It’s common for your skin to darken during pregnancy. This happens to the vast majority of pregnant women. This could take the form of anything from cute, potentially even charming little freckles on the cheeks to ugly dark spots in the armpits.
Of course, everything depends on the kind of skin of each woman, but this is one of the undesired symptoms of pregnancy. The cause of their appearance is associated with hormonal changes.
However, although they tend to disappear after the birth, you can help speed this up with the solutions we’re about to share with you.
Why do dark spots appear in your armpits?
Some pregnant women’s armpits go dark, others don’t. The same applies to the crotch and the nipples. They are part of the changes that the body experiences and, after the birth, when the hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, they usually disappear.
However, these dark spots are more likely to appear in women with darker skin than those with light skin. And, admittedly, it’s also more likely that after your hormones stabilize you won’t recover your original pigmentation either.
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How can you eliminate dark spots in the armpits?
Firstly, it’s about prevention.
It’s important to make sure your skin is well hydrated, both by ingesting plenty of liquids as well as by using moisturizing creams or lotions. When you expose your skin to the sun, don’t forget to use a good sunscreen to stop the sun from adding its contribution to the effects of your hormonal changes.
Also, avoid deodorants with alcohol or in roll-on format. There are some deodorants that help to eradicate dark spots and hydrate the skin, so it’s a good idea to try them.
Waxing and shaving also contribute to the darkening of the skin. See whether you can spread out the frequency that you wax or shave during pregnancy.
1. Your baby’s urine
Although there isn’t substantive scientific evidence to back up this advice from our grandmothers, it is true that it can be effective. When you take a wet nappy off your new-born, wet a cotton wool ball and rub it on your skin. Leave it to dry.
2. Breast milk
Among the many benefits of breast milk is the fact that it can help to lighten the areas of your skin that have darkened during pregnancy. Simply extract a little bit of milk, apply it to the dark spots in your armpits and leave it to dry. You can also try this on dark spots you already had before pregnancy.
- Make a paste with two tablespoons of oats, one tablespoon of honey and the juice of one lemon.
- Apply the mixture to your armpits and leave it to act for 15 minutes.
Then, remove it with warm water. You can do this procedure while your baby is taking a nap and you have a few minutes to spend on yourself.
- Mix 10 drops of glycerine, 10 drops of lemon juice and 10 drops of almond oil or olive oil in a container.
- Apply this mixture to the dark spots before having a shower.
- Wait for a few minutes then wash as usual.
It’s always good to do a gentle exfoliation once a week.
- To do this, prepare a mixture of one tablespoon of natural yogurt with one tablespoon of oats.
- Apply it to your armpits with gentle massaging motions.
- Leave it to act for five minutes, then remove with warm water.
- It’s a good idea to apply a moisturizing cream afterwards.
6. Oxygenated water
You can apply oxygenated water to the skin of your armpits.
- Use a piece of cotton wool to apply the oxygenated water. Your skin needs to be very clean.
- Leave it to act for 5 minutes and then remove with lots of cold water.
7. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is a great ally for skin beauty. Prepare a paste with coconut oil and oats, apply it to your armpits and leave it to act for 15 minutes. Then, remove it with water.
8. Chemical peeling
This cosmetic treatment removes the dark layers of skin. It uses different acids to restore the color of the skin, like salicylic acid, which promotes the removal of melanin, mandelic acid, which increases collagen, and kojic acid, which has antioxidant properties for the skin. You could apply this treatment if you don’t breastfeed.
9. Laser treatment
Laser treatment focuses on the dark spots to help lighten them without damaging the skin tissues. However, it does require more than one session before you’ll see results, so it might not combine well with caring for a new-born.
Don’t subject the delicate skin of your armpits to extreme treatments, even less so after giving birth, when you’re extra sensitive. Also, caring for a new-born is demanding and won’t leave much time for undergoing aesthetic treatments, which generally require several sessions.
Avoid using baking soda because, although it’s an excellent ally for health, beauty and whitening teeth, it could be a bit too abrasive for this delicate area. Rather than achieving whitening, you might worsen the dark spots in your armpits.
If, as well as the dark spots, you also have itching and irritation, it’s advisable to visit a dermatologist who can assess the causes and offer you a more specific solution.