skin. It is also rich in antioxidants (5). The brown sugar acts as an exfoliant and will remove the dead skin cells that have accumulated and made your underarm skin darker (6).

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4. Turmeric For Dark Underarms

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients and apply the paste on the underarms.
  2. Let it dry for 10-12 minutes and then rinse.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a week.

Why This Works

Turmeric is commonly used in face masks to lighten and brighten up the skin tone and also fade away spots. Regular application on the underarms will definitely lighten the dark skin (7, 8). Milk contains lactic acid that further aids in the underarm whitening process (9).

Caution

Do not use this remedy if you are allergic to milk and milk products.

[ Read: Amazing Benefits Of Honey ]

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5. Castor Oil For Dark Underarms

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You Will Need

1-2 teaspoons castor oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Rub the underarm area gently with castor oil for about five minutes.
  2. Shower as usual.
How Often You Should Do This

Use castor oil every day to lighten underarms.

Why This Works

Castor oil absorbs all the impurities present on your skin and even cleans out your pores. All the dirt, excess oil, and dead cells are removed to reveal lighter skin in your underarms (10). It is also an excellent skin conditioner (11).

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6. Tea Tree Oil For Dark Underarms

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You Will Need
  • 4-5 drops tea tree oil
  • A cup of water
  • A small spray bottle
What You Have To Do
  1. Pour the water into the bottle, add the tea tree oil and shake it well.
  2. Spray this mixture on the underarms and let it dry naturally.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this daily.

Why This Works

Tea tree oil not only lightens the underarm skin but also keeps the area odor-free. The antioxidants present in this essential oil will keep your skin healthy. Its antimicrobial properties will kill the microbes present and deodorize the area (12).

Caution

Since tea tree oil is an essential oil, it is highly concentrated and can cause reactions in a few people. Do a patch test before you use it.

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7. Almond Oil For Dark Underarms

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You Will Need

A few drops of almond oil

What You Have To Do

Massage the underarm area with almond oil for 5-10 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every day.

Why This Works

Almonds contain potent phytochemicals that lighten and brighten the dark underarm skin in just a couple of applications. They are natural bleaching agents. Also, the vitamin E present in it will keep your rejuvenated (13).

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8. Lemon Juice For Dark Underarms

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You Will Need

A lemon

What You Have To Do
  1. Cut the lemon into thick slices and scrub the underarms area with them for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Let the lemon juice stay on there for about 10 minutes before rinsing it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this remedy regularly 3-4 times a week.

Why This Works

Lemon juice has a high concentration of citric acid, which is a natural exfoliant and bleach (14). It works as an excellent underarm bleaching agent.

[ Read: Smooth Under Arms and Hair Removal Techniques ]

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9. Cucumber For Dark Underarms

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You Will Need

2 cucumber slices

What You Have To Do
  1. Rub the cucumber slices on the dark armpits for a minute or two.
  2. Let the juice that has oozed out from the slice onto your skin stay there for another 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this daily for best results.

Why This Works

Cucumber slices are often used to soothe eye bags and also to lighten under-eye dark circles. This is because cucumber extract has skin lightening properties (15). The same property can also be utilized for lightening dark armpits.

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10. Pumice Stone For Dark Underarms

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You Will Need

Pumice stone

What You Have To Do

Wet the pumice stone and gently scrub the underarms for a few minutes before taking a shower.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice or thrice a week.

Why This Works

This naturally occurring stone has been used as an exfoliant for centuries. It will help in removing the darkened layer of the skin.

Caution

Don’t be too zealous while scrubbing as it might cause further abrasions, and you certainly don’t want to walk around like a scarecrow for the next few days.

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11. Sunflower Oil For Dark Underarms

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You Will Need

A few drops of sunflower oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Massage the armpits with sunflower oil for a minute or two.
  2. Leave the oil for 15-20 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a day for best results.

Why This Works

This oil has a high vitamin E content which helps in keeping the skin fresh and radiant. It also improves circulation to the area it is applied on (16).

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12. Multani Mitti For Dark Underarms

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You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons multani mitti (Fuller’s Earth)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the lemon juice and enough water to the multani mitti powder to get a smooth paste.
  2. Apply this on the underarms and rinse after 10 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply multani mitti pack twice a week.

Why This Works

Multani mitti is a natural clay that absorbs impurities from the skin and decongests all clogged pores. It also helps in exfoliating the dead skin cells, leading to the lightening of the underarms (17).

Caution

Fuller’s earth mask may not suit sensitive skin.

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13. Rosewater For Dark Underarms

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You Will Need
  • Rosewater
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
What You Have To Do
  1. Make a thick paste with the ingredients and apply it on the underarms.
  2. Leave it on for about 5-7 minutes and then rinse with cool water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a week.

Why This Works

Rosewater possesses multiple skin benefits such as skin brightening, soothing, moisturizing, balancing the skin’s pH, and stimulating circulation (18). Baking soda acts as an exfoliant in this remedy (19).

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14. Potato Remedy For Dark Underarms

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You Will Need

A small potato

What You Have To Do
  1. Peel the potato and grate it.
  2. Squeeze out the juice from this and apply directly on the armpits.
  3. Rinse the juice off after 10-15 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

You can repeat this twice a day as well until desired results are obtained.

Why This Works

Potato is your savior for dark armpits as it is a natural bleach and anti-irritant. It will also provide instant relief from patchiness and itchiness that may develop due to pigmentation (20).

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15. Alum For Dark Underarms

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 teaspoons alum powder
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Make alum paste and apply it on the underarms for 10-15 minutes before taking a shower.
  2. Shower as usual.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this remedy once or twice a week.

Why This Works

Alum disinfects the skin and also balances the skin’s pH. All the harmful microbes that are responsible for itchiness and sweating (which cause dark armpits) are eliminated (21).

Caution

Alum may not suit everybody. Do a patch test before using it on the underarms.

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These remedies can be used by themselves or in combinations to get optimum results in a short period. If you are unsure about any of the ingredients, do a patch test or consult your physician before using them.

Also, check out this video on how to reduce dark underarms

What Causes Dark Underarms?

Dark underarms are mainly caused due to the extended use of harsh chemicals (bleach, hair removing creams, deodorants, antiperspirants, etc.). Excessive and long-term shaving can also lead to skin pigmentation and darkening of this area. Pregnancy also leads to pigmentation, although it clears up in a couple of months.

  • People with deeper skin tones are more susceptible to auxiliary darkening or underarm darkening because of the extra amounts of melanin in the body.
  • Melanin is a protective pigment that shields the skin against UV rays.
  • Pregnancy, and the hormonal cocktail it brings along, can cause pigmentation in the underarms.
  • Another possible reason could be diabetes. Elevated insulin levels can cause skin darkening.
  • Erythrasma, a chronic bacterial infection, is another little-known cause of pigmentation of the underarms.
  • Ingrown hair due to too much shaving can also make the underarms appear darker.

Now that you know how to get rid of dark underarms fast, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and bowl people over by flaunting that strappy dress, sexy bikini or sleeveless top you’ve been hiding in the closet!

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  • pradip Churiwal

    Excellent

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    I have an epilator; just don’t know how to work that!!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks

  • Anonymous

    Thanku so mch

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the ideas…

  • sadhna siwach

    I m sadhna 33yrs old & unmarried suffering from thyoraid my skin sagging and face is full of fatches and pigmantations on face due to this disease I m loonking as older age than my right age suggests me home remedies to get rid off thrs problems and saggi.gs skin tjanks

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    Hello,
    do you have any solution for pigmentation and skin darkening?

  • Anonymous

    Thanks…. For the info

  • Anonymous

    Use the epilator in the opposite direction of your hair growth. Slightly tilt it and run through.
    When you use it in the underarms beware of alot of pain.

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    What should we do to make our underarms color light

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