Is this cause for concern?
Your underarms should naturally be about the same shade as the rest of your skin. But sometimes, the skin in the armpits can turn a darker hue. Dark underarms usually aren’t a sign of anything serious, but some people may find them embarrassing — especially during tank top and swimsuit season.
Darkening is often due to a skin condition called acanthosis nigricans (AN). It causes skin to thicken and darken in folds around the body.Common areas of darkening include the:
back of the neck
REMEDIES FOR DARK ARMPITS
Here are some remedies that may help you get rid of dark underarms and attain even skin tone
1. Lemon Juice
Lemon has antibacterial as well as antiseptic properties, hence it acts like a natural bleaching agent. Apart from lightening the skin, lemon also helps in exfoliating the cells that become dead over a period of time.
How to apply: Rub a lemon under the arms for 15 minutes prior to your bath. For instant results, apply the lemon at least twice a day.
2. Tomato Juice
Raw tomato is extremely effective in lightening the skin in the underarm area. It also helps reduce sweating which is a major cause of darkening of the area. Like lemon juice, tomato juice too consists of bleaching properties that naturally help in reducing discolouration.
How to apply: Daily, rub a slice of raw tomato in the underarms. Applying tomato juice overnight will also help.
Apart from being a rich Indian spice, turmeric is an essential beauty ingredient that enhances our skin in various ways. It contains a chemical known as curcumin, which is an antioxidant and helps lighten the skin tone in the underarm area. Turmeric is considered as one of the most effective natural remedies for skin lightening.
How to apply: For 100 percent results, mix turmeric with lemon juice to make a paste. Apply it on the affected area for 12-15 minutes and rinse with water.
4. Vitamin E Oil
Dry skin often results in pigmentation and oil is considered as one of the most effective lubricants in order to get rid of dry skin. This pigmentation is one of the reasons for underarm skin darkening as well. Coconut oil, almond oil or in fact any kind of oil is extremely effective in such situations.
How to apply: Coconut oil contains vitamin E, which is essential for skin lightening. Massage the oil for 20 minutes everyday.
5. Milk Or Malai
Massaging the underarm area with milk or malai may also help in lightening the skin tone. Malai is a great skin moisturiser and it helps in providing soft and brighter skin. Malai has been an integral part of Indian beauty rituals since time immemorial.