Underarm hair is also known by other terms, as armpit hair and axillary hair. The hair begins to appear in the initial stages of puberty, and at the final stages becomes permanent. You can either shave the hair, but in many cultures, individuals chose not to shave as they think it aids in ventilation. However, if you have shaven the hair and got dark coloration of the skin as symptoms, it is advisable to remove the after-effects. In this article on home remedies for underarms you will be given info on the methods which you will find to be safe, natural, effective and affordable.
[tsins-tabs style=””] [tab title=Causes] The main causes of dark underarms are excess sweat, accumulation of dead skin cells, use of antiperspirants and alcohol-based deodorants, lack of ventilation in underarms etc. Kindly, take into account, dark underarms can also point to a medical condition (called as acanthosis nigricans). This condition is often linked with obesity, certain medications, cancer, hormonal disorders and insulin resistance.
If hair is dark than the skin color, when shaved, the skin can give the appearance of a dark stain.
Known as erythrasma, the infection (Corynebacterium minutissum bacteria) will appear as pink patches, then turn into brown scales. If an individual is affected by diabetes mellitus, he/she is more prone to getting affected with this infection.
Tight dresses, done from synthetic material can be the cause, because of friction between skin and cloth. More rubbing can lead to hyperkeratosis, thick skin – in fact, it is a protection against pressure, irritation and rubbing. The next step of hyperkeratosis is hyperpigmentation leading to dark underarms.
[/tab] [tab title=Symptoms] The symptoms will be dark colored skin under the arms. Kindly note, it can be a few shades darker in color than the normal skin. You can experience itchiness and irritation in the normal skin of the underarm, then leading to redness and discoloration in the region. The friction and scratching of the underarm, can lead to abrasion.
Excess sweat in the underarms can lead to body odor and the area can become moist and wet. This can lead to accumulation of bacteria and it is essential, that you keep the area clean.
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Some of the home remedies are quite simple and the materials can be easily found in the kitchen. Less cost is involved, but the duration of cure can depend on your body condition. However, it is required to use the method consistently to see proper results.
Take a potato, slice into oval or round pieces.
Put the pieces in a bowl containing two teaspoons water.
Let the slices remain for half an hour.
How Does It Work?
The medical components in potato are thiamine, potassium, Vitamin C, phosphorus, zinc. The mild acidic property is due to malic acid. Also, potato contains starch that can smoothen the skin.
You can scrub the affected area with potato slices. The acidic property of potato is mild, but it is non-irritating to the skin. It acts as a natural bleaching agent for dark underarms. The best method would be to make a juice of potato and then apply to the affected area.
You can give duration of fifteen minutes for the area to get dry and then wash with warm water. Repeat the process to get faster results and get relief from dark underarms. The advantage of this method – you can also apply on the sensitive skin.
Similar to potatoes, cucumber also has bleaching properties to help you in getting rid of this feeling of discomfort.
Cut a cucumber into pieces.
Rub a single slice of cucumber on the underarms area.
You can also grate a cucumber and mix with small amount of turmeric powder and lemon juice. Apply the paste on the discomfort area.
Leave the paste for quarter of an hour and then wash with warm water.
You can repeat the process daily or twice a day to get better results.
How Does It Work?
Cucumber also has skin bleaching properties while turmeric can prevent discoloration in this treatment for dark underarms. The mixture combination works well as cucumber aids in itching or irritation. Some of the medical components of cucumber are molybdenum, potassium, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, biotin, Vitamin B1 and copper.
AHAs (Alpha hydroxy acids) are plenty in apples. These act as antibacterial agents as well, exfoliate the skin.
Grate an apple.
Put it in the blender and apply it on the underarm parts.
Continue the process till you see the darker area become lighter.
How Does It Work?
The affected skin will look lighter in due course of time. The important antioxidant in apples is quercetin (primary phytonutrient – flavonol) which is known for reducing cellular death because of inflammation and oxidation of neurons. This component is found more in apple skin. Also present are thiamin, vitamin B-6 and riboflavin – they can be called as B-complex vitamins. These vitamins are essential in the maintenance of nervous system and red blood cells.
The other important constituents are myricetin and kaempferol. The important acid present in apples is chlorogenic acid.
Quercetin and other beneficial flavonoids help in digestion of carbohydrates and break them into simple sugars – the result – the load is reduced in the blood to accommodate sugar. The beta cells in the pancreas are stimulated to produce more insulin, the extra sugar is cleared out of the blood and the sugar level is kept in balance.
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You are allergic to Rosaceae family. Family members include plum, peach, apricot, almond, strawberry and pears.
Lemon is known for its acidic properties as well as a bleaching agent. It is well-known for its skin-related problems. You can use the same method mentioned above, but ensure that you dilute the juice by using a moisturizer.
Take lemon juice and mix a teaspoon of turmeric.
Apply on the affected part. Let it dry.
You can then wash the area with warm water.
How Does It Work?
The turmeric works as an exfoliator, removing the dead cells. You can practice this process three times a week. The other name of Vitamin C in lemon is ascorbic acid, promoting the creation of collagen. You can add milk to the mixture to act as a moisturizer.
The vitamins and unsaturated fatty acids in milk are effective in making the dark underarms look lighter in color. The skin is softened and the tone gets brighter.
5. Orange Peel
The next natural remedy, you guessed it right. It is orange peels.
Dry an orange peel in the sun.
Now use a grinder to powder the peels.
The powder should be mixed with milk to be made into a thick paste.
You can scrub the underarms and leave it for fifteen minutes. Then wash with warm water. Repeat the process six days a week.
Orange peels can be used to lighten the skin under your arms, thanks to their skin lightening and exfoliating properties.
How Does It Work?
The peels remove the dead cells, causes bleaching to the skin and the milk acts as a moisturizer. The peels are rich in fiber, vitamin B1, calcium, pantothenic acid and Vitamin C.
Lactic acid in milk acts as an exfoliator in removing the dry dead surface of the skin. It also promotes the creation of collagen. Caprylic acid is found in abundance in milk – it maintains the pH balance of the skin.
6. Coconut Oil
Another simple method to get rid of dark underarms.
Massage the specific parts with coconut oil.
Give a gap of quarter of an hour.
Wash the areas with mild soap water.
You can repeat the process four times a week to get better results.
How Does It Work?
Vitamin E is abundant in coconut oil, the main component for lightening the dark skin in the underarms. In addition, the process also acts as natural deodorant. Coconut oil also contains proteins, caprylic acid and saturated fats.
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How to Prevent Dark Underarms
The smart way to prevent darkness under the arms is to take into account all the conditions that can cause discoloration. In case you suffer from excess sweat, you can refrain from wearing tight clothes and ensure to wash the underarms to prevent any infection. A clean area will prevent formation of any dark spots.
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If you have tried home remedies and every suitable option in your way to get rid of dark underarms and nothing works, it is time to go to the physician.
You can have the option of using laser/ UV light treatments/ surgery by nitrogen injections.
Natural Remedy Vs Pharmacy
You can find different over-the-counter topical creams and ointments for treating the dark underarms. They prevent the melanin formation in the specific areas.
There are chemical peels with AHA (alpha hydroxyl acids) which act on the affected skin. The other methods are dermabrasion procedure and laser therapy, that can assist in taking off the outer damaged layer of skin.
There are also creams for treatment of dark underarms. Majority of the creams contain tretinoin, the same component found in the medication of acne, Retin-A. You also have oral medications which contain istretinoin. You also find peels such as Jessner’s acid peels containing lactic acid, resorcinol and salicyclic acid.
Kindly note it is important to know the cause of these dark skin armpits as well the medical condition of the patient before you begin treatment.