7 Effective Home Remedies For Dark Underarms


We all love to wear our tank tops during summer and let our skin breathe. But still, there are so many of us shying away from tank tops or anything sleeveless for that matter. And, it’s all because of dark underarms. Dark underarms are generally not a serious medical condition. They’re just darkened areas of the skin and they’re experienced by many women. Dark underarms result when the skin is exposed to certain things like deodorants and hair removal creams. They can also result due to the gathering of dead skin cells and also too much sweat. In rare cases, dark underarms are caused due to some medical issues and it’s called acanthosis nigricans. If you’re suffering from this, you need to consult a doctor. However, if it’s due to the general causes

Here Are A Few Simple Home Remedies Which Will Help You Get Rid Of Them

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is good for your skin in many ways. It has antibacterial properties which makes it an excellent natural deodorant. It helps in cleaning out the pores in your skin by removing all toxins. Most importantly, it contains Vitamin E which is not only a good moisturizing agent for the skin but also helps a great deal in getting rid of the dark shadowy skin. There are a number of ways to treat your skin using coconut oil. Rub some coconut oil on your underarms. It would be better if you gave them a massage. Leave it on for fifteen minutes and rinse it off. Repeat the same thrice a day. You could also use sugar along with the oil as it is more effective in detoxifying. In another method, you will have to mix milk cream and turmeric in the ratio 2:1 and apply it on the underarms and rinse it off after fifteen minutes. Rub coconut oil after you rinse the paste off. Do this on alternate days of the week.[1]

coconut oil

2. Potato

Apart from being helpful in getting rid of stretch marks and wrinkles, potatoes act as good bleaching agents. They usually never cause any skin irritation and are really healthy for the skin. Cut out a slice from the potato and gently rub it on your underarms. After this, wait for half an hour before washing them. Repeat this method two times a day. You could do the same thing by grating the potato. Treat your skin to the juice obtained and leave it on for ten minutes before rinsing off. Do this twice a day. In another method, you can make a paste by mixing tomato and potato. Tomatoes also work as good bleaching agents. Smear the paste to your underarms and leave it overnight. Repeat this every day.[2]

Potato scrub

3. Honey

Honey acts as a good moisturizing and bleaching agent for the skin. It has antioxidants and antibacterial properties which are useful in getting rid of the dead skin cells. It is also useful in cleaning the skin pores, thereby maintaining healthy skin. It is always good to use organic honey. Here, there’s not much that you have to do. Just take some honey and gently spread it all over your underarms. Leave it on until it dries completely and wash it off with luke-warm water. Don’t let the honey stay on your skin for a whole night as it can lead to rashes.[3]


4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has antibacterial properties and contains amino acids which are very helpful in eliminating the dead skin cells, toxins and dirt. There are quite a few ways to use apple cider vinegar for your underarms. The simplest one is where you just have to apply it directly to your armpits. You can use cotton balls for this. And, you don’t have to rinse this off. Just let it be. You could also mix it with rice flour as it is helpful in detoxifying. Mix the apple cider vinegar and rice flour in the ratio 2:1 and make a paste. Rub this on to your underarms and wash it off after 15 minutes. Follow these steps every day. You have to test if your skin is allergic to apple cider vinegar before proceeding with it.

Apple Cider Vinegar

5. Lemon

Lemon not only acts as a natural bleaching agent but also contains citric acid and antiseptic properties which help in getting rid of all the bacteria down there. Cut out a slice of lemon and move it over your underarms in a circular path. Do this for about ten minutes. After you’re done, leave it for another couple of minutes and then wash it off. You could also prepare a scrub using lemon. Squeeze the juice out of a lemon and add some sugar to it. Rub this onto your underarms and leave it for ten minutes. Do this two times a day. In another method, you have to blend lemon juice with turmeric powder and yogurt. Smear the paste onto your underarms and leave it for ten minutes before rinsing. Since lemon can dry up your skin, it’s advisable to follow up with a moisturizer.[5]


6. Cucumber

Cucumbers are not only used to get rid of dark circles but also help a great deal in getting rid of dark underarms. They provide nourishment to your skin and keep it healthy. All you need to do is massage your underarms with a slice of cucumber. Also, you could get the juice from it and smear it onto your armpits. Leave it for a couple of minutes and wash it off. Another method is to mix a little bit of turmeric powder to the juice before rubbing it on. You’ll have to leave it on for thirty minutes and wash it off. Cucumber also acts as a great moisturizer and you don’t have to worry about any skin irritation problems.[6]


7. Baking soda

Melanin is one of the reasons that your underarms have a dark color. Baking soda has properties that help in reducing melanin production. It is also beneficial in getting rid of the dead skin cells. In case you have rashes on your underarms, baking soda is very effective on them too! Make a paste by combining baking soda and water. Apply it onto your underarms and leave it on for thirty minutes before you wash it off. Repeat this on alternate days of the week. You can also use milk with baking soda since it leaves the skin smooth and helps in skin lightening. Make a paste of milk and baking soda and scrub your skin with it. Follow this process on every alternate day. Another option is to mix baking soda with glycerin. You will have to leave this on for ten minutes. This too should be repeated on alternate days.[7]

baking soda