How to Lighten Your Armpits

March 15, 2015
In this article, discover a few natural ways to lighten your armpits, which may be stained due to excess sweating, deodorant use, or shaving.

The armpit region is very delicate and sensitive. Some women want to hide the fact that their armpits are stain due to using deodorants, shaving, sweating, etc. In this article, we go over the possible reasons why armpits darken and natural remedies that may help lighten your armpits.

Excessive sweat

If this is the cause of your darkened armpits, you need to know that sweat is one way that the body eliminates toxins, which is why it’s not a good idea to use products that completely stop sweating.

In order to naturally control excessive sweating, use the following remedies:

  • Consume astringent foods like green tea or avocado seed infusion.
  • Apply sage infusions topically.
  • You should frequently clean your armpits with red clay water. To do so, dissolve a bit of the clay in water and wash your armpits with it. Use a compress or a towel for it.
  • Use lycopodium spores or plant sulfur.  These spores absorb sweat and may help stop bacterial growth responsible for bad odors. It may also prevent irritation and any rashes that could develop. Apply to sweaty areas every morning and night, avoiding any open wounds.
  • Keep in mind that nervous emotional states also increase sweating.
Sage.

Dead cell buildup

Skin is continually regenerating itself. However, sometimes, it’s hard to eliminate dead cells that build up on the skin’s external layers.

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To reduce your risk of this happening, gently exfoliate with a bit of baking soda every one or two weeks, always before hair removal to prevent any irritation. Afterward, wash the area with water and apply a moisturizing cream.

Products with alcohol or strong perfumes

It’s not recommended to use products that may be aggressive to your armpit area. This skin is very thin and is even more delicate if you remove the hair. Use natural and organic products, alum stone deodorants, solid deodorants, etc.

Hair removal

Your hair removal method might also be darkening your armpits. If you shave, we recommend finding an alternative. Ideally, you should use wax.

After removing the hair, we also recommend you use some sort of cream or gel to calm the irritation, like aloe vera gel or a marigold-based cream.

Common marigold.

Clothing friction

Very tight clothing could also irritate and darken your armpit area, which is why you should avoid synthetic materials that cause reactions, nor should you wear very tight sleeves or straps.

Natural remedies that may help lighten your armpits

Infusions

This area could also suffer from an infection due to poor hygiene or other reasons. Moisture easily accumulates in this area, which is why you need to take special precautions to keep it clean and dry. 

You could use a deodorant that contains tea tree, which is a bactericide and fungicide, or you could purchase its essential oil directly, add it to a moisturizing cream, and apply it directly to your armpits daily.

Natural whiteners to lighten your armpits

You may have a few foods and natural products at home that could help naturally lighten your armpits.

Lemon

Lemon helps eliminate dead cells and also whitens areas that have darkened over time. It also acts as a deodorant, so don’t hesitate to use this remedy daily.

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How to use it

  • Just cut a lemon in half and rub on your armpits.
  • Leave it on for a few moments so it dries, then get dressed.
  • Avoid applying lemon if you have recently shaved because it could cause a lot of burning.

Potato juice

Potato juice also has whitening properties, so if you have a blender you could try this remedy.

  • Blend the juice from a small piece of potato and apply to your armpits using a cotton ball.

Hydrogen peroxide

Lastly, you may also have this whitener at home and you already know it for its properties.

  • Just apply a bit of hydrogen peroxide to your armpits daily.
  • You may notice soon that the area looks lighter.

We hope you enjoyed reading about these natural ways to lighten your armpits!

Photos courtesy of Fernando Stankuns and Cuervo_