Dark underarms may be a source of embarrassment or a hindrance to wearing tank tops in the summer for you.

“How to lighten underarms?” is a frequently asked question by women. If you’re dealing with this problem as well, know that you’re not alone. Almost every woman is concerned about her underarms being unevenly toned and pigmented.

Fortunately, if you’re self-conscious about your dark underarms, you don’t have to suffer any longer because we, at Allure Body Bar, have just the perfect solution for you. However, to answer how to lighten dark underarms, it’s crucial to understand the reasons for dark underarms.

 

What Makes Your Underarms Dark?

It’s important to keep in mind that the skin of your armpits is quite delicate and easily irritated when dealing with the darkening of your underarms. In addition, the fact that your armpit skin folds over itself makes it more susceptible to hyperpigmentation. Here are some of the possible causes of dark underarms.

Friction

The most common cause of skin discoloration is friction. When you wear tight-fitting clothing all day, the fabric chafes your armpit area, causing irritation and hyperpigmentation. Wearing loose-fitting outfits and opting for natural fibers like cotton or silk over synthetics allows your skin to breathe and reduces irritation.

 

Shaving

Shaving is the quickest and most convenient way to get rid of the fuzz on your underarms, but it’s also the most common cause of discoloration. This is because shaving regularly removes the protective top layer of your skin as well as the hair. As a result, your underarms’ sensitive skin is more exposed to sweat, grime, and skincare products, resulting in irritation and discoloration.

 

Underarm products

While deodorants and antiperspirants help to keep your underarms smelling fresh, they can also cause them to darken. You can be allergic to skincare products with scents and alcohol, irritating your skin, and developing hyperpigmentation. Choose deodorants and antiperspirants that are alcohol-free, and avoid spraying them directly on your skin. This could help you in preventing irritation.

 

Sweat

If you sweat a lot, you’re probably familiar with the odor that generally comes with it. The bacteria that thrive in your sweaty underarms not only produce odor but can also cause long-term discoloration of your underarms.

 

Medical problems

Despite their rarity, darker underarms might indicate an underlying medical issue such as acanthosis nigricans, polycystic ovarian syndrome, or Addison’s disease. In addition, the darkening of the underarms can be caused by obesity and hormonal abnormalities such as insulin resistance or increased blood cortisol levels.

Dark areas on your skin may suggest the presence of an interior tumorous growth that has become malignant in very rare circumstances. These can cause hyperpigmentation by stimulating growth hormones.

 

Medication

Certain drugs, such as birth control pills, high doses of niacin (vitamin B3), corticosteroids, and others, can cause hyperpigmentation, particularly in the folds of the skin, such as the underarms. However, do not stop taking your drugs on your own if you detect spots of discoloration on your skin. Instead, you should discuss alternatives with your doctor.

 

Genetics

Your genes may play a role in the development of darker underarms. People with darker skin naturally produce more melanin (the protective pigment that gives our skin its usual color). As a result, they are more prone to hyperpigmentation in various body areas, such as the underarm, knees, elbows, and knuckles.

 

Poor Skin Care

If you don’t exfoliate your underarms regularly, dead cells will build up, and you may experience ingrown hair after shaving. Bacteria thrive in dead cells, which can produce a dark shadow on your underarms, along with ingrown hair. Exfoliating your underarms once a week will go a long way toward preventing discoloration.

On the other hand, excessive or harsh exfoliation produces inflammation of the sensitive underarm skin, which leads to increased pigmentation.

 

How To Lighten Dark Underarms?

While it’s nothing to be concerned about if your underarms are a shade darker than the rest of your body, you can always lighten them with a variety of natural cures, over-the-counter medications, or professional treatments. However, you should be patient because most remedies take time to produce any substantial effect.

Here are a few tried-and-true methods for underarm bleaching.

 

Natural Remedies

You can try one of these natural remedies from the comfort of your own home if you prefer something that won’t break the bank.

 

Potatoes

Potatoes contain catecholase, an enzyme that lightens pigmentation, making them a great bleaching agent. Apply the juice of a medium potato to your underarms and keep it on for 10 to 15 minutes before washing it off with water.

 

Cucumber

Rub a cucumber slice on your underarms for a few minutes, and then leave it on for another 10 minutes. This is something you can do daily. Cucumbers are high in vitamins and antioxidants, which help to brighten your underarms while also reducing inflammation.

 

Baking Soda And Rose Water

Make a gentle scrub with a tablespoon of baking soda and a few drops of rose water, then gently massage your underarms with it. Baking soda is an excellent exfoliator for removing dead skin cells that clog your pores. Rosewater, on the other hand, is a skin moisturizer and soother.

 

Orange Peels

Apply a tablespoon of powdered orange peels to your underarms in milk or rose water. After 10 minutes, wash it off with cold water. Vitamin C from orange peels will make your underarms ready to be flaunted once more.

 

Coconut Oil

To lighten your underarms, you can also apply coconut oil. Coconut oil contains Vitamin E, which is known for its ability to brighten skin. Apply a few drops of coconut oil to your underarms and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before washing. Then, wash it with lukewarm water. You can do this up to three times per day.

 

Allure Body Bar: Your Underarm Bleaching Expert

Although at-home treatments can be easy and a temporary fix in a rush, professional treatments are the most effective methods for underarm bleaching or underarm skin lightening.

Visit us at https://allurebodybar.com/underarm-skin-lightening/ and learn more about the procedure or schedule an appointment here https://go.booker.com/brand/allurebodybrand/locations.