Causes Of Dark Underarms: Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Them

Having dark underarms can have some effects on one’s self-confidence. This is because conventional social norms frown upon those who have the condition because people are not supposed to have them. This condition is even more pressing for women, forcing them to wear long-sleeved dresses in order to hide their underarms so that others will not be able to see it.

What Causes Dark Underarms?

There are many factors causing dark underarms, although the most frequently mentioned are the following:

  • Improper hygiene, especially when the underarms are not regularly cleaned.
  • The presence of dead skin cells.
  • Friction between the skin and the cloth worn.
  • Frequent shaving.
  • The use of deodorants that are rich in alcohol and especially those which contain aluminum salts.

Although dark underarms are not really known to indicate greater infection and any serious health complications, the condition may be accompanied by itching, irritation, and bad odor. When this happens, the situation becomes even more worrying.

Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Dark Underarms

There are various ways to treat dark underarms. Modern technology has its own set of suggestions, but most of these are so expensive they are beyond the means of ordinary people.

Most of these require multiple visits to a specialist that multiplies the expenses that one may incur.

On the other hand, there are home remedies anyone may use and which are cost effective. Moreover, because these methods employ natural means to treat dark underarms, they do not cause harmful side effects. Some of these natural treatments that you can do or use at home are the following:

  • Lemons: Lemons are known for its whitening power because of the strong acid it contains. All one needs to do is to get a slice of lemon and rub it against the underarm. With repetitive use, one will immediately notice the whitening effect of lemon.
  • Baking soda: After taking a bath, simply apply baking soda in the armpit.
  • Coconut oil is also known for whitening underarms. When using coconut oil, use the purest variety and rub on the underarms.
  • Prepare a mixture of lime juice, cucumber juice, and turmeric powder. Apply the mix on the underarms and then leave it for about 20 minutes.
  • Rub potato juice on the armpits to whiten it. The juice should be left for a time to allow it to have some effect.


  1. Grisel said:

    I am having this problem since I was pregnant, I still have the dark spots under my arm pits, The lemons do work and the baking soda too, but when I stopped using it, the dark spots came back. What should I do?

    April 21, 2010
    • PUP said:

      There are many changes in the body during pregnancy, you had dark pigmentation in your arm pits during pregnancy, but they still persist. Apart from home remedies there are few tips which if considered, may help to stop the darkening of the armpits. And you will feel happy to wear sleeveless clothes.
      The following caution should be taken:
      1. Proper hygiene should be maintained of the arm pits, dry the perspiration when ever possible. Wash the armpits properly while bathing.
      2. Wear cotton blouse and tops, avoid friction of the skin.
      3. Instead of shaving your underarms, wax them, because it will remove the dead skin together with the hair.
      4. Do not apply any deodorants; they may contain alcohol and chemicals harmful to the skin.
      The above precautions will be helpful.
      You can also apply sandalwood paste prepared from rose water and sandalwood powder. Apply it for few minutes before washing it with plain water.
      Vitamin E oil is also used to whiten the underarms.
      A paste prepared from turmeric powder, gram flour and milk, can be another alternative treatment for removing the darkness of your under arm.
      Even potato juice has the bleaching property, if applied to the under arms it will take care of its hyperpigmentation.

      April 21, 2010

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